Sea Venom Airframe Histories

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Ex-RAN/RN Delivered RAN Codes Aircraft History
WZ893 27/02/56 882, 803 Served with 805 Sqn. Part of the Checkmates Aerobatic Team (RAN).Damaged 02/10/62 when it collided with WZ940 over Sydney Harbour, landed at Nowra. Crew; LEUT B. Roberts. Scrapped 05/67.
WZ894 27/02/56 205, 868, 806, 806/M Crashed 11/05/59 Jervis Bay NSW. Flown by LEUT(P) P.Vickers, RAN of 724 Sqn, heard a thump, ASI failed, vibrations, fire warning light, undercarriage and flaps could not be lowered, engine off. Pilot made a dead stick landing at Jervis Bay airfield, aircraft overshot runway and written off. Disposed off 4/02/60.
WZ895 27/02/56 804, 865, 870, 867 Used by de Havilland Christchurch Hampshire, UK to design ejection seat layout. Damaged 04/02/58, Nose wheel failed to lower when with 808 Sqn.
Restored to ground running by ABATA Steve Long 1981 and to taxying condition in 1982.
Participated in the last fixed wing airday at Nowra and led the A-4’s and Trackers out to runway 21 with Fairey Firefly WD-826.
Restoration to flying condition started 1986 but was cancelled. VH-NVV ntu
Aircraft was stored with the RAN Historic Flight, which ceased operation about 2004/5, and was then sold to HARS as part of a ‘job lot’ in late 2018.  The airframe is in pieces and is being assessed by HARS to determine what future it may have. 
WZ896 27/02/56 206, 206/Y Crashed 28/08/57 Nowra NSW. Flown by LEUT(P) Rowe, RAN & LEUT(O) A.L Eccelston, RAN from 808 Sqn. Crashed on finals at RANAS Nowra into bush 500 yards short of runway 26. Crew survived suffering from shock and abrasions.
Aircraft written off 10/12/57.
WZ897 27/02/56 801/M, 864/M, 864/NW, 211/Y, 206/Y First Sea Venom to fly in Australia. Ikara missile trials aircraft
Damaged 29/10/58 whilst being flown by SBLT(P)C.Patterson RAN of 724 Sqn Aircraft descended too low and hit trees on approach to Nowra.
To Swan Hill Vic. Fuselage pod moved from Swan Hill to Sydney Tech College, date unknown, as spares support for WZ-910.
Label found in cockpit states aircraft reduced to spares 1972
Sold to Camden Aviation Museum. Fuselage pod currently under restoration at Camden Aviation Museum by Steve Long
WZ898 27/02/56 862, 863, 874 Damaged 22/10/57 during landing. To HMAS Nirimba as an Apprentice training aid 1970, Still there in 1976 with side No’s 874/NW.
Used as spares support for WZ937. Has had major component changes with WZ910 and WZ937. Listed for disposal as scrap 1979 and bought by Queensland Air Museum on 25/07/79.
Now on display at Queensland Air Museum as 862/M. Has tail of WZ910 fitted.
WZ899 27/02/56 801, 885 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ900 27/02/56 866 Served with 816 Sqn, B Flt. Crashed 28/04/66, off HMAS MELBOURNE Philippine Sea. Arrestor wire parted during carrier landing, aircraft crashed into sea. (Accident happened approx 1500 Hrs) Pilot ejected at near sea-level and rescued with minor injuries. Observer also ejected but was lost at sea. Crew; LEUT (P) J. Dacosta, LEUT (O) E. Kennell. RAN Ejection number 4. Accident Info 
WZ901 27/02/56 810/M, 867/NW, 876/NW, 875/NW, 875/M 1968 made a heavy landing on HMAS Melbourne and distorted the main spar. Withdrawn 20/08/70. On display Moorabbin Air Museum Vic. as 867/NW.
WZ902 27/02/56 807, 865, 884 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ903 27/02/56 812, 817, 871 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
To Warbirds Museum Mildura NSW. Later to Chino, California USA as N903WZ.
WZ904 27/02/56 804, 864, 868 Damaged 06/04/65,when with 724 Sqn. Port main undercarriage failed to lower, pilot carried out successful two wheel landing.
