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Hunt, Donald Eric (Warrant Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-March-14

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Birth Date: 1923 (age 21)

Rev. Harry Charles Hunt and Gertrude Hunt

Home: Buranda, Queensland, Australia

4 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Warrant Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
4 Operational Training Unit. The crew of Sunderland aircraft DP 178 were on an anti-sub patrol and their last known position was seventy miles south-west of Sumburge Head, Shetland Islands. F/Ls J.M. Powell, A.G. Rawland, Flying Officer A.B. McElroy, WOs S.G. Campbell, E.W. McCready, W. Gill, FSs E. Dwyer, W.M. Richmond, and two of the crew, not Canadians, were also killed. An extensive air-sea search was undertaken and although the crew of one search aircraft reported a fleeting glimpse of what was believed to be aircraft wreckage none of the crew were located.
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Sunderland DP178

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

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Short Sunderland

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube Short Sunderland (1940-1949)

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (45)
last update: 2021-10-15 17:36:55

Sunderland Mk. III DP178

Used by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 21 December 1942, coded "2*L". Left this unit by June 1944

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