Corgi AA27503 Short Sunderland MkIII W3999 RB-Y 10 Squadron RAAF Mount Batten Early 1942 1/72
Corgi's Aviation Archive No. AA27503 is another excellent 1/72 scale diecast model of a Short Sunderland Mk.III, serial No. W3999 / RB-Y as operating in No.10 Squadron RAAF at RAF Mount Batten, Plymouth Sound, Devon, in early 1942.
Sunderland flying boats of RAF Coastal Command were some of the most impressive aircraft of the Second World War, performing vital duties in patrolling Britains sea lanes. Crews endured long and arduous patrols and would often be sent to rescue downed airmen. Such an incident occurred on 21st June 1942, when Sunderland W3999 took off from RAF Mount Batten to try to locate a dinghy containing the crew of a ditched Coastal Command No.172 Squadron Vickers Wellington. On reaching the search area, the Sunderland, along with an accompanying Whitley patrol aircraft, was attacked by a German Arado Ar196 float plane, taking a number of hits. Losing height immediately, the flying boat put down on the open sea but at the end of its landing run exploded and sank. Under further attack, the Whitley took evasive action, set course for home, with the crew having the unfortunate task of confirming that there were no survivors from the Sunderland.