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Last updated: 18 January 2021
Date:Sunday 22 March 1942
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat Mk I
Operated by:Qantas Empire Airways
On behalf of:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: G-AEUF
C/n / msn: S.848
First flight: 1937
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Port Darwin, NT (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Groote Eylandt Seaplane Base, NT, Australia
Destination airport:Darwin-Doctor's Gully Seaplane Base, NT, Australia
The flying boat hit debris while landing and sunk about two nautical miles from Doctor's Gully.
It operated on a flight from Brisbane to Darwin via Groote Eylandt, carrying fifteen members of the 102nd Coastal Artillery Battalion.
The aircraft, named "Corinthian", was originally owned by BOAC but was not able to return to the U.K. when Singapore was captured by Japan on 15 February 1942. It was then pressed into service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and operated by a Qantas.

» Peter Dunn's Australia @ War web site


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Groote Eylandt Seaplane Base, NT to Darwin-Doctor's Gully Seaplane Base, NT as the crow flies is 663 km (414 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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