Relief of the Kensington Court - Short Sunderland

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On 18 Sep 1939 the unescorted Kensington Court (Master Joseph Schofield) was stopped by the German U-Boat U-32 with 13 shots of gunfire about 120 miles west of Lands End. The ship was sunk by a coup de grâce at 14.00 hours. The master and 34 crew members were rescued by two Short Sunderland aircraft, the first from 228 Sqn (pilot F/Lt Thurston M.W. Smith) and the second from 204 Sqn RAF  (pilot F/Lt John Barrett). On 2 November, each pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for their feat.

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