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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Thursday 13 July 1944
Type:Short Sunderland
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: DV991
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bathurst RAF Station (   Gambia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
RAF Sunderland DV991 took off from RAF Bathurst, Gambia, on an operational patrol mission. The take off run was long and this took the aircraft into rough water. After the last bounce the aircraft was observed to be in an attitude with the nose 45 degrees above the horizontal. The aircraft then stalled with nose and wing down, crashed into the water and broke up. When the aircraft sank, the depth charges exploded, causing a fire on the water.

Loss of control

» 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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