Nethercott, Ian Alan (Oral history)

Catalogue number
  • 7186
Production date
Subject period
  • whole: Duration 80, Number Of Items 3
Alternative names
  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


Purchase & License
Object description

British able seaman gunlayer served aboard HMS Keith during operations in Hook of Holland and during evacuation of Boulogne and Dunkirk, 5/1940 including sinking by Junkers Ju 87 Stuka attacks off Dunkirk, 1/6/1940

Content description

REEL 1 Family and educational background. Recruitment to Royal Navy, 1938. Recollections of period as gunlayer of 2 pdr pom pom aboard HMS Keith during operations in Hook of Holland, ca 5/1940: ship's armament; rescue of HMS Stewart; mining of ship; destruction of German seaplanes; attempt to breach sea wall; flight of Dutch ships to GB; refusal to embark Dutch army band; fires in town; failure to hit attacking German aircraft. Recollections of evacuation of Boulogne and Dunkirk, France, 5/1940-6/1940: problem in disembarking panic stricken troops; dumping of cars in harbour; embarkation of civilians and wounded troops. REEL 2 Continues: bombardment by French gunboats; German shelling; firing at German troops; embarking of troops; German mass air attack on ship; jamming of pom pom; decapitation of gunlayer; discipline of Irish Guards; extrication of ship from situation; casualties and damage; personal injuries and morale; exhaustion of crew; repairs to ship; relationship between regulars and conscripts; warning of danger from new captain; danger of 'Route X'; evacuating troops at Dunkirk; view of observation balloon; absence of RAF. REEL 3 Continues: German fire on ship; troops booing at killing of their pets; bombardment of German positions at Nieuport; sinking following successful mass Stuka attack; German machine gunning of survivors in water; period in water and concussive effects of bombing; rescue and exhausted condition on return to GB; problem with sand dunes at Nieuport; foggy conditions during evacuation; bombardment at Calais; change in personal feelings concerning firing on helpless men.

Associated people and organisations
Associated places
Associated events

IWM Non Commercial Licence

The media for this item are free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the IWM Non Commercial Licence. Video, sound and images can be embedded with the code we offer here, and images can also be downloaded.

By downloading any images or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM. For this item, that is: © IWM

  • Embed HTML
  • Embed HTML
  • Embed HTML