Weekend Windycats: Part Two

Inside Stories: Gloster Meteors Part Two

Richard Knight concludes his study of life with the Meteor pilots of Wymeswold’s 504 Squadron, especially through the recollections of US-born airman Eddie Bell

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Meteor T.7 WF845 of 504 at Bovingdon circa 1954: USAF C-47 Skytrains are in the background.
PHOTOS ERIC BELCHER • EDDIE BELL • KEITH HISLOP • NEVILLE FRANKLIN

During the 1950s, the Gloster Meteor suffered a high accident rate; losses of both pilots and aircraft were, by today’s standards, horrendous. The twin-jet had a poor reputation among some flyers, but Eddie Bell was not among them, describing it as a “Rolls-Royce compared to a Harvard”.

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