F4U-1D Corsair JT461

Enegars Corrie, Hoy, Orkney

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: A Vought-Sikorsky F4U-1D Corsair of the RN Fleet Air Arm on display at the 2008 'Flying Legends' show in Duxford, UK

 

a corsair fg-1d in flight

 

Photo : 2008 'Rror'. Released by the author to the public domain under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licensing arrangement.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RNAS Chance Vought-Sikorsky F4U-1D Corsair Mk II /JT461

 

The Vought F4U Corsair was designed by Sikorsky and Beisel for use as a US carrier fighter. First types were equipped with a 2000hp Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, and could achieve speeds in excess of 400mph.

 

Initially rejected by the US Navy, the Corsair was accepted into service by the US Marine Corps (USMC).

 

In 1943, Britain accepted the Corsair into service for use as a carrier-borne fighter with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). It was found to be a highly manoeuvrable fighter, capable of out-turning most other contemporary aircraft.

 

Among other types, Corsairs were used to attack the German battleship, DKM Tirpitz during 'Operation Mascot'.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

At the time of the accident, the aircraft had been flying from RNAS Hatson close to Kirkwall on Orkney to the aircraft-carrier, HMS Formidable. However, shortly after take-off, contact was lost with the aircraft which failed to arrive at its destination. The causes of this aircraft crash are unknown.

 

The wrecked aircraft was located eventually near Enegars Corrie, North of the Cuilags on the Isle of Hoy.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

The pilot who died in this accident was:

Memorial photograph at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery.

 


 

BELOW: This headstone marks the grave of the Corsair pilot, acting Sub/Lt Edward de Aulton Hewetson (23) (RNZVR) at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Isle of Hoy, Orkney.

 

(Plot H. North Border. Grave 6)

 

grave of the corsair pilot, acting sub lt Hewetson, and lyness royal naval cemetery

 

Photo: © 2008 Stephen Spink

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Various wreckage parts from the Vought Corsair.

 

various wreckage parts from the vought corsair

 

Photo: © 2008 Stephen Spink

 


 

BELOW: Part of a remaining wing section from Chance Vought Corsair JT461 which crashed near Enegars Corrie, on Hoy, Orkney Islands, in 1944.

 

remaining wing wreckage from vought corsair crash at enegars corrie hoy

 

Photo: © 2008 Stephen Spink

 


 

BELOW: An isolated section of wreckage from the Corsair.

 

an isolated section of wreckage from the corsair

 

Photo: © 2008 Stephen Spink

 


 

BELOW: A larger section of wreckage from the Vought Corsair.

 

a larger wreckage section

 

Photo: © 2008 Stephen Spink

 


 

BELOW: An overview of the area. The crash site is near the centre of the picture.

 

overview of crash site - centre - from distance

 

Photo: © 2008 Stephen Spink

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 11 Jul 1944

 

Accident Site:

Enegars Corrie (350m)

(NW side of Cuilags)

 

Region: Orkney Isles (Hoy)

 

Nearest town or village:

Murra or Linksness

 

Nearest large town:

None on Hoy. Nearest by ferry to Stromness (N) or Kirkwall (E) on Orkney mainland.

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Most of this aircraft was removed from the crash site, although some wing parts and other debris remain onsite.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: JT461 (Coded 7C)

 

Operator: RNAS (1841; Naval Air Squadron)

 

Operating Base: RNAS Hatson (X6HT). Also base for RN; HMS Sparrowhawk.

 

Base Location: Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland.

 

Current Airport Status: Closed 1957. Some parts still remain. Road intersects site, part of which has now been converted for industrial use.

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

Accident Specific Links

CrashSiteOrkney.com (scroll down page for Corsair aircraft)

Peak District Air Accident Research

 

RN / RNAS / FAA Links

Chance Vought F4U Corsair at Fleet Air Arm Archive

Lyness Naval Cemetery at Hoy, Orkney Islands

Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Hoy, Orkney Islands

 

Chance Vought-Sikorsky Links

Sikorsky Helicopters history

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. (Company History)

Vought at Wikipedia

Vought-Sikorsky and Chance Vought Aircraft history

 

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Aviation Research Group Orkney Shetland (A.R.G.O.S.)

Hoy at iKnow Scotland

Hoy at Undiscovered Scotland

 

 

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