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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 15 October 1939
Time:21:15
Type:Short Sunderland I
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: N9030
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Plymouth Sound, Devon (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mount Batten RAF Seaplane Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Mount Batten RAF Seaplane Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
On returning from patrol off Vermount crashed while landing in bad visibility.

Crew: Pilot: Flt.Lt. H.B. Johnson ok. Co-pilot: 37631 F/O. Dennis Ford 27 RAF killed. Sgt. Watkins injured. 552435 AC2 Joseph Douglas Whitford 18 RAF killed. 619855 AC2 William Henry Fiddock 18 RAF killed. 621542 AC2 John William Hayward 24 RAF killed. Five other crew members unknown but ok/injured?.

Sources:
» Commonwealth War Graves Commission
» Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War Vol 1
» rafdavidstowmoor.org


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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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