July 2016: Gloster Meteor F.I & F.III – 26 photos

Each photograph is offered at a 300dpi res/13x8cm size making them available for a very good quality digital print.

This set can be associated to SQUADRONS! No. 15 -The Gloster Meteor F.I & F.III in which many photos of this set have been published.

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Photo Meteor 01: Gloster prototype DG202/G in July 1943 with W.2B/23 engines.

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Photo Meteor 02: Gloster prototype DG204/G, the third prototype with Metropolitan-Vickers F.2 engines.

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Photo Meteor 03: Gloster Meteor DG206/G Halford H.1 engines.

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Photo Meteor 04: Gloster Meteor DG204/G seen from another angle.

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Photo Meteor 11: Gloster Meteor F.I EE214/G while used as a test bed for ventral fuel tank.

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Photo Meteor 12: Gloster Meteor F.I EE212 taken in flight during a flight test.

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Photo Meteor 13: Gloster Meteor F.I EE227 fitted with Trent turbo-props. It first flown on 20.09.45.

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Photo Meteor 14: A Gloster Meteor F.I, of 616 Sqn, coming in to land at Manston, Kent during the summer 1944.

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Photo Meteor 15: A Gloster Meteor F.Is of 616 Sqn, based at Manston, Kent, in flight over the countryside between West Hougham and Dover, ever ready to intercept V-1s.

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Photo Meteor 16: Gloster Meteor F.I EE227/QY-Y seen at Manston in September 1944 at a time when the V-1 threat had reached its end.

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Photo Meteor 17: Meteor F.Is of 616 Sqn, with EE219/D in the foreground, lined-up at Manston in January 1945.

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Photo Meteor 31: A Gloster Meteor F.III, of the 616 Sqn detachment, takes off from B58/Melsbroek, Belgium, shortly after joining No. 84 Group of 2 TAF in the air defence role. In the foreground a mobile Chance light stands parked by the main runway and, as can be seen, the Meteors were painted white to aid in their identification.

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Photo Meteor 32: Ground crew pushing Meteor F.III EE239/YQ-Q. Now painted white, the only remaining markings are the national insignia and the letter ‘Q’ painted on the nose wheel door. This Meteor would also eventually become an instructional airframe.

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Photo Meteor 33: Gloster Meteor F.III EE239/Q having its cannon serviced.

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Photo Meteor 34: Ground crew refuelling Gloster Meteor F.III, EE236/YQ-H. It served as an instructional airframe from January 1945.

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Photo Meteor 35: Another scene of 616 Sqn’s Meteors in January 1945. These are Meteor F.Is and Welland-powered F.3s, with EE235/P (a F.III) and EE229/W (a F.I) just behind. A further F.III, EE234/YQ-O, can be identified facing the opposite direction to the other Meteors. Just behind YQ-W, and partially obscured, is EE239/Q which would later be painted white while stationed on the Continent.

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Photo Meteor 36: Gloster Meteor F.III EE278/YQ-G was also delivered in March 1945 and would serve with various squadrons – 263 (ex-616), 257, 222 and 1 – and ended as an advanced trainer at 206 AFS. Withdrawn from use in June 1953, it became an instructional airframe in December 1954.

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Photo Meteor 37: Gloster Meteor F.IIIs (EE354 XL-H nearest) of No. 1335 (Meteor) Conversion Unit taxi to dispersal after a demonstration flight for the Brazilian Air Minister and his party at Molesworth, Huntingdonshire. EE354 was issued to 1335 CU in July 1945.

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Photo Meteor 38: Gloster Meteor F.III  EE317 taken in flight wearing the codes of 1335 CU (XL-Y). It was issued directly from Glosters to the CU in June 1945 along with EE316 (XL-U) and EE318 (XL-Z).

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Photo Meteor 39:  A line-up of Gloster Meteor F.IIIs of 74 Sqn at Colerne in the summer of 1945. Meteor 4D-Z in the foreground is EE346 and was delivered to the squadron
in mid-July 1945.

 

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Photo Meteor 40: Gloster Meteor F.III EE341 of No. 74 Sqn in the summer 1945.

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Photo Meteor 41: When the war ended in September 1945, 124 Sqn was about to begin conversion to the Meteor F.3. Leading two other F.3s of the squadron, EE393/ON-J was taken on charge on 22 September.

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Photo Meteor 42: Gloster Meteor F. III EE426 of Sir D. Evill July 46.

Photo Meteor 43: Gloster Meteor F. 3 EE464 was issued to No. 124 Squadron in February 1946 and coded ON-F.

Photo Meteor 44: Gloster Meteor F.3 EE401 personal mount of Wing Commander M. Kellet WinCo Middle Wallop Wing in 1947. It was coded ‘MK’.

Photo Meteor 45: Gloster Meteor F.3 EE419 ‘MR-V’ of 245 Sqn in 1945.

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