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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Monday 12 June 1944
Type:Short Sunderland III
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: ML880
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bay of Biscay (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Pembroke Dock RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Pembroke Dock RAF Station, United Kingdom
Short Sunderland ML880 of 228 Sqn RAF took off from RAF Pembroke Dock at 18:10 on 11 June 1944, to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. It was due back at base at 07:25 hours on 12 June, but failed to return.
No signals were received from the aircraft and it was assumed that it was shot down by either enemy surface craft or U boat, and that the crew were all lost at sea. A German broadcast was heard the following day claiming that two Sunderlands had been shot down in the Bay of Bisay area.

» Missing with no known grave / by Alan Storr


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