Seafire LR761 crash at Glenarm, Co. Antrim

29th January 2019

Supermarine Seafire LR761 of Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm 879 Squadron crashed into a hillside near Glenarm, Co. Antrim on 29th January 1944.

On 29th January 1944, Supermarine Seafire LR761 crashed in Glenarm, Co. Antrim. The Mark IIC plane flew with Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm 879 Squadron based on HMS Attacker.

HMS Attacker (D02) was an Attacker-class escort aircraft carrier. Built as a merchant ship, the Steel Artisan, the United States Navy commissioned the vessel as USS Barnes (CVE-7) on 30th September 1942. Through the Lend-Lease programme, the ship instantly transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Attacker.

HMS Attacker

Imperial War Museum Photo: (A 17852) (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). Auxiliary Carrier HMS Attacker under the command of Captain WWP Shirley off the coast of Greenock, Scotland. Photo taken on 7th July 1943. Copyright Lieutenant SJ Beadell.

Pilot Acting Sub-Lieutenant George Patrick Lefroy Pardoe died as the Seafire crashed into the Co. Antrim hillside. He was the lead pilot of a group of Seafires on a low-level exercise. “Pat” was 27 years old and from Purley, Surrey, England. His grave is in Section 10, Block F, Grave 899 of Larne New Cemetery, Larne, Co. Antrim. Shorts aircraft factory in Belfast, Co. Antrim received the wreckage of Seafire LR761 on 18th February 1944.

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