Mozambique (in the sea)
RAF 230 Sqn
Short Sunderland EJ131
Pamanzi island → Pamanzi island
F/Sgt Alexander Langlois Butler GB †
F/Lt Archibald Mitchell Todd GB †
F/Sgt William Robert Lewis GB †
F/O Malcolm William McGregor Canada †
F/Sgt David Martin Menzies GB †
Sgt Charles George Robert Moll GB †
F/Sgt George Augustus Ridge GB †
F/Sgt William Henry Robjohns GB †
F/O Joseph William Sturdy GB †
The base of the squadron was Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, but the aircraft left for this patrol from Pamanzi, Mayotte Island, around 7.20 hours, and his mission was to escort the HMS Albatross and the HMS Nepal that were on patrol since the 19th August 1943.
After five hours in the flight the crew had still not found the ships, and they received new coordinates' from the base that pointed the vessels between Mozambique and Madagascar but the crew still could not find them.
Some time latter there was a distress signal received from the aircraft informing that they would try to make a forced landing in the sea. The position given was between Mozambique and Madagascar.
There were no more news from the plane or the crew although Catalinas and Sunderlands were involved in wide searches in the next days.
* The Short Sunderland - Chaz Bowyer
* 230 ORB - National Archives UK - London, Kew
* Commonwealth War Graves Comission - site CWGC