Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 1: Fairey IIIC, Fairey IIIF, Fairey Seafox

Fairey IIIC, Fairey IIIF Mk. IV G.P.,

Fairey Seafox

Data current to 28 Dec 2020.

  (RCAF Photo)

Fairey IIIC (Mod) Transatlantic Floatplane (1) c/n F.333, Reg. No. G-CYCF.  

Fairey IIIC, C/N F.333, Reg. No. G-CYCF was specially modified for a trans-Atlantic flight in 1919.  On 7 Oct 1920, this biplane seaplane came to grief at Whelpley's Point, 20 miles north of Saint John, New Brunswick.  It was written off as damaged beyond repair.

The Fairey III was a family of British reconnaissance biplanes that enjoyed a very long production and service history in both landplane and seaplane variants.  First flying on 14 September 1917, examples were still in use during Second World War.  The Transatlantic was powered by a Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine.

 (Shearwater Aviation Museum Photo)

Fairey IIIC in RN service.

  (USN Photo)

Fairey IIIF, HMS Furious, ca. early 1930s.  The Mk. IV GP was a two-seat general-purpose biplane or three-seat spotter-reconnaissance biplane powered by a Napier Lion XIA engine.  Two examples exist; one can be seen at the FAA Museum, Yeovilton, UK, and the other at the Naval Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, AM1535-: CVA 99-2155)

Fairey IIIF Mk. IV G.P. floatplane (1), RCAF (Serial No. J9172), Jericho Beach, BC ca 1930.  This is the sole British-built Fairley III F to serve in Canada.  It was used for trials October 1929 to September 1930.

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

Fairey IIID floatplane on display in the Marine Museum, Lisbon, Portugal.

 (RN Photo)

Fairey Seafox flown by RCN and RCNVR pilots in service with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy.

 (IWM Photo, A 22229)

Fairey Seafox floatplane at the Royal Naval Aircraft Establishment at Maharagama, Ceylon, ca 1944.  Canadians serving in Naval Air Squadrons of the Royal Navy FAA flew the Seafox.  The Seafox was a British two-seat spotter-reconnaissance seaplane designed to be catapulted from the deck of a light cruiser.  The Seafox was powered by one Napier Rapier VI 16-cylinder “H” piston engine.  It reached speeds of 106mph/171 km/h, and had a range of 440 miles/708 km.  In 1939 a Seafox played a part in the attack on the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee by spotting for the naval gunners. This led to the ship’s destruction in the Battle of the River Plate.