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Short Sunderland W3988, Doonbeg, Co. Clare, December 1941

At about 18.30 hrs. on 3rd December 1941 a Royal Air Force Sunderland flying boat crashed on the sea about 2 ½ miles from land at Carrowmore near Doonbeg, Co. Clare. Three of the crew of eleven made their way to shore but one was so exhausted he passed away on the beach.  The remaining nine occupants were drowned. The aircraft was later washed ashore on the strand in a wrecked condition.

          of W3988 area


F/Lt James Grant FLEMING DFC 40380 (Pilot) (Interned, Escaped, later Killed in Action 1944

W S Emmett

P/O Wilfred Sefton EMMETT NZ401377 RNZAF (Pilot) + Missing in action

Sgt Eric Willows JACKSON 999009 + Missing in action

Eric Marker

P/O Eric Gerald MARKER 101048 +
(Observer) Missing in action

Sgt Sydney James EPPS 522263 (W.Op./Air Gnr.) + Buried in Miltown Malbay

Sgt Maurice Walter Gerald FOX 933498 (W.Op./Air Gnr.) + Buried in Miltown Malbay


Sgt James Cannell MASTERSON 911625 (Interned, Died 2005)

Frederick Lea

LAC Frederick Walter LEA 904349 (Flt. Mech.) + Buried in Miltown Malbay

LAC Arthur DONCASTER 743595 + Buried in Killard Church of Ireland Cemetery, Doonmore

LAC Andrew Patrick WALKER 972825 + Missing in Action

                Everall Bennett

AC1 Albert Everall BENNETT 1081395 + Buried in Killard Church of Ireland Cemetery, Doonmore