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Merchant Navy Ammunition Ship - The Forgotten Men

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Robert Henderson
Location of story: 
North Africa, Sicily, Adriatic, Calcutta; Atlantic convoys
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Civilian Force
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Contributed on: 
24 August 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Jean Sharman on behalf of Robert Henderson and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I served in the Merchant Navy in the specially mobilised ammunition ships K124X.
In 1942 — 1943 I was on a ship as part of the Atlantic convoys taking tanks to America.
I was also on an amphibian craft for the northwest Africa Campaign carrying bombs and shells. I was at Alexandria in North Africa, then in Sicily and the Adriatic. We regularly got bombed but were never hit.
When we came back to Blightly I was sent to the East to take bombs and stores to the Burma Campaign and we unloaded at a big base in Calcutta.

We were part of the Armada in Plymouth waiting for D-Day but as we were an ammunition ship we had to be kept apart some distance away.

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