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    Default RNVR 1831 Sqn based at (RNAS Blackcap) RAF Stretton

    The Sqn lost one Pilot in a fatal accident in 1952 that I can not find the aircraft serial number, I wonder if anyone out there can help:-


    Lt AGJ Phillips RNVR in Sea Fury which he attempted to slow roll over Howarden airfield but stalled & crashed 20.7.52

    This account is from an article in 'Aeroplane Monthly' December 1979 intitled 'The Navy's Northern Reservists' by Ray Williams which is excellent.

    Hope I'm posting this in the right place, sorry if not.

    Regards,
    Rol
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    Hello,

    Possibly, Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 VW233 - written off 21/07/1952 NFD.

    Col.
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    Col,
    Many thanks.

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    More likely to be VX657 and the date is 20 July. Pilot confirmed killed during an air display is Phillips.

    Two Sea Furies VW233 and VW548 were lost on 21 July as Col states.

    Colin Cummings

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    Rol/Col.

    Apologies. Just discovered:

    Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 VW233 - 738 Squadron 21 July 1952 ditched over the bows after losing power on free take-off from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS. Aircraft was placed in category ZZ (total write-off). Sub-Lt AR Pearson was rescued and the aircraft was struck off charge on 22 July 1952.

    Col.
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    Many thanks,
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    In my earlier post, I did not attribute the information to any external source - naughty boy!!

    Air Britain's magazine 'Aeromilitaria' and 'Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft' are the sources in question.

    Colin Cummings

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