Aircraft History:

  • First Flight 14/08/62* 
  • Ditched 23/11/70 725 Squadron after engine failure during night flying dunking sortie Shoalhaven Bight. Engine failed in an ASW cable hover. Crew: LEUT(P)J.Wilkie RAN, SBLT(P) R.G Snell RAN,LT(O) C.R Linsell RN, Aircrewman LSUC J.P McCraken. Only one of two inflation bags operated and aircraft turned upside down in the water. Whilst being towed into Jervis Bay the aircraft sank. 
  • Crew rescued by Wessex 820.

* Date supplied by ADF Serials. Other reports suggest this aircraft did not arrive in Australia until 11Nov62, so first flight may have been later.

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