Firefly VX381 was involved in a midair collision over Jervis Bay, NSW. The pilot, SBLT(P) David Eagles RN, was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in Hare Bay and he and his pupil observer, MIDN Donald Debus RAN were rescued. The other firefly,WD887, struck the water at high speed, breaking apart and killing pilot Acting Sub Lieutenant Arthur Arundel and trainee observer Midshipman Noel Fogarty. The wreck of VX381 was found in Jervis Bay in 1983 and the wreck of WD887 in 2016.
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