I served onboard HMS EAGLE during Operation Musketeer/The Suez War in 1956 and during attacks on ground targets one of our Sea Venom aircraft was hit by Egyptian anti-aircraft fire, which knocked out the undercarriage and wounded the observer. I took these photos of the aircraft landing with no undercarriage and the observer slumped forward in his seat.

Due to the skill of the pilot, Lieutenant Commander Wilcox, the aircraft landed safely albeit precariously with sparks flying in all directions and his observer’s life was saved but his left leg had to be amputated above the knee.

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