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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48063
Last updated: 28 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly T.7
Owner/operator:765 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: MB517
C/n / msn: F.7485
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mounts Bay, 11 miles South of Porthleven, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk), Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall (EGDR)
Destination airport:RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk), Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall (EGDR)
Fairey Firefly T.7 MB517 "721/CU" of 765 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 20-07-1956: Ditched into Mounts Bay, eleven miles South of Porthleven, Cornwall after engine failure. Crew experienced no response to throttle controls after fast descent preparatory to landing at Culdrose. Aircraft sank, but the two crew - Lieutenant J N Webster and Lieutenant A L Davies - were rescued.

Aircraft Struck Off Charge as Cat.ZZ same day (20/7/56); wreckage later recovered and taken to HMS Seahawk, RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, for accident investigation.


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant et al, Air Britain, 2004 p. 237)

Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
21-Jul-2016 22:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Nov-2018 06:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
23-Jun-2020 22:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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