Post by planewriting on Dec 13, 2018 20:04:43 GMT 12
Just revisited this thread and notice no-one has commented on that photo on page 2 of a Sunderland rather high and dry. I'm not sure if it is the same occasion but my father, on 201 Squadron (1941 - 1943), told me many years ago of an interesting episode. His story goes something like this, "A 201 boat was returning from Atlantic patrol. The crew got lost and decided to land and ring in fessing up rather than wrecking a good Sunderland trying to find the base in the dark. At the very last moment a crew member recognised the Irish coast line and realised they were overhead a beach he used to visit as a child". I cannot recall the reason Dad gave for their non continuing but anyway they landed and waited till the morning to resume their return to base. Next morning, to their consternation, they realised a king tide had occurred overnight and as a consequence the Sunderland stayed put above the high tide mark until the next such tide came along. The captain was court marshalled and nominated to have Dad (of equal rank) present during his case". I understand that he got off very lightly. Dad told me that story with quite a twinkle in his eye.
I have few Colour photos (from Kodak Slides) my Dad took while at Lacala Bay. I thought I'd share one with you, and one of my favorites - they are very special to me (Apologies for my Copyright all through it, there's some guy in Aussie who is taking photos from this site (and others) and selling as "Reproductions on Trade Me)
Thanks to Dave H's advice, I would like to post these from my dad's photo collection. I only have a few at present, I hope to get more from my sister in Adelaide once she's sorted and converted from slides
Lauthala Bay, what it was all about
Main Hangar and Sunderland maintenance - note Aussie Beaver on left
Beaver on its floats - very idyllic view
I'll post more soon - The Sunderland in the Hangar is one of my very favourites, plan to do a diorama, one of these days of that scene