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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164757
Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Type:Fairey Gannet AS.1
Owner/operator:817 Sqn RAN
Registration: XA359
MSN: F.9251
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:South China Sea, off HMAS Melbourne -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:HMAS Melbourne, South China Sea
Destination airport:
Fairey Gannet AS.1 XA359 ("M-315") of 816 Squadron Royal Australian Navy, flown by Lt(P) Roland RAN, was written off when it ditched 09/05/60 off HMAS Melbourne. Cause attributed to a Single engine failure on being catapulted. Ditched ahead of the ship, but all crew safe.

According to the ships log: "Whilst in the South China Sea, HMAS MELBOURNE lost Gannet aircraft XA359. The aircraft lost on engine whilst being catapulted and ditched ahead of the ship. L/CDR Rowland was the pilot, and Lt Horton and Lt Findlay were the observers. Rowland was rescued by the HMAS Melbourne SAR Sycamore helicopter, Horton and Findlay by HMS CAVALIER, and later transferred to MELBOURNE."


1. "Navy Day by Day: Historic Naval Events in Australia and Abroad" written by Lew Lind

Revision history:

18-Mar-2014 21:17 Dr. John Smith Added

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