FAIREY FIREFLY 5, 812 SQUADRON, 14TH CARRIER AIR GROUP, COVERING SERVICE IN THE KOREAN WAR : AIRCRAFT SERVICING FORMS 1949 - 1955.

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1949 - 1955. 18 consecutive Aircraft Servicing Forms (Naval Form A. 700) for Firefly No. WB351 + 4 other Travelling Copies + 2 other substantial copies + 3 Chronological Airframe Logs. (All filled out to varying degrees.) Soft c.c., 24 x 21 cm. POOR ' V.G. This collection holds a total of 24 Aircraft Servicing Forms (Naval Form A.700), 4 of which are travelling copies, plus 3 Chronological Airframe Logs. The Servicing Forms record such information of an aircraft as a Daily Inspection Certificate, Flight Servicing, Pilot's Acceptance and Flying Log, Change of Serviceability Log, and Compass Log. The collection relates to a Fairey Firefly 5, aircraft number WB 351, which served with 812 Squadron in the Korean War and there is a mention of aircraft damaged by enemy action. Carriers referred to include HMS GLORY, HMS PERSEUS, HMS UNICORN, HMAS SYDNEY etc. Also mentioned are RNAS Anthorn, RNAY Fleetlands, RNAS Abbotsinch, RNAS Culham, etc. The post-World War II Mk. 5 Firefly, famous for its power-folding wings, began to be fitted with varying equipment for specialised roles, resulting in the sub-variant F.R.5 for day-fighter-reconnaissance, which is the type covered here. First-line Firefly squadrons of the F.A.A. re-equipped with the Mk.5 version during 1948 and 1949. The following year war broke out in Korea and during this two-year conflict Fireflies found themselves back in the Far East as they had been in World War II. Though strikes against enemy mine-layers and supply shipping were flown, the major part of the flying was in support of the armies ashore, disrupting enemy supplies and communications. In these bombing and rocket strikes Fireflies shared honours with Hawker Sea Furies, and some remarkable records of intensive operational flying and high serviceability factors were achieved. This ephemera gives a detailed record of one such example of servicing achievement. From the time the first air sortie was flown at the beginning of the war, no aircraft was ever unserviceable for longer than two hours, and no less than 1,300 deck landings were made without a failure or accident of any kind. As the war progresses the light fleet carriers gradually increased their average daily sorties flown from 60 to 120. The aircraft WB 351 which is recorded in this ephemera belonged to No. 812 Squadron, 14th Carrier Air Group, which was one of those Firefly squadrons engaged in the Korean operations. Owen Thetford, in his acclaimed Putnam publication, British Naval Aircraft 1912-58 (1st ed., 1958, p. 166), commends the very Group to which this particular aircraft belonged : A particularly distinguished record was put up by the 14th Carrier Air Group, comprised of the Fireflies of No. 812 Squadron and the Sea Furies of No. 804 Squadron, embarked in the light fleet carrier GLORY. This Group flew 4,834 operational sorties in the Korean War for the loss of only 27 aircraft. A fascinating and UNIQUE COLLECTION.


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