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Short Sunderland flying boat, RAF Wig Bay, WW2

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Short Sunderland flying boat, RAF Wig Bay, WW2

RAF Short Sunderland flying boat B9604/RBJ, in service with RaF (Royal Australian Air Force) 10th Squadron. Seen here on water at RAF Wig Bay, Stranraer, Scotland, 11 June 1942. Date: 1942

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10th 1942 Australian Raaf Seaplane Seaplanes Squadron Stranraer Sunderland Short


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This evocative photograph captures the majestic presence of a Short Sunderland flying boat, RAF serial number B9604/RBJ, of the Royal Australian Air Force's 10th Squadron, at RAF Wig Bay in Stranraer, Scotland, on 11th June 1942. The Short Sunderland, a British-designed long-range flying boat, was a crucial asset during World War II, serving primarily as a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The 10th Squadron, formed in 1941, was one of several RAAF squadrons that operated the Short Sunderland from bases in the United Kingdom. The image shows the aircraft gracefully resting on the water, its wings and floats reflecting in the calm surface. The Short Sunderland was a large and imposing aircraft for its time, with a wingspan of over 110 feet and a length of nearly 90 feet. Its distinctive shape, with a high-mounted wing and a large tailfin, made it easily recognizable. The aircraft's powerful engines, visible in the foreground, enabled it to fly at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and to operate for over 12 hours, making it an essential tool for long-range patrols and search-and-rescue missions. The photograph is a poignant reminder of the vital role that flying boats played during the Second World War, particularly in the defense of Allied shipping convoys against the threat of U-boats and other submarines. The image also serves as a testament to the bravery and skill of the aircrews who flew these aircraft in often challenging conditions, often in remote and inhospitable locations, to protect Allied interests and ensure the safe passage of supplies and troops to the front lines.

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