British cadet with Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in GB, 1942-1946; midshipman aboard HMS Gambia in Far East, 1946-1947; officer served on shore duties in GB and aboard HMS Starling and MMS 1771 in GB coastal waters, 1948-1949; trained as pilot with Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1950-1952; served pilot with 825 and 821 Sqdns, Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Ocean and HMS Glory during Korean War, 1952-1953; various appointments with Royal Navy, 1953-1978
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1928-1942: family; education. Aspects of period as cadet with Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, GB, 1942-1946: early interest in Royal Navy; reception on arrival; pattern of syllabus; bombing of college, 1942; organisation of cadets; joining HMS Frobisher for training cruise, 1946. Aspects of period as midshipman aboard HMS Gambia in Far East, 1946-1947: role of midshipmen; ship's duties in Far East; duties; visits to Hong Kong and Japan; role of 'Snotty's Nurse'; attachments to aircraft carrier HMS Victorious and HMAS Australia.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of period as sub-lieutenant of various duties in GB coastal waters, 1948-1950: impressions of Royal Naval College at Greenwich; duties aboard minesweeper HMS Romola on fishery patrol; nature of sub-lieutenant courses; first flight on sub-lieutenant course; opinion of De Havilland Tiger Moth; return to sea service aboard HMS Starling and MMS 1771. Aspects of period of flying training as pilot with Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1950-1952: start of flying training at RAF Syerston, 1950; pattern of training including formation flying; opinion of Fairey Firefly; importance of trusting instruments; deck landing training; duties on completing course.
REEL 3 Continues: Recollections of operations as pilot with 825 and 821 Sqdns, Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Ocean and HMS Glory in Korean War, 1952-1953: joining squadron and loss of best friend in accident; joining carrier in Mediterranean; use of catapult to take off; flight to Japan; joining HMS Ocean; types of targets attacked; duration of patrols and navigation; targets of opportunity; flying without observers; rail targets and ground liaison; degree of threat from aircraft and anti-aircraft fire; story of ditching in helicopter, 1962; patrol rota; use of personal aircraft.
REEL 4 Continues: attitude to operating from aircraft carrier; number of sorties flown; attachment to Canadian escort destroyer. Aspects of various appointments with Royal Navy in GB and Far East, 1953-1978: duties with 781 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm; exchange with US Navy, 1958-1960; taking command of 815 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm; appointment to Admiralty, 1962-1963; duties as Commander (Air) at Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose; taking command of HMS Ursa, 1965-1966; taking command of HMS Arethusa, 1971-1973; patrols during Cod War, 1973; taking command of HMS Devonshire, 1976-1977 including visit to Odessa, Russia; leaving Royal Navy, 1978; attitude to serving with Royal Navy, 1942-1978.