Comments on: Short Sunderland- The flying porcupine http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/ Aviation Enthusiast Web Site Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:30:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 By: OZIRES MORAES http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-289149 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:30:42 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-289149 I dedicated one page of this sturdy cumbersome but outstanding aircraft that helped to save so many survivors adrift in the Atlantic. It deserved to be remembered. With glory just as the brave British sailor which died in the trecherous shark infested waters of the southern sea.

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By: Short Sunderland update | Let Let Let - Warplanes http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-288427 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:14:09 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-288427 […] Short Sunderland- The flying porcupine […]

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By: T Lynch http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-284500 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 19:34:12 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-284500 I have some pictures of at least one Sunderland, the world has not seen for a very long time. pp144 NS-A At a base in Scotland 1948/1949. Do I need to use Photobucket?

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By: Nick http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-284460 Sun, 08 Jul 2018 02:34:30 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-284460 The Australian airline is spelt QANTAS – it’s an acronym (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) so no ‘u’ required.

Great article, thanks.

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By: Alan Willoughby http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-283604 Fri, 25 May 2018 07:14:52 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-283604 Hi Jack,
Have to disagree with your comments about the RNZAF Sunderland Mk V/MR5, being extensively modified internally.
Certainly the W/O suite was modified, and a couple of additional instruments were added to the Instrument panel. The rest of the Airframe was stock Mk V. The Balsa Upper sub bulkhead was still there.
The dual ADF Loops were to aid navigation over the vast Pacific.
The W/O position was still occupied with a signaler.

The Upper Turrets were removed from production circa 1944, as the threat from the Luftwaffe decreased. I have photos of both 270 and 490 Squadron Sunderland’s in West Africa without the upper turret.
Not all Sunderland’s such as Mk III’s had fixed bow guns either.
Only those that operated from bases in Britain had them, whereas those flown in places like West Africa did not

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By: Alan Willoughby http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-283603 Fri, 25 May 2018 06:58:32 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-283603 Hi Jack.

Re RNZAF Mk V/MR5’s, have to disagree about the extensively modified internally comment.
The only major modification was the W/O position, along with a couple of additional gauges on the Instrument panel.
Yes, RNZAF Mk V’s flew with a crew member manning that position as a Signaler.
The rest of the aircraft was stock standard Mk V. The reason for the two ADF loops was to aid in navigation around the vast Pacific.

The Upper Turrets began to be removed from Mk III’s and V’s circa 1944 when the Luftwaffe was not so much of a threat. I have photos of both 270 and 490 Squadron Mk III’s in West Africa sans upper Turrets circa mid 1944.
Not all Sunderland’s Mk III’s were fitted with the fixed bow guns either, those operating from UK bases had them, but in places like West Africa etc no

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By: Gillian http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-283505 Fri, 18 May 2018 12:22:41 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-283505 HI Roger

I have been looking at the Sunderland history page and noted your request for any help with Sunderland bases in Ireland.
My late father was a WOP/ AG with 201 Squadron and spent 12mths flying from loch Erne Castle Archdale an RAF base in Northern Ireland in Sunderlands out over the atlantic with Costal Command. There is information and photos on the base if you type in the details to your search engine.

I also managed to obtain a copy of my Fathers RAF record which I have found useful for filling in some blanks. Hope this is useful to you,

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By: Dennis Lowden http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-279526 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 05:33:48 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-279526 Hi Jack,
One minor correction to your story. The Wireless Operator had a Marconi suite of radio gear which was standard in the RNZAF.
It consisted of Marconi TYPE 7092d ADF, AD107/94 HF Transmitter/receiver. AD97/108 HF Tx/Rx. AD401 intercom system, Other boxes included LORAN, ASV, REBECCA,TR1936 VHF and Sonobouy receiver and recorder.

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By: JACK CAIRNS http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-277779 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:24:37 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-277779 HI FOLK- THOUGHT I MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP AS I SERVED MY APPRENTISHIP IN SHORTS BELFAST 1952-7 – STARTING ON SUNDERLAND MK III + V . THE R.N.Z.A.F. WERE NOT STD. MK V – THEY WERE EXTENSIVELY MODDED INTERNALLY – THE W/O BALSA BULKHEAD + TIMBER DESK + T1154 /R1155 WAS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH A COLLINS MODERN RACK OF T/Rs . SO NO LONGER WAS A W/O NEEDED. THIS CAN BE SEEN EXTERNALLY BY THE TWIN H.F. MASTS NEXT TO THE OVER WING HATCH – ALSO THE TWIN ADF LOOP FAIRINGS . THE 2 X MAIN HULL DOORS HAD TRIANGULAR PERSPEX PANELS TO SHOW THE EM. AXE + FIRE EXT. ARMNAMENT WAS STD. MK V : HYD. PWR. 2 X .303 BROWNING NOSE TURRET + FIXED PILOT OPERATED 4 X .303 M/G EITHER SIDE OF NOSE + 1 X .5 BROWNING ON PINTLE MOUNT AT EA. BEAM HATCH POSN. + 4 X .303 IN PWR. TAIL TURRET – THE MID UPPER TURRET WAS REMOVED IN MK III TO MK V CONVERSION. SEAWINGS IS A GOOD ACCURATE WEBSITE . THE SUNDERLAND DID OPERATE FROM LOUGH NEAGH NR. BELFAST N.I. AND I KNOW ONE CRASHED THERE . ALL SUNDERLANDS I WORKED ON WERE O.E.M. WITH P+W 1830 .

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By: Roger http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2013/10/07/short-sunderland-the-flying-porcupine/#comment-202351 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 09:01:06 +0000 http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/?p=4214#comment-202351 Hi , can anyone reading this maybe help , my dad passed away around 3 years ago , and only started to talk about his involvement in the war towards his final years . He was first in the army , having been injured , never said how , he then signed up as a rear tail gunner in a short Sunderland , I am sure he said he was based in Ireland , and said they were shot down , with I think only two of them making it out alive ! He always said he was never proud of being involved in the war and didn’t like to talk about it ! How can I find out any info and maybe his squadron and some details , I have found sites that list W.G.Armstrong .. Several in fact , but they want £££££££’s for info , and I could be looking at the wrong person .. Any help would be much appreciated , our 9 year old son misses his grandad so much still , he has a model Sunderland , my dad made him !

Kind regards
Roger

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