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04 May 2005

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I was in a band that used to go to Germany regularly and we made great friends with a German bandsman, he was called Hans. It was their turn to come to England and we were knocking back a bottle of whiskey one night when we started reminiscing about our time in service during the war. I spoke to Hans about his time stationed in Italy on a Submarine . I mentioned to him that my aircraft carrier had gone through the med — he said that he knew that as his sub had seen it. I thought there we are sat here drinking like friends and he could have quite easily been on a enemy sub that could have destroyed us.

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