Canadian pilot touches down after 70 years

24 Feb



Pilot returns to Fleets to the Flying Boats Centre

Nearly 70 years after his first flying visit to Pembroke Dock, Canadian pilot Jack Logan has made a nostalgic return.

In November 1944 Jack’s squadron, no 422 Royal Canadian Air Force, flew Sunderland’s into the flying boat station from Northern Ireland.

Jack had completed his operational tour and returned to Canada soon after his old squadron remained at ‘PD’ until after the war in Europe ended in May 1945.

In 1987 Jack joined a large contingent of 422 Squadron Association members and friends who attended the second of five Flying Boat Reunions in Pembroke Dock, during which a plaque commemorating the squadron’s wartime connection was presented to the town. Jack also attended other PD reunions.

This time he was accompanied by his daughter Anne and son-in-law Peter Lamont.

“PD had to be our first port of call,” said jack, “and we are delighted and impressed to all the heritage developments that have taken place here.We had a wonderful welcome at the Flying Boat centre workshop and at the new visitor centre which has been set up by the Sunderland trust. I’s been great to return again.

Among exhibits in the new visitor centre-located in the Fleet surgeon’s house-is a display on 422 squadrons war time mascot a cocker spaniel named ‘Straddle’ at Pembroke Dock a copy of his flying logbook and other items from the collection of this unique dog were located in Canada and gifted to the Sunderland Trust. The logbook was used by John Evans, of the Sunderland trust, to write a wartime story of ‘Straddle’,nicked named the “Web foot War Dog”