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Fairey Firefly F.1/T.1/T.2 * Retired *
30 Mark F.1 fighter aircraft obtained from Royal Navy, delivered 18 January to 20 June 1946. Serialled 6-1 to 6-30 (some later with 11 or 16 prefixes). Of these, 15 aircraft to NEI. Used by 860 Sqn (6-13, 6-17 to 6-30) in NEI, 861 Sqn (6-5, 6-8, 6-12 and 6-16) in UK and 1 Sqn (16-6,-7,-11,-16,-17,-19,-20,-21,-25,-26,-28,-30) in Dutch Antilles. Last withdrawn 8 June 1954. 11- serials from 25 Aug 1947 in Netherlands, and 26 Jan 1949 in NEI. 16- serials from 11 Jan 1950.
7 of above converted to T.1 advanced and T.2 weapons trainer versions by Aviolanda 9 February 1948-17 July 1952. Serials 12-11 to 12-14 (T.1) and 12-15 to 12-17 (T.2). Served with 1 and 5 sqns. Last withdrawn 12 March 1960. (Note: 12-11 and 12-12 (12-14?), later 21-11 and 21-12 (21-14?) delivered from Royal Navy as T.2 versions already).
Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
6-1 F.6169 PP458 18 Jan 1946 converted to T.2 12-11 18 June 1947-9 Feb 1948, later 21-11. Scrapped Netherlands 22 Sept 1959
6-2 F.6183 PP472 18 Jan 1946 ditched in sea 20 Aug 1946, W/o 14 Oct 1946
6-3 F.6166 PP473 18 Jan 1946 later 11-3, 16-3. Scrapped Valkenburg 21 June 1952
6-4 F.6200 PP489 18 Jan 1946 later 11-4. Converted to T.2 12-14 21 Dec 1948-21 June 1949, later 21-14, in the sea 17 Jan 1957
6-5 F.6198 PP487 18 Jan 1946 later 11-5. Converted to T.2 12-15 21 Dec 1948-Oct 1949, later 21-15, scrapped Netherlands 13 Sept 1957
6-6 F.6195 PP484 18 Jan 1946 later 11-6, 16-6. collision with P-30, Scrapped 14 Oct 1952
6-7 F.6197 PP486 13 Feb 1946 later 11-7, 16-7. wfu Dutch Antilles 2 Nov 1953, Scrapped 1954
6-8 F.6203 PP492 13 Feb 1946 converted to T.2 12-13 27 Aug 1947-Sept 1948, later 21-13, accident Voorhout w/o 8 Nov 1948
6-9 F.6204 PP493 13 Feb 1946 later 11-9?, ditched North Sea Dec 1946, w/o 12-13 Feb 1946
6-10 F.6185 PP474 13 Feb 1946 accident at Fearn 5 Apr 1946, w/o 15 Apr 1946
6-11 F.6213 PP527 13 Feb 1946 later 11-11, 16-11. accident Dutch Antilles 21 May 1953
6-12 F.6208 PP497 13 Feb 1946 Converted to T.2 12-12 10 Sept 1947-Sept 1948, later 21-12, 003. Scrapped Netherlands 12 Mar 1960
6-13 F.6214 PP528 22 Feb 1946 accident NEI, w/o 12 Oct 1946
6-14 F.6205 PP494 22 Feb 1946 later 11-14. accident Valkenburg 20 Jan 1950, w/o 25 Jan 1950
6-15 F.6212 PP526 22 Feb 1946 accident Apeldoorn 7 Oct 1946, w/o 2 Dec 1946
6-16 F.6217 PP583 17 May 1946 later 11-16, 16-16. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 8 June 1954
6-17 F.6264 PP590 17 May 1946 later 11-17, 16-17. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 28 Apr 1954
6-18 F.6265 PP591 17 May 1946 later 11-18, 16-18. accident NEI 17 Mar 1947, w/o 11 Feb 1952
6-19 F.6266 PP592 17 May 1946 later 11-19, 16-19. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 8 June 1954
6-20 F.6267 PP593 22 May 1946 later 11-20, 16-20. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 8 June 1954
6-21 F.6275 PP601 18 June 1946 later 11-21, 16-21. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 8 June 1954
6-22 F.6276 PP602 18 June 1946 crashed NEI, w/o 21 July 1947
6-23 F.6277 PP603 18 June 1946 later 11-23. Converted to T.2 21-16 15 May 1951-6 July 1952, in the sea 21 Dec 1956
6-24 F.6280 PP606 18 June 1946 ditched NEI w/o 14 May 1957
6-25 F.6281 PP607 20 June 1946 later 11-25, 16-25. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 28 Apr 1954
6-26 F.6288 PP614 20 June 1946 later 11-26, 16-26. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 28 Apr 1954
6-27 F.6289 PP615 20 June 1946 crashed NEI, w/o 4 Aug 1947
6-28 F.6290 PP616 20 June 1946 later 11-28, 16-28. Scrapped in Dutch Antilles 8 June 1954
6-29 F.6293 PP619 20 June 1946 later 11-29. Converted to T.2 21-17 15 May 1951-17 July 1952, later 004, scrapped Netherlands 12 Mar 1960
6-30 F.6297 PP623 20 June 1946 later 11-30, 16-30. collison with 16-6 in Dutch Antilles, w/o 14 Oct 1952

References:

  • Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978 by Paul A Jackson (1978)
  • 70 Jaar Marineluchtvaartdienst by N. Geldhof (1987)
  • Fairey Firefly by W. Harrison, Airlife Publishing (1992)


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