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 on: 13 April 2024 02:01:18 pm 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
Article in Army News (Darwin NT, Australia) 21 May 1944 mentions Swordfish aircraft and RN Destroyers.

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Arctic Weather and U-boats Could Not Stop Largest Convoy Getting to Russia (1944, May 21). Army News (Darwin, NT : 1941 - 1946), p. 1. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from

Philip L

 on: 11 April 2024 10:47:17 am 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
Thank you for the RP Badge information. That is appreciated.

I have attached the last page in the Distinguishing badges section of Chapter one from Manual of Seamanship 1937 (Printed 1941), Distinguishing badges (Cap Badges, page 28).

I have attached a screen shot of the RP Badge (Radar).

Philip L

 on: 09 April 2024 11:37:30 am 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
I believe the 'Radar Plotter' (RP) branch badge was introduced at the end of the war, around 1944

 on: 08 April 2024 10:08:04 am 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
My father, Norman Lock, was in the Royal Navy in 1942 to 1946 during WW2. His Substantive Rating on his Service Record at a later stage in WW2 is AB (Radar).

I have read Distinguishing Badges in Chapter 1, Manual of Seamanship 1937 (Printed 1941). By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. I understand that Radar (British) was invented after 1937. This may be the reason that there is no distinguishing badge for Radar in this book. Are there any examples of Radar badges in WW2. 


Philip L

 on: 07 April 2024 08:50:12 am 
Started by Aristo - Last Post by Aristo
On September 26, 1944 the ML.836 captured off Chios Island in the Aegean the small German tanker DRESDEN.
In May 1946 the ship was handed over to Greece and renamed KRONOS.
According to Greek files, after her capture in 1944 she hoisted the British flag and was placed under the disposal of "Coastal Forces Base" being used to refuel a minesweeper flotilla. According to Greek sources she had been renamed ISLAY. However, during handing over in 1946 the name JELEY was recorded.

Can anyone provide more information on her 1944-1946 status and name?

 on: 06 April 2024 01:07:29 pm 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
I have come across some newspaper articles from March 1944, during WW2.

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SLOOPS DESTROY SIX U-BOATS (1944, March 21). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved April 6, 2024, from

SLOOPS DESTROY SIX U-BOATS - Stirring Welcome To Victors LONDON, March 19.-AAP. - The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) - 21 Mar 1944
An Admiralty communique reports that Royal Nary sloops escorting a convoy in the North Atlantic destroyed six U-boats in ...

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BRITISH SUBMARINE SUCCESSES (1944, March 22). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved April 6, 2024, from

BRITISH SUBMARINE SUCCESSES - Seven Japanese Supply Ships Sunk LONDON, March 21 - The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) - 22 Mar 1944
An Admiralty communique states:"His Majesty's submarines on recent patrols in Far Eastern waters nave sunk seven Japanese ...

Philip L

 on: 01 April 2024 07:48:32 am 
Started by dbeard105 - Last Post by dbeard105
I am currently doing some research into the Brigand Class of tugs that operated in various theatres of war during WW2. My father served on one of the class throughout the war years - HMS Bandit.

The now defunct DSRTA provided a great vehicle for exchanging information about rescue tugs. I have been endeavouring to find out who is now the custodian of the archived records of the Association in the hope that I might be able to access them, and possibly add to them with a memoir that I have written about HMS Bandit.

Can anyone in this forum point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance

 on: 23 March 2024 11:24:26 am 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
I came across this newspaper article in the Advertiser, Adelaide, South Australia during WW2. I live in Adelaide but was born in Birmingham England. It may be of interest in regard to Submarines in WW2.

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GERMAN CONVOY LOSSES (1944, March 13). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved April 6, 2024, from

Philip L

 on: 22 March 2024 08:53:12 pm 
Started by pidgeonpost - Last Post by pidgeonpost
I use password management software to generate secure passwords, and I've just screwed up the password change. The new password (16 characters long!) was activated on the forum, but I haven't been able to record it on the password management software app.   :( 
I can't change it again as I don't know the new password. Is there a reset facility please - I can't see one.


 on: 14 January 2024 09:17:26 am 
Started by CALitster - Last Post by CALitster
I would like to use a photo from the website in a book I'm writing about my grandfather's wartime service. It's from the collection of
Lieutenant Pearce Trewhella Lovelock DSC, RNVR, and is of HMT Pladda when she was blown ashore in Madagascar in 1943.

I have been unable to trace the copyright holder and wondered if anyone on the site has any suggestions or information regarding this photo.
Many thanks.

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