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† April 30, 2018

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Saturday, 25 May 2019 12:56

Fairey Firefly

Fairey Firefly Mk.I, Fairey Firefly FR Mk.IV and NF Mk.V and Fairey Firefly T.Mk.1/T.Mk.2, in service with RNlNAS.

Fairey Firefly Mk. I

During the fall of 1945 two orders of fifteen aircraft each were signed. The first twenty aircraft were F.Mk.1 serialled F-1 till F-20; the remaining ten aircraft were FR.Mk.1 serialled F-21 till F-30.
The first six examples were handed over to the Dutch Navy January 18, 1946. These aircraft were assigned to 860 squadron. March 20, 1946 the first Dutch aircraft carrier 'Karel Doorman' entered service. 860 squadron was based on this ship. The flight deck was just 150 meters long and caused problems with start and landing.
August 26, 1946 the 'Doorman' left for the Dutch East Indies because of the situation there. Squadron 860 was embarked with Fireflies F-17 till F-30. The Fireflies were used for air to ground support. Several Fireflies were lost in action, such as F-22, F-24 and F-27.

During 1948 the aircraft were re-serialled, were code letter F was changed in code K. (on 25-08-1947 in the Netherlands and 26-01-1949 in Dutch East Indies). The letters were not applied as such on the aircraft, but the “6” and “11” ( F is the 6th and 11nd letter in the alphabet). The K-Serial was changed again in January 1950 in code letter P.
March 1950 860 squadron was temporarily with drawn from service. The remaining Fireflies went for a complete overhaul to the Netherlands.
In September 1946 861 squadron was established and equipped with Fireflies. It was based on naval air station Valkenburg and was dismissed in April 1947. The Fireflies went to GVO (Groep Vlieg Opleiding = Group Flight Training) and to OGV (Opleiding Gevechts Vlieger = Training Fighter Pilots).

Firefly MK I

Fairey Firefly Mk.I of squadron 860. still with British markings.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I .
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Fairey Firefly Mk. I aboard HMS Karel Doorman (ex-HMS Nairana, 1946-1948).
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Public watching a Fairey Firefly Mk.I at Perak, NEI, 1946
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I aboard HMS Karel Doorman (ex-HMS Nairana, 1946-1948)..
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I of squadron 860, stil with British markings aboard HMS Karel Doorman (ex-HMS Nairana, 1946-1948).
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I . Note the mountings for rockets under the wings an the mountings for the ASV radar under the fuselage.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I serial 11-6.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I serial K-20at naval air station Morokrembangan.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I serials 19, 20 and 28 flying in formation above NEI.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I serial K-19 flying over the eastern part of Java.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I flying over NEI, firing rockets.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I serial F-5, in service from January 18, 1946 till December 21, 1948. Modified to trainer T.Mk. I and used as such till September 22, 1959 and scrapped in the Netherlands.
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Personnel of squadron 5 in front of Fairey Firefly serial P.25 at the end of the fifties.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.I (at naval aior station Hato.
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Fairey Firefly T.Mk.1 and T.Mk.2 trainer.

In June 1948 the second (and larger) 'Karel Doorman' entered Dutch service and a start with training for deck landings was made with three Firefly T.1's (converted Mk.I's).
After a display at the end of 1946 with a Fairey converted Firefly it was decided to modify the Mk.1's to T.1. The first one, F-1 was converted at the Fairey Factories, the other two, F.8 and F.12 were converted at Aviolanda using parts delivered by Fairey. The T.1's were serialled L-11 (ex F-1); L-12 (ex-F-12) and L-13 (ex F-8). Later four T.2 were built by Aviolanda, to know F-4, (became U-14) and F-5 (became U-15), both delivered in 1949. In 1951 Fireflies F-23 and F-29 were modified and delivered in July1952 as U-16 and U-17. The two remaining T.1's, L-11 and L-12, were re-serialled U-11 and U-12. The L-13 crashed on November 8, 1948. (as noted above, the “L” serial was applied as “12” on the aircraft; “U” was applied as “21”).
Early 1951 the "Doorman" departed with Squadron 1, with Fireflies P-6; P-17; P-25; P-26 P-30 and trainers U-11; U-12 and U-14 and P-7, P-11, P-28 an U-15 as spare
The main task of squadron 1 was besides air defence also training with marines and ships. During 1954 the Mk.1's were replaced with Firefly Mk.4's

Fireflies P-6 and P-30 were lost because of a collision on October 14, 1952.
Trainers U-16 and U-17 stayed at Valkenburg for advanced carrier training and target tow duties.
During 1959 U-12 and U-17 sere re-serialled as 003 and 004 respectively, in March 1960 both aircraft were scrapped.

