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Last updated: 23 July 2019
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Date:Tuesday 25 August 1942
Time:13:42 GMT
Type:Short Sunderland III
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: W4026
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Dunbeath, Scotland (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Invergordon RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Sunderland, coded DQ-M, crashed into Eagles Mount near Dunbeath in the Scottish Highlands in bad visibility.
The aircraft exploded on impact and all on board died with the exception of the tail gunner, Flight Sergeant Andrew Jack who was badly burned.

Among the passengers who were killed was His Royal Highness Prince George the Duke Of Kent, who was making an official visit to Reykjavik in the course of his duties as a Staff Officer in RAF Training Command. He held the rank of Air Commodore. The enquiry into the accident concluded that it was the result of navigational error, in that the crew had failed to allow sufficiently for the drift due to the strong on-shore wind and had altered course for Pentland Firth before the aircraft had gained enough altitude to clear the high ground along its track.

The flying boat operated on a flight from Oban to Reykjavik with an en route stop at Invergordon, Cromarty Firth.

Sources:
» ww2inthehighlands.co.uk
» Air Britain: RAF Aircraft W1000 - Z9999, published 1998
» RAAF fatalities in Second World War among RAAF personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units / by Alan Storr, 2006


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