Corsair JT357 crash at RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down

8th September 2017

On 8th September 1945, the pilot of Chance-Vought F4U Corsair JT357 crash landed and burned out 5 miles south-by-southwest of RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down.

On 8th September 1945, Chance-Vought F4U Corsair JT357 crash landed at RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down. The Canadian pilot served with Naval Air Squadron 768 of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

On a routine patrol with No. 4 Naval Air Fighter School, the plane suffered from an engine failure. Pilot Lieutenant Frank Wilfred McGarry (O-048970) of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve force landed the plane at Ballycran, Co. Down.

The plane came down around 5 miles south-by-south-west of Ballyhalbert airfield. On landing, the fighter plane collided with a wall and caught fire killing the 25-year-old Canadian pilot.

Lieutenant Frank Wilfred McGarry’s grave is in Grave 48 of Mount St. Joseph Churchyard, Ballycranbeg, Co. Down. McGarry was the son of Edward John McGarry and Agnes McGarry of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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