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(See also A18 Short Sunderland and A26 Short Sunderland)

 
     
 

RAAF 10 Sqn & 461 Sqn Short Sunderlands

 
     
 
RAF Serial Type Aircraft History
L2163 Mk.1 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
L5802 Mk.1 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
N9047 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Returned to RAF, used for initial training only.
N9048 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 09/39 to 28/11/40, coded RB-A.
Destroyed in air raid on Mount Batten base.

Sunderland N9048 
RB-A  Short Sunderland  
N9048  RB-A 
RAAF 10 Sqaqdron 
via Rod Farquhar.

N9049 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 09/39 to 05/41, coded RB-B.
Destroyed in air raid at Marsaxlokk Malta by BF109's 10/05/41.
N9050 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 11/39 to 03/41, coded RB-D.
Back to RAF.
P9600 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 10/39 to 11/41, coded RB-E.
Back to RAF.

Ground crew haul Short Sunderland Mark I, P9600 DQ-T of No. 228 Squadron RAF along to the slipway at Mount Batten, Devon, for launching, also flew with 10 Squadron, RAAF as RB-E from Oct., 1939 to Jan., 1941  IWM (CH 7235), corrections via Mike Mirkovic.

P9601 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 10/39 to 09/40, coded RB-F.
Written off after an air raid bombing.
P9602 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 11/39 to 09/40, coded RB-G.
Crashed Lismore, Scotland 09/40, coded CN-C.
Could have been being swapped at the time?
P9603 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 11/39 to 06/41, coded RB-H.
Crashed Milford Haven.

Highlight for Album: Short Sunderland 
P9603 RB-H

P9604 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 12/39 to 10/41, coded RB-J.
Back to RAF.

Short Sunderland  
P9604 RB-J
10 Squadron

P9605 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 12/39 to 03/42, coded RB-K.
Back to RAF.
P9606 Mk.1 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control 01/40 to 04/40.
Back to RAF.
P9624 ? Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
It was on 17/07/40 when F/O E.R.Baker flying P9624 who spotted a U-Boat 300 yards ahead in the gloom. As it flew over the boat, he dropped his depth charges which exploded underneath it. This was followed by two further attacks. The Submarine could be seen listing. It rolled on it's side and disappeared. Large air bubbles, followed by a large patch of oil and debris marked it's grave.
This could possibly be the first U boat sunk by 10 Sqn.
T9047 Mk.1 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
T9075 Mk.1 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
T9085 Mk.1 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 21/1/43, coded UT-A. Crew; Flt B.Buls.
T9090 Mk.1 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 12/8/42, coded UT-B. Crew; WgCdr N. Halliday.
T9109 Mk.1 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
T9111 Mk.1 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Coded UT-C. Lost on takeoff 21/03/43, Poole UK.
T9113 Mk.1 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 01/9/42, coded UT-F. Crew; P/O R.Hosband.
T9114 Mk.1 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
The aircraft had landed in the bay of Biscay to rescue sixteen survivors of two aircraft which had crashed into the bay. The survivors were transferred to the French destroyer 'LA COMBATTANTE' and the Sunderland's hull was holed by enemy fire during takeoff.
T9115 Mk.1 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
W3979 Mk.II Delivered 06/41. Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Sunk by Royal Navy 03/42.
W3980 Mk.II Delivered 06/41. Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Served with 10 Sqn for 2 weeks. Returned to RAF 06/41.
W3983 Mk.II Delivered 07/41.
Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-R.
Returned to RAF 01/42. T
o 10 Sqn again 07/42 and back to RAF 03/44.

Sunderland II 
W3983/RB-R 
10 Squadron 
About to be brought out of the water at Pembroke Dock, 
3 October 1941.

