British seaman served as Supply Assistant aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in Atlantic and Mediterranean, 1941; officer served aboard MGB 332, MGB 329 and MTB 609 with Coastal Forces in GB coastal waters, 1942-1945
REEL 1 Background in London, GB, 1921-1939: family; education; employment. Aspects of enlistment and training with Royal Navy in GB, 1940-1941: enlistment, 10/1940; start of training at HMS Royal Arthur in GB, 1940-1941. Recollections of operations as Supply Assistant aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in Atlantic and Mediterranean, 1941: action station; role of ship chasing German battleships; convoy escort duties in Mediterranean; use of camp bed; firing on Axis aircraft and conditions in gun turret; in action off Crete, 5/1941; ship's armament; work as loader during Axis air attacks; recreational activities at Alexandria.
REEL 2 Continues: selection as officer cadet; witnessing sinking of HMS Barham, 10/1941; leaving ship and return to GB, 12/1941. Commissioning after officer training in GB, 1942. Recollections of operations as officer with Coastal Forces in GB coastal waters, 1942-1945: joining MGB 332 at HMS Midge, Great Yarmouth; character of MGB 332; attempts to intercept German E-boats in North Sea; messing arrangements on board; move to HMS Wasp at Dover; joining MGB 329; move to Dartmouth; supporting commando raid on radar station near Brest, 8/1943; participation in commando raids on Channel Islands.
REEL 3 Continues: story of attempt to prove that MGB 329 was damage in collision, 4/1944; move to 16th Flotilla at HMS Midge at Great Yarmouth; appointment as First Lieutenant to MTB 609, 7/1944; Christmas celebrations, 12/1944; 'cornbeef' runs to Antwerp; taking command of MTB 373, 7/1945; duties as Mooring and Ferrying officer at Portland, 1945-1946; story of acquiring ship's wheel.
REEL 4 Continues: Demobilisation, 1946. Story of tying boat up to navigational buoy in harbour. Return to civilian employment from 1946