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Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:07-OCT-1960
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly U Mk 9
Owner/operator:728B Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WB374
MSN: F.8579
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, off RNAS Hal Far. -   Malta
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Firefly U.9 Drone: Delivered to Fairey Aircraft Ltd., Ringway Airport, Manchester 22/6/1956 for conversion from Firefly FR.5 to U.9 drone. First flown as a Firefly U.9 on 28/3/1957 at Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered to Short Brothers & Harland Ltd at RAE Llanbedr in 26/7/1957 coded "H". Returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway 31/12/1958, for overhaul

Upon completion of overhaul, ferried to HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset 22/7/1960 for ferry/delivery flight to Malta. Arrived at HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta, 29/7/1960 and issued to 728B Squadron FAA RN coded "595/HF".

Written off (destroyed) 7/10/1960; Destroyed when shot down by a Sea Slug Surface-to-Air missile from HMS Girdle Ness and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, off Hal Far, Malta.

Formally Struck Off Charge as Cat.ZZ on 7/10/1960. Total flying time on airframe as a Firefly U.9: 61.25 hours.

Sources:

1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant, Lee Howard & Mick Burrows, Air Britain, 2004 p.281)
2. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19601969/tabid/652/language/en-US/Default.aspx
3. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WB
4. http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_fairey_firefly_U9.html
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Girdle_Ness#Missile_trials
6. https://navalmatters.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/sea-slug-missile-trials-aboard-hms-ex-rfa-girdle-ness-1958-61/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Sep-2020 17:08 Dr. John Smith Added
07-Sep-2020 20:55 yarbi Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

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