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Captain Tony McCrum's naval occupation began in 1932. He survived the sinking of HMS Skipjack at Dunkirk and went directly to serve on minesweepers and at sea in the course of the landings at Salerno. His wartime reports have been lately released as Sunk by means of 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 indications college 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 used to be additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He was once according to 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 quite a few ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...

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We were coasting. Into this lackadaisical world, a bomb burst. ‘Message for you, Sir, from Admiral Pridham-Wippell. ’ asked Len Hubbard. What had I done? My mind raced back to see what crime might have merited this encounter with the all-highest, for Admiral Pridham-Wippell was Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth Command, just one below God. In fear and trembling I presented myself in his office the next day, expecting execution. I stood smartly to attention in front of his desk. What looked to me like an extremely ancient man looked up.

Whenever on duty with the Admiral I had to wear gold lace aiguillettes, which hung down over my chest and looked rather like gold-plated lavatory chains. Aiguillettes were supposed to represent the pegs and halter with which an aide-de-camp tethered the general’s horse. I can’t think why the Navy copied it. There weren’t many horses in ships at sea. Admiral Pridham-Wippell turned out to be a very nice man who had been wounded during the war and had undiagnosed lung cancer due to inhaling oil fuel in the sea when he had had to swim when HMS Barham blew up after being torpedoed by an Italian submarine.

The Admiral had a private engagement so I was let off the leash. Locals who offered their hospitality were known to us as ‘barons’ as they were usually wealthy and had opulent establishments. A large car came to pick us up and we drove out to an impressive mansion set in the hills above Kingston with rolling farmland all around. They were obviously ‘horsey’ people as there was a large stable yard and lots of horses’ heads sticking out of their boxes. I didn’t know one end of a horse from the other and wondered if I had made a wrong choice of host.

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