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Phil Space
18th Feb 2008, 14:37
A couple of decades ago I produced a BBC radio documentary on PD. Just spotted this and wonder if any one knows where John Evans is now.

From the BBC website
3D plane wreck image aids project

Enthusiasts aiming to raise the wreck of a World War II plane from the seabed have a better idea of the task ahead of them thanks to some computer wizardry.
A sonar survey combined with digital technology has led to the creation of 3D images of the Sunderland Flying Boat under 60ft of water off Pembroke Dock.

It has revealed new information about its condition, possible structural weaknesses and precise location.

A trust aims to recover, restore and eventually display the aircraft.

The Mark 1 Sunderland based at the former RAF Station sank without casualties in a gale in 1940 and was only discovered by divers decades later under 60ft (18.3m) of water.

The unique aeroplanes played a key role in the Battle of the Atlantic and Pembroke Dock became the largest flying boat station in the world.

This information will play a crucial role in future efforts to recover this unique piece of World War II history

Sonar Research & Development Ltd (SRD) has recently completed a detailed sonar survey of the submerged wreck by bouncing sound signals off the seabed.

Using its own software, it was then able to convert the data to create virtual images of the wreck site and the surrounding area.

It allows the wreck to be viewed from all angles on a computer screen and has revealed valuable information about the wreck's condition and possible points of weakness in the airframe structure.

Managing director Brian Bullock said: "Our unique sonar system has allowed us to generate superb 3D images of the wreck of the Sunderland.

"The Pembroke Dock Team has been impressed by the quality of the images we have been able to produce - which clearly show what remains of the fuselage, cockpit and wings, together with precise information about its exact location and orientation.

The virtual 3D model has been created using sonar and digital technology

"This information will play a crucial role in future efforts to recover this unique piece of World War II history."

The aircraft flew 14 operational missions before it sank, and is the only surviving Mark I Sunderland.

There are just three other military Sunderlands left in the world, all later Mark V versions, which differ significantly from the Mark I.

The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust hopes to raise the wreck, restore it and put on display as part of a new Battle of the Atlantic Exhibition in the town.

20th Feb 2008, 20:19

The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust's website is http://www.pdst.co.uk. If you contact them through it, I think you will find John is very much involved.

That high resolution 3D sonar is a big help in assessing the wreck for possible recovery. I wish the Trust well.