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Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:Saturday 24 June 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Canso A (PBY-5A)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 9754
MSN:
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:250 km (156.3 mls) N off Shetland Islands, Scotland [Norwegian Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Canso flying boat was attacking a surfaced German submarine, U-1225, but was hit by flak and caught fire. The U-boat sank and the Canso crashed. Two crewmembers died in water awaiting rescue, pilot F/L D.E. Hornell died of exposure the following day after rescue. Hornell received posthumous Victoria Cross.

Sources:
» veterans.gc.ca
» thecanadianencyclopedia.ca
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers


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