I served aboard 7 ships from Corvettes to Destroyers and a 6" Cruiser all those years ago and have just reached the ripe old age of 80. My web page is www.Carlsen.karoo.net
This is my first time using WW2 Peoples War and I find it very very interesting.
At the moment I am trying to confirm that H.M.S.LEAMINGTON, the first Destroyer I served on, as a 19yr old ordinary seaman, was part of the escort of the ill fated Russian Convoy PQ17.
I do recall an action taking place when enemy Bomber Aircraft was attacting the convoy while escorting Merchant Ships. Things got a little hectic and right in the middle of all this, one of the Leamington's boilers burst.
We were ordered to dis-engage the enemy and make our way back to home waters the best we can. Eventually limping into the port of West Hartlepool under our one and only boiler.
So. please, if there is anyone out there who can help, do contact me.
Posted 23 Hours Ago by J.K.DIXON after reading the story of AFRED LONGBOTTOM, sent in by Audrey Lewis last week.
I served aboard the Destroyer H.M.S.Leamington, an Ex U.S.A. 4 Piper Destroyer, from the 15/7/1942 to the 12/8/1942. The Leamington was part of the screening escort for the Convoy PQ17. Little did I know that I would serve aboard H.M.S. Nigeria, as an AB, sixteen months later, from 7/12/1943 to 25/5/1944. Like Alfred Longbottom, I put pen to paper and started to write the experiences of my time in the R.N.