British telegraphist served aboard HMS Barham in Mediterranean, 1941 including sinking, 11/1941
REEL 1 Background in Winchester, 1923-1939: family; reaction to declaration of Second World War, 3/9/1939; reasons for wanting to join Royal Navy, 1939. Memories of training as telegraphist with Royal Navy, 1939-1941. Memories of period as telegraphist aboard Queen Elizabeth in Mediterranean, 1/1941-5/1941. Story of sinking of HMS Barham and his rescue by HMS Hotspur, 11/1941. Aspects of period as telegraphist aboard Samaria, Plunkett, Mayrant, HMS Keppel and Queen Elizabeth in Atlantic, 1941-1945: role guarding Italian POWs on passage to Mombasa; duties aboard US destroyers Plunkett and Mayrant; duties as wireless operator aboard liner Queen Elizabeth; duties aboard HMS Keppel during action against German U-boats, 9/1943; ashore in Polyarnoe, 9/1944.
REEL 2 Continues: further details of naval career in Second World War.
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.