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    Default Bale-Out Gibraltar June 30 1936 2 Crew

    I don't have much on this one, not even the aircraft type. But the following

    "NAVAL PLANE LOST IN SEA. The pilot and observer of an amphibian plane from H.M.S. Furious the aircraft carrier escaped by parachute when in difficulties off Gibraltar to-day. Neither hurt. The machine was lost in the sea. Both occupants landed in the sea and were picked up by R.A.F. tender. "

    However, I can't id the crew on Aircraft Type

    The plane may have lost a float....

    Again I would like crew and/or Aircraft ID

    Paul

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    Paul,

    As a starting point, try:

    S1861 Fairey IIIf of 822s which crashed into sea off Gibraltar (not sure of the identity of its parent ship)

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    DG

    Good possibility

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/822_Naval_Air_Squadron

    "822 squadron was formed on 3 April 1933 from a merger of No's 442 and 449 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flights at Netheravon and posted to the Home Fleet aboard HMS Furious."

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    S1861 Fairey IIIF of 822 HMS Furious, cat W on 26 .6.36 while photographing a destroyer firing torpedoes.

    S1817 also of 822 was lost on 30th June 1936, in unknown circumstances. It had been with 705 Flight for short time, HMS Barham, but returned to 822 in June.

    However S1861......crew Lt JN Garnett RN and Lt GCW Fowler RN both bailed out successfully. S1817 was recovered and eventually sold to Greece which doesn t maybe sound like a bail out?
    Last edited by PeterColwill; 3rd August 2012 at 14:22. Reason: More info

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    Peter

    S1817 looks very very likely date matches and Sqn on Furious at time...many thanks


    Paul

    BTW

    Fairey aircraft since 1915
    "S1786 and S1817 to Greece"

    Aircraft camouflage and markings, 1907-1954
    "This aircraft ended up in different markings, for it was sold, together with IIIFs S1377, S1786 and S1817 to the Greek Navy"

    I wonder if the wreckage was recovered?
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    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 3rd August 2012 at 14:23.

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    Just checked AB FAA serials Looks like wreckage recovered and then repaired and sold to Greek Navy

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    3 Crew who baled out were (need full details)

    Lt J N Garnett RN
    Lt G C W Fowler RN
    Telegraphic A/G - M. Derbyshire

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    Finally identified 3rd Crewman of this as Telegraphist A/G (TAG) Mark Ernest Derbyshire J. 106621

    The other two were

    Lt James Napier Garnett RN
    Lt George Charles Willoughby Fowler RN

    However, I have a query, someone may be able to help with

    Derbyshire's service file (on National Archives) confirms that he was a qualified TAG on HMS Furious at the time, and has a comment

    Sustained shock when Fairey 3F Float Plane lost "2794/36"

    Would the 2794 of 36 be a Signal Number ???

    Kind Regards

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