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Les Owen

Les Owen joined the Navy on 12th August 1941 as a seaman and his first weeks were spent at HMS Collingwood on a seamanship course. In December 1941 he was drafted to HMS Eagle and in January 1942 sailed to Gibraltar and took on 16 Spitfires which were sent there in crates to be assembled on the jetty and hoisted on the flight deck. After two days out the Spitfires flew off to Malta. This they did about ten times and on 9th August they sailed to meet 16 merchant ships and the largest Naval fleet to be assembled since the First World War. From the second day they were attacked relentlessly by the German and Italian airforce and on 11th August were struck by four torpedoes and the Eagle sank in six minutes. Les jumped about 14 feet into the water, unable to swim, he joined other shipmates who were clinging on to a mess deck table and after a while they were picked up by a rowing boat from the tug Jaunty and transferred to the destroyer HMS Malcombe. After 14 days leave, Les was drafted to Whale Island gunnery school and in January 1943 was drafted to HMS Wren, a sloop of the bird class attached to the second Escort Group under the command of Capt Jonny Walter. Their duties were to protect convoys through the gap in the Atlantic, which could not be covered by aircraft. After a while they joined the North Sea fleet, helping to protect the convoys to Russia, which was a very arduous and frightening task with a great loss of ships and men. During D Day the group was detailed to protect the fleet from u-boats in the English Channel. On leaving the Navy in May 1946 Les went back to his old employment.

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 Built at Toulon in 1803, Bucentaure was the flagship of Admiral Villeneuve at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805 and the first to be almost completely disabled by a massive broadside from HMS Victory as Nelson broke through the enemy line.  Bucentaure was taken as a prize by the British fleet, but was lost in the great storm that followed the battle.

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 Fully dressed and resplendent, HMS Hood is pictured preparing for King George