DH 103 Hornet, VW959, De Havilland Hornet F1

The Incident:

Aircraft VW959 departed from HMS Eagle 1.9.1953 and had an engine failure of its starboard engine and a force landing was made at Keflavik. Radar & Instruments removed and aircraft abandoned on site. SOC 30.10.1953.
The cost involved in repatriating it was deemed to be inoncompatible with expected remaining service life of the aircraft.

The Crew:

Commissioned Pilot A.R.Warren
Lieutenant (RN) D.J.Melhuish

The Aircraft:

Mfg: De Havilland DH.103 Hornet, Sea Hornet NF21
Registration: VW959
Construction Number: Unknown
Operator: Royal Navy
Squadron/Unit: 809 Squadron (Was not located in Iceland)

Note: In 1955 the remains of VW959 were moved to Eiðistorg in Seltjarnarnes town for display. In 1957 the wreck of VW959 was moved again to unknown area.

Details on aircraft: WikipediaYoutube
Source:
Stig Jarlevik, Air Britain member 09564
Unidentified individuals
R. Sturtivant, M. Burrow, L Howard Fleet Air Arm Fixed-Wing Aircraft since 1946. 2004