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Fairey Firefly FR.4 * Retired *
40 Mark FR.4 delivered new 18 April 1947 to 3 October 1947 to 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 sqns. Last 6 withdrawn 15 December1961, after use as target tugs. Serials 6-31 to 6-70 (later 11- or 16- ). 16- serials from 1950 and xxx serials in 1959.
Components from 16-39 to 16-87, 16-43 to 16-86, 16-58 to 16-82.
Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
6-31 F.8227   18 Apr 1947 later 11-31, to 16-31, Target Tug, scrapped Dutch Antilles 1 Dec 1957
6-32 F.8228   18 Apr 1947 later 11-32, to 16-32, accident HMS Illustrious 5 Sept 1953 in UK
6-33 F.8229   18 Apr 1947 later 11-33, to 16-33, to 005, scrapped Boroekoe NEI 15 Dec 1961
6-34 F.8230   18 Apr 1947 later 11-32, to 16-34, accident Dutch Antilles 23 May 1957
6-35 F.8231   23 Apr 1947 later 11-35, ditched in sea Karel Doorman, w/o 15 Nov 1949
6-36 F.8232   24 Apr 1947 later 11-36, to 16-36, scrapped Dutch Antilles 1 July 1957
6-37 F.8233   18 Apr 1947 later 11-37, to 16-37, Target Tug, scrapped Dutch Antilles 1 Mar 1957
6-38 F.8234   18 Apr 1947 later 11-38, to 16-38, accident Dutch Antilles 9 Dec 1956
6-39 F.8235   18 Apr 1947 later 11-39, to 16-39, accident Dutch Antilles 10 Mar 1953
6-40 F.8236   18 Apr 1947 later 11-40, to 16-40, scrapped Boroekoe NEI 1 Mar 1959
6-41 F.8237   24 Apr 1947 later 11-41, to 16-41, Target Tug, ditched in sea near Noordwijk 22 June 1954
6-42 F.8238   18 Apr 1947 later 11-42, to 16-42, Target Tug, scrapped Boroekoe 16 Sept 1958
6-43 F.8239   23 Apr 1947 later 11-43, to 16-43, accident Valkenburg 8 Apr 1953
6-44 F.8240   24 Apr 1947 later 11-44, to 16-44, scrapped Boroekoe 1 Mar 1959
6-45 F.8241   18 Apr 1947 later 11-45, to 16-46, ditched in sea HMS indomitable 10 July 1951
6-46 F.8242   22 Aug 1947 later 11-46, to 16-46, scrapped Boroekoe 6 Feb 1959
6-47 F.8243   22 Aug 1947 later 11-47, to 16-47, to 006, Target Tug, accident Boroekoe 6 Dec 1960
6-48 F.8244   22 Aug 1947 later 11-48, to 16-48, to 007, Target Tug, scrapped Boroekoe 20 Nov 1961
6-49 F.8245   22 Aug 1947 later 11-49, to 16-49, to 008, Target Tug, scrapped Boroekoe 17 July 1961
6-50 F.8246   22 Aug 1947 later 11-50, accident Karel Doorman w/o 9 Feb 1950
6-51 F.8247   22 Aug 1947 later 11-51, to 16-51, scrapped Dutch Antilles 10 Nov 1954
6-52 F.8248   22 Aug 1947 later 11-52, to 16-52, scrapped Boroekoe 28 Apr 1958
6-53 F.8249   22 Aug 1947 later 11-53, to 16-53, scrapped Dutch Antilles Mar 1958
6-54 F.8250   22 Aug 1947 later 11-54, to 16-54, scrapped Dutch Antilles 7 June 1955
6-55 F.8251   22 Aug 1947 later 11-55, to 16-55, scrapped Boroekoe 24 Feb 1959
6-56 F.8252   22 Aug 1947 later 11-56, accident near Valkenburg, w/o 24 Aug 1948
6-57 F.8253   2 Oct 1947 later 11-57, to 16-57, to 009, scrapped Boroekoe 15 Dec 1961
6-58 F.8254   22 Aug 1947 later 11-58, to 16-58, accident Karel Doorman 14 Jan 1954
6-59 F.8255   2 Oct 1947 later 11-59, to 16-59, to 010, preserved Boroekoe 26 Oct 1961
6-60 F.8256   2 Oct 1947 later 11-60, to 16-60, scrapped Boroekoe 25 May 1959
6-61 F.8257   26 Aug 1947 later 11-61, to 16-61, scrapped Netherlands 8 Sept 1953
6-62 F.8258   26 Aug 1947 later 11-62, to 16-62, scrapped Boroekoe 30 Mar 1957
6-63 F.8259   26 Aug 1947 later 11-63, accident Valkenburg w/o 9 June 1949
6-64 F.8260   2 Oct 1947 later 11-64, to 16-64, scrapped Dutch Antilles 1 June 1957
6-65 F.8261   2 Oct 1947 later 11-65, to 16-65, scrapped Dutch Antilles 1 July 1957
6-66 F.8262   3 Oct 1947 later 11-66, to 16-66, scrapped Boroekoe 2 Jan 1959
6-67 F.8263   3 Oct 1947 later 11-67, to 16-67, accident HMS Theseus, w/o 21 Sept 1952
6-68 F.8264   3 Oct 1947 later 11-68, to 16-68, in the sea New Guinea, w/o 16 Jan 1959
6-69 F.8265   3 Oct 1947 later 11-69, accident HMS Theseus, w/o 5 July 1949
6-70 F.8266   3 Oct 1947 later 11-70, to 16-70, in the sea near Noordwijk 22 Apr 1953

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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