Im sure most of you are familiar with this accident. I recently came across the following paperwork relating to one of the crew, a F/O R W Smith. It includes letters to and from his family and really brings home the personal tragedy. On Friday 6th February 1942 Sunderland W3977 of 201 Squadron Castle Archdale went down ten miles of the west coast of Donegal. There were no survivors. The crew; Fl. Lt. Smith, P/O Barlett, P/O Smith, F/O Kitchen, Fl. Serg. Mason, Fl. Serg. Clare, Serg. Jones, Serg. Nutt, Serg. Jacobson and Aircraftsman Hopkinson This aircraft came down offshore and only wreckage was found. Had been flying a patrol from Lough Erne. Irish Military observed the incident it appears, 15 Group signal dated March record 'Eire' authorities as having reported the only reliable information relating to the loss of an aircraft. None of the crew were recovered, all are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.