Fred wrote:Why ditching?
Depth's were neccesary like bombs to "sharp" the fuse...without every of these it is an bloody old part of metal...
There are instances where a Sunderland crew has fought it out with either a German Submarine or
aircraft only to be severly damaged in the process, if one or more of the engines had been damaged, the
1st pilot would need to maintain height as best as he could.
In order to maintain height to make it back to base or at least friendly territory, it would not be uncommon for
the 1st pilot to jettison the depth charges to save weight and thus less weight, easier to maintain height.
If you're in the Bay of Biscay/ North Atlantic and your home base was Castle Archdale for example, then it's long way home especially, if any of your engines are giving you grief or crew wounded , not to mention keeping a wary eye out
for marauding Luftwaffe aircraft.