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Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly U.9
Owner/operator:728B Sqn FAA RN
Registration: VT463
MSN: F.8347
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, off Hal Far -   Malta
Phase: En route
Departure airport:HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta
Destination airport:
Fairey Firefly U.9 VT463: By July 1955 in storage at HMS Nutcharch, RNAS Anthorn ADU. On 29/9/55 Transferred to permanent C(A) (Controller (Air) charge and delivered 2/3/56 Fairey Aircraft, at Hamble, Hampshire for reconditioning. Upon completion of work delivered on 3/1/57 to Fairey Aircraft, at Ringway Airport, Manchester for conversion to U.9 drone. First flight as Firefly U.9 drone was on 22/10/1957 at Ringway Airport, Manchester.

Stored at Ringway Airport, Manchester until delivered on 11/2/58 HMS Blackcap, RNAS Stretton AHU, in Cheshire. By May 1958 in service with 728B Squadron FAA RN, at HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta. Damaged 23/5/58 in a wheels up landing after damage to starboard undercarriage. On this occasion, the Firefly drone was being test flown by a crew of two - Lieutenant P.A. McKern (pilot) and Pilot Officer D.B. Barr.

Written off 17/9/58 when Shot down and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, off Hal Far, Malta. Cause unknown (shot down by missile or anti-aircraft gunnery practice?)


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant, Mick Burrows & Lee Howard, Air Britain, 2004 p.266)
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Revision history:

19-Sep-2020 22:34 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Sep-2020 22:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Sep-2020 15:01 TB Updated [Operator, Operator]

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