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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153969
Last updated: 28 April 2020
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Type:Fairey Gannet AS.1
Owner/operator:825 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WN402
C/n / msn: F.9193
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, 80 miles E of Malta -   Malta
Phase: En route
Departure airport:HMS Albion, off Malta
Destination airport:
Written off 5/1/1956. Disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea, 80 miles east of Malta while operating off HMS Albion. Both of the two crew were listed as "missing presumed killed", as no trace of the aircraft or the crew was ever found.

Crew killed were:
BROWN, George F S, Act/Commander, RAN (pilot)
WYATT, Peter H, Lieutenant, RN (navigator)

Note that the official Naval Casualty records list the crew as being at HMS Heron (= RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, UK) and not HMS Albion in the Mediterranean off Malta. The same records also list the unit to which the crew were attached as being 808 Squadron: However, in 1956 this unit was part of the Royal Australian Navy (not Royal Navy) and was, in any case, flying Dehavilland Sea Venoms from HMAS Melbourne, not Fairey Gannets from HMS Albion.


- Ray Sturtivant et al.: Fleet Air Arm Fixed-Wing Aircraft since 1946, Air-Britain

Revision history:

11-Mar-2013 21:01 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Apr-2013 18:43 Nepa Updated [Operator]
13-Apr-2013 18:53 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-May-2013 17:10 Nepa Updated [Operator]
27-Sep-2013 05:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]

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