Ahoghill man in amazing World War 2 plane era find!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Ahoghill man in amazing World War 2 plane era find! thumbnailMr Andrews has found the remnants of what may be the Fairey Firefly DK554, whch crashed off Castlerock Beach in 1946.

AN AHOGHILL man has stumbled upon what he believes may be the remains of a 'Fairey Firefly' plane used in the World War II era.
The metal detector enthusiast found the plane wreckage along Castlerock Beach and according to his research, the markings on the fuselage indicate it is a Fairey Firefly DK554 plane which may have crashed in the sea off Castlerock on December 10, 1946.
Matthew Andrews was out with his detector when he made his discovery.
He found different artefacts including coins, bolts, parts of metal and even a glass bottle intact with Ballymena embossed on it.
After finding various parts of the plane, he discovered that the aircraft is likely to be Fairey Firefly DK554, 812 Sqn (Eglinton).
The body of the pilot, 21-year-old Sub Lt Brian Watling, RN from Chelmsford, was not recovered until December 29 in the same year.
Sadly, however, the other occupant Sub Lt (A) V Perersen, RNVR, age 23 from Jylland Denmark was never found.
The Fairey Firefly was a British Second World War-era carrier-borne fighter aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA).
Designed to the contemporary FAA concept of a two-seat fleet reconnaissance/fighter, the pilot and navigator/weapons officer were housed in separate stations.
*Read the full story in this week's Guardian


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