Operation Skua exhibit at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum

In 1940 a Royal Navy Blackburn Skua (Serial No L2940) of No.803 NAS made a forced landing on a frozen lake in Norway after successfully engaging a German Heinkel He.111 bomber during the ill-fated Norwegian campaign. The crew abandoned the aircraft and as the frozen lake thawed the wreck became submerged where it lay until it was recovered in 1974. This exhibition shows it as it lay on the lake bed and chronicles the efforts to retrieve the aircraft.

Photos: Tony Wilkins


4 responses to “Operation Skua exhibit at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum

  1. What an interesting story. I’m surprised how much the aircraft suffered during its time in the lake. I would have thought that the cold and the lack of bacteria etc would have preserved it.


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  4. Hi, nice presentation. The people around the table is a Norwegian skipatrol, together with the crew. The pilot R T Partridge, and the rear gunner R Bostock sits on right side of the table. Best Regards, Oyvind Lamo, the norwegian diver that found the aircraft on the bottom of the lake, in August 1973.

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