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    Default 228 Sqn Short Sunderland T9086 accident 06/10/1942

    On 6 October 1942 T9086 (S/228) left Oban at 0743 hours for Vaagar (Faroe Islands) where it landed at 1106 hours.

    Unfortunately there is some confusion as to what happened next.

    1. AIR 27/1415/19, the 228 Sqn ORB, records After alighting safely S/228 struck an uncharted rock in Soorvag (sic) Vatn, the aircraft being beached in nine feet of water with three holes in keel. (The name of the lake is actually Sřrvágsvatn.)

    2. AIR 28/873, the Vaagar ORB, tells a different story.

    (a) Sunderland S/228 was waterborne at Vaagar at 1106 hours, having taken off from Oban at 0730 hours.
    (b) This is followed by another entry referring to a Ju88 over Vaagar between 1315 and 1345 hours.
    (c) The next entry states Sunderland S/228 struck a submerged rock while taxiing into position for take-off, and was beached in shallow water towards the south end. No time is given for the mishap, but the reference to the aircraft preparing to take off contradicts the 228 Sqn version of events.

    Would anyone have the F1180 for this aircraft please?

    The aircraft was deemed repairable and a Short Brothers Civilian Repair Party arrived at Vaagar on 9 November. Unfortunately S/228 was subsequently abandoned during repair, after being wrecked during a violent storm in early January. (Source - Ocean Sentinel by John Hamlin).

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    No clear answer from F1180 but bits of additional info that suggest both reports may be correct.

    F1180 states "A/c struck uncharted rock - not yet known whether taxying or T/O. Further reports"

    Damage is listed as Cat A, no investigation required, only Form 765C tendered. Location amended to Vaagar. Flight is defined as Not on Active Operations and duty is blank.

    The card is an edge code card and none of the Stage Perforations have been opened up.

    The one piece of additional info is time given as 13:45 but no duration of flight is listed.

    This suggests that the Sunderland had previously landed and was now either manouvering or attempting to Take Off during the air raid.

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    Remember Squadron Leader Skipper in the Battle of Britain Film

    To quote Robert Shaw

    "Don't just stand there - get one up"

    and then throw away the tea mug

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    Many thanks for that quick response, Ross. Since both ORBs record the aircraft being waterborne at 1106 hours I think your reference to the incident being at 1345 is the clincher - it was taxiing for take-off as per the Vaagar ORB.

    Apologies for the misleading reference to the Ju88, it was included to indicate the time gap between S/228 landing and the mishap. The Ju88 was at about 25000 ft and possibly on reconnaissance rather than conducting a raid. When the airfield was in the planning stage there was a proposal to base fighters at Vaagar, but this never taken forward. In fact very few land planes used the airfield - an occasional Anson or Hudson, but these were few and far between and most flying took place from the Sřrvágsvatn

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    If they had have based fighters at Vaagar during WW2 then there would likely have been some 'interesting' entries in the ORB.
    I am not a qualified pilot, but I can 'fly' a Baron 58 quite successfully on my Flight Simulator program.
    Even with all the current modern airfield aids, 'landings' at Vaagar in any sort of wind (and it's always windy there!) can be quite 'sportif' - or terminate, prematurely, in the scenery!! I dread to think what it might have been like, at night, in winter, in WW2, with few (or no?!) aids!!
    One presumes that there was very little operational requirement for short-range fighter cover, but more for very long-range/endurance convoy escorts?
    HTH
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