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Short Sunderland

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (DND Photo)
Short Sunderland, coded Z, 15 Apr 1943

The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber, developed and constructed by Short Brothers for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The aircraft took its service name from the town (latterly, city) and port of Sunderland in North East England.

Developed in parallel with the civilian S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship of Imperial Airways, the Sunderland was developed specifically to conform to the requirements of British Air Ministry Specification R.2/33 for a long-range patrol/reconnaissance flying boat to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF). As designed, it served as a successor to the earlier Short Sarafand flying boat. Sharing several similarities with the S.23, it featured a more advanced aerodynamic hull and was outfitted with various offensive and defensive armaments, including machine gun turrets, bombs, aerial mines, and depth charges. The Sunderland was powered by four Bristol Pegasus XVIII radial engines and was outfitted with various detection equipment to aid combat operations, including the Leigh searchlight, the ASV Mark II and ASV Mark III radar units, and an astrodome.

The Sunderland was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout the Second World War. In addition to the RAF, the type was operated by other Allied military air wings, including the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), French Navy, Norwegian Air Force, and the Portuguese Navy. During the conflict, the type was heavily involved in Allied efforts to counter the threat posed by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Wikipedia

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (45)
last update: 2021-10-15 17:36:55

Sunderland DD846

s/n
 DD846
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

Served with No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, coded "2D". Crashed near Clare Island, Clew Bay, Ireland on 25 May 1943, while on patrol. No survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Bruce Bryers 2021-07-28
1943-May-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James William Clarke 2024-02-27
1943-May-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William George Hopps 2022-12-06
1943-May-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ernest Franklyn Paige DFC 2021-08-31
1943-May-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Wallace Roy Thompson 2021-08-31

Sunderland DD851

s/n
 DD851
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;4

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Charles Beattie 2021-07-21
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Francis William George Cosgrave 2024-04-24
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Fedoruk 2021-08-06
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Milton Lynn Hill 2021-08-10
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Garth Borland Johnson 2023-01-07
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant John Alfred Johnson 2021-08-11
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Marland Kendall 2021-08-12
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Clare Kinton 2022-01-24
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Frederick John Peters 2021-08-16
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Edward Porret 2021-08-13
1944-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John Hodgson Shand 2021-08-01

Sunderland DD859

s/n
 DD859
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;423

Served with No. 423 (GP) Squadron, RCAF, coded "3*G", based at Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland. Picked up from maintenance facility at Wig Bay by squadron crew on 21 June 1943. Scored this units 2nd U-boat kill on 4 August 1943 - U-489 in the Western Approaches, at 61-11N 14-38W. Shot down by return fire, 5 crew killed, 6 wounded rescued by destroyer HMS Castleton. This ship also rescued 58 crew from the U-boat. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class John Stanley Kelly 2021-08-12
1943-August-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harry Bertram Parliament 2021-08-18

Sunderland DD861

s/n
 DD861
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments:

Served with No. 422 (GP) Squadron, RCAF from 26 June 1943. Engine exploded in flight while on patrol from Castle Archdale on 3 September 1943. Aircraft sank after ditching, crew rescued by Sunderland from No. 228 Squadron. Reported as instructional airframe 4405M, dates unclear. last update: 2024-February-19

Sunderland DD863

s/n
 DD863
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;423

Served with No. 423 (GP) Squadron, RCAF, coded "3*J". Scored this units third u-boat kill - U-610 at 55-45N 24-33W, on 8 October 1943. Lost after an engine failure while on patrol on 13 November 1943, crashed into sea off Irish coast, near Donegal. All 10 (or 11?) crew died. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Hampton Blaine Pharis 2021-09-29
1943-November-13 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Hipwell Wilson 2021-08-22

