11/3/1963 with 725 Sqdn and whilst returning from a "Fly Past"
practice in Canberra, the Commanding Officer of 725Sqdn and crew
rescued the pilot of RAAF Sabre A94-931, Group Captain Mather D.F.C
who had ejected from his Sabre after the engine failed near Lake
The First Wessex rescue for 725Sqdn.
Used to pick up Engine of Skyhawk N13-155051 on 150 Foot strap 1979.
Served with 816 Sqn (25/03/84).
Boost Pump Failure while being flown by SubLt Croft, 25/03/84
returned to Nowra.
Was aboard HMAS Tobruk in 1985.
The embarkation was in support of the South East Asian Leaders
Conference in Tuvalu.
Bomb dump at RANAS Nowra 1997
Destroyed Nowra fire ground 1998.
Ditched 23/11/70 after engine failure during night flying dunking
sortie Shoalhaven Bight.
With 725 Sqdn LEUT(P)J.Wilkie RAN, SBLT(P) R.G Snell RAN,LT(O) C.R
Linsell RN, Aircrewman LSUC J.P McCraken.
Only one of two inflation bags operated and aircraft turned upside
down in the water.
Whilst being towed into Jervis Bay the aircraft sank.
Crew rescued by Wessex 820.
Heavy landing 8/8/89 due to ground
resonance aboard HMAS Success during
Exercise Kangaroo 89.
Lt(P)White RAN, Lt(P)Lister RAN & LSA Knolls.
To Darwin Aviation Museum 11/89.
Currently on display.
Instructional Airframe, HMAS Nirimba 19/01/87.
Training Aid at RSTT Wagga since 1994.
7/12/2015 returned by road to FAA Museum Nowra
To Hawker de Havilland Victoria as training aid
Currently on display Moorabbin Air Museum.
21/3/1967 Flown by Lcdr (P) P Vickers RAN.
Crashed at RANAS Nowra. Repaired.
On board HMAS Melbourne, 'Spithead Deployment' 28/04/77 to 04/10/77
On deck HMAS Melbourne 28 June '77 for Queens Silver Jubilee Naval
Review, Lee on Solent UK.
Exercise 'Highwood' 5-20 July '77, North Sea, 15 hours total air
time for this exercise.
Sold to Ron Schneider of Ruppanyup Victoria.
A Mk 31A flown by Lcdr Smiley USN and Lt Bronson USN on a pilot
Had an engine failure and ditched off Nowra.
Crew safely recovered
20/11/62, Ditched 14/09/64, A Mk31A aircraft had a power loss and
ditched at Shoalhaven Bight and sank. The crew LCDR Smiley USN, S/Lt(P)P
Ward RAN, P.O R Barnes and Leading Seaman D.J Sanderson rescued.
Written off 20/07/65.
Ditched 19/11/74 off Beecroft Head NSW.
Pilot Lt(P) P Davidson RAN SBLT(P) Jackson RAN SBLT(O) J.D Jones RAN
and LSA Payne crew.
Engine failure in hover.
Ditched and only one inflation bag operated.
Aircraft turned upside down and sank.
Crew rescued safely by Wessex 815. (N7-205)
Ditched 31/05/87, off Bondi NSW.
LCDR(P) K.Alderman RAN LCDR(P) Kinross RAN POA Hartford & LSA Brown.
Aircraft was enroute to Rockhampton (Qld) to exercise with USN
Battle Group and was to embark on the aircraft carrier USS Midway.
Engine failed at 500feet.
Crew rescued by LEUT Reyne in Wessex 836.
Aircraft floated for about 45 minutes before one of the flotation
bags burst and aircraft turned upside down.
Towed to Botany Bay recovered, stripped of spares and used as
Firefighting Training Aid at NAS Nowra.
Currently used for fire training on Nowra Fire Ground
Was stored out the Back in the Open at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra
NSW in 2002/3.
Currently at the Vietnam Veterans Museum, Newhaven, Phillip Island,
Was under restoration however with the arrival of Wessex N7-221 it
was disassembled went into storage.
Reported seen being taken to a scrap yard in
Dandenong, Vic 11/2014
Bare shell offered for sale on Ebay 12/2014
Purchased by Dick Winterburn and moved to his property at Launching
With 725 Sqdn Lt(P) M.Buckett RAN, SBLT(P) Rieck RAN, Lt(O)
POACM Barnes RAN and Commander(E) Phillmore RN.
Aircraft carrying out a transfer from HMAS Vampire, winch cable
possibly snagged on the ship and the ship rolled in the swell, winch
wire snapped and entered rotor head.
Aircraft ditched & sank 8 NM East of Point Perpendicular.
Crew picked up by HMAS Vampire.
Ditched on 22/1/78 when with 817 Sqn for SAR duties was transiting
from RANAS Nowra to HMAS Melbourne when it had a complete engine
failure and ditched in Jervis Bay near Bowen Island.
Leut(P) D.Anderson RAN LSA R.Cousins and AB Wilkinson swam ashore.
The helo remained afloat and was towed to Murrays Beach from where
it was underslung on an RAAF Chinook helicopter and flown to NAS
Stored but never repaired and while after being on loan on static
display in Melbourne City N7-212 was struck off charge on 12/04/89.
Was located at Country Fire Authority Training ground at Fiskville,
Vic as a fire training aid.
10/2012 moved to and on display at Richard Winterburn's aircraft museum at Heathcote, Vic.
2015 Sold to Badgery Creek, NSW Paint Ball Park
On board HMAS Melbourne, 'Spithead Deployment' 28/04/77 until
ditched with HS817.
RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset UK. 22-28 June '77 to participate in mass
flypast for Queens Silver Jubilee celebrations, only RAN helo to
Ditched 13/07/77, North Sea, Europe.
