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  Gloster Meteor F.8 Serial Number A77-15 
RAAF
77 Squadron


AWM 1952

Pilot  F/O Francis Henry Gifford Booth, RAF 201853 (MIA / KIA)
Missing  January 27, 1953


Aircraft History
Originally assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) Serial WE911. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on February 19, 1951. Served with 77 Squadron, RAAF, during the Korean War.

When lost this aircraft had Derwent 8 engines installed carrying numbers 5374/624738 (starboard) and 5689/626194 (port).

Mission History
One of two aircraft making a rocket attack on trains approaching a tunnel. The aircraft was last seen near the target, with light anti-aircraft fire being noticed.

According to the Squadron Operations Record Book:
"In the vicinity of Sinmak attacks were made on trains in two tunnels, Pilots consider this attack to have been ineffective. Aircraft A77-15 Pilot F/O F H G BOOTH did not return from this flight, and was last seen climbing away after making an attack on railway tunnels in the vicinity of Sinmak. There were no other sightings and the flight returned to Base".

Memorials
F/O Booth was a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF) serving with 77 Squadron, RAAF. He is commemorated on Panel 17 of the Wall of Remembrance at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).

References
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile.
77 Squadron Operations Record Book (NAA: A9186, 104)
RAAF Casualty Card
ADF Serials - Meteor A77-15
UNMCK - F H G Booth

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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