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by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 6: Jets, Gloster Meteor

Canadian Warplanes, Jets,

Gloster Meteor

Data current to 8 Sep 2019.

Gloster Type G.41D Meteor Mk. III (2), (Serial No. EE311, EE361), Mk. IV (2), (Serial Nos. RA421, and VT196), T Mk. VII.

Gloster Meteor T.7 (Serial No. WA740), RAF Celle, Germany, on loan to RCAF No. 421 Sqn, 1950.  (RCAF Photo)

Gloster Meteor Mk. III, RAF (Serial No, EE521).  (RAF Photo)

Gloster G.41D Meteor F Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. EE311), 6 Oct 1945.  Possibly the Winter Experimental Establishment (WEE) flight test pilots, with Jack Ritch on the left, Shawn Badoux centre, and Bill MacKenzie on the right. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3198889)

Meteor (Serial No. EE311) had a short life with the RCAF . It was initially assigned to the RCAF Test & Development Establishment in Sept 1945.  On 29 June 1946, while in transit from the Winter Experimental Establishment at RCAF Station Namao, Alberta to RCAF Station Hamilton, Ontario the pilot, F/L Hugh MacKenzie, experienced poor weather and ran out of fuel due to a faulty belly tank.  He ditched the Meteor in Helenbar Lake in northern Ontario.  He remained with the aircraft in the remote area for 26 days, until he heard a motor boat and hiked to another lake where a fisherman brought him to safety.  Although the lake where the Meteor ditched was shallow and the aircraft was in good shape, it was still written off.  Today, the MacKenzie Hiking Trail around Mississagi Ontario Provincial Park is named for the RCAF pilot who against the odds survived for so long in the wilderness.  (Aurelio Stagnaro)

Gloster G.41D Meteor F Mk. III, RAF (Serial No. EE311), being flight tested in Canada, Oct 1945.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Gloster Meteor, 1ooking weathered inside a hangar, 1946.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584046)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. TG/372), Gloster Meteor Mk. IV, RAF (Serial No. RA421), and North American P-51D Mustang Mk. IV, at the RCAF's Winter Experimental Establishment, Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, ca 1947.  (DND Photo via James Craik)