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Flying fighter jets in Cold War


Guest speaker at the October meeting of the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group was former RAF fast jet pilots Cliff Robinson.

Cliff recalled flying the supersonic Lighting fighter intercepting Russian spy aircraft during the height of the Cold War. He later flew the mighty F-4 Phantom in Germany, patrolling the coast from unexpected visitors from the east.

Next meeting is Tuesday November 9th at The Spitfire Building, Haverfordwest Airport at 7.30pm. Member Dave Horton will present a ‘ Santa-Special’ a foray into the airliner world with a seasonal video created by Dave which became training aid.

New members and guests are very welcome to attend any PAG Meetings. For more information please contact

Shaun Bowman Davies,

Tel: 01646 601 861

Pembrokeshire Aviation Group

Woman airlifted after beach fall


A woman was Airlifted to hospital on Wednesday afternoon after falling at Skrinkle Haven, near Manorbier.
Milford Haven Coastguard co-ordinated the assistance for the 30-year-old woman who had suffered what appeared to a broken wrist or arm.
The woman who was staying at Manorbier, had fallen near to a cave and was on rocks to the west of the beach. Her 11-year-old son was with her at the time, along with another youngster, aged 14.
The tide was coming in and there was no access out of the area, which allowed her evacuation from the area only by sea. Another member of the public who had witnessed the accident called the Coastguard for assistance.

The Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were immediately turned out and the RNLI Tenby all-weather lifeboat with their ‘Y’ boat on board was also asked to launch. A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor was also scrambled given the inaccessibility of the area.
The weather on scene was south-westerly winds force 5 to 7, with moderate seas and squally showers.
From reports at the beach, it was decided that conditions were too rough to effect either a cliff rescue or sea evacuation and the rescue helicopter landed on the beach and administered first aid to the woman who was in acute pain. It then took all three people off to Withybush Hospital.

Nigel Yelland, Watch manager at Milford Haven Coastguard, said: “The area in which the woman was exploring can be quite challenging in wet weather, and rocks can become very slippery underfoot. We’re advising that as the autumnal weather becomes more hostile, please wear the most appropriate clothing and footwear for the coastal areas you intend to walk, and make sure you have some method of communication to the outside world.”

Article here by Narberth & Whitland Observer

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Sunderland Project Given Local Boost


A book detailing the Luftwaffe’s raid on an oil depot is being republished to aid efforts to raise the wreck of a World War II flying boat. Around 650 firefighters, including five from Cardiff who perished, fought the flames near Pembroke Dock for 18 days. To mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing, Inferno 1940, containing many first-hand accounts, is being reprinted 30 years after it was written.

Proceeds go to Pembrokeshire’s Sunderland Trust heritage project. It aims to recover the wreck of a Mark 1 Sunderland Flying Boat from under 60ft (18.3m) of water off Pembroke Dock. The unique aeroplanes played a key role in the Battle of the Atlantic, and the town was the largest flying boat station in the world. The plane sank without casualties in a gale in 1940 and was only discovered by divers decades later.

The Mark 1 Sunderland Flying Boat which sank off Pembroke Dock was similar to the one pictured Sunderland Flying Boat – Photo courtesy of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust

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Airlifted Angler


A 41 year old shore angler sustained a suspected fractured ankle after falling over his rods and rod rest while fishing from the beach at Broadhave, Bosheston, near Pembroke last Wednesday (25thAug).

He had intended fishing through the night when the incident occured around midnight. His companion was unpertured as they both thought he had severely sprained his ankle.

He managed to crawl and hobbile his way to the lee of the cliff on the south side of the beach where his wide found him when she arrived to pick him up mid-morning as agreed.

She immediately contacted the ambulance service for assistanec, who inturn requested coastguard help to support their rapid response vehicle and the air ambulance.

The man was airlifted to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

Article from the Narberth & Whitland Observer.

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