BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

19 September 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


Surprise meeting

by epsomandewelllhc

You are browsing in:

Archive List > Royal Navy

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Jack Davey
Location of story: 
Atlantic Ocean, D-day landings
Background to story: 
Royal Navy
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
28 May 2005

The author of this story has understood the rules and regulations of the site and has agreed that this story can be entered on the People's War web site.

I was on a Corvette in the Royal Navy (No DJX 564407) and on the Atlantic run we were an escort vessel to merchant ships, we went to Newfoundland from Londonderry. Towards the end of the war we used to go to Gibraltar. I bought home one day a big hand of bananas and my mother gave them to all of the children that lived in the road, unfortunately there was not one left for me!! We lived in Stane Way, Ewell Village.

The lads used to go from Plymouth to Paddington and anybody without a ticket would travel in the toilet and his pal would be outside the door, pretending that it was his wife was inside. Thereby one ticket was used for more than one naval personnel.

I asked for leave because my brother was getting married. The Captain said that my brother could get married without me. My application for leave was refused due to D Day landings. All leave was stopped for a week before the landings.

We were about a mile from the French beaches to keep the German torpedo boats out. While we were there I saw about 3 of our bombers and they all crashed. We were not allowed to pick any of the survivors up as special boats were detailed to do that. About a month later the Marines took us to Baueaux (?) where I bought my mother a vase as a souvenier. Baueaux was similar to Guildford in the layout.

While I was on holiday on the Rhine 13 years ago. I had an emission of blood due to cancerous warts of the bladder. I went to an English speaking doctor called Dr Volkmar Lent, I was admitted to hospital and treated by this Doctor. We have been friends with him ever since. His brother was a Captain of a U boat in the same area as I was — he was under the water trying to get rid of our ship and I was above the water using depth charges to get rid of him. Hitler has 900 U boats and during the latter part of the war, there were only 10% left.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Forum Archive

This forum is now closed

These messages were added to this story by site members between June 2003 and January 2006. It is no longer possible to leave messages here. Find out more about the site contributors.

Message 1 - JACK,S STORY

Posted on: 30 July 2005 by tinnie22



Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Royal Navy Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy