British officer commanded HMS Foresight in Arctic, 4/1942-5/1942; commanded HMS Jamaica in during Korean War, 6/1950-10/1950
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1901-1919: family; education. Aspects of period as midshipman and officer with Royal Navy, 1919-1939: scuttling of German Fleet at Scapa Flow, 1919; reaction to Invergordon Mutiny, 1931; reaction to outbreak of Second World War, 9/1939. Recollections of operations commanding HMS Foresight in Arctic, 4/1942-5/1942: protective clothing worn; size and disposition of Convoy PQ 14; effectiveness of detection methods; fraternisation with Russians in Mursmansk, Soviet Union.
REEL 2 Continues: shadowing of return Convoy QP 11 by German Air Force; aiding damaged HMS Edinburgh; in action against German destroyers, 1/5/1942; repairs in Murmansk, Soviet Union; second attempt to leave Murmansk, Soviet Union; loss of HMS Trinidad, 15/5/1942; damage to ship; casualties; nature of hospital conditions in Murmansk, Soviet Union; ship's crew. Recollections of operations commanding HMS Jamaica during Korean War, 6/1950-10/1950: patrolling east coast of Korea.
REEL 3 Continues: fending of attack by motor torpedo boats, 2/7/1950; interdiction of communications by ship; shelling of coast; threat of floating mines on west coast of Korea; attack on ship by North Korean Yakovlev Yak 9 fighter aircraft, 17/9/1950; presence of British newspaper correspondent on board.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.