A Short Sunderland flying boat sweeps low over the snow clad hills of Scotland’s west Coast. Below the tranquility of the small hamlet of Kingairloch is shattered briefly by the sound of the aircraft’s four powerful Pegasus engines.
The Short Sunderland was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats during WWII. They were used primarily against the ever present U-Boat threat. Operating from bases on Britain’s west coast, including Oban in Scotland, Sunderland patrols provided a measure of protection to the vital North Atlantic convoys. Sunderlands were also used to great effect in the Mediterranean, West Africa and the Far East. A testament to the aircrafts design is the fact that it remained in active service until 1959.