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Re: On this date in the R.N.
« Reply #45 on: June 10, 2009, 02:07:20 PM »
Hi Mate
Regarding your piece on Walker R.N. " Johnny Walker " that you posted earlier.
You may be intrested to know that a bronze statue of him is in place outside the Royal Liver building in Liverpool. I used to work in the Liver building and it appears that the building played an important part during WW2. The defence of Atlantic convoys was organised from the Liver building and Derby house.
As a precaution against air attack on the Liver building which as you are aware is quite a landmark and would I suppose be a prime target for the Lufftwaffe and hard to miss the planning of the convoy escorts and the hunter pack led by Johnny Walker was done underground at Derby House which was the main place for combined operations, navy and air force, where the Battle of the Atlantic was planned and organised by Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches, Sir Max Horton.

I have posted a couple of photos in the Gallery for you to see
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Gary

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« Reply #46 on: June 10, 2009, 08:50:44 PM »
Many thanks Gary, was getting a bit worried not hearing from you for a bit. Tried to send you a copy of the latest Flat Top (your article is in it) but the message bounced. Anyway thanks for the Walker info, Walker has been a hero of mine for many years, my father did escort duty with him for a short while and thought he was the best ! My email add is in the members list under stoker Stan, give me a buzz and I will respond with mag print.

Take Care Stan

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« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2009, 08:56:01 PM »
On this date in 1960 HMS Devonshire the first operational Guided Missile ship was launched, D02 !
On this date in1970 the first Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield was launched.

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« Reply #48 on: June 11, 2009, 02:12:00 PM »
On this date in 1779, Nelson made "Post Captain", he was twenty.

At this time once an officer "made post", ie was appointed to a captains command, he was immediately  placed on a list for promotion, the top of which was Admiral of the Fleet. Officers shuffled up the list, unless they got killed of court martialed, (both events quite common).
  In Nelsons case he got as far as Vice Admiral, then left the list in a well known blaze of glory, at 47.
   Collingwood also went out as a Vice Admiral.

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« Reply #49 on: June 12, 2009, 08:25:55 PM »
On this date in 1869, HMS Monarch was completed. The Monarch was the first sea going masted turrent ship,and was the fastest thing afloat in her day under steam. It was said that Monarch was also fast under sail, but tricky to control! Monarch was a battle ship, which saw a good bit of action, and was the first ship to have 12inch guns, she was laid down in Chatham in June 1866, and completed on 12th June 69.
During her time she was subjected to several major alterations(rather like the Vic), one of the more radical features was the fitment of two torpedo canisters in 1878.
    The Monarch was sold for scrap in 1905.

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« Reply #50 on: June 13, 2009, 05:05:11 PM »
On this day in 1940 a strike force from HMS Ark Royal attacked the battleship Scharnhorst in Trondheim harbour. The force of 15 Skuas from 800 and 803 squadrons met very heavy resistance, and only one bomb hit the target, and that failed to explode. 8 planes failed to return from the operation, and 800 squadron was reduced to only two aircraft.

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« Reply #51 on: June 14, 2009, 05:53:08 PM »
On this date in 1940 Able Seaman R.G.Tawn rendered safe the first German parachute mine of the war.
He did it working in seven fathoms in Poole harbour,and managed to remove the fuze from a type G.C. mine.
He was awarded the D.S.M for his actions.

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« Reply #52 on: June 15, 2009, 09:27:16 PM »
On this day in 1780, HMS Apollo engaged a large French privateer, the Stanislaus off Ostend.
The newly promoted lieutenant Edward Pellow took over the fighting of Apollo when his captain was shot dead, and succeeded in dismasting the enemy ship, and finally running it ashore.
 A short time later, Pellow was given command of his own ship, a sloop, and as history tells, never really looked back.
The Hornblower yarns are good, the truth is even better.

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« Reply #53 on: June 16, 2009, 10:44:01 PM »
On this date in 1955 thirteen members of the crew of the submarine H.M.S. Sidon were killed when an explosion took place in the boat.
The Sidon was lying alongside the depot ship Maidstone in Portland harbour, she was about to test a new HTP fueled torpedo. The fuel in one of the torpedo's exploded blowing out hatches and killing a number of men. The sub sank and despite rescue attempts other crew members were also lost.
       All the crew members who perished are buried in Portland cemetery.

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« Reply #54 on: June 17, 2009, 09:32:17 PM »
On this date in 1916, the German airship Zeppelin L48 was shot down after getting a bit lost on a bombing raid over the South of England.

It was a good day for the Royal Navy as the German Naval Signal books were found on one of the airships survivors.

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« Reply #55 on: June 18, 2009, 09:09:47 PM »
On this date in 1855 Captain William Peel V.C. R.N. led the first scaling party at the assult of Redan during the Crimean war. He was severely wounded in the action. Peel had won his V.C. while with the Naval Brigade in an earlier action, a live shell with its fuse burning had fallen amongst cases of powder, Peel had picked up the shell and thrown it over the parapet, the shell exploded almost instantly after leaving his hands.
Peel had also been noted amongst other events, for helping a hard pressed guards regiment retain its colours when they had been in danger of being captured.

   Peel died of Smallpox at Cawnpore in 1858 aged just 34

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« Reply #56 on: June 19, 2009, 09:28:03 PM »
On this date in 1940 the Armed Trawler H.M.T Moonstone was operating out of Aden. Detecting a submarine on her Asdic, she launched depth charges. Contact was initially lost but an hour later contact was reestablished and further depth charges brought the Italian sub Galileo Galilei, to the surface. A gun battle then ensued,but a four inch shell through the subs conning tower brought a swift surrender.
The sub was eventually towed back to Aden by a destroyer, and documents found in the sub led to the sinking of another Italian submarine.

This story went on with awards to Naval personnel who disarmed torpedo's in the sub, a remarkable tale.

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« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2009, 12:02:54 AM »
On this date in 1944 it was announced that Lt John Bridges had received the George Cross for bomb and mine disposal. He already had the George medal and bar.
Lt Bridges R.N.V.R had entered the Navy as a volunteer,and received one weeks familiarisation training on German bombs and mines.Three weeks later he had defused his first live mine,and in the next five months his teams had dealt with over 100 more.
Through the rest of the war Bridges worked on unexploded mines and bombs,clearing harbours and bridges, often working in or under water,in numerous locations from Falmouth to Sicily,and on D day plus one, he was clearing mines from the beaches at Arromanches. He was on constant call from the army when they were faced with particularly difficult mined bridges etc
John Bridges had been a science teacher at a secondary school in Sheffield before the war, and at the wars end he returned to his old job,although subsequently he was made director of education for Sunderland.
                    He passed away in 2006

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« Reply #58 on: June 21, 2009, 09:10:56 PM »
 On this date in 1919 the German High Sea Fleet was scuttled at Scapa Flow.
11 battleships, 5 battle cruisers and 22 destroyers sunk, and 5 cruisers and 18 destroyers beached.

   The end of a great fleet.

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« Reply #59 on: June 22, 2009, 07:10:30 PM »
On this day in 1923 the R.M.A. (Blue Marines) amalgamated with the R.M.L.I. (Red Marines), becoming the Royal Marines.
The barracks of the Red Marines, Forton barracks at Gosport was closed, but it was later to become H.M.S. St Vincent.

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