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 on: 15 September 2017 06:50:37 PM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Apparently they were serving with 157 Squadron.  The Navy List shows them with the naval air station at Lee on Solent (HMS Daedalus), but the authoritative Naval History site has Pryor (pilot) and MacKenzie (observer) were killed in a flying accident on 7 August 1944, whilst flying a Mosquito serving with 157 Squadron RAF

The National Archives file ref is: ADM 358/2369 :
Temporary Sub-Lieutenant D MacKenzie, RNVR and Lieutenant (A) P J Pryor, RNVR: report of deaths in an aircraft accident

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 on: 14 September 2017 03:39:05 PM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by MAH091
I am trying to find out if the information I have is correct or not.  I am researching RAF Aircrew members who died in Service whilst serving on 85 Squadron RAF and 157 Squadron RAF based at RAF Swannington in Norfolk, UK  However, I have come across a report of 2 Naval Officers who were reportedly killed in action whilst flying with 157 Squadron RAF.  I don't know the details of how they died only that they crashed near Friningham Manor in Kent, on the 6th August 1944.  Their names being (Pilot) Lieutenant (A) Peter Francis Pryor, Age 28, RNVR HMS Daedalus and (Observer) Sub-Lieutenant Douglas MacKenzie, Age 22, RNVR HMS Daedalus. Both Died of their wounds the following day.
There is to be a Remembrance Service to take place on Saturday 11th November at St Peter's Church, Haveringland, Norfolk, in memory of those aircrew members who were killed whilst based at RAF Swannington on the above Squadrons during WW2.  If anyone can concur that these two Naval Officers were indeed attached to 157 Squadron RAF when they died, I will ensure that their names are included in the memorial and that a wreath will be laid in their memory on that day.

 on: 07 September 2017 06:26:54 PM 
Started by Stevee - Last Post by Stevee
Hi Everyone

I am just starting to do some research into my Dads ancestry etc.. He served as a Sparks in the 1950-60's. I have a fair amount of info on the ships he served in etc..

I know that he went to some kind of Naval School before becoming a full rating, but am having difficulty finding out anything else. I think it may have been in Scotland. If it helps he was living in Lambeth London.

Thank you


 on: 21 August 2017 03:49:53 PM 
Started by MikeH1 - Last Post by MikeH1
Thanks for the reply and web address.

 on: 17 August 2017 11:17:16 AM 
Started by Duneane - Last Post by Duneane
Hi there - I have this photo of an unknown sailor, found in my Dad's prisoner of war diary when he was held at Marlag und Milag Nord, Westertimke during WW2.

I presume from his uniform that he was in the Royal Navy, but can anybody confirm that and maybe shed some light on the serial number on the reverse? Is it a service number or ship id maybe?

Thanks for your help.

 on: 11 August 2017 04:39:52 PM 
Started by Nigel Brown - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

As to what they would have been doing... they were part of the British naval squadron maintained in the West Indies, basically to act as both a support to the colonial authorities, but also to protect British interests - there was a war going on in Venezuela, and much of the South American coast was regarded as lawless, and the U.S. civil war was also underway. British naval ships were also very active in suppressing slavery in the first half of the 19th century, and although most countries had officially outlawed slavery by this time, the R.N. patrolled to make sure that this was enforced

Murray and the Skipjack gets some mentions at this time in The Milne Papers vol.2 (a collection of letters etc. from Admiral Milne, then commanding the station).  From this it is clear that she was based at Barbados. Milne states that she was there "For the protection of British interests and Commerce"

She had an interesting episode in in February 1860 when Murray was informed that 2 British subjects had been seized as hostages by 'insurgents', and immediately went to the reported location, in the river Orinoco; the Skipjack went 40 miles upriver and after confronting the 'insurgents' (which Murray described as 'very contemptible') they undertook to release the hostages .  The ship unfortunately ran aground in the shoal river, and was with much effort by the crew that they got free

Admiral Milne later wrote: 'You have a very superior man in Murray.. very unassuming, modest and shy but well read and a sensible, good officer, devoted to the service and his gunboat is a perfect man of war..."

 on: 11 August 2017 04:13:04 PM 
Started by Nigel Brown - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

SKIPJACK was commissioned in August 1857 for service on the North America and West Indies station; she returned to England and was paid off in November 1861.  I believe she was actually commanded by Lieutenant John Murray from August 1857 until Lieutenant George Barnard assumed command in March 1861

 on: 11 August 2017 04:07:25 PM 
Started by MikeH1 - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Just get a copy of his Service Record: this will show the ships served on etc

 on: 10 August 2017 02:32:49 PM 
Started by MikeH1 - Last Post by MikeH1
My first post.  I am hoping someone out there can help me with my research.
Would there be a crew list available, circa 1856, for HMS Firefly?  I have a relation George Woods who, according to his marriage certificates,  was a seaman onboard this ship.
His father is also names on the certificate as a seaman in the Royal Navy and if possible I would like to know more about him and his service.

 on: 09 August 2017 11:26:55 AM 
Started by Nigel Brown - Last Post by Nigel Brown
My great great grandfather's brother John James Brown (1838-1911) was an Able Seaman on HMS Skipjack in the 1861 census. The Albacore class gunboat was commanded by Plymouth-born Lieutenant Commander George H Barnard. The census form says they were located at Latitude 24 19' North Longitude 74 28' West, West Indies, which by my reckoning is about 13 nautical miles north of San Salvadore in the Bahamas.

Can anyone tell me what they would have been doing there at around that time and/or before and after (he served on Skipjack for several years I believe).

Thank you for any help or pointers.

Nigel Brown

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