Built by Fairey as midel AS.1. Constructors Number F.9242. Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as serial number XA350. Assigned to 817 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On November 1, 1956 took off piloted by LCDR(P) Gledhill, LEUT(O) Palmer and SBLT(O) Selsmak RAN on a training mission armed with a Mark 30 torpedo for the RAN to make the first live torpedo run off Manus Island.
On March 16, 1963 took off from HMAS Melbourne (R21) piloted by LT(P) J Smith RAN with crew LT(O) I. Lawson and observer P. Hancox.
Fates of the Crew
The crew of three were rescued and returned to HMAS Melbourne (R21).
This aircraft crashed into the sea. Pieces of wreckage including the contra-rotating propellers and a section of the wing were recovered to the shore and are located in a village.
John Douglas adds:
"We have located a Gannet wreck on the shoreline Manus [north Coast, I think]. Debris includes double four bladed propeller and some wing sections. I have a photo of the serial plate; Gannet DRG AU 73A1031 ISS No 9 Serial N0 FM F8 200748 INSP. A.I.D DATE 18 3 56 [March 18, 1956]."
ADF Serials - Fairey Gannet XA350
Thanks to John Douglas for additional information.
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January 31, 2018