Floating Crew of a Short Sunderland
This picture shows the crew of a Short Sunderland that made a forced landing four miles of the Libyan coast after being attacked by two Bf 109s. The aircraft was badly damaged in the landing, and this wing came detached. While the aircraft itself was wrecked on the coast, the crew floated to safety on the wing. They were then captured by Italian troops, but after a few days were abandoned to make their own way back to British lines. By the time they reached safety the small Sunderland crew in turn captured their original Italian guards along with another hundred soldiers!
Short Sunderland Squadrons of World War 2, Jon Lake
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Rickard, J (28 October 2008), Floating Crew of a Short Sunderland , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_short_sunderland_crew_on_wing.html