The aircraft was performing plane guard duties from the HMAS
Melbourne on Exercise "Highwood" in the Irish Sea with Lt(P) Phil
Pinniger RAN. The carrier was in the process of launching A4
Skyhawks at the time. The Wessex ditched and Lt Pinniger, Aircrewman
Bob Cousins and ships diver ABATA Richard Stanford exited the
aircraft. The aircraft was then cut in half by the destroyer HMAS
Brisbane that had steamed in to position to pick the aircrew up.
Divers from Melbourne attached crane cables and airframe less its
tail section was raised onto the deck.
Portion of fuselage now in private ownership at Auburn NSW as of
Damaged 19/11/74,aircraft retired 31 December 1989.
Held at FAA Museum Nowra 1990
Reported at at RAAF Williamtown as a training aid.
Current status unknown.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Crashed Fatal 04/12/83, in Bass Strait near East Sale VIC after
major transmission failure on the return from an exercise at night
from the Bass Strait Oil Rigs.
Pilot Lt Mark Henschke tried to make land, but it crashed short of
the beach killing the aircrewman Gary Macey and an CPL J Campbell
Was recovered and stored at HMAS Albatross.
Reduced to components 07/09/88.
On 8th January 1985 with the Commanding Officer of 816 Sqdn LCDR C
Mayo(P) RAN & LEUT VEB Di Pietro (P) RAN aircraft conducted a search
and subsequent rescue of a fisherman from rocks adjacent to Point
Perpendicular, near Jervis Bay NSW.
To National Maritime Museum, Sydney NSW.
Currently on display.
Only surviving Wessex not converted to Mk31B standard.
Instructional Airframe 03/08/83.
To Naval Aviation Museum, Nowra NSW 1991.
03/2002 to Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra on permanent loan,
Currently on display at QAM.
1986 with LEUT Reyne (P) RAN, aircraft made a forced landing 4 miles
West of Moruya NSW after a loud bang was heard and vibration felt.
Aircraft returned to NAS Nowra underslung on RAAF Chinook.
Ditched 30/10/89,180 Nautical miles North West of Surabaja from HMAS
Stalwart in South China Sea.
LEUT(P) Lister RAN and crew recovered by HMAS Stalwart,
Bomb Dump at Nowra 1997.
Destroyed at RANAS Nowra fire ground.
Ditched 16/06/70 whilst with 817 Sqdn off Singapore.
LEUT(P) P.Bainbridge, LEUT(P) Lawson, SBLT(O) Wong and LACM Smith
were picked up by Wasp helicopter from HMAS Euraylus.
Aircraft recovered and used as a training aid at Nowra.
Reported to have been used as a fire training aid at RAAF Richmond.
Main fuselage and damaged tail booms at Dubbo Military Museum as of
During May 1985 while on the ground at Sydney this aircraft failed
to start, another Wessex which was to return with 830 to Nowra had a
door open in flight at Sydney and its door was swapped with that of
830 to allow one aircraft and crew to return to Nowra.
This aircraft was later repaired and returned to Nowra.
3 November 1985 Whilst conducting a winching demonstration at the
annual Shoalhaven Spring Festival the aircraft suffered an engine
failure and made a heavy forced landing into a paddock at Shoalhaven
Heads 7nm from RANAS Nowra.
Crew Lt(P) G Sydney RAN POACM Culley & LSATWL Fields. Fields injured
Stored at Nowra and scrapped.
Ditched on take off from HMAS Melbourne 05/05/67
with S/LEUT G.Dagleish and crew
due to engine failure,
25 June 1975 with LEUT Costa(P) and crew experienced an engine
failure at 6000ft and made an emergency landing at Durras Beach NSW.
To Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra 1991.
Currently on display at the Vietnam Veterans Museum, Newhaven,
Phillip Island, Victoria.
21/06/63, With LEUT Leck (P) RAN & LEUT Ledger(P) RAN HT 725 Sqdn.
Attached to HMAS Stalwart.
Crashed 12/11/74 during a forced landing on beach at Stockyard Point
in the ShoalWater Bay(QLD) training area North of Rockhampton after
experiencing loss of engine power at 30 metres.
Airlifted by RAAF Chinook helicopter to Rockhampton.
On 04/05/86 embarked in HMAS SUCCESS.
Used as training aid at RSTT Wagga Wagga.
7/12/2015 returned by road to FAA Museum Nowra
In the open storage at Nowra 01/97 .
Used for fire training and was eventually destroyed on the fire
Served on HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Stalwart.
8/04/68 During a normal flight the aircraft suffered an engine
The pilot LEUT J.W Nichol and Co-pilot SBLT R Giffen managed to
regain control of the aircraft and nurse it back to HMAS Melbourne.
On the way the Observer, SBLT M. Bayliss and the aircrewman POACM
Trainor were ordered to abandon the aircraft. They jumped into the
sea and were picked up by HMAS Parramatta.
The Wessex landed safely aboard the carrier.
Instructional Airframe 08/07/87.
Fleet Air Arm Museum 1991.
South Australian Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide 2000.
Currently on display SAAM.
With 817 Squadron.
Suffered an engine failure off Nowra ditched and sank.
SBLT(P) A.Hill RAN, SBLT(O) R.Ray, LAUC Yellema & LAUC McClure
rescued by HMAS QueenBorough.
The aircraft floated about an hour when the flotation bags burst and
the aircraft sank.
With 817 Sqdn August 1975 with S/LEUT Condon, Smith and S/LEUT
Precautionary emergency landing on Durras Beach.
Loose alternator, aircraft repaired and flown back to Nowra.
Currently on display at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra