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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161228
Last updated: 16 November 2019
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Date:28-JAN-1963
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.1
Owner/operator:893 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XJ585
C/n / msn: 10067
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HMS Centaur, 16 miles off The Lizard, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Centaur, off Cornwall
Destination airport:HMS Centaur, off Cornwall
Narrative:
Sea Vixen XJ585 ("C-455" of 893 Sqn FAA RN) was written off on 28/1/1963: Hit the round-down of HMS Centaur during a night CCA sixteen miles off the Lizard, Cornwall. XJ585 caught fire, skidded across the deck, striking and damaging four parked Sea Vixens (XJ572, XN648, XN657 and XN658). It then went over the side into the sea killing both crew:

FIELDHOUSE, Derek F, Lieutenant Commander (Pilot)
SWIFT, Stacey N, Lieutenant (Observer)

Lt. Cdr Dereck (Mick) Fieldhouse left behind 3 daughters less than 10 years old. His wife Betty never remarried and brought up her 3 daughters with the help of her mother "Nanna Robinson" an ex World War 1 nurse who gave up her life in Wales to live with Betty in Limington near Ilchester until her death. Betty is alive and well (in 2011) and has 6 grandchildren.

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1963.htm
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/seavixenpics/xj585.jpg]
3. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1963-65.htm
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.seavixen.org/squadrons/correlation-squadrons-ships/893-sqn-to-hms-centaur-1961-to-1963]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Oct-2013 16:54 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Feb-2014 14:05 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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