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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203076
Last updated: 17 December 2019
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Date:16-DEC-1939
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic SWOR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Swordfish Mk I
Owner/operator:814 Sqn FAA RN
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean, off Dakar -   Senegal
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Hermes, off Dakar, Senegal
Destination airport:
Narrative:
In the fall of 1939 the old British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and the French Battleship Strasbourg formed Force X that operated from Dakar to search German raiders and blockade runners in the Atlantic. These patrols continued until end of December 1939 with no sighting.

On 16 December 1939, a Swordish of 814 Sqn FAA operating from the Hermes ditched at sea during night flying operations off Dakar. The pilot and air gunner were rescued, but Lt Basil Edward Coombs was killed. His body was recovered and he is buried in Dakar (Bel-Air) Cemetery.

Sources:

1. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3912-09DEC01.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2626738/COOMBS,%20BASIL%20EDWARD
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hermes_%2895%29
4. http://www.maplandia.com/senegal/dakar/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Dec-2017 14:58 Laurent Rizzotti Added
15-Mar-2018 22:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
17-Sep-2019 19:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Dec-2019 19:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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