Sunderland Mk V Dorsal Turret Hump Question

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Sunderland Mk V Dorsal Turret Hump Question

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:32 am

Hi All

Quick question that has been posed to me.

In some photos of the Mk V (generally post WWII) you can see a dorsal hump for when the Mk V had the Dorsal turret,
as in this photo.
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As the war ground on, Sunderlands (Mk III and Mk V) had the dorsal turret removed, and just the fairing was left in place.

Question is, on later production Sunderland Mk V's, once the order for the Turret to be removed was issued, did the MK V retain the dorsal hump, or was it removed completely from the production process by Shorts?

Look forward to your comments.

Thanks

Alan
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Re: Sunderland Mk V Dorsal Turret Hump Question

Postby Pondskater » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:58 pm

It seems that yes, it was retained. The conversion to Mk V was simple enough - engines and stronger wing leading edges to take the load, but there were a few other little design changes throughout the MkV which might have led to a vestigial hump being deleted to tidy the design.

But I think the clue lies in this:

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An escape hatch was needed and a convenient hole left from the turret being removed provided the solution. If the hatch was wanted, the hump would remain.

Here's a couple of Mk Vs with a hump - it is offset as the turret was so isn't obvious in all photos.

ML797 - the last RAF Sunderland. Built as a MkV with a hump
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JM718 built as a MkV
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ML796 - built as a MkIII, converted to MkV and modified for the French Aeronavalle. Now at Duxford
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PP115built as a MKV
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HTH

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Re: Sunderland Mk V Dorsal Turret Hump Question

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:07 am

Hi Allan

Many thanks again for your answers to my queries :D

Some interior shots
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Regards

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