British seaman served aboard HMS Curacao in North Sea and Atlantic, 1939-1942 including sinking, 2/10/1942; served aboard LST 429 and LST 303 in Mediterranean and during Normandy landings, 1943-1945
REEL 1 Background in Hull, 1915-1939: family; education; joining Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1938; reaction to declaration of Second World War, 3/9/1939. Recollections of operations as seaman aboard HMS Curacoa, 1939-1942: drafting to ship at Chatham, 1939; convoy work on east coast convoys, 1940; German Air Force attacks on ship; his action station on B gun; work ferrying troops to Norway; damage to ship at Aandalsnes, Norway; handling Dunkirk survivors at Ramsgate, 6/1940; behaviour of Chatham dockers during Blitz, 1940. Aspects of sinking of HMS Curacoa during collision with Queen Mary, 2/10/1942: escort work to Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth; collision with Queen Mary. REEL 2 Continues: period in sea after sinking of ship; his rescue from sea by HMS Bramham; handling of survivors at Londonderry; orders not to make accident known; condition he was in after accident. Recollections of operations with LST 429 and LST 303 in Mediterranean and during D-Day landings, 1943-1945: role aboard LST 429, 7/1943; how troops aboard accidentally set fire to vehicles aboard so that LST 429 had to be abandoned; transfer to LST 303 for actual Sicily landings; character of landings at Salerno, 9/1943; landing DUKWs during Anzio landings, 1/1944. REEL 3 Continues: landing Canadians on Juno Beach, D-Day, 6/6/1944; method of landing vehicles; damage to ship during storm; sight of V1s over London, summer 1944; supplying Antwerp; contracting TB and hospitialisation; water supplies aboard LSTs; behaviour of Goums aboard LSTs in Mediterranean.