Ikara missile trials aircraft.
Sold 25/07/66. Townsville Air Museum 10/74. On display Beck Collection, Mareeba QLD.
WZ905 27/02/56 863, 886 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ906 27/02/56 803, 804, 880 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ907 27/02/56 808, 864, 886, 866 On display Camden Air Museum, NSW as ‘864’.
WZ908 27/02/56 804, 864M, 864, 875, 887, 866 Arrived at Hurn, England 29/06/55. Flown to RNAS Stretton 29/07/55 thence to Glasgow, Scotland on 30/01/56. Allocated to RAN on 27/02/56. Loaded onto HMAS Melbourne at King George V Dock on 11/02/56 sailing for Australia.
Served with 805 Sqn as 864/M and 724 Sqn as 864 & 887,
Placed in storage with Hawker De Havilland at Bankstown until sold by the Department of Supply on 25 /07/66. Scrapped 05/67.
WZ909 27/02/56 887, 865 Crashed 21/05/59, Fatal. When with 724 Squadron. Flown by LEUT(P) S.R Carmichael RAN & ASLT(O) Mike Williams RAN on a photographic exercise crashed into sea off Ulladulla NSW. Crash seen by a passing Merchant ship.
Twenty nine years later on 18/05/88 remains of aircraft bought to surface by CSIRO vessel.
Port wheel cover at Australia’s Museum of Flight.
WZ910 27/02/56 802, 808, 867 To Sydney Technical College.
Stored Queensland Air Museum QLD – some parts used for WZ898/N4-898.
WZ911 27/02/56 207, 806M, 887, 810/M, 867/NW Crashed 04/03/64 while coded as 867/NW with 724 Sqn after windscreen imploded resulting in a forced landing and damaging the aircraft. Written off 4/03/64.
Later sold and for a while at Chewing Gum airfield, Tallebudgera, Qld. By 01/80 in a rather dilapidated state with faded side No. 810/M. Still with Museum when it closed in 1989.
Later reported in Brisbane. Current status and location unknown
WZ927 27/02/56 802, 865, 867 Served with 724 Sqn. Crashed 15/06/60 RAN Air Station Nowra NSW. Aircraft hit trees in circuit for night landing. Crew; SBLT (P) B. Dutch, LEUT (O) E. Sandberg, ejected safely. RAN Ejection number 2. Accident Info 
WZ928 27/02/56 806, 886 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ929 27/02/56 800, 801, 803, 810, 881 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ930 27/02/56 806, 804, 805, 865 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66. Tocumwal & District Historical Society VIC. Noted in outside storage at Tocumwal airport for many years
Sold to a concrete plant owner in Sydney
Tail booms, horizontal stabilisers, elevators, rudders and tip tanks stored in Auckland NZ. Outer wing sections (the folding part) stored at Dairy Flat NZ.
We believe that the pod and inner wings remain in Australia
WZ931 27/02/56 887, 868, 877 Damaged when with 724 Sqn during display 8G imposed, false spar cracked, starboard stub plane buckled. Previously reported date of 3/11/56 must be incorrect due to aircraft having UHF radio mods that were incorporated until 1964.
Aircraft dumped at NAS Nowra (date unknown) until 1981 when it was bought back to Air Training Department and paint stripped It was used as spares support for the restoration of WZ895.  Was on display at Naval Aviation Museum, Nowra. Currently loaned to and on display at South Australian Aviation Museum
WZ932 27/02/56 866, 864, 864/NW Whilst attached to 724 Squadron, crashed on landing at RANAS Nowra on 03/12/64. The pilot ASLT(P) G.J Geerlings RAN undershot the runway and was killed. Aircraft written off.
WZ933 27/02/56 207, 207/Y Crashed whilst attached to 808 Squadron, Fatal 08/08/56, Flown by LEUT(P) B.Y Thompson, RAN & LEUT(O) K.C.M Potts, RAN. On being catapulted from HMAS Melbourne crashed into the sea killing the crew.
WZ934 27/02/56 208, 864, 872 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66.
WZ935 27/02/56 210, 865, 878 Withdrawn 06/73. Sold to Maitland Aero Club NSW 12/73.
