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Last updated: 22 November 2019
Status:
Date:Sunday 19 December 1943
Type:Short Sunderland III
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: DW106
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Portuguese coast (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pembroke Dock RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Gibraltar-North Front RAF Station (GIB/LXGB), Gibraltar
Narrative:
Sunderland DW106 of 270 Sqn RAF took off at 23:45 hours on 18 December 1943 in transit flight from RAF Station Pembroke Dock, failed to arrive at Gibraltar.
It was reported that a distress IFF signal was picked up 30 miles off Cape St Vincent by Sunderland EK589 which was following DW106. this being the only information regarding the possible location of the missing aircraft. A thorough search of the area failed to locate the aircraft or crew.

Sources:
» Missing with no known grave / by Alan Storr


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Distance from Pembroke Dock RAF Station to Gibraltar-North Front RAF Station as the crow flies is 1717 km (1073 miles).

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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