The fascinating flying boat history of Pembroke Dock was recalled when members and friends of the Pembrokeshire Young Men’s Visual Impairment Group visited the Flying Boat Centre Workshop in the Royal Dockyard.
Group members voted it a ‘thoroughly enjoyable experience’ and plan to repeat the visit in the future.
They heard about Pembroke Dock’s vital contributions to the Battle of the Atlantic Campaign in World War II and of the rare Sunderland flying boat survivor which sank in the Haven Waterway in 1940. Many parts of Sunderland T9044 are on display at the Centre.
Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust Volunteers Chris Howell and Alan Porter were on hand to relate some of the stories of ‘PD’ and its flying boats and to tell the Group about the artefacts from T9044 on display.
Joining the Group were Rebecca Thomas of the Pembrokeshire Blind Society, Russell Rainford of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Reablement Service, and Kylene Rafferty, the Sunderland Trust’s Volunteer Training and Development Officer.