The Gloster E.5/42 was a design for a single engined jet fighter that saw some development work in 1943 as an alternative in case the Meteor project was delayed by problems with the Whittle W.2B jet engine. The E.5/42 (named after the Air Ministry specification) would have been powered by the de Havilland H.1 engine, and in some ways would have resembled the experimental Gloster E.28/39. The H.1 was expected to produce up to 3,000lb of thrust, making it much more powerful than the W2.B engines, making it more suitable for use in a single engined fighter. Three serial numbers were allocated to the project, to be used on three planned prototypes, but no aircraft were developed before Gloster moved on to the Gloster E.1/44 Ace, a larger single engined aircraft that eventually flew in prototype form in 1948.
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Rickard, J (12 September 2008), Gloster E.5/42 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_gloster_e5_42.html