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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153870
Last updated: 26 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly I
Owner/operator:827 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: PP434
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Inland Sea, 3 miles south of Hiroshima, off Honshu -   Japan
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:HMS Triumph, at sea off Honshu
Destination airport:
An unbriefed and impromptu practice dogfight took place when two Fireflies of 827 Squadron, Royal Navy encountered two F-51 Mustangs of No. 77 Squadron RAAF.

One Firefly (PP434) and one of the Mustangs (A78-722) collided and crashed. The observer in the Firefly, Petty Officer Aircrewman Stanley W. Gibbons lost his life, as did the pilot of the Mustang (Flt Lt W.B. "Blue" Rivers, RAAF).

The Firefly's pilot, Lieutenant (P) A. Baillie,suffered a broken arm and was rescued from the sea by Japanese fishermen.



Revision history:

08-Mar-2013 01:19 angels one five Added
09-May-2013 06:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
13-Jun-2014 04:55 angels one five Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
16-Nov-2014 00:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Nov-2014 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Nov-2014 00:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
16-Nov-2014 01:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
12-Nov-2018 17:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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