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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153893
Last updated: 17 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly AS Mk 5
Owner/operator:796 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WB285
C/n / msn: F8503
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RNAS St Merryn, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RNAS St. Merryn, Cornwall
Destination airport:RNAS St. Merryn, Cornwall
Fairey Firefly AS.Mk.5 WB285, 796 Squadron FAA RN: Written off 13/9/49: The Firefly bounced badly on landing at RNAS St. Merry, Cornwall (HMS Vulture) and the pilot applied full power in order to go around for another landing. At about 150 feet above the ground the Firefly torque-rolled and dived inverted onto the airfield. Both occupants were killed.

Crew - Lieutenant Thomas D. Aldwell and Midshipman Keith R. Harris R.I.P.


1. Royal Navy casualties, killed and died 1950:

Revision history:

08-Mar-2013 17:49 angels one five Added
07-May-2013 13:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
26-Feb-2015 05:11 angels one five Updated [Operator]
12-Nov-2018 09:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Jun-2020 00:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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