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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202592
Last updated: 2 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SWOR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Swordfish Mk II
Owner/operator:836 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: HS454
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Ballochantuy, Mull of Kintyre, 7 miles NNE of Machrihanish -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 6 December 1943 the Swordfish II HS454 of 836 Sqn FAA (based at HMS Shrike, the official name of RNAS Maydown, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland) was taking part in a bombing exercise on the west coast of Scotland, when it dived into the sea off Ballochantuy, Mull of Kintyre, 7 miles NNE of Machrihanish at 1515 hrs. All three crew were killed.

Crew (all killed):
Sub-Lt (A) William Henry Hagar Small RNZNVR (pilot, age 23)
Mid.(A) Alan Angus Douglas-Matheson RNVR (age 19)
FAA/FX86660 L/A Stanley Alfred Paige RN

The bodies of Douglas-Matheson and Paige were recovered, while Small is commemorated on the RNZN Memorial at Devonport, Auckland. Douglas-Matheson lies in grave 634, division 4, of the Kilkerran Cemetery, Campbeltown.


Revision history:

06-Dec-2017 12:19 Laurent Rizzotti Added
19-Nov-2018 20:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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