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  • Westland Wessex
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    united kingdom Royal Marines







    Del'd: 32 - 1969 to 1982






    Royal Marines Wessex

    While the unit airframes still wore ROYAL NAVY titles, 10 Wessex HU.5 served with 847 Squadron initially in the Far East, from Mar 1969 in the Commando assault role, until it disbanded in May 1971.  21 Wessex served briefly in 1982 during the Falklands War, airframes were drawn from the RN pool and the numbers shown above are included (double counted) with the totals for the Royal Navy Wessex.


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    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    1982847NAS Navy Point
    RNAS Yeovilton
    Port Stanley
    RNAS Culdrose
    1969/71847NASMY Kuantan / Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport
    SG Sembawang
    HK Kai Tak
    SG Sembawang
    RNAS Culdrose


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        1969
    wa172 hu.5 1964     XS498: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /C
    Royal Navy XS498: Wessex HU5C. d/d to RN 1964, 848Sq/T-A by 1965, 845Sq,+

    848Sqn./VC-B visit

    jan79 confirmed coded VL/WQ 707NAS

    allocated to a reformed 848 NAS D Flt to replace losses+

    848Sq /ZK landed on mv Astronomer in Plymouth Sound 7 J+

    Returned via Devonport late July 1982 and transferred b+

    in my flying log as 84Sqn RAF Akrotiri

    to HMS Sultan (AESS Gosport) as G.I A2641; to Predannac+

    Royal Air Force XS498: To RAF 84 Sq /Joker by 1991

    - XS498: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon autumn 2000. Some par+
    wa281 hu.5 1965     XT459: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /B
    Royal Navy XT459: Wessex HU.5 d/d 6 Jul 1965,  847 Sq/B-S by 1969, 846Sq+

    848NAS./VB-B

    845Sq /B, despatched via chartered Belfast C.1 from Yeo+

    embarked RFA Tidespring on 14 May 1982 at Ascension Isl+

    845Sq D Flt/(Y)B May 1982, to 845Sq C Flt/(Y)B Jun 1982+

    845Sq/D by May 1983, crashed and w/o 7 Nov 1983 at Sete+

    at Park Aviation yard (Faygate) by Feb 1988. Gone by Oc+
    wa290 hu.5 1965     XT468: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /H
    Royal Navy XT468: Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 31 Oct 1965,  847 Sq/H-S by 1969+

    02dec68, I flew this airframe whilst appointed to 845NA+

    848Sqn./VL-B visit

    848NAS./VL-B

    845Sq/D, visited RMB on 19-20 Feb 1982

    845Sq /D, despatched via chartered Belfast C.1 from Yeo+

    Was airborne when mv Atlantic Conveyor was sunk by Exoc+

    1985 772Sqn /LS-628

    772Sq/628-PO by 1987; RNAY Wroughton, to AES Lee-on-Sol+

    09 pictured at Predannack airfield
    wa291 hu.5 1965     XT469: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /E
    Royal Navy XT469: RN Wessex HU.5; d/d Nov 1965,  848Sq/E-A by Apr 1967; +

    848 Sq/VE-A by Jun 1971, 848 Sq/VE-B by Sep 1973; 772 +

    mid70s, 2 recruitment adverts appeared in the Daily Mir+

    At Bassingbourn Air Show 1978

    Jun78 as 772Sq /PO-14 pictured (pic1) at Portland

    noted at RAF Brize Norton coded 514-PO with 772NAS

    22jul79 still coded 514-PO with 772NAS

    772 Sq/624-PO by Mar 1982; 847 Sq B Flt/XN 6 May 1982.+

    to 771Sq 1 Aug 1982

    to Wroughton store by Sep 1982

    to 16MU Stafford as G.I. 8920M 10 Dec 1986 still Jan 19+

    Royal Air Force XT469: to RAF as /8920M; 17jul92 pictured (pic2) preserved at +

    - XT469: 22aug09 at Newton-with-Scales Lancashire, in a small co+

    22nov13 Its on e-bay for £12500

    Dec14 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. Initially in a yar+

    21sep15 is for sale on Ream Salvage for 11000,00£

    21oct16 still at Isle of Wight. Local newspaper County +

    Jul18 still at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. A lovely ‘+
    wa292 hu.5 1965     XT470: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /G
    Royal Navy XT470: Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 6 Dec 1965,  847 Sq/G-S by 1970,+

    jan79 coded B/VB 846Sqn

    845 Sq/A, part of disembarking shuttle from HMS Invinci+

    845Sq/(Y)A damaged (aboard HMS Fearless ?). Offloaded H+

    845Sq/(Y)A, RNAY Wroughton, to AAC 7REGT Netheravon 10 +
    wa293 hu.5 1965     XT471: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /F
    Royal Navy XT471: Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 19 Jan 1966,  847 Sq/F-S by 1969+
    wa307 hu.5 1966     XT485: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /K
    Royal Navy XT485: d/d to RN 2 Jun 1966 as HU.5. 847 Sq/K-S by 1969

