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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48075
Last updated: 7 August 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:796 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WM777
C/n / msn: F.8870
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk), Helston, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk), Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall (EGDR)
Destination airport:
Fairey Firefly T.7 WM777: First flight 26-2-53. Delivered to the Fleet Air Arm at RNAS Anthorn RDU 19-3-53. Operational service career with the Fleet Air Arm was with 796 Squadron at RNAS St. Merryn from 2-9-53 (as "378/SR"). Moved with Squadron to RNAS Culdrose 18-2-54 (as "378/CU" later "778/CU").

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 05-08-1956: The pilot retracted the undercarriage to stop after the engine surged on take off from Culdrose, Cornwall. Both crew - Lieutenant Commander W.R.Graham (pilot) and Naval Airman 2nd Class P.I.Bravington - were unhurt.

Wreckage to RNAS Culdrose AHU for accident investigation 8-8-56. Upon completion, authorised to be reduced to spares and scrap as Cat.ZZ on 29-5-56,and scrapped at RNAS Culdrose.


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant et al, Air Britain, 2004 p 298)

Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
21-Jul-2016 22:37 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 06:55 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2020 19:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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