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The Day My Dad Got Torpedoed - On HMS 'Foresight'

by goosewell

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goosewell
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GEORGE HENRY WEST
Background to story: 
Royal Navy
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A1995690
Contributed on: 
08 November 2003

My dad is my hero. He is 82 yrs old, and has recently become a widower after 55 yrs of marriage. He joined the Royal Navy in 1937, so saw most of the war on active service. I'm not too sure of the all the details, but I do know that his ship was torpedoed on Friday 13th 194X? The ship was HMS Foresight (his first ship). I know he spent a few hours in the water before being rescued, and was injured by shrapnel. He went on to make a full recovery and served on ships which took part in the Russian convoys. He has at least 10 medals which are his pride and joy. I know till this day he suffers from flashbacks and dreadful nightmares.

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Message 1 - the day my dad got torpedoed

Posted on: 11 November 2003 by william

HMS.FORESIGHT was a destroyer that was torpedoed by aircraft on 12th February 1942

Message 1 - HMS FORESIGHT

Posted on: 05 January 2004 by Butty7

The Foresight was damaged during Operation Pedestal, the Malta Convoy in 1942. She was taken in tow by the HMS TARTAR, which my father was on,13th August 1942. The Tartar were being shadowed by U boats and planes and the Tartar sank the Foresight with a torpedo to stop her being taken into enemy hands. Tartar made a run for Gibraltar at 27 knots, which she made safely.

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