Exercise Cascade, March 1956

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  1. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    I've just found a journal note from 1956, which I precis as follows:

    Between 8th and 10th March 1956, during the Home Fleet's Exercise Cascade in the western Mediterranean, HMS Ark Royal - so new that her deck edge lift was still with the builders - lost five aircrew in a day, when a Sea Venom went missing and a Gannet, which had just taken off to look for the Sea Venom, banked on leaving the deck and spun in.

    Those lost should have been recorded on the Armed Forces Memorial. I have an email id for checking this if anyone has the names.

    Part of the 'Price of Admiralty'.
     
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  3. I knew Paddy Ramplin at Eglinton and on runs ashore in Londonderry. What a character, one of the best.
    We were all saddened when we heard the news of the accident.
     
  4. With thanks to Lieutenant Brian Grindley RN, Rtd - My friend, Norman Cleary and I, both Leading Telegraphists (Aircrew), were trained by 'Paddy' on different courses. It was understood at the time that the aircraft (believed to be a Gannet of 824 Sqn flying from HMS Eagle) had hit the carrier's round down on their landing approach but I cannot find anyone now to confirm this.
     
  5. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Def Ark which was on Ex Cascade - went onboard her in Gib when the ex was over, v interesting as she was so brand new. But I was not a witness to what happened.
     
  6. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

  7. To my knowledge Ark Royal did not have a deck edge lift, she certainly did not have one when I served on her.
     
  8. If this excerpt is accurate, she had one when first commissioned but it was later removed:

    I wonder why.
     
  9. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    The 4.5s were removed because, with the angled deck, they were pretty well unusable. I think the space was faired over - for accommodation? must hav ebeen a bit noisy if so.
     

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