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    Default P/O Davies, Frederick Shayler - 1832986 - Died 5/7/47 - 201 Sqd

    Hi everyone,

    Could some kind soul please provide me with the following if possible:

    Base;

    Aircraft Flown/Flown in;

    Serial No and Code;

    Possible Crashsite.

    Appreciative as always.

    Cheers.

    Steve

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    201 lost Sunderland PP113 on a anti-submarine training exercise, when the aircraft flew into the sea off County Donegal, on this date. I don't have crew list though

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    Default P/O Davies, Frederick Shayler - 1832986 - Died 5/7/47 - 201 Sqd

    Hi Amrit.

    Thanks for that, nice one.

    Regards.

    Steve.

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    The following 201 Squadron men died that day they might not be related to the aircraft of course. These are from the
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    search engine by Geoff Sullivan

    001 F/O (Pilot) CLARK, DH 56083 05/07/1947
    002 Pilot II DAVIES, FS 1832986 05/07/1947 RUNNYMEDE
    003 Nav II FRANKLIN, AC 1869662 05/07/1947 RUNNYMEDE
    004 F/Sgt (Pilot II) GILL, JHC 1697489 05/07/1947
    005 F/Lt RIDEOUT, EE 176155 05/07/1947 RUNNYMEDE
    006 Sig II ROBERTS, TW 1319644 05/07/1947
    007 Sig II SMITH, A 1037084 05/07/1947 RUNNYMEDE


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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Steve,

    Colin Cummings' 'Final Landings' confirms the aircraft and full crew as detailed in the previous posts.

    He goes on to record the event as being "20 miles north of Inistrahull Island Donegal." and that "The aircraft was engaged in an anti-submarine training exercise and was attacking a submarine; HMS Sentinal [sic? Sentinel?]. During one attacking pass, the aircraft struck the sea and crashed."

    Errol

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    Hallo all,

    just to add to what Dennis and Amrit have written.

    Base (for the exercise): Castle Archdale

    Sunderland PP113 / 'F'

    Crash location: "Off N. coast of Ireland"

    There was a crew of 10 plus 2 passengers (Rideout and Williams), of which 6 crew and 1 passenger died while 4 crew and 1 passenger survived.

    The survivors were;
    Sig. II Greer
    F/Lt. Dolphin
    F/Lt. Welsh
    Eng. II Simpson
    Lt. Williams, Royal Navy (passenger).

    The crew were carrying out a simulated depth charge attack on the submarine HMS Sentinel when their aircraft ditched in the sea. The submarine crew were praised for bravely rescuing the survivors from heavy seas.

    All details from the 201 Sqn. ORB (AIR 27 / 2456 ).

    I was told by the RAF Museum earlier this year that, surprisingly, they have no Form 1180 Aircraft Accident Report for this loss.

    By the way does anyone have the Christian names of the survivors ?

    Hope this helps,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    A very old post but I do have the full details of some of the survivors:-
    SigII Alfred John GREER 1319693 RAF(VR)
    F/Lt Leslie DOLPHIN 164861 RAF
    F/Lt George Paterson WELSH 51912 RAF

    I have not been able to identify Eng II Simpson or Lt Williams

    If anyone does please let us know

    Chris

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