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type: 1049A-55-86, modified
to 1049A-55-137 during
VW-15's BuNo 141311, TL-1, over USS Sellstrom (DER-255) in March 1957 off
the coast of Newfoundland. This is the only known picture of this ill-fated
aircraft which disappeared on 20-Feb-58 near Corvo Island, Azores. No trace
or clue was ever found of the aircraft or crew.
Official USN photo, via PHC Mahon Miller.
Navy acceptance date.
05-Sep-1956 Delivered to
USN as BuNo 141310.
05-Sep-1956 To VW-15 at
Patuxent River, MD; tail code TL-1.
??-Mar-1957 Aircraft photographed
(above) flying over USS Sellstrom (DER-255).
24-Jan-1958 VW-15 transferred
to NS Argentia, Newfoundland, from Pax Rvr.
19-Feb-1958 0853 hrs (EST),
aircraft departed Arg on normal Barrier flight
from Argentia to Azores and back, with a scheduled return time
of 1100 hrs (EST) on 20-Feb-58.
hrs (EST), last radio contact with aircraft heard; aircraft
DISAPPEARED without trace or clue; presumedly crashed approximately
110 miles northwest of Corvo Island, Azores, between North Atlantic
Barrier checkpoints "Mahogany" and "Pendulum."
28-Feb-1958 Following a
week of extensive air/sea searching, aircraft is struck
off USN inventory by AEWRON Fifteen (VW-15) and her 22-man crew are
declared "presumed dead" (TT: 1,693 hrs/est.)
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