Lost RCN Banshee Pilot Remembered in Ottawa

By Joanna Calder More than 25 members of Lieutenant Barry Troy’s family gathered in Ottawa recently to honor his memory and view artifacts related to the pilot’s fatal crash, which occurred in Florida more than 60 years ago. The loss On February 25, 1958, Lieutenant Troy, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy’s VF-871 Squadron, was part of a group of four RCN F2H-3 Banshees flying along the Florida coast from United States Naval Station Mayport. They were en route to a point south of Jacksonville Beach, where they would…

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NAVSTA Mayport Hosts Canadian Artifact Ceremony

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport hosted a ceremony to transfer artifacts uncovered from a 1958 jet crash to the Canadian armed forces, Feb. 26. On Feb. 25, 1958, Royal Canadian Navy Lt. William Thomas Barry Troy was flying an F2H-3 Banshee during a joint exercise with the U.S. Navy when he vanished into dense fog off the coast of NAVSTA Mayport. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a few of Troy’s items washed ashore on the beach of neighboring Hannah Park. Among the items uncovered were a stenciled float…

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Artifacts belonging to Lieutenant Barry Troy returning to Canada

On September 22, 2017 following hurricanes in the Jacksonville, Florida area, a parachute and accompanying items were retrieved from a beach near Naval Station Mayport, which is located near Jacksonville. These items were identified as belonging to Lieutenant William Thomas Barry Troy, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy who lost his life on February 25, 1958 when his McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee fighter jet vanished in dense fog following takeoff from Mayport. Lieutenant Troy and the pilots of three other Canadian Banshees had been participating in joint exercises with the…

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