A photo of the black Cocker Spaniel and details of his wartime exploits now adorn a mug which is exclusively available through the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust.
‘Straddle’ was adopted by Canadian airmen of No 422 Squadron, operating Sunderland flying boats, and flew on operations from RAF Pembroke Dock. His exploits were recorded in a logbook and his story has recently been published in book form.
The ‘Straddle’ mug has been produced for the Trust by Parfitts Print of Pembroke Dock and joins another exclusive product – a mug featuring a Sunderland flying over Pembroke Dock.
Each mug costs £5.95 and they are available from the Sunderland Trust’s two visitor centres – The Flying Boat Centre and at the Fleet Surgeon’s House, both in the Royal Dockyard. They can also be posted.
For Christmas there is a double helping of ‘Straddle’ as his mug and his book are available together, priced at £14. Straddle’s story was written by the Trust’s John Evans. For further information see www.sunderlandtrust.co.uk or telephone 01646 684220.
Sunderland Trust Volunteer Sue Clarkson and James Parfitt, of Parfitts Print, with a selection of ‘Straddle’ and Sunderland mugs.
A display of the Sunderland Trust mugs.
Pictures: Martin Cavaney Photography
From: John Evans, Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust, 01646 684220