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  Gloster Meteor F.8 Serial Number A77-982 
RAAF
77 Squadron


AWM 1952

Pilot  Sgt Donald William Pinkstone, RAAF A2925 (POW / Survived)
Crashed  June 15, 1953

Aircraft History
Originally assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) Serial WA950. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on February 21, 1951. Served with 77 Squadron, RAAF, during the Korean War.

When lost this aircraft had Derwent 8 engines installed carrying numbers 5992/626497 (starboard) and 7915/633191 (port).

Mission History
Aircraft was conducting an armed road reconnaissance when it was hit by flak and crashed into a paddy field between a village and high scrub covered ground.

The pilot was seen to eject safely. He went up on to a hill into dense scrub, apparently unhurt, at 10:55 hours and a smoke flare was seen at 11:10 hours. A rescue helicopter was driven off by ground fire.

According to the Squadron Operations Book:
"...The remainder of the aircraft carried out armed reconnaissance flights to assist R.O.K troops in the front line and rescap flights for the pilot of A77-982 who was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst attacking a vehicle. The pilot, A2925 Sergeant PINKSTONE, D.W. baled out of his aircraft and was seen to land safety in a paddy field, fold up his parachute and run for high ground on the opposite side of a small village. Rescue helicopter was forced away from the downed pilot by intense ground fire and it is considered that the pilot has been captured and is a prisoner of war".

Fate of the Pilot
It was later confirmed that Sgt Pinkstone was taken prisoner. He survived the war.

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 A77-982
Korean War Nominal Roll - D W Pinkstone

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January 5, 2018

 

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