Flying-boats have always been interesting, not only for us here in Pembroke Dock. There are a lot of people from all over the world who came here to experience the feeling that only a versatile aircraft can give you.
Pembroke Dock was a home base for a lot of nations like: Canadians, Dutch, New Zealanders and Australians. It was even the home base for the first US Navy squadron in Europe during the WW II. They were sailing with the famous type of flying –boat- the Catalina.
For more than 25 years, Pembroke Dock has been using for flying of RAF flying-boat, because Milford Haven Waterway was ideal for operations like this one.
Short Sunderland which is the most famous British flying-boat is forever connected with the station and of course, with the community of Pembroke Dock.
Our RAF service was entered by Sunderlands in 1938 and the last UK-based squadrons were dismissed in 1957. That happen 2 years before the RAF finally retired the aircraft. It was the finest flying-boat that RAF had and unfortunately its last.
RAF Pembroke Dock was the world’s largest operational flying-boat station in wartime.
During the WW II 99, at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic 99 flying –boats were located around Pembroke Dock. Most of them were Sunderlands. Can you imagine that many flying-boats?