W3984 Mk.II Delivered 08/41.
Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-S.
To Manufacturer 12/43.
W3985 Mk.II Delivered 08/41.
Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost to Enemy Action at Bay of Biscay 08/43.
W3986 Mk.II Delivered 08/41.
Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-U.
To RAF 02/42. Back to 10 Sqn 06/42.
 Crashed Eddystone Light 05/43.
W3993 Mk.II Delivered 11/41. Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Collided wit W4024 at mooring, Mount Batten 10/43 and returned to Manufacturer.
W3994 Mk.II Delivered 10/41.
Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-X.
Back to RAF 06/42. Returned to 10 Sqn 07/42.
Lost at Bay of Biscay Spain 30-31/07/42.
Crew; FLTLT Eric Bruce Martin MID (Pilot, Captain), FLGOFF Arthur Francis O’Dwyer (1st Pilot), PLTOFF Ernest Francis Hamilton Frith (2nd Pilot), PLTOFF Arthur Reginald Meaker (Nav), PLTOFF Christopher Edward Thomas Bartram (Nav), SGT Herbert Henry Fealy (1st Fitter), LAC Charles Leslie Kenneth Johnson (2nd Fitter), SGT John Russell Mullins (Wireless Op), SGT David Bell (Wireless Op), AC Nevil Thomas Cuddihy (Rigger), Clive Thomas Bingham (Air Gunner, Tail) and AC Garnet William White (Armourer).
W3997 Mk.II Delivered 02/42.
Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Back to RAF 07/42.
W3999 Mk.II Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-Y.
On the 21/06/42 while the crew were carrying out a search for the crew of a Wellington from 172SQN, of Coastal Command, that they were attacked by an Arado Ar-196.
Forced to land on open water it was just after they became stationary that a crew of a 58 SQN Whitley observed the Sunderland explode before disappearing under the water.
Crew; FLTLT Maurice Leopold Judell (Pilot, Captain), FLGOFF Jacques Victor Adolphe Hazard (1st Pilot, Free French), PLTOFF Cliff Chataway (2nd Pilot), PLTOFF Bruce Napoleon Gilbert (Nav), SGT Phillip Mervyn Benison (Flight Engineer), AC Thomas Dorney (2nd Fitter), SGT Edward James Taylor (1st Wireless Op), SGT John Valentine McLean (2nd Wireless Op), LAC Robert George Willis (Rigger), SGT William Lawrence Winterflood (Air Gunner) and LAC Francis William Tipping (Armourer).
W4004 Mk.II Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-Z.
Lost 17/05/43.
W4020 Mk.II Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-B.
Lost 01/08/43.
W6050 Mk.2A Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
W6054 Mk.II Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-D.
Crash in Sea 11/43.
W6077 Mk.2A Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
W9051? ? Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Coded S in September 1942.
Note: the serial W9051 was allotted to A Miles Master II - so this entry need to be re-checked.
Z3968? ? Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Coded U in September 1942.
Note: the serial Z3968 was a black out block number in the Z-2308-Z4018 allotted to Hawker Hurricanes in a batch built by Gloster Aircraft - so this entry need to be re-checked.
DD853 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DD866 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DP177 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-F.
Shot down by Hu88's at the Bay of Biscay 11/08/43. No Survivors.
DD196 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DD199 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DD200 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV958 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV960 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV961 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV962 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV968 Mk.3

Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Sank U-332 on 2/5/43 piloted by FLt E.C. Smith. Shared in sinking of U-106, with 228Sqn Sunderland, 2/8/43.
It was a 461 Sqn aircraft, but was flown by F/O I.R. Clarke of No 10 Sqn.
Lost 15/8/43 during an anti submarine patrol, coded UT-M. under command of Flying Officer W.J. 'Bill' Dowling 400788 (Aus).
Radioed "Attacked by six JU88's" at 1449hrs on 13/8/43,
No survivors.
'Kill' claimed by Leutnant Artur Schroeder - Luftwaffe 13/VG40.
Crew; F/O Wilbur "Bill" Dowling 400788, F/O David Galt DFC 400976, F/O James Grainger 400411, F/O Ken Simpson DFC 403778, F/SGT Philip Turner 26697, SGT Louis "Doc" Watson 26588, F/SGT Eric Fuller Brit. DFM 576061, W/O Harry Miller 405083, F/SGT Alan Lane 414701, F/SGT Charles Longson 415338, W/O Ray Goode DFM 407499.

