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    Default Sunderland W6008

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    HELP!!

    On 12 March 1944 a 423 Sqn Sunderland was ditched and subsequently sunk, following engine failure.

    The crew of ten was rescued, apparently by ships they were sent to protect and there were no casualties – other than some wet feet!

    The squadron’s Forms 540 and 541 record the loss but the quality of the National Archive print is so poor that I cannot decipher the captain’s name which is something like: Flight Lieutenant J B Donnett. There was a single warrant officer on board and his name is completely unreadable – please can you help?

    For those of you thinking ‘outside the box’, you will have guessed that my query is because I have reached late March 1944 in the manuscript of “Coastal Command Losses – Vol 3”. However, Volume 2 is with A/B and I have no publication details as yet – stay calm my children, you’ve waited 17 years and like a London bus a couple will come along at much the same time!

    Early Seasons greetings

    Colin Cummings

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    Default Re: Sunderland W6008

    Hi Colin

    This should help out, pretty clear to read and concurs with Flight Lieutenant J B Donnett as stated - https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/o...6/1013?r=0&s=5

    Waiting for the bus ;)

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Default Re: Sunderland W6008

    Pierre,

    That's great, thank you for sorting that out and so quickly too.

    Best wishes
    Colin Cummings

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    Default Re: Sunderland W6008

    If you are interested here is the full crew listings

    F/Lt John Burnett DONNETT J9914 RCAF
    F/O John Alexander MCLENNAN J26824 RCAF
    P/O Albert Roy PINDER C23565 RCAF
    F/O Geoffrey Lyons PARKER J18791 RCAF
    F/O Ronald William Gardew TRUSCOTT J26493 RCAF
    P/O David Donald CAMPBELL J18673 RCAF
    P/O Dennis Robert HEMMING J19872 RCAF
    W/O Keith Thompson ASHE R97017 RCAF
    F/Sgt John Vint RYDER DFM 1063655 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt James Alfred TROTT 943903 RAF(VR)
    F/Sgt Maurice Norman TROWBRIDGE 1166745 RAF(VR)


    Chris

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    Default Re: Sunderland W6008

    I have been off the forum for several weeks but am grateful for the info provided above - apologies for the tardy response.

    Colin Cummings

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