Firefly Trainers

Advanced trainer Fairey Firefly T.1
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Formation Firefly Mk.IV and, at the right a Firelfy T.Mk.1.
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Advanced trainer Fairey Firefly T.1.
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Fairey Firefly T.Mk.1 L-11 (1948-1959) Advanced trainer.
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Fairey Firefly trainer T.Mk. I nr 21-16 of VSQ-5 after a crash op November 25, 1953
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Fairey Firefly T.Mk 1 Advanced trainer, serial 12.11, entered service on February 9, 1948, scrapped on September 22, 1959.
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Crash of Fairey Firefly T.Mk. 1/2, serial 12-11 on September 22, 1959
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Fairey Firefly T.1 L-11 advanced trainer at air station "HATO" Curaçao.
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Fairey Firefly FR Mk.IV and NF Mk.V

During 1947 the RNlNAS received 40 Fireflies FR.4's, serialled K-31 till K-70 11-31 t/m 11-70). These aircraft were added to squadron 1, 2 and squadron 4. Early 1949 the RNlNAS received another fourteen Fireflies NF.5 serialled K-71 till K-84 (11-71 till 11-84) and in November 1952 four ex Canadian Navy FR.4's were added serialled P-86 till P-89 (16-86 till 16-89).
Squadron 2 and 4 participated frequently in NATO exercises, operating from the Dutch carrier of often also from British carries. During 1954 the Fireflies were replaced with Avenger at squadron 2 and 4.
In 1955 squadron 7 was established to be based at Biak, Dutch New-Guinea.

In 1959 the Fireflies were re-serialled, The remaining Fireflies received serials 005 till 017 with letter “B” of Biak. When 322 squadron RNlNAF arrived with their Hawker Hunters, squadron 7 was withdrawn in December 1961 and the Fireflies were withdrawn from use.

 

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Fairey Firefly NF.V of the Royal Naval Historical Flight, photgraphed at the Airshow "MLD 75 jaar" (75 years RNlNAS), June 1992 at Naval air station Valkenburg.

 

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Fairey Firefly NF.V of the Royal Naval Historical Flight, photographed at the Airshow "MLD 75 jaar" (75 years RNlNAS), June 1992 at Naval air station Valkenburg.

 

Fairey Firefly MK.IV (1946-1961), serial K-30 (F-30, P-30)
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Fairey Firefly Mk. IV aboard Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman (1948-1968)
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 46 , K 46 
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV K-56
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV K-46 entered service on August 22, 1947, scrapped on February 6, 1959 at naval air station Biak
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV K-59 entered service on October 2, 1947; on October 26, 1961 as monument at naval air station Biak
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P-65 at Hato
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 46 , K 46 at Eelde air show, spring 1948.
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Fairey Firefly MK.IV nr. K-34 (P-34) during the Pentecost air show at airfield Eelde, Groningen
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 44, (1947-1959)
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 48 , K 48 
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV 'P-57' at naval air station Valkenburg in 1954
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 46 (1947-1959)
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV (1946-1961), naval air station Biak, 1961-12-06
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Fairey Firefly MK.IV nr. P-36 (K-36)
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 44, (1947-1959)
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P-65 (1947-1953), flying over Curaçao
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV P-60 (1947-1953), a/b HMS Illustrious
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, K 45
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De Firefly NF Mk.V 014 crashed at naval air station Biak
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De Firefly NF Mk.V nr 014 crashed at naval air station Biak
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Fairey Firefly NF.Mk.V K-72 entered service on April 26, 1949; crashed on May 11, 1951 at naval air station Biak.
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Fairey Firefly NF.Mk.V K-82.
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Fairey Firefly Mk.IV nr. 010 (K-59, P-59) at Biak
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 58; in maintenance aboard Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman.
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Fairey Firefly MK.IV (1946-1961), nr. P-31 (K-31) with "Delmar" target tow.
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Fairey Firefly MK.IV nr. P-37 (K-37), with "Delmar" target tow.
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Fairey Firefly Mk IV, P 49, P 50 with winch at naval air station Valkenburg
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV with shark mouth at Biak; left rear admiral pilot Den Hollander
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Fairey Firefly Mk V, F 015 ,(1949-1961) with shark mouth. Squadron 7 went out of service at naval air station Biak, December 1961
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV with shark mouth at Biak
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV with shark mouth at Biak
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV with shark mouth at Biak
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Fairey Firefly MK.IV at naval air station Biak.
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV with shark mout at Biak
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Fairey Firefly Mk V, serial F 015,. Last flight of the comandder of no 7 squadron , G.A.M. van Wermeskerken; Just landed at naval air station Biak
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Fairey Firefly Mk.IV as decoy at naval air station Biak
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Fairey Firefly Mk.IV F-4 at naval air station Valkenburg
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Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.IV serial 005, ex K-33
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Fairey Firefly Mk.IV nr. 005 (ex K-33, ex P-33) moved in position for aligning the guns at naval air station Biak.
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