Cold War Sunderlands

Sqn Ldr Alan Coles remembers his time in action with 88 Squadron in the 1950s

The Sunderland made its first fiight on October 16, 1937

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Sunderland PP148 ‘F-for-Fox’ moored at Kai Tak, Hong Kong.

After years of rationing in Britain, I was living a life of luxury for three weeks on a troopship taking me to Singapore. My only task was to be ‘duty officer of the day’ and visit the troops on the lower decks, asking: “Any complaints”?

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