Westland Wessex HAS.1

This model is a version of Wessex

c/n wa 75

Year 1962

Helicopter Westland Wessex HAS.1 Serial wa 75 Register XP142 used by Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy). Built 1962. Aircraft history and location


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Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA075, f/f: 18/06/1962
del Royal Navy as XP142, 02/07/1962
conv HAS.3, unk
w/o 21/05/1982
to A2720, FAAM, Yeovilton, Somerset, unk.
HAS.1 845Sq/J-A by Aug 1962, 845Sq/J-B by Jun 1964
(Anti-submarine fit) then 706Sq/574-CU by Dec 1966. 706 NAS

Westland Wessex HAS.3 conv to HAS.3 by Sep 1967 complete by Jul 1969
814 Sq/270-H by Nov 1969
706 Sq/570 by Jan 1971
737 Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Sep 1975, 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Jun 1976
737 Sq HQ Flt/663-PO by Apr 1981, 737 Sq 100 Antrim Flt/406-AN "Humphrey" by Mar 1982.
1982-04-22AFortuna GlacierHAS.3 led insertion of Special Forces as 737 Sq/406-AN, onto South Georgia on 21 Apr 1982 and recovered them on 22 Apr from Fortuna Glacier in several flights, after the other Wessex crashed during appalling weather conditions. Operation Paraquat
1982-04-25Boff King Edward Pointas 737 Sq/406-AN, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside Grytviken, South Georgia. 737 NAS Operation Paraquat
1982-05-21CSan Carlos WaterDamaged when HMS Antrim attacked in Falkland Sound, repaired
returned to UK in HMS Antrim on 17 Jul 1982
to Portland
to FAA Museum store at Wroughton by Sep 1994

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