Empire Air Day May 1939 – Pembroke Dock

24 Feb

210 L5799 VG-D Empire Air Day May 939 Guy Bolland CollPic taken at Empire Air Day May 1939 – the last ‘open day’ at RAF Pembroke Dock before World War II began in the September. Photo shows Sunderland Mk I L5799 of 210 Squadron which was open to the public to walk through. Note people standing in the open nose position after the turret had been retracted into the fuselage. Two other silver Sunderlands seen in the distance, together with newly created air raid shelters and, on the skyline, the masts of the RAF wireless station in Imble Lane. Alongside Sunderland L5799 is the float and wingtip of a Stranraer biplane flying boat of 228 Squadron.

 

L5799 carries the pre-war code letters VG for 210 Squadron and the individual letter G for George. By the time war came in the September the silver Sunderlands had been given camouflage patterns.

 

Buildings seen in the distance include the Dockyard Chapel (right) and Albion Chapel, plus a little part of one of the two large hangars which still are a major feature of the former Royal Dockyard.

 

L5799, by then with 204 Squadron, became an early casualty in the war, being shot down on 7th April 1940 during  a patrol over the North Sea.

Taken from Mr John Evans book – The Sunderland Flying Boat Queen. Available to buy from our Visitor centre or via our website shop http://www.sunderlandtrust.org.uk/products/sunderland-flying-boat-queen-volume-1/

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