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For me the A/S nets held no fears; I had clambered about on them in Loch Corrie, and on a chariot gone...

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Jack had ordered periscope depth, and was studying, through one of them, the effects of the towing manilla...

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Geordie Nelson, X5's diver, then came to talk with, me. At once I imagined the diver there in the half...

X-Craft Diver 1943 - Part 12

I think Jack muttered 'Christ!' under his breath and turned away. We were welcomed inboard by Jack...

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As I took my seat, I studied them closely: could they be in the pay of the enemy, not real army officers,...

X-Craft Diver 1943 - Part 11

Jack Smart had complained about the porpoising, now we knew, with a vengeance, what he meant, for we were...

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Heading them was the skipper, Jack Oakley, all of twenty-eight years old, and balding, seeming more or less...

11th July 1941

Later that long day, my father completed the journey home ; 700 miles by rail ; Weymouth to Waterloo ;...

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Within a day, all the officers forming X-craft crews, both passage and action, were summoned to the...

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Our office in Inverness where we four clerks worked was in the Ardross Hotel, which was on the banks of the...

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