Tenby wartime history saved for posterity

24th October 2013

Details of a Tenby RAF rescue unit during the Second World War have been saved for posterity by the HistoryPoints information project – in the nick of time.

Anyone with a modern mobile phone or tablet can read about the Air Sea Rescue unit by scanning the QR codes which are now displayed at Tenby Harbour Office – where the unit was based.

Most of the information came from Clifford Burkett, one of the last survivors from the unit. Sadly he passed away in hospital at Hereford in August, a few weeks after giving HistoryPoints his fascinating recollections of working for the unit.

The rescue unit was essential because the RAF had so many airfields in Pembrokeshire, and Britain’s largest base for flying boats was in Pembroke Dock. Accidents were inevitable, and the RAF’s high-speed launches in Tenby were always on standby to pluck airmen from the sea.

The web page about the rescue unit is one of 250 which are joined together along the 870-mile Wales Coast Path (WCP), to give walkers an insight into the history of places they pass. Of those, 29 are on the Pembrokeshire section of the WCP. For readers with a particular interest in military history, relevant pages are linked to form a chain across Pembrokeshire which includes Pembroke Castle, the remains of the Tudor blockhouse near Angle and the tapestry in Fishguard depicting the last invasion of Britain.

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