Date & Time: Jun 20, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Short S.26 G-Class
Operator:
Registration:
X8274
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mount Batten – Gibraltar
MSN:
S.872
YOM:
1937
Country:
Spain
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
8
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The seaplane was on its way from RAF Mount Batten, Devon, to Gibraltar. Three hours into the flight, the crew decided to return following an engine failure. But shortly later, a second engine failed, forcing the crew to divert to Lisbon. The captain eventually attempted to make an emergency landing off Cape Finisterre. On landing, the hull caved and the aircraft sank. Eight crew members and the passenger drowned while two crew members (Captain S. G. Long and F/O G. H. Bowes) were able to take place in a dinghy. They were recovered three days and a half later by the crew of a German submarine.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure.