Skyhawk N13-154907 (886)

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Brief Aircraft History

  • Delivered to RAN 11/67. Unloaded from HMAS Melbourne onto Navy barge in Jervis Bay 23/11/67 then by road to Nowra.
  • With VF805 01/06/68.
  • Rolled off deck of HMAS Melbourne 24/09/79, during storm 355km east of Australia when ship suddenly rolled 20 degrees to starboard. Maintenance sailor in cockpit ABATWL Eric R. Krenn suffered lacerations but managed to get clear. Thrown lifebuoy and joined in water by diver. Both picked up by HMAS Hobart (DDG 39).

All the material below courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Above:  886 moments before rolling over the side with AB Krenn aboard.  Below.  Gone! 

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Below:  Page from VF805 Squadron’s Line Book recounting the loss of 886