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

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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