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Last updated: 21 April 2021
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Date:Thursday 26 November 1942
Time:06:43
Type:Short Sunderland I
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: DD851
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NE of Invergordon, Rosshire, Scotland (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Invergordon RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Invergordon RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
Short Sunderland Mk.I, DD851, was attached to the RAF, 4 Operational Training Unit. The crew were leaving on an anti-submarine patrol when a connecting rod on the starboard inner engine broke. The aircraft caught fire, the engine fell off. The aircraft crashed on the railway line two miles north-east of the railway station at Invergordon, Rosshire, Scotland.
The RCAF crew of 11 was killed when the full load of fuel and depth charges exploded and burned. The crew included: John Hodgson Shand F/O (WAG) FL.s W. Fedoruk, J.A. Johnson, FO.s G.B. Johnson, C.M. Kendall, WO.s F.J. Peters, C. Kinton, J.E. Porret, FS.s F.W. Cosgrove (Cosgrave) D.C. Beattie, and Sgt. M.L. Hill were also killed. The crew is buried in the Stonefall Cemetery, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England.

Sources:
» RCAF Memorial Book "They Shall Not Grow Old"
» Personal research by the son of the rear gunner, Clare Kinton


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