Gloster Meteor F. Mk.8 WH383 and WH384 of No.610 (County of Chester) Auxiliary Squadron RAuxAF, flew into high ground at Edgworth near Bolton on the 14th November 1953
|Anthony Basil Mercer||Flight Lieutenant||Pilot (WH384)||Killed|
|Arthur Michael Fletcher||Flying Officer||Pilot (WH383)||Killed|
The two jet aircraft, lead by F/Lt Mercer, a resident of Bolton, had taken off from Hooton Park near Ellesmere Port (now mostly covered by the Vauxhall car plant) on a training flight, the two aircraft were next heard passing over Edgworth which was followed shortly afterwards by a loud explosion. The pair of aircraft had struck a stone wall near the top of a steep slope and disintegrated spreading wreckage over a wide area while carrying a descent through cloud. The local newspaper initially reported only a single plane had crashed due to the wreckage from both being mixed together, though this was quickly revised.