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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48083
Last updated: 2 September 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:719 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WM803
C/n / msn: F.8880
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet), Eglinton, County Londonderry
Destination airport:
Fairey Firefly T.7 WM803 "341/GN" of 719 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 12-7-1956 when made a wheels-up forced landing onto a mudbank near Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumberland after engine failure at 2,000 feet during a post overhaul test flight from RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet), Eglinton, County Londonderry. Pilot - Mr. G.H. Plinston (Civilian Test Pilot) - was rescued by helicopter

Wreckage recovered to RNAS Eglinton for accident investigation, arrived 17-10-56. Struck off Charge as Cat.ZZ and authorised to be reduced to spares and Produce at RNAS Eglinton on 23-10-56


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant, Mick Burrows & Lee Howard, Air Britain, 2004 p 298)

Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
21-Jul-2016 22:17 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]
22-Jun-2020 18:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2020 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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