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 on: 03 May 2024 08:33:37 pm 
Started by Mark B. - Last Post by Mark B.
Hi all

I'm just starting out on researching my friends father's Naval Service.

She has a small notebook with a few scant notes in it, but it is clear he was on LCI(L) 99 from build until sometime in 1944 (possibly June).

Can anyone help with any information about where it was operational and what landings it took part in?

Are there any photos of the 99 out there?
I am aware that the 99 was sunk in August 44 and wonder how many of the men lost on that day he knew.

Would love to be in contact with any relatives of the crew and hopefully assist each other in filling in gaps in our knowledge.

Many thanks


 on: 03 May 2024 03:01:35 pm 
Started by MARKTIME - Last Post by MARKTIME
Hi all,
New user so forgive any errors. My Dad, Fred "aka Rick" Bristow (deceased) told me about his career in the Royal Navy when I was growing up. Besides his seafaring tales told me that although a sailor he had enrolled in Commando training and had spent a while in Combined Ops. He described proudly earning his Green Beret and training which included unarmed combat training from an instructor called "Mac" and a parachute jump from a barrage balloon. My mum mentioned that he spent a while in hospital having fallen from a rope carrying something that exploded. She said that he was picking little pieces of bakelite from his back for years after. I have obtained his Royal Navy record but it just shows for admin the ship in which serving, from and to and Rating. Fred was a signaller by trade (tried to teach me morse code as a kid!)
I have attached the record but the only part which might show possible combined ops training is "Phoenicia3 (Loch More and Loch Craggie) 13.09.1950 to 16.08.1952. I can send his record on e-mail but not as attachment here due to data size. Any help in deciphering his record would be gratefully received.
Thank you, Mark Bristow (Also on

 on: 25 April 2024 01:48:26 pm 
Started by Philip L - Last Post by Philip L
Just putting all of my father's (Norman Lock) WW2 Navy group photos in one location for better reference.

My father was in the Portsmouth division of Royal Navy in WW2. I guess that the group photo in which there appears to be over 100 Navy personal was taken at Portsmouth, England. But I do not know (why it is a mystery). 

The Class of 207 photo which is faded has a list of names on the rear of the photo. Class members may have put their names on each other's photos. Norman is sixth from your left in the rear row as you look at the photo. I have not been able to put names to faces otherwise (why it is a mystery).

The better-quality Class of 207 photo appears to have been taken at all most the same time as the faded one. It looks like one young sailor has blinked his eye in this one, about the only difference I can see.

Philip L 

 on: 23 April 2024 09:41:35 am 
Started by cervelo - Last Post by cervelo
I'm interested in trying to obtain a copy of a WW2 Watch & Station Bill (ideally a cruiser or other major warship), but cannot find a reference to any records in the National Archives, or via a web search.

Has anyone had  occasion to come across one?

Or point me in the right direction?

I'd be grateful for any help on this.

 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

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