|05/12/1944||Beaufighter X||NT914||M/455 Sqn||Dallachy|
on anti-shipping operations over Norway. Ditched 4 NE Shetland
with no injuries.
P/O A.G.Winter. P/O G.J.Dunshea.
|05/12/1944||Beaufighter X||NE431||X/455 Sqn||Dallachy|
from anti-shipping sortie on one engine, diverted to Sumburgh.
The undercarriage failed to lock down, so a belly landing had to be
made. The aircraft struck a 3ft high bank at the end of the runway,
but the crew escaped without serious injury.
F/Sgt R.Dunn RAAF, F/Sgt J.D.Blackman RAAF.
|05/12/1944||Mosquito VI||PZ418||143 Sqn||Banff|
was a tricky aircraft to land on one engine. The pilot had the
choice of coming in at normal landing speed, in which case he had to
get it right first go. Or come in with enough speed to go around
again if necessary.
was returning from a anti-shipping strike with one engine out.
Landing at Sumburgh with the port engine feathered, and on a difficult
right-hand circuit due to a hill, he came in fast onto runway 33, but
could not stop before the end. The Mossie ran off the end of the
runway and into a wall.
F/O R.Gilchrist (Killed), F/O Knight (Cuts and shock).
|11/01/1945||Catalina IVA||JX203||210 Sqn||Sullom Voe|
to arrive at the patrol area at dawn meant taking-off at some unearthly
hours. At 02.30 on a very still morning, with the water dead calm
the Catalina started its take-off run. In such conditions the
pilot would expect a long run before becoming airborne, but with the
far bank getting nearer and nearer the pilot became worried. He
decided to abandon the take-off and closed the throttles. But
in the flat calm he had not realised they were in fact airborne.
The Catalina flopped down onto its belly, springing rivets in its hull.
The aircraft was considered to be damaged beyond repair.
F/L R.G.Wakeford; Co-Pilot F/Sgt T.A.Mercer.
|29/01/1945||Beaufighter X||J/NT927||144 Sqn||Dallachy|
had failed while the Beaufighter was on a anti-shipping strike.
They made two attempts to land at Sumburgh before the pilot decided
there was a danger of causing damage or injuries on the airfield.
ditched 5 miles south west of Sumburgh. The pilot was knocked
out in the ditching and went down in the aircraft, which sank within
8 seconds of coming to rest. He came to under the water and was
able to climb into their dinghy. A Lindholm dinghy was dropped
to them, but it landed upside down. The crew lay on this until
they were picked up by a rowing boat.
F/Sgt L.A.Holland. F/Sgt J.MacMillan.
|07/03/1945||Sunderland III||NJ178||H/330 (Norwegian)||Sullom Voe|
had just landed from a anti-submarine patrol and was taxiing to its
buoy, when it struck a submerged rock.
was a write-off, but it was not struck off charge until two years later.
This could be a administrative error which came to light during a census.
Lt Benun, Pilot; 2nd Lt Hols, 2nd Pilot;
2nd Lt Sollie, Navigator; Sgt Christiason, Navigator;
Qm Stensaa W/WOM; Qm Gjortz, WOP/AG; Qm Hansen, WOP/AG;
Qm Klason, FME/AG; Qm Evenson, FME/AG; Sgt Solfjeld A/G.
|05/04/1945||Beaufighter X||NV299||X/144 Sqn||Dallachy|
was returning from a anti-shipping strike to Braemanger with the port
engine feathered. The pilot was barely able to control the aircraft
and came straight in without making a circuit. He then found he
could not stop and retracted the undercarriage to avoid overshooting.
F/Sgt L.H.Bower (Injured), F/O J.M.Simpson (Slight Injuries).
|07/04/1945||Beaufighter X||NE826||489 Sqn||Dallachy|
virtually a repeat of the previous entry and indicated a serious fault
with the Beaufighter Xs engines.
was making a single engine landing on the short runway at Sumburgh in
bad weather. Again the undercarriage was retracted to stop the
F/Lt R.B.Pulham RNZAF.
the log. The author would welcome any comments or further information