FROM PLIGHT TO FLIGHT

WORLD WAR TWO

FILIPE SILVA RECOUNTS THE DILEMMA FACED BY THE RAF’S 95 SQUADRON DURING ITS INITIAL WORLD WAR TWO DEPLOYMENT… AND THE UNLIKELY TALE THAT ENSUED

The RAF Sunderland P9623 beached at Tróia, Portugal, most likely on February 14 or 15, 1941. ALL ANTONIO
SILVA COLLECTION

The weather across the Iberian Peninsula, dividing Spain and Portugal, during the night of February 13-14, 1941 was unsuitable for flying… even for a heavy four-engined flying boat. But as hurricane-force winds battered the coastline, that is exactly what the 95 Squadron Short Sunderland Mk.1 P9623 was doing.

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