Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 3: Short Sunderland

Short Sunderland

Data current to 4 January 2020.

 (RAF Photo)

Short Sunderland Mk. V, coded CT, flown by RCAF aircrew during the Second World War.  None are preserved in Canada.  One is preserved in the RAF Museum, Hendon, UK.  RCAF No. 422 Squadron and No. 423 Squadron flew the Sunderland during the war.

 (IWM Photo,  CH832)

Short Sunderland Mk. I flying boat of No. 210 Squadron RAF based at Oban in Scotland, patrols over a Canadian troop convoy on its way to Greenock, 31 July 1940.

 (IWM Photo, CH12236)

Short S.25 Sunderland Mk. III Short Sunderland, coded 2E, f No. 422 Squadron RCAF based at RAF Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland.

 (RAF Photo)

Short S.25 Sunderland Mk. III (Serial No. EK591), coded 2-U of No. 422 Squadron RCAF based at RAF Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland in 1944, sunk German U-boat U-625 on 10 March 1944.  Warrant Officer 2nd Class W. F. Morton was on his first operational sortie as captain when he and his crew attacked and sunk U-625 west of Ireland at position 52º53’N 20º19’W . The Type VIIC was skippered by Oberleutnant zur See Siegried Straub.  The entire crew of 53 hands were on their 11th day of patrolling when they perished in the attack, but not before they struck back with fierce flak that damage the port front hull of the Sunderland. 

 (IWM Photo, CH 854)

Short Sunderland, Frazer-Nash FN13 rear turret, August 1940.  The Sunderland was the first RAF flying boat to be fitted with power-operated gun turrets.

 (Chad Kainz Photo)

Short Sunderland, RAF (Serial No. ML796), nose gun turret, IWM Duxford.

 (RuthAS Photo)

Sunderland V ML824 displayed at the RAF Museum London at Hendon wearing the codes of No. 201 Sqn RAF.

 (RAF Photo)

Short Sunderland, flown by RCAF aircrew during the Second World War.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5081614)

Short Sunderland, RCAF crew, L to R: F/O Frederick Field, P/O N.C. Rowley, WO1 T.E. Campbell, F/O W.J. Bice and WO1 J.O. Fink, Coastal Command, after their machine-gun attack on a German U-boat which had been attempting to harass Allied shipping.