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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 84722
Last updated: 14 April 2020
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Date:16-JUL-1951
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly Mk 5
Owner/operator:812 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WB380
C/n / msn: F.8585
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:north of Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province -   North Korea
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Glory, off South Korea
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Firefly Mk.5 WB380 812 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy: Written off (destroyed) 16/7/51: Operated out of HMS Glory, off the coast of South Korea, Crashed and burned on a combat sortie north of Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea. Both crew killed. According to the ships log for HMS Glory for this period:

"On 10th July [1951] HMS Glory sailed from Sasebo on her fifth patrol, the new pilots carrying out some deck landing practice, which also tested the catapult, after it had been repaired in harbour. Fog and low cloud, made finding targets difficult on the 11th, and CAS details were given out the next day. More AR's were flown on 13th, and some spotting was done, for Mounts Bay, and Ceylon.

Photo-Recce was run the next day over Yondang Dong airfield, and plenty of flak was encountered, despite it being noted, as practically undefended, by the flak map. Replenishment was on the 15th July, and low cloud ruled out CAS on the next day. A Firefly bombing North of Sariwon, was hit by flak, and crashed behind enemy lines, both crew being killed; Lieutenant I. R. Williams, and Sub-Lieutenant L.R. Shepley."

Crew of Firefly WB380
SHEPLEY, Ian R, Sub Lieutenant (Pilot), probably acting as Observer, killed
WILLIAMS, Robert, Lieutenant (Pilot), MPK ("Missing Presumed Killed")

Sources:

1. https://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1951.htm
2. http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/korea/reports/air/
3. http://www.grahamtall.co.uk/wgs1955/War%20Memorial/20Dead%/20John%20Fleet%20Air%20Korea.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Aug-2012 04:11 DB_Racer Updated [Operator]
13-Apr-2020 20:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2020 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
14-Apr-2020 09:56 Investig Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Operator]

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