Short Sunderland
DV968/M 
461 Squadron

DV969 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-E.
Shot down by Ju88's at the Bay of Biscay 21/09/43.
No Survivors.
DV985 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV986 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
DV993 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-T.
Shot down at the Bay of Biscay 17/11/43.
EJ132 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EJ133 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EJ134 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 03/06/43, coded UT-N.
The famous 'N' for 'Nuts' - Sunderland EJ134 was a MKIII built at Short Brothers, Rochester, Kent. The aircraft went into 461 Squadron, RAAF on 31st December 1942 at Hamworthy Junction, Dorset, then to Pembroke Dock, Wales, when the Sqn. moved there on 20th April 1943. EJ134 was beached at Praa Sands, South Cornwall on evening of June 2nd 1943 at 2248hrs after aerial combat with eight JU88's while under command of Flight Lieutenant Colin B. Walker (Aus) 404610 D.S.O. Aircraft Category 'E' on 3rd June 1943 - Flight Sergeant E.C.E. 'Ted' Miles 540284 (UK) killed.
Crew; F/LT WALKER Aus.404610 F/SGT FULLER (UK) 576061 F/O DOWLING 400788 F/SGT MILLER 405083 F/O AMISS 411112 SGT LANE 414701 F/O SIMPSON 403778 SGT WATSON 26588 SGT MILES (UK) 540284 F/SGT GOODE 407499 SGT TURNER 26697.
EJ138 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EJ141 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EJ142 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EJ153 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EJ154 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EK573 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control, coded RB-P.
EK575 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EK577 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Flt R.D.Lucas flying this aircraft on 28/1/44 sank U-571.
EK578 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Shot down by six Ju-88's of 5 Group KG40 over the Bay of Biscay 16/09/43.
The survivors were rescued after 17 hours in the water by the sloop HMS Starling 16/09/43 after being found by a Catalina of 210 Sqn RAF.
EK579 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
EK590 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
JM675 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 28/5/43, coded UT-O. Crew; Flt W.Dods.
JM676 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 29/11/43, coded UT-P. Crew; Flt D.Howe.
JM678 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
JM683 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
JM685 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
JM686 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
JM707 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 30/8/43, coded UT-Z. Crew; F/O C.R.Croft.
ML735 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 1/10/44, coded UT-A. Crew; Flt H Godsall.
ML735 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML740 Mk.3 Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
Lost 23/3/43, coded UT-P. Crew; F/O C.Howard.
ML741 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML743 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML744 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML746 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML747 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML748 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML757 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML758 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML771 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML774 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML778 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML781 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML816 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML826 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML827 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML828 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Converted to Mk.5 1945.
To manufacturer 11/45 to be converted to Sandringham Model c/n #SH37C Mk5.
On 15/07/46 became BOAC G-AHZE "Pevensey".
In 1950 Qantas VH-EBZ "Pacific Explorer" used on Sydney-Noumea-Fiji run between 2/5/50 to 06/55.

Sunderland Mk.III ML828/C
10 Squadron, 
c.1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

ML829 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Captained by FLt Stan Reeves it Crashed and sunk when attempting to takeoff in poor weather on the 09/02/42 at Mount Batten, resulting in two crew killed.
ML830 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn under RAF control.

Sunderland ML830 Sunderland ML830
Colourised version

ML831 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
ML839 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn RAAF.

Short Sunderland Mk III 
ML839 
10 Squadron

ML856 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn RAAF.

Highlight for Album: Sunderland ML856

ML865 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn RAAF.
ML879 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
NJ193 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
NJ253 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control from 10/44 to 06/45.
Converted to Sandringham Mk5 #SH39C 01/11/45.
Used by BOAC and named 'Pembroke' Withdrawn 1950.
NJ255 Mk.3 Served with 10 Sqn under RAF control.
Sent to converted to Mk.5 1945.
To manufacturer 11/45 to be converted to Sandringham Model c/n #SH34C Mk4.
Became TEAL ZK-AMB "Australia".
To Qantas 1950 as VH-EDX, then Ansett as VH-BRE "Pacific Chieftain" which was wrecked at Lord Howe Island in 07/63.

Sandringham VH-BRE formerly ZK-AMD and RAF NJ255. Flew with 10 Sqn RAAF in the UK. 
Photo Ansett via Bill Bray

NJ264 Mk.3 Served with either 10 Sqn or 461 Sqn under RAF control.
NJ267 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
NJ268 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP113 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP114 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP115 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP116 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP119 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP122 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
PP162 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
RN279 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
RN280 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
RN282 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
RN300 Mk.V Served with 461 Sqn under RAF control.
 
     
 

Short Sunderland 
10 Squadron
Loading a 450lb depth charge  Airmen of No. 10 Squadron RAAF attend to an overhaul of a Bristol Pegasus XXII engine on a Short Sunderland Mark I at Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire.  Short Sunderland
RAAF 10 Squadron  Short Sunderland Mark Is of No. 10 Squadron RAAF, at their moorings at Mount Batten, Devon.  Short Sunderland Mk1. The full length fin flashes are unusual and where worn by RAAF 10 sqn in Europe.  Off-duty aircrew relax in the aft sleeping compartment of a Sunderland of No 10 Squadron RAAF, July 1940. The pilots of a Sunderland of No 10 Squadron RAAF over the Atlantic, June 1940    461 Sqn Sunderland 
(AWM P01520 001)

 
     

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick and Brendan Cowan

Source: National Archives, The ANZAC Squadron, Stuart Wilson's Book "Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service", "RAAF Flying Boats at War -The Way It Was" by Joe Leach, 'Bloody Biscay' by Chris Goss, Operations Record Book, 461 Squadron, RAAF, Logbook of Flight Sergeant Ray Goode DFM 407499, Australian War Memorial Website and Photographs, Dean Norman's Aircrew Project, British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979 (Bruce Robertson),

Emails: Gordon Birkett, John Andrade, Warwick Henry, Stig Jarlevik, Rowan Mathews, Clive Lynch, Ian Piper, Paula Lermit-Hill, Mike Mirkovic, Alex Norton.

Updated 18th July 2016

     

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