Aircraft Type Photos
BELOW: Royal Navy Fairey Firefly AS6 WB518.
This aircraft is the same variant as the one featured on this page.
BELOW: Royal Canadian Navy Fairey Firefly Mk.5 VH142 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Photo: 2008 'Balcer'. Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
Aircraft Type and Background
RN (NAS) Fairey Firefly AS6 / VX396
Aircraft Type Nickname: "Firebox"
A two-seater (pilot and observer) fleet reconnaissance, anti-submarine, night fighter and strike aircraft used by the Fleet Air Arm / Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy. Successor to the Fairey Fulmar, the Fairey Firefly was considered a superior aircraft and was powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon engine.
The Firefly was equipped with folding wings for use on aircraft carriers.
The aircraft continued in service until 1950, when it was retired from the FAA. Aircraft production continued, however, until 1955; and the Firefly was still being used elsewhere for several years after this.
Firefly fighters were engaged in action against the German battleship, Tirpitz, and against targets in Norway, Palembang and Japan.
BELOW: Examples of Rolls-Royce Griffon engines. Variants of this engine were fitted to Fairey Firefly, Supermarine Spitfire, and other fighter aircraft.
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Photo: [n/d] Released by the author under GNU Free Documentation License
(See also the later Rolls Royce Griffon 65 engine photos at Aircraft Resource Center)
Aircraft Squadron Details
During World War II, 1830 RNVR Squadron had been active in Sabang (1944), Palembang (1945) and Okinawa (1945).
1830 Squadron was formed at Abbotsinch (Glasgow) in 1947. Under the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), it operated as a fighter and anti-submarine squadron until 1957.
1843 Squadron History (WWII period).
1830 and 1843 RNVR formed the Scottish Air Division based at the RNAS Abbotsinch.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
Both airmen died in this accident . They were:
[Many thanks to Ken Morrison for this
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 5 Jul 1953
Brown Hill (365m)
Nearest roads: A70; B7078 (M74).
Region: South Lanarkshire
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large towns:
Hamilton (N) or Motherwell (N).
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: No known remains.
Registration or Serial: VX396.
Operating Base: RNAS Abbotsinch; 1830 & 1843 RNVR Squadrons (Base also for RAF Abbotsinch / RN HMS Sanderling)
Base Location: Glasgow (Abbotsinch [map]), Scotland.
Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.
Current Airport Name: BAA Glasgow International Airport (EGPF)
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1843 Naval Air Squadron (WWII era history)
Fairey Firefly AS Mk.6 at Warbird Depot (Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum)
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Fairey Firefly VX396
Brown Hill, Douglas, Lanarkshire