    847 Sq/K-ST by Dec 1970 (from RFA Stromness)

    848Sq/VT-A by Jun 1971, 848Sq/VT-B by sep 1971 still Se+

    848NAS./VT-B

    Named "Waldorf" (pic) after the old men on the Muppets.+
    wa477 hu.5 1966     XT755: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /D
    Royal Navy XT755: 848Sq/D-A by Aug 1967, 847Sq/D-S by 1969, 848 Sq/VD-A b+

    848NAS./VD-B

    Yeovilton store by Aug 1982; 845Sq/V by Jun 1984; RNAY+

    to 1 SoTT Halton as G.I. 9053M 22 Jan 1991 still Jul 19+

    To Phoenix Aviation by Oct 1993, scr. Bruntingthorpe J+
    wa482 hu.5 1966     XT760: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /A
    Royal Navy XT760: Wessex HU.5 d/d 10 Oct 1966, 847 Sq/A-S by 1969, 846Sq/+

    jan79 confirmed coded B/V-S 846Sqn

    To RNEC Manadon as /418 on 25 Jun 1991.

    To ETS-CU 6 May 1992, to AES Lee-on-Solent 16 Dec 1992 +
    wa483 hu.5 1966     XT761: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /J
    Royal Navy XT761: Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 20 Oct 1966; 845Sq/J-A by 1969;

    Nov 1970 with 847 NAS / J-S, took part in cyclone relie+

    848NAS./VU-B

    771 Sq, participated in Fastnet Yacht Race rescue 13-14+

    771Sq/521-CU by Mar 1982; 847 Sq May 1982; 845Sq D Flt +

    pictured (pic1) at RNAS Culdrose

    to Culdrose by Jul 2015

    to Higher Purtington by Jun 2017 for restoration to fly+

    - G-WSEX: UK private from Mar18; still painted as XT761 in Rescu+

    16nov18 Restoration progress, rotors turning (as XT761)+

    Restoration progress: 15 Feb 2019, first flight (as XT7+

    pictured (pic2) as XT761 at Higher Purtington after he+

    , pictured (pic3) G-WSEX at RNAS Yeovilton 2019 weari+
        1982
    wa153 hu.5 1963     XS479: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XF
    Royal Navy XS479: f/f 17 Nov 1963, d/d 3 Dec 1963 to RN. 1st production H+

    772Sq/623-PO noted visiting on 18 Mar 1982

    RNAY Wroughton 8819M; RAF Brize Norton Fire Section by +

    to Hanningfield Metals, Stock by Mar 1997, scr. 2000.
    wa162 hu.5 1964     XS488: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XK
    Royal Navy XS488: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA162, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    707Sq/X-CU by Jan 1965; 707Sq/T-CU by Dec 1966, still J+

    845Sq/E-H by Sep 1973; crashed 1 nm NW of Ose, Gratan+

    Repaired at Weston by summer 1979; 772Sq/625-PO by Aug +

    771Sq Aug 1982; RNAY Wroughton by Sep 1982

    to 1 SoTT Halton (9056M) by Jan 1991, still Jul 1992 (g+

    to Wattisham by Apr 1996

    to 9056M, G.I. Gosport /XK-F by Apr 2003; still Apr 200+

    pictured (top) at HMS Sultan/Gosport

    Gunsmoke Paintball XS488: 21sep13 at a residential address in Shropshire

    Airframe has been extensively patched during BDRT and t+
    wa175 hu.5 1964     XS506: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XE
    Royal Navy XS506: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA175, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    May 1991, stripped for spares at Shawbury

    - XS506: bare hulk left Hanningfield Metals by Nov 1994
    wa176 hu.5 1964     XS507: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XU
    Royal Navy XS507: dd 27/08/1964, 707Sq/W-CU by 1965, still Jun 1967 still+

    Cat 4 damage 04Aug78 with airframe hours of 3132:05; Re+

    847 Squadron Coded XU noted RNAS Yeovilton 07May82; 707+

    Royal Air Force XS507: ex FAA Wessex HU.5. To 606Sq (Royal Aux AF) for Helico+

    May 2011 pictured with 606 (Chiltern) Sq RAFR at RAF Be+
    wa183 hu.5 1964     XS514: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XA
    Royal Navy XS514: RN; HU.5 type; Delivered 03Nov64; 845Squadron 06Jan69; +

    845 Sq/M-B by May 1971. Damaged during tornado at RAF L+

    1985 845Sqn /L

    27 pictured as instructional airframe with the Air Eng+
    wa184 hu.5 1964     XS515: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XB
    Royal Navy XS515: built as Wessex HU.5 d/d 4 Nov 1964, 845Sq/Q-H by Sep 1+

    1985 846Sqn /N
    wa185 hu.5 1964     XS516: 07may-24sep 1982 reactivated 847 NAS as /XD
    Royal Navy XS516: 845Sq/V-B by Aug 1966 still Sep 1968; 845Sq/U by Sep 1+

    1985 846Sqn /Q

    pictured at Predannack with plenty of battle damage re+


    wa187 hu.5 1964     XS518: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XP
    Royal Navy XS518: Westland Wessex HU.5C, c/n WA187, f/f:?; del Royal Navy+

