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Date:25-MAY-1960
Time:day
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: VT470
MSN: F.8354
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
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Firefly U.9 VT470: By September 1955 at HMS Nuthatch, RNAS Anthorn RDU, Cumberland. Delivered 29/9/55 Fairey aircraft, Hamble, Hampshire for reconditioning. Upon completion of this work, delivered 8/2/57 Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester for conversion to Firefly U.9 drone. On 4/3/57 transferred back to Fairey Aircraft, Hamble (transferred to C(A)MoS (Controller Aircraft) Ministry of Supply charge in exchange for Firefly VT480). Returned on 31/5/57 to Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester for completion of conversion to Firefdly U.9 drone.

First flight as Firefly U.9 drone 9/1/1959 ar Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered to the RNAS Yeovilton Ferry Flight on 3/7/1959 at HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset for delivery to 728B Squadron, Hal Far. Arrived HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta 4/7/1959. Taken on charge by 728B Squadron at Hal Far as "591/HF"

Written off (destroyed) 25/5/60 when Shot down and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, off Hal Far, Malta. Cause unknown (shot down by missile or anti-aircraft gunnery practice?). Formally Struck Off Charge 26/8/60 as Cat.ZZ

Sources:

1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant, Mick Burrows & Lee Howard, Air Britain, 2004 p.266)
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses_drones.htm
3. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/n1.htm
4. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=VT
5. https://www.faaaa.asn.au/fairey-firefly-aircraft-histories/
6. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19601969/tabid/652/language/en-US/Default.aspx


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Sep-2020 22:52 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Sep-2020 15:01 TB Updated [Operator, Operator]

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