By Tony McCrum
Captain Tony McCrum's naval profession began in 1932. He survived the sinking of HMS Skipjack at Dunkirk and went directly to serve on minesweepers and at sea throughout the landings at Salerno. His wartime stories have been lately released as Sunk through Stukas.This ebook covers the second one a part of his naval profession among 1945 and 1963. Having arrived again in Plymouth from Trincomlee as a lieutenant aboard the destroyer Tarter in November 1945, his first appointment was once as senior teacher on the RN signs tuition in Devonport. There then appointments as Flag Lieutenant; first to Admiral Pridham-Wippell, CinC Plymouth Command after which Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, CinC domestic Fleet, the place he was once additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He was once in keeping with the admiral's flagship, the battleship HMS Duke of York which he joined in 1947. The fleet exercised within the Atlantic and Mediterranean and 'showed the flag' in numerous ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...
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When I got back on board I kept my lips tightly buttoned and revealed nothing about my misadventure. To shake off the sloth of the previous few months marooned in harbour, after the Olympics the Admiral and his staff had planned an intensive sea training programme in the Atlantic. After working hard all the way across the Atlantic the fleet was to enjoy a fun cruise in the Caribbean. The Admiral had fond memories of a similar cruise he had enjoyed before the war. We suspected he might have been stricken by some fair damsel in the West Indies.
The Dutch and other people in many central European countries were literally starving and we were foregoing our rations to save them from disaster. The RAF was parachuting food supplies into Holland, where the food shortage was at its worst. People were exhausted after their wartime efforts. It was an anticlimax and we had to adjust to a bleak, chilly West Country winter and this unexpectedly drab world of austerity. For six years everyone had been wound up, ready to face danger, but now the scent of peril and the fear of death were gone.
I reached home as daylight faded, and so did I. My family greeted me with derision. ‘How stupid can you be? ’ Over sixty years later, I’m still going strong. When I got back on board I kept my lips tightly buttoned and revealed nothing about my misadventure. To shake off the sloth of the previous few months marooned in harbour, after the Olympics the Admiral and his staff had planned an intensive sea training programme in the Atlantic. After working hard all the way across the Atlantic the fleet was to enjoy a fun cruise in the Caribbean.