A Sunderland of an Australian squadron in distress at Pembroke Dock

10 Jan


  Sunderland Trust Parade Significant Andrew Hendrie Collection

A Sunderland of an Australian squadron in distress at Pembroke Dock  just one of many images in the hugely significant Andrew Hendrie Collection.

A major collection of photographs belonging to one of Britain’s foremost aviation authors has been donated to the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust.The photographs, mainly featuring the famous Sunderland flying boat, were collected by the late Andrew Hendrie. A wartime Sunderland wireless operator, Mr Hendrie wrote several books including an authoritative history on the Short Sunderland.

His widow, Evelyn, wished to see the collection remain together at an appropriate aviation location and she made contact with the Pembroke Dock Trust via the Catalina Society.
Now the collection – numbering several hundred images and covering the Sunderland’s many wartime and peacetime roles – has been sent to the Pembroke Dock Trust which plans to raise a Mark I Sunderland from the Milford Haven waterway. Former Sunderland signaller and Trust volunteer Ron Boreham is delighted with the acquisitions. “This is a wonderful collection and of great historical importance, both locally and internationally. I have even found photos of 230 Squadron aircraft which I flew on during the early 1950s,” he said. “It is now part of the Trust’s ever growing archive and we intend to digitally copy all the images which will become available in due course to historians, researchers and family interest groups. The photos will be acknowledged as from the Andrew Hendrie Collection.”

The Trust is very grateful to David Legg, Editor of the Catalina Society’s quarterly magazine, for arranging for the collection to be delivered to Pembroke Dock