ASN Aircraft accident Short Sunderland T228 Bay of Biscay ?
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Date:Friday 24 December 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic ss25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Short Sunderland
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: T228
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bay of Biscay ? (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Pembroke Dock RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Pembroke Dock RAF Station, United Kingdom
Short Sunderland flying boat T228 took off from RAF Station Pembroke Dock at 07:15 on 24 December 1943 to carry out an anti-submarine patrol. At 12.25pm a distress signal was received from the aircraft. At this time T228 was over a force of enemy destroyers and in company of another Sunderland.
At 01.10pm a message was received from the other Sunderland aircraft which stated that wreckage of a Sunderland aircraft had been sighted and one survivor seen on the wing float of the aircraft. A dinghy was dropped but the survivor disappeared a few minutes later. Although the crew of the accompanying aircraft did not actually see T228 shot down, it was believed that T228 was shot down by an enemy surface vessel.

» Missing with no known grave / by Alan Storr


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