FAAM Nowra 07/89 on external display. Some members of the ADF-Serials team purchased this aircraft in 2005 to save it from the scrap man. It is currently in storage with another aircraft preservation group.
WZ936 27/02/56 203, 210/Y Coded as 210/Y Crashed 25/06/57 when the aircraft undershot runway 26 at RANAS Nowra crashed and burned. The crew of Leut (P) Knowlis RAN and Leut(O) B. McKeon RAN were injured in the crash but survived. Aircraft written off.
WZ937 27/02/56 211 Used as a training aid at HMAS Nirimba until 1984. Returned to HMAS Albatross for the Naval Aviation Museum. Aircraft was to be restored to running condition but on inspection was found to have a collapsed front engine bearing. An engine change was carried out by VC 724 Squadron and was regularly ground run until being put on permanent display.
Current at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra.
WZ938 27/02/56 208, 872 Firefighting HMAS Albatross, 30/07/68.
WZ939 27/02/56 212, 803 Was mounted on pole at Chittaway NSW. On display Classic Fighter Jets Museum SA.
WZ940 27/02/56 887, 809 Served with 805 Sqn. Part of the Checkmates Aerobatic Team (RAN).
Collided with WZ893 02/10/62 during formation aerobatics display over Sydney Harbour. Pilot ejected at about 500 ft over water, suffering only minor injuries. Recovered by HMAS Kimbla. Crew; LEUT A. Riley. RAN Ejection number 3.
WZ893 recovered to Nowra.
WZ941 27/02/56 875, 866, 875 Damaged 11/10/56. Brake and radio failure, aircraft ran off runway at Nowra. Served with 724 Sqn.
Crashed 11/02/60, RAN Air Station Nowra NSW – Fatal. Crashed during practice PFL. Ejection seats fired on ground impact but outside safe ejection envelope. Crew; 724 Sqn SBLT (P) F. Hodgson, EMAW2 M. Holloway. RAN Ejection number 1.
WZ942 27/02/56 207, 809 Damaged 15/4/57 when attached to 808 Sqn. Flared out on finals at NAS Nowra, aircraft landed 200 yards short of the airfield perimeter. Withdrawn 15/01/63. Used for fire training at Nowra NSW.
WZ943 27/02/56 805, 807, 865, 876 With 805 Sqn, damaged 8/8/58,undershot the runway at Nowra, lost both oleo legs. Withdrawn 06/73, last Sea Venom to fly.
Was on display on Pole Nowra as ‘876’. Returned to HMAS Albatross 1985 for cosmetic restoration. Remaining cockpit fittings were stripped out and the fuselage pod was filled with expanding foam. The Perspex canopy was replaced with sheet metal, however it fell off the pole and was damaged quite badly.
Was located at the rear of Australia’s Museum of Flight, without cockpit and forward fuselage. Some members of the ADF-Serials team purchased this aircraft in 2005 to save it from scrap. It is now in storage with another group.
WZ944 27/02/56 810, 873 Sold 25/07/66. Warbirds Museum, Mildura VIC.
Sold in USA as N7022H 1971. Owned by Rich Grinnell, Ontarion, Oregon
Currently under restoration to airworthy by John Hammons’ Ultimate Aviation, Ogden, Utah
WZ945 27/02/56 804, 805, 866 Sold for Scrap 25/07/66. Fuselage pod purchased by Camden Aviation Museum. Cockpit internals stripped out and pod sold to Syd Beck Instrument panel on display at Camden Aviation Museum Fuselage pod on display at Syd Beck Collection, Mareeba Qld
WZ946 27/02/56 807/M, 809/M, 809, 817/M, 869 28/3/1960 While taxiing forward the brakes failed and the aircraft struck the Island of HMAS Melbourne, nose on. Sold by DOS to Chieftain Aviation, Bankstown NSW. In 1974 placed on a pole at the clubs entrance. On display there for approx 25 years. Removed in 1993 it went into storage at Murrurundi NSW. Inner wings noted in Penrith car yard some time after sale.
Shipped to Portland, Oregon USA. Was offered for sale on eBay 11/2002.