The Invergordon Archive
John Robertson Year: 1940Short S30 Empire Class Flying Boat
On 21st January 1940, two Short S30 Empire Class flying boats V3137 (ex G-AFCU Cabot) and V3138 9ex G-AFCV Caribou) arrived at Invergordon. They had been impressed from Imperial Airways, along with their crews. They were detached to Norway to carry out trials on an early form of Air to Surface Vessel (ASV) radar used by aircraft to locate ships and submarines.
Caribou was attacked and sunk, by German aircraft, whilst disembarking at an RAF radar unit at Bodo, Norway, on 5th May 1940. The same fate befell Cabot the next day.
Picture added on 25 November 2010 at 11:50