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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 242551
Last updated: 15 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly FR Mk 4
Owner/operator:810 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: VH121
MSN: F.8020
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean, off coast of Mauritania. -   Mauritania
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:HMS Theseus, Atlantic Ocean, off Mauritania
Destination airport:HMS Theseus, Atlantic Ocean, off Mauritania
Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.4 VH121: Delivered to the FAA RN (Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy) at RNAS Culham RDU 3/11/1947. First issued for service later in November 1947 to 810 Squadron FAA RN as "236/T"

Written off (destroyed) 1/12/1948 when ditched into Atlantic Ocean, off coast of Mauritania, at 22'14" North, 28'31" West. Aircraft was on take off from the carrier HMS Theseus, which was in transit between Freetown, Sierra Leone and Spithead, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. As far as is known, the pilot survived, and was rescued by a boat launched from the carrier.


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant, Mick Burrows & Lee Howard, Air Britain, 2004 p.262)

Revision history:

17-Sep-2020 18:19 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Sep-2020 19:32 soucek56 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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