INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
HMS Hood with her aircraft Fairey IIIF (S1532) in 1930/1931.
With RAF, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, Irish Army Air Corps, Argentina, New Zealand,
Chile, Australia, New Guinea, North Russian Expeditionary Force
Fairey III Lusitania in Portugal
Fleet Air Arm history
Total FAA 1939-1945:
First delivered to RN: pre-war
Squadron 1939-1945: 2 SOTT GUI 1507M 6.39
Last served with RN 1940
The Fairey III served with front-line squadrons 823, 824, 825 from 1933-1936 when replaced by the Fairey Seal and Fairey Swordfish. However it continued to serve with 718 squadron till December 1936 in Bermuda.
HMS Valiant during her 1929-1930 refit with Fairey III on the catapult
Antiquated by the start of the Second World War, only two still survived in the Fleet Air Arm in 1939. Fairey III S1851 served with 2 SOTT GUI in June 1939, thence to ATC Cleveland, Somerset by 1944. The second Fairey III, S1800 was at 20 MU in July 1939, thence forwarded for Ground Instructional duties March 1940.
Fairey III S1405 "45" of HMS Glorious in 1931-1932
None with FAA 1939-1945
The Fairey III has only one known complete example worldwide, in addition to a fuselage frame of a Fleet Air Arm aircraft and one replica.
The Fleet Air Arm Fairey III fuselage frame is preserved at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
FaireyIIID Mk2 replica preserved at the Museu do Ar (Portugal)
The sole surviving complete Fairey III is a Mk 2 version of the Fairey III D, and is preserved in the Museu da Marinha - Navy Museum (Portugal). This aircraft, No 17 serial F.402, and named "Santa Cruz" was involved in a transatlantic crossing attempt by Portugal in 1922. For the crossing, the crew used a modified Fairey IIID named the "Lusitânia”, which had its wings and landing gear altered in order to adapt it for the journey. The attempt was made on 30 March 1922, but the Fairey III crashed at the S.Pedro Rocks off the Brazilian coast while landing on the sea for refuelling. The crew completed the journey with a standard Fairey III D (No 17 serial F.402 ), named “Santa Cruz”, which landed in Rio de Janeiro on 17 June 1922.
The original aircraft is exhibited in the Portuguese Navy Museum and there is a replica in the Portuguese Air Museum.
Associations and reunions