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Old 21st October 2008, 21:35
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FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

According naval-history.net a FAA Skyraider crashed off Norway at some point in 1959. Crew rescued by a Russian trawler.

The Skyraider must have been of the AEW.1 type, soon to be replaced by Gannets.

Who has some more details about this accident?

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Old 21st October 2008, 21:41
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Re: FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

Found so far in the Flight Magazine archives that the Skyraider was operating from the carrier HMS Victorious.

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Old 21st October 2008, 21:50
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Re: FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

Sorry to take away the fun of searching, but it seems Joe Baugher's website has the info for me!

It says:

127951 AD-4W: First flight 25/11/52; delivered to RN 19/2/53 as
Skyraider AEW.1 WT953. Ditched off Lofoten Islands 22/9/59 while
operating from HMS Victorious; crew rescued by Soviet trawler 'Mozyr'.
Thanks anyways,

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Old 14th November 2018, 13:09
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Re: FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

Leendert
Picking up an old post, I have just discovered that WT453 was marked V/433, seeing as the three other Skyraiders in B-flight were
WV179 code V/432.
WV181 code V/430,
WT945 code V/431
According to photo taken during a press day september 1959.
(I can send the pic off board, it's on Alamy)
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Old 16th November 2018, 00:56
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Re: FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

Kyrre

I would be very interested in your photo! PM-sent
According to Air Britain's book, the aircraft belonged to 849Sq B-flight

WT945 was 433/V later 849Sq D-flt 453/V
WT953 was on loan to B-flight (from A-flight) when accident happened and code unknown (last known code 421/E)
WV179 was 432/V
WV181 was 430/V

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Old 17th November 2018, 06:04
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Re: FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

From FAA Fixed Wing A/c since 1946, page 211.
WT953(BuAer 127951).
"849A flt 27.3.58 (417/E: 421/E ); Loaned to 849B flt late 8.59.
Lost radio contact with Victorious and ditched off the Lofoten Islands near the Russian Trawler " Mozyr", Cat ZZ 22.9.59 ( Lt. BB Hartwell, S/L MD Comber & Mid WJV Walker picked up by the trawler, then transferred to mother ship "Atlantia" from where picked up by "Urchin" .
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Old 27th November 2018, 11:47
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Re: FAA Skyraider crash off Norway 1959

Guys, I see now that your information is correct. I jumped to conclusions too quick and on checking the picture in question you can see that it's quite possibly a 3 at the end of the number on WT945. For some reason I saw this as a 1.

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Edit: Notice that the fourth, partially hidden Skyraider, has a V on its tail. One can then assume that it was repainted? And that the code could possibly be 431?
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