Fairey Firefly Z2108

Cuidhe Crom, Lochnagar













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: Royal Navy Fairey Firefly WB518.


Royal Navy Fairey Firefly WB518, similar to Firefly featured on this page


Photo: 2002-2004 Paul Maritz ('paulmaz'). Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.






Aircraft Type and Background


RN (FAA / NAS) Fairey Firefly T1 / Z2108, 245LM



Aircraft Type Nickname: "Firebox"



A two-seater (pilot and observer) fleet reconnaissance, anti-submarine, night fighter and strike aircraft used by the Fleet Air Arm / Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy. Successor to the Fairey Fulmar, the Fairey Firefly was considered a superior aircraft and was powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon engine. The Firefly was equipped with folding wings for use on aircraft carriers.


The aircraft continued in service until 1950, when it was retired from the FAA. Aircraft production continued, however, until 1955; and the Firefly was still being used elsewhere for several years after this.


Firefly fighters were engaged in action against the German battleship, Tirpitz, and against targets in Norway, Palembang and Japan.



BELOW: Royal Canadian Navy Fairey Firefly Mk.5 VH142 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.


Royal Canadian Navy Fairey Firefly VH142 at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum


Photo: 2008 'Balcer'. Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License






Aircraft Accident Details


The Firefly featured here belonged to 766 Naval Air Squadron. It operated from HMS Fulmar (RNAS Lossiemouth).


The aircraft was on a training flight from its base when it flew into bad weather and crashed into the upper slopes of Cuidhe Crom, Lochnagar, killing both airmen.


The wreckage was discovered two days later by RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team (MRT).





Aircraft Crew Casualties


The two airmen who died in this accident were:

  • Lt Adrian A Dowell

  • Lt Reginald M Osborne





Crash Site Photos (Page 1-A)


BELOW: Pieces of fuselage from the Fairey Firefly aircraft.


section of fuselage from the firefly.


Photo: © 2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Small pieces from the airframe.


small pieces from airframe


Photo: © 2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Remains of the tail from Fairey Firefly Z2108.


remains of the firefly's tail.


Photo: © 2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Another view of the Firefly's tail.


another view of tail.


Photo: © 2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: The supercharger / carburettor from the Firefly's engine.


supercharger / carburettor.


Photo: © 2014 Gary Nelson




More photos from Gary Nelson's collection on pages:


1-B; 1-C, and 1-D.















BELOW: The Fairey Firefly's Rolls Royce Griffon engine.


the fairey firefly's rolls-royce griffon engine


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Wreckage from part of the Firefly's airframe.


The yellow paint indicates that this aircraft was used for training purposes.


wreckage from part of the airframe


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The name 'Royal Navy' with the serial code beneath is just visible on this section of wreckage.


the name 'Royal Navy' with the serial code is just visible on this section of wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Part of the wreckage from the Fairey Firefly that crashed on Cuidhe Crom, Lochnagar.


Other wreckage lies scattered over the hillside.


part of a wing from the fairey firefly at lochnagar


Photo © 2012 Iain Kesson



BELOW: Another view of the Firefly's remaining wreckage.


another view of firefly wing


Photo © 2012 Iain Kesson



BELOW: Underside of firefly wing section (?)


firefly wing section - underside


Photo © 2012 Iain Kesson






















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 16 May 1949


Accident Site:

Cuidhe Crom, Lochnagar, Cairngorms. (1,083m)


Region: Aberdeenshire (Balmoral Forest)


Nearest towns or villages: Braemar or Ballater


Nearest large town or city: Aberdeen (E)


OS Grid Refs: N/A


GPS Refs: N/A


Present Condition: Griffon engine, wings, landing gear, and other large and small pieces of wreckage can still be found at the site. However, some of it is scattered over a wide area.



Other air crash site in this vicinity:


RAF English Electric Canberra WJ615 on Carn an t-Sagairt Mòr, W of Cuidhe Crom.)





Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: Z2108, 245LM


Operator: Royal Navy (766 Squadron Naval Air Squadron)


Operating Station: RNAS (Royal Naval Air Station) Lossiemouth (HMS Fulmar) [aerial view map]


Station Location: Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.


Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Station.

Returned by Fleet Air Arm to RAF in 1972.


(Under government proposals made in 2011, after 2013 when RAF Leuchars closes, RAF Lossiemouth will be the only remaining operational air station in Scotland.)


Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth






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