British engineer officer served aboard HMS Rodney in the Atlantic 12/1940-3/1942; served aboard HMS Onslow in Arctic, 3/1942- 2/1943; served aboard HMS Duncan in Atlantic, 2/1943-10/1943; served aboard HMS Petard and HMS Relentless in Far East, 1943-1945
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as engineer officer aboard HMS Rodney in Atlantic, 12/1940-3/1942: background to joining Royal Navy, 1940; reaction to failure to open fire on Scharnhorst, spring 1941; conditions of ship's engines; character of ship; ribaldry with other ships; role during sinking of Bismarck, 5/1941. Recollections of operations as engineer officer with HMS Onslow, 3/1942-2/1943: attitude to serving on ship; opinion of Captain 'Beaky' Armstrong and First Lieutenant Louis King; incident with drunken seaman aboard; attachment to HMS Opportune under Commander Johnny Lee Barber, 11/1942; role of HMS Onslow during Battle of Barents Sea.
REEL 2 Continues: damage to ship during Battle of Barents Sea; period in Polyanoe under repair; failure of Russians to engage in actions at sea; Russian use for toilet paper; advantage of being in engine room during Arctic convoys; economical Russian celebrations at Polyanoe. Recollections of operations as engineer officer aboard HMS Duncan, 2/1943-10/1943: convoy training at Tobermory; opinion of Captain Peter Gretton; number of contact with U-boats in Atlantic, 5/1943; reasons why ship had to break off contact with U-boats, 3/5/1943; U-boat tactics against convoys; collision between HMS Oribi and U-boats. Recollections of operations as engineer with HMS Petard in Far East, 1943-1944: role of ship in Dodecanese before he joined ship, end 1943.
REEL 3 Continues: condition of ship on arrival at Colombo, 1944; duties from Colombo; torpedoing of Khedive Ismail; problems with counter- attacking Japanese submarine which had sunk Khedive Ismail, 5/1944; character of ship. Period as engineer officer aboard HMS Relentless in Far East, 1945: opportunity to clear his name; duties escorting ex-POWs from Singapore. Recollections of Operation Tabarin in South Atlantic, 1945-1948: secret operation to secure Deception Island in Antartica; background to winning Albert Medal for saving Johnnie Tonkin; discussion with George the Sixth about the colour of Albert Medal; object of Operation Tabarin.
REEL 4 Continues: situation in Falkland Island Dependencies in Antartica, 1945-1948. Recollections of period dropping agents into Albania for MI6, 1950-1951: use of yacht Henrietta; landing agents in 1950; interest of smugglers in work of Henrietta; betrayal of agents; burial of agent at sea who died in Malta.