British telegraphist air gunner trained with Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1941-1942; served with British (TA) Naval Air Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm in US, 1942-1943; served with 778 and 785 Naval Air Sqdns, Fleet Air Arm at HMS Jackdaw, Royal Naval Air Station Crail, 1943; served with 849 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm in US, GB and aboard HMS Victorious in Far East and Pacific, 1943-1945
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1923-1940: family; education; employment. Aspects of training with Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1940-1942: initial enlistment as stoker; volunteering for Fleet Air Arm; start of training as telegraphist air gunner with Fleet Air Arm including Morse Code; climbing mast; accommodation and messing at HMS St Vincent; signals training at HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent; first flight, 8/3/1942; flying kit; gunnery training. Aspects of period as telegraphist air gunner with British (TA) Naval Air Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm in US, 1942-1943: voyage aboard HMT Queen Mary from GB to US; joining squadron in US; initial impressions of Grumman Avenger; character of Grumman Avenger.
REEL 2 Continues: return to GB aboard HMS Hunter, 1943. Aspects of period as telegraphist air gunner with 778 and 785 Naval Air Sqdns, Fleet Air Arm at HMS Jackdaw, Royal Naval Air Station Crail, GB: joining 778 Sqdn for training; joining 785 Sqdn for training, 5/1943. Recollections of period as telegraphist air gunner with 849 Naval Air Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm in US and GB, 1943-1944: appointment to squadron for training in US; communication discipline; relations with US civilians; length of service with squadron; return to HMS Sparrowhawk, Royal Naval Air Station, Hatston, Orkneys; anti-submarine patrols from Northern Ireland and GB; E-boat sweeps in English Channel; anti-shipping strike; attitude towards going to Far East; conditions on board HMS Rajah.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of operations as telegraphist air gunner with 849 Naval Air Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Victorious in Far East and Pacific, 1944-1945: joining aircraft carrier, 12/1944; attacks on oil refineries at Palembang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, 1/1945; ditching of aircraft after second attack on oil refineries, 29/1/1945; rescue by HMS Whelp and voyage to Fremantle, Australia; attacking airfields on Japanese islands; types of targets attack; kamikaze attack on HMS Victorious; attitude towards service with Fleet Air Arm in Second World War.