Sunderland Crash Details required Scotland 210sq 27/12/1940

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  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Can anyone supply crash and crew details?

    27th December 1940. A Sunderland of 210 Squadron which was being flown by a young Australian pilot, Ivor Henry Meggitt, was attempting a routine landing in the dark when it hit a horsebox floating in the water. The aircraft broke up in the icy seas just off Maiden Island. Only one of the 11 crew members on board that evening survived the freezing conditions.
  2. RAFCommands

    RAFCommands Senior Member

    From RAF Coastal Command Losses Vol 1

    210 Sqn
    Sunderland I


    Op: Convoy Patrol, RAF Oban, Time Up 11:56 hrs

    F/L I H Meggitt
    F/O D A Stewart (Injured)
    Sgt C C I Roberts
    Sgt A K Perkins
    Sgt N E Thomson RNZAF
    Sgt D Ogston
    Sgt L E Crawshaw
    LAC T A Kennedy
    AC1 J S Audsley
    S/Lt B F Leadbitter RN

    Crashed in a night landing, at 21:17 hrs, off Maiden Island, Oban Bay. The Sunderland landed safely but hit an underwater object which ripped open the hull and flipped the aircraft onto its back. The underwater object was thought to be a horse box from the SS Breda, sunk in Ardmucknish Bay on 23/12/40. F/L Meggitt, an Australian from Austinmer, rests locally in Pennyfuir Cemetery, Oban. The remaining crewmen including Sgt Thomson, a New Zealander from Ashburton, are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. S/Lt Leadbitter, attached to HMS Victory, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

  3. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Fantastic detail - Thanks Ross.

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