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Date:Wednesday 2 June 1943
Time:22:48
Type:Short Sunderland GR.3
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: EJ134
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Praa Sands, South Cornwall (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Sunderland flying boat was operating with 461 Squadron, RAAF. It was on a patrol mission to the Bay of Biscay when it was attacked by eight Junkers Ju-88 Luftwaffe planes. The crew managed to fight them off and made it back to the U.K. A forced landing was made near the beach. The seaplane was wrecked by tides and seas the next morning.

Classification:
Shot down by aircraft
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» The Sunderland Flying-boat Queen / By John Evans, 1993
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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