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    Default F.A.A. Firefly loss, H.M.S. Glory, Korea 1951

    Hello everyone

    I'm trying to track down an ID for an R.N. Firefly loss in Korea in 1951 which was reported in the Newcastle Journal on September 12th 1951. I know that the two crew were Lt. Geoffrey Legg from Whitley Bay and Lt. P. G. W. Morris (possibly Percival George William Morris?) of Gosport, and that they were both rescued by helicopter and eventually returned to H.M.S. Glory.

    Can anyone help with an ID and date of the loss?

    Many thanks,

    Simon
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    Default Re: F.A.A. Firefly loss, H.M.S. Glory, Korea 1951

    Hello,

    Firefly 5 WB381.

    Deld RDU Culham 20.1.50
    "C" Sqn A&AEE 1.3.50 (Sonobuoy release investigation)
    RDU Culham18.5.50
    AHU Abbotsinch 7.50
    To Far East in HMCS "Warrior" 22.8.50
    AHU Sembawang 15.9.50
    Firefly Operational Pool Sembawang 3.51
    812 Sqn "Glory" ('203/R') 4.51
    Hit by flak in dive-bombing attack, FL on mud flats east of Haeju behind enemy lines SE of Haeju, Korea, a/c set on fire by crew, Cat ZZ 9.9.51 (Lt PGW Morris & Lt GE Legge rescued by helicopter); SOC by Sembawang 1.10.51.

    See;
    Fleet Air Arm Fixed-Wing Aircraft since 1946.
    Sturtivant,Ray with Mick Burrow and Lee Howard,
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain(Historians),2004.
    p.281

    and ...

    Chapter 6 - HMS GLORY - 804 and 812 Squadrons - 23 April 1951 to 30th September 1951.

    On the 9th (September, 1951), the last day of the patrol, a record number of 84 sorties (66 offensive, 18 defensive) was achieved by the two squadrons (804 & 812), beating Theseus' 66. 100% serviceability was maintained throughout the day, a fine example of first class maintenance. When the last event of 19 aircraft was launched, every aircraft carried was airborne. Several pilots flew three sorties during the day. Junks in the north were attacked on the first detail, and Furies escorted Firelies to Suichon and attacked flak positions while the Fireflies bombed a headquarters building. Camouflaged vehicles were attacked on Mosquito-directed CAS missions which were met with intense light flak. On the last detail, Lieutenant Morris and his observer Lieutenant Legge landed on a mud flat in enemy territory near Haeju. The helicopter went to pick them up, but with a faulty fuel gauge and without a full load of fuel, it had to make a precautionary landing on a small island, while Glory remained in the area overnight. Petrol was sent in cans by destroyer, and the helicopter and the Firefly crew were recovered next morning next morning, after which Glory sailed for Kure.

    See:
    With The Carriers in Korea The Fleet Air Arm Story, 1950-1953.
    Lansdown,John R P.
    Wilmslow:Crecy,1997.
    p.166

    Col.
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    Default Re: F.A.A. Firefly loss, H.M.S. Glory, Korea 1951

    Perfect Col, many thanks indeed.

    Regards

    Simon
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