31st July 1942. The Squadron and Group ORBs both give a take off time and date of 08:55 hrs on 31st from Castle Archdale. The Sunderland appeared without warning and was shot down by AA fire from HMS Hawkins in poor visibility while escorting convoy WS21 at 10:25 hrs. HMS Ledbury was immediately on the scene and rescued Sgt Wheatley - the only survivor i believe. I understand they were escorting shipping into the Clyde Approaches that had been joining what was to become WS21 in a few days time. HMS Hawkins HMS Ledbury Crew of 201 Sqn Sunderland W4025:killed. Rank Name Service F/Lt. James Robert Traill, RAF F/Lt. Walter Harry Wakefield, RAF P/O. John Allen. RAF F/Sgt. James Andrew Collins, RAF F/Sgt. Maurice John Tomley, RAF Sgt. William Bluck, RAF Sgt. John Robert Goodings, RAF Sgt. Harry Scarce, RAF Sgt. Norman Williams. RAF. Sgt. Clifford Gurnet Fort, RAAF. Sgt. Vivian Lewis. RAAF. Official Documents. On the 1 August 1942 a second 201 squadron sunderland W4000 from Castle Archdale was blown up by one of its own depth charges after ditching near convoy WS21 Crew: Rank Name Service F/Lt. Wilfred Leonard Cox, RAF P/O Arthur Alfred Webster, RAF P/O Robert William Wilkins, RAF F/Sgt. Harold Abbott, RAF F/Sgt. Leonard Battersby, RAF Sgt Arthur Corfield Somerset Clive-Davies, RAF Sgt. Frank Henry William Gurnett, RAF Sgt. Donald Kenyon, RAF Sgt. William Jack Mansbridge, RAF Sgt. George Falconer Muir, RAF Sgt. Philip Ralph Field. RAF. A 201 Sqn sunderland over a convoy later in the war. The attachments below also relate to Sunderland W4025 friendly fire 31st July 1942.