    Royal Air Force XS518: to RAF mid 1984. crashed into sea in Limassol Bay with +
    wa192 hu.5 1965     XS523: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XJ
    Royal Navy XS523: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA192, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    RN Wessex HU.5 noted at HMS Daedalus RNAS Lee-on-Solen+
    wa278 hu.5 1965     XT456: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XZ
    Royal Navy XT456: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA278, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    707Sq/N by Aug 1965; 845Sq/N-B by Sep 1965 still May 19+

    845 Sq/N by May 1971. Damaged during tornado at RAF Luq+

    845 Sq/N-H by Sep 1973; Culdrose store by Jun 1976; 846+

    jan79 coded B/VA 846Sqn

    NASU VL in Nov 1983; to 8941M, G.I. at RAF Aldergrove b+
    wa288 hu.5 1965     XT466: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XV
    Royal Navy XT466: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA288, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    to RNAY Wroughton Dec 1982; to 8921M 2 SoTT RAF Cosford+

    to Weeton Barracks for embark / deplaning training, unt+

    to A2617, to HMS Sultan Gosport /XV by Dec 1997 still J+

    to Whittington Barracks as Gate Gauardian late 2009, go+

    Dec17 at Spey Bay Salvage awaitng uplift to Morayvia fo+

    - XT466: at Morayvia, Kinloss and being repainted
    wa294 hu.5 1965     XT472: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XC
    Royal Navy XT472: 845Sq/G-H by Sep 1973, 845Sq/(Y)M by Jul 1979, 847 Sq/X+

    To Helicopter Museum W-s-M, by

    24jul93 pictured preserved at International Helicopter +

    22 Sep 2018 in open storage / XC, minus folding tail ou+
    wa297 hu.5 1966     XT475: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XG
    Royal Navy XT475: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA297, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    jan79 707NAS coded VL/WN
    wa302 hu.5 1966     XT480: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XQ
    Royal Navy XT480: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA302, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    707 NAS Regent Flt / 468-RG until at least May 1972.

    1977- asg 772 NAS at RNAS Portland

    772 Sq / 436-TP Tidepool Flt, visited HMS Drake on 17 M+

    22jul79 coded 436-RS with RFA Resource

    assigned to RFA Regent by Jun 1980

    after service in Falklands with 847 NAS, to Wroughton u+

    to Fleetlands as instructional airframe

    guarding the gate at Fleetlands, until Dec 2002.

    Dec12 at Rednal, Shropshire. Part of a Paintballing Sit+
    wa303 hu.5 1966     XT481: Transferred in from an 848Sq attrition reserve at Navy Point+
    Royal Navy XT481: d/d 4 May 1966 as HU.5; 707Sq/Z by Jul 1971; 848Sq/VQ +

    allocated to a reformed 848 NAS D Flt to replace losses+

    RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 522-CU wi+

    845Sq Garrison Det/XF Sep 1982, returned to UK Nov 1982+

    to Predannack Nov 1992, wearing /XF. Still there by Ma+
    wa304 hu.5 1966     XT482: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XL
    Royal Navy XT482: d/d 5 May 1966 to RN as HU.5; To Culdrose 8 Jun 1966, 7+

    RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 527-CU wi+

    771 Sq, participated in Fastnet Yacht Race rescue 13-14+

    pictured coded /ZM 781Squadron (ex 707Sqn) at RNAS Lee+
    wa308 hu.5 1966     XT486: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XR
    XR
    Royal Navy XT486: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA308, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +
    wa479 hu.5 1966     XT757: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XH
    Royal Navy XT757: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA479, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    dd to Fleetlands store 21 Jul 1966, NATIU 1973-1974, 84+

    RNAY Wroughton by Mar 1983; AES Lee by Sep 1984 as G.I.+
    wa481 hu.5 1966     XT759: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XY
    Royal Navy XT759: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA481, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 529-CU wi+
    wa486 hu.5 1966     XT764: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XM
    Royal Navy XT764: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA486, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    RNSPT/PT by May 1972 still by Aug 1976, RNSPT/RN by Dec+
    wa488 hu.5 1967     XT766: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XS
    Royal Navy XT766: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA488, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    848NAS./VE-B

    22jul79 coded 512-PO with 772NAS

    771 NAS / 822-CU; RNAY Wroughton until c Dec 1990

    to 1 SoTT Halton by Jan 1991 until Nov 1992

    to St Athan (9054M) for BDRT by Nov 1993

    to AESS Gosport (A2620) by Apr 1997
    wa555 hu.5 1967     XT773: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XT
    Royal Navy XT773: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA555, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

    del into long term storage, spending time between Fleet+

    22jul79 coded 510-PO 772NAS

    to Abingdon (9123M) for BDRT Oct 1991, still Feb 1992

    to St Athan for BDRT by Jun 1992, still Jan 1994

    to Shawbury by , on its side by Sep 2012.

    RN; dump (9123M)


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