LEUT(P) Stanley Ray Carmichael RAN & ASLT(O) Mike Williams RAN lost their lives when their Sea Venom aircraft of 724 Squadron flew into the sea whilst on a photographic exercise at sea off Ulladulla, NSW. Aircraft WZ909 (RAN code N4-909) was seen to circle the merchant vessel Komona before crashing into the sea at 1514 hrs, approximately 18 miles east of Ulladulla. LEUT Carmichael was one of the RAN’s very early trained pilots, and was highly experienced having flown Sea Furies from HMAS Sydney during the Korean war. Twenty nine years later on 18/05/88 the remains of their aircraft was bought to the surface by a CSIRO vessel. The port wheel cover is now displayed at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, NSW.
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