INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
The first prototype was sent to C squadron A& AEE, Boscombe Down for w/e in December 1941 and subsequently to Admiralty charge and became the first Sea Otter to enter squadron service with 763 squadron at Sandbanks in June 1943.
RAN Sea Otter at the end of WWII
The Sea Otter was broadly based on the Walrus, with a tractor engine and more refined construction. It could be either Carrier or shore based and served with the RAF Coastal Command and the FAA. It consisted of two marks, Mk I Amphibian with optional underwing bombs or depth charges and the A.S.R. Mk II Air/Sea rescue version.
Following the success of the prototypes, 250 production Sea Otter ABR.I were ordered under Contract No Ctts/Acft/1806 from Saunders-Roe Ltd, Cowes and the final aircraft being completed as ASR.II from JN185-JN257.
The first production aircraft was delivered in August 1943, and a total
of 4 had been delivered by the end of the year, the rest been delivered
in 1944 and 1945. The Sea Otter was the last biplane to enter RAF and FAA
service in 1944. A total of 292 were built mainly for the FAA although
only 94 had been delivered by August 1945.
250 Sea Otter ABR.I ordered under Contract No Ctts/Acft/1806
from Saunders-Roe Ltd, Cowes.
Serial Numbers JM740-JN257. Completed as ASR.II from JN185.
By August 1945 there were 92 deld
First deld 8.43 (only 4 in 1943 and rest in 1944 and 1945)
Battle Honours and Operational History
None with FAA
There is only one known preserved Sea Otter in the world, at the Australia Museum of Flight (Naval Aviation Museum, Nowra NSW, Australia), which houses the nose section of JN200, a Sea Otter which served with the RAN.
Associations and reunions