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    Default Sunderland Memorial at Black Rock Islay completed - DV797

    Don't know if anyone has mentioned this....


    There is an item in the Oban Times about the memorial to Sunderland DV797 on Islay, there is a memorial service there on 26th May at 10:45 with a flypasy by a Tornado at 11:00h (weather permitting)

    I found this online

    http://blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/sunderland-memorial-black-rock-islay

    Sunderland Memorial at Black Rock Islay completed

    In the Ileach of 16 January appeared an article about the Sunderland Flying Boat tragedy at Black Rock and the stone memorial that was about to be erected at the spot where the flying boat crashed and exploded. In April a follow-up was published in the Ileach newspaper:

    The Museum of Islay Life is delighted to announce the completion of the memorial to the men of Coastal Command who lost their lives in the crash of the Short Sunderland Flying Boat at Blackrock in January 1943. Built by Nerabus contractor Douglas Smith, the memorial consists of a granite slab mounted into stone cairn alongside a plaque recording the names of those who were killed. It is located on a grassy knoll overlooking the crash site, Bowmore and Loch Indaal where the flying boats were moored. Access to the memorial is across the field via the Blackrock Coastal path. There is a car park at the top of the rise. Please be aware that there is livestock in the field and that dogs are not advisable during lambing time. A formal dedication will be arranged in due course.

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    I think you will find that that was DV979

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    Sunderland was DV979.
    If you would like more information, Form 765C, board of inquiry report, witness statement etc. then log on to www.naa.go.au and under general search enter "sunderland DV979". This will give accident reports for the two Australian crew, Jabour and Palmer, with details of the heroism that killed several of the crew when the depth charges exploded.

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