Sunderland DP176

s/n
 DP176
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;119

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Richmond Waters 2021-07-10

Sunderland DP178

s/n
 DP178
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;4

Used by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 21 December 1942, coded "2*L". Left this unit by June 1944 last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-14 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Peter Warren Berry 2022-05-04
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Stephen Gordon Campbell 2023-12-14
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Eric Dwyer 2022-05-04
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Walter Gill 2022-01-27
1944-March-14 KIA RAAF Warrant Officer Donald Eric Hunt 2022-05-04
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Ernest William McCready 2022-05-04
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Bowker Smith McElroy 2022-05-04
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Joseph Marcel Jacques Powell 2021-08-12
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Arthur Gordon Rawland 2021-08-11
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Merser Richmond 2021-08-08
1944-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edgar Walter Sivell 2022-05-04

Sunderland DP181

s/n
 DP181
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;423

Served with No. 423 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, from 10 May 1943 coded "D". Exchanged fire with an Fw 200 on 14 September 1943, no damage reported. Crashed at Castle Archdale on 11 November 1943, while attempting to land. 5 fatalities, plus several injuries. Wreckage raised on 22 November. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Gray Arnold 2023-07-28
1943-November-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Charles Mcdowall Hardcastle 2022-10-10
1943-November-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Rowland Wilkins Hill 2022-11-22
1943-November-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Gordon Ian Raymond 2021-08-10
1943-November-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Douglas Scott 2021-08-04

Sunderland DP197

s/n
 DP197
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;4

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Di Pesa 2022-02-02
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Nathan Dlusy 2022-06-30
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Roderick William Fulton 2021-08-06
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Walter Komer 2021-08-12
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Leroy Hart Ludington 2021-08-14
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Lyall Mercer 2021-08-16
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Shaw Rowson 2021-08-06
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Benedict Sargent 2021-08-21
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Vernon Cleveland Stordy 2021-07-22
1944-August-15 KIFA RAF Sergeant Donald Roy Trask 2023-07-14
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Anton Nicholas Unser 2021-07-14
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Percy Alexander Whyte 2021-07-08
1944-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Benedick Wood 2021-07-07

Sunderland DV967

s/n
 DV967
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;228

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Jasper Agur 2023-07-17
1943-June-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Vincent Murray Goldstone 2021-08-07
1943-June-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alfred Keith MacDougall 2021-08-16
1943-June-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Alexander Shaw 2021-08-01

Sunderland DV971

s/n
 DV971
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;119

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Bliss Dunfield King 2021-08-12
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Raymond Ingham Law 2021-08-13
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Albert Robert McCallum 2021-08-17
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William George Milne 2024-06-06

Sunderland DV975

s/n
 DV975
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;95

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Melvin Elliott Tayler 2023-07-28

Sunderland DV979

s/n
 DV979
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;245

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Wallace Arthur Johnston 2021-08-11

Sunderland DV990

s/n
 DV990
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

With No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, Sunderland DV 990 coded "R". was attacked while searching for U-476, near 63-34N 03-02E.which had been badly damaged in an air attack earlier in the day. The Sunderland was hit by flak during the attack run and and crashed into the sea after dropping three depth charges (no damage). The crew of 12 all died.

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

last update: 2024-February-19

Reconnaissance 1944-05-24 to 1944-05-24

(GR) Sqn (RCAF) Castle Archdale

With No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, Sunderland DV 990 coded "R". on a daylight anti-sub patrol searching for U -476, near 63-34N 03-02E.which had been badly damaged in an air attack earlier in the day. The Sunderland was hit by flak during the attack run and and crashed into the sea after dropping three depth charges (no damage). . WO K.M. Fleming, F/Os G.E. Holly, T.E. Frair, F/L E.W. Beattie, P/Os J.C.Seely, J.O. Burke, J.H. Hamilton, C. Senton, Sgts P.D. Andrew (RAF), D.J. Harvey (RAF), F/O G.B. Gingell (RAF), and FS L.W. Guggiari (RAF) were killed.d.

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society


1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Edgar William Beattie 2023-08-15
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Orb Burke 2023-09-15
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Keith Maynard Gerald Fleming 2023-05-03
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Edward Frair 2023-05-03
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Henry Hamilton 2023-05-03
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Eugene Holly 2023-05-03
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Courtney Seely 2023-05-03
1944-May-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Claude Senton 2023-07-23

Sunderland DW106

s/n
 DW106
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;201

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Norman Edmond Hanna 2021-08-09

Sunderland DW110

s/n
 DW110
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;228

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick George Green 2021-08-07

Sunderland EJ131

s/n
 EJ131

Known Squadron Assignments: ;230

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-20 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Malcolm William McGregor 2022-01-05

Sunderland EK572

s/n
 EK572
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;228

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Ernest Merrifield 2023-08-01

Sunderland JM669

s/n
 JM669
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Henry Newton Pearce 2023-04-24

Sunderland JM687

s/n
 JM687
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;204

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-18 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Douglas Cecil Rundle 2021-08-06

Sunderland JM712

s/n
 JM712
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

With No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF at Castle Archdale. Sighted 2 surfaced u-boats on 17 October 1943, while escorting convoy ON206 and ONS20. Attacked both with depth charges, heavily damaged by AA fire during attacks. 3 crew killed by AA fire, a fourth drowned after the aircraft ditched near Convoy ONS206. Remainder of crew rescued by HMS Drury. Possibly damaged U-841, which was later sunk at this position by HMS Byard, or U-470. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-17 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Paul Treneman Sargent MiD 2021-08-04
1943-October-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Chesley Borden Steeves 2021-07-22

Sunderland L2158

s/n
 L2158

Known Squadron Assignments: ;204

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Eugene Hasting Connell 2024-03-25
1942-August-17 KIA RCAF Sergeant Walter Douglas Maconnell 2021-08-17

Sunderland L2165

s/n
 L2165

Known Squadron Assignments: ;210

last update: 2024-February-19
1939-September-18 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Gordon William Brant 2021-05-10

Sunderland L2167

s/n
 L2167

Known Squadron Assignments: ;210

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-April-09 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Arthur Francis Le Maistre 2023-07-23

Sunderland ML743

s/n
 ML743
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;201

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-March-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Douglas Albert Becker 2021-09-03

Sunderland ML823

s/n
 ML823
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;423

With No. 423 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, coded "B". Crashed north west of Donegal Bay, Ireland, near Bloody Foreland, on 6 September 1944, following engine failure. 9 crew killed, one survivor picked up in raft next day. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-06 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant George Francis Cornwell 2024-04-23
1944-September-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Joseph Alphonse Raymond Dore 2024-01-18
1944-September-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick William Greenwood 2021-08-07
1944-September-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edwin Earl McCann 2021-08-17
1944-September-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Herbert Stanley Seibold 2021-08-01

Sunderland ML880

s/n
 ML880
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;228

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Mervyn Edward Slaughter 2022-01-03

Sunderland N6133

s/n
 N6133

Known Squadron Assignments: ;201

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-July-09 KIA RAF Leading Aircraftman John Frederick Hindle 2021-08-10

Sunderland N9022

s/n
 N9022

Known Squadron Assignments: ;210

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-December-27 KIA RAF Sergeant Alfred Kortright Perkins 2021-08-16

Sunderland N9028

s/n
 N9028

Known Squadron Assignments: ;204

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-July-21 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Gerald Edwin MacDonald 2022-01-05

Sunderland N9029

s/n
 N9029

Known Squadron Assignments: ;230

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-01 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Michael James Dean 2021-08-04

Sunderland NJ175

s/n
 NJ175
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

With No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, coded "T". Crashed on 12 August 1944, following engine failure shortly after take off from Castle Archdale. Jettisoned depth charges, and was jettisoning fuel whne it crashed. Struck a hill 2 miles south of Belleek, turned over, broke in two and caught fire. 3 killed, 4 severely injured. Crash site also reported as Corlea, Cashelard, Republic of Ireland. Survivors visited crash location in late 2004. last update: 2024-February-19

Convoy Patrol 1944-08-12 to 1944-08-12

422 (MP) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Castle Archdale

422 Flying Yachtsmen Squadron (This Arm Shall Do It) RAF Castle Archdale. Sunderland III aircraft NJ 175 had an engine seize just after take-off, carrying a full operational load and attempted to return to base. The crew jettisoned their bomb-load and were in the process of dumping fuel when the aircraft made a crash-landing, on land, near Bellek, County Donegal, Northern Ireland

F/O RT Wilkinson (RCAF), F/L EG Devine (RCAF) and P/O JR Forrest (RCAF) were killed in action

F/O GW Allen (RCAF), Sgt GA Colburne (RCAF), Sgt HR Jeal (RCAF), P/O AL Locke (RCAF), Sgt DV Oderkirk (RCAF), P/O RC Parker (RCAF), F/O MA Platsko (RCAF), Sgt CL Singer (RCAF) and Sgt JFS Clark (RAFVR) all survived with a wide degree of injuries

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1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Flying Officer George Willoughby Allen 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 Survived RAFVR Sergeant Joseph Frank S Clark 2024-02-25
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Sergeant George Arnold Colburne 2024-03-13
1944-August-12 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Evan Campbell Devine 2022-11-07
1944-August-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Reginald Forrest 2022-11-07
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Flight Sergeant Harrold Roger Jeal 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur Leslie Locke 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Sergeant Delbert Venus Oderkirk 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Flying Officer Robert Clifford Parker 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Flying Officer Martin Alexander Platsko 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 Survived RCAF Sergeant Charles Langford Singer 2022-11-08
1944-August-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Roy Thomas Wilkinson 2022-11-07

Sunderland NJ183

s/n
 NJ183
m/d
 S.25

Known Squadron Assignments: ;423

Served with No. 423 (GP) Squadron, RCAF, coded "G". Attacked schnorkel sighting at 55-43N 09-15W on 3 September 1944, probably U-482. Depth charges hung up. Crashed at 12:30 on 12 February 1945 near Dromore Road, 3 miles east of Irvinstown. 11 fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Charles Edward Cruickshank 2024-05-22
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Jack Gingrich 2021-08-07
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Terence Ramsay Hailstone 2021-08-09
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Edward Frederick Knibbs 2021-08-12
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Alexander McLennan 2021-08-17
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant John David Ross 2022-01-18
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Robert Seeger 2021-08-01
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Jean Marie Soucie 2021-07-23
1945-February-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Morley Wilbee 2021-07-08

Sunderland PP116

s/n
 PP116

Known Squadron Assignments: ;461

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-May-16 KIFA RAF Corporal Ronald William Pearce 2023-07-17

Sunderland W3982

s/n
 W3982
m/d
 S.25
c/n
 S.1166

Known Squadron Assignments: ;201

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-August-21 KIA RAF Leading Aircraftman John Frederick Richard 2021-05-22

Sunderland W3998

s/n
 W3998
m/d
 S.25
c/n
 S.1182

Known Squadron Assignments: ;201

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-21 KIA RAF Sergeant James Wallace Douglas 2021-08-04

Sunderland W4026

s/n
 W4026
m/d
 S.25
c/n
 S.1198

Known Squadron Assignments: ;228

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer C V Michael Hon Strutt 2021-06-03

Sunderland W4029

s/n
 W4029
m/d
 S.25
c/n
 S.1201

Known Squadron Assignments: ;202

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick D'arcy Scott 2023-07-15

Sunderland W4032

s/n
 W4032
m/d
 S.25
c/n
 S.1204

Known Squadron Assignments: ;228

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick James Fife 2021-08-06
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Hicks Frame 2021-08-06

Sunderland W4036

s/n
 W4036
m/d
 S.25
c/n
 S.1208

Known Squadron Assignments: ;201

Operated by 201 Sqn RAF. On touching down on Lough Erne after a training flight, the Port wing hit the surface and the boat sank in deep water near the western shore. There were only 2 survivors and a number of bodies were never recovered including that of FL DJ Dolphin a Canadian whose father subsequently visited Lough Erne to take part in a special memorial and wreath laying service which was held over the wreck site

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-18 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Douglas James Dolphin 2024-01-18

Sunderland W6013

s/n
 W6013

Known Squadron Assignments: ;423

Operated by No. 423 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 12 November 1942. Flew escort for HMS Anson on 15 December 1942. Flew into mountain near Ballycastle on 5 December 1943, 9 crew killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Herbert Douglas Blair 2023-05-01

Sunderland W6016

s/n
 W6016

Known Squadron Assignments: ;204

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Davie Anderson 2023-07-27
1942-November-29 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Alexander George Espley 2022-01-08

Sunderland W6028

s/n
 W6028

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

Operated by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 1 November 1942, coded "C". Ferried to Wig Bay for refitting on 11 November 1942. Flying operationally by 1 March 1943. Detached to Pembroke Docks in July 1943. While on patrol from there on 28 July, sighted wreckage at 58-21N 12-57W. While searching for survivors sighted 2 u-boats, which were attacked by other aircraft before this aircraft was inposition. Loaned to BOAC, dates unclear. Back to No. 422 Sdn. on 4 January 1944. Crashed near St. Angelo, Fermanagh on 19 February 1944 during fighter affliation training, 2 fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Leslie Arthur Hebenton 2022-11-05

Sunderland W6029

s/n
 W6029

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

Operated by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 11 November 1942, when it was ferried to Wig Bay for refitting. Operational by 30 November 1942, coded "D". Crashed on 19 December 1942, 7 killed and 14 injured. Was returning from patrol when bad weather forced diversion from Oban to Invergordon. Crashed while attempting to land in the Firth of Lorne. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-19 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman William Arthur Allan 2023-07-26
1942-December-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harold Francis Burt-Gerrans 2023-09-16
1942-December-19 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Kemp Potter 2021-08-12

Sunderland W6031

s/n
 W6031

Known Squadron Assignments: ;422

last update: 2024-February-19

Convoy Patrol 1943-11-20 to 1943-11-20

(GR) Sqn (RCAF) Castle Archdale

Operated by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 12 December 1942, coded "G". Operating from Castle Archdale on 16 June 1943, when it sighted 3 u-boats near 44-04N 13-42W, but lost them in haze before an attack could be started. Escorted convoys returning from Africa on 20(?) November 1943.

In the vicinity of combined convoy SL-139/MKS-30: forewarned by the Naxos radar detector, U-648 fought off the Sunderland with accurate AA fire. Approx. one hour later the aircraft sent a distress call saying it was about to ditch at 42°40N/19°30W. The crew of 11 were never found.

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

R H Strauss, W.S. Johnson, J.D. Ulrichsen, C.G. Gorrie, FSs N. Barrett, B.G. Burton (RAF), R.A. Park (RAF), Sgts N.P. Cook (RAF), and N.N. Lewis (RAF) were killed. Two others of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed.

1943-November-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Norman Barrett 2023-08-05
1943-November-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Gordon Gorrie 2023-05-02
1943-November-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Wilfred Sydney Johnson 2023-05-02
1943-November-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Harry Strauss 2023-05-02
1943-November-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Jan David Butler Ulrichsen 2023-05-02

Sunderland W6052

s/n
 W6052

Known Squadron Assignments: ;330

Operated by No. 423 (GR) Squadron, RCAF at Stornoway from 22 July 1942, coded "D". Flew one of the first long patrols by this unit, from 19:09 on 4 August to 07:31 on 5 August 1942. Engaged a Ju 88 while escorting convoy MKS9 on 21 November 1942, driving it off. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant Howard Elmer Eddy 2021-08-06
1943-June-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Llewelyn Pryce Edwards 2021-08-06
1943-June-05 KIA RCAF Corporal Robert Spense McDonald 2021-08-17
1943-June-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant Albert John William Schmok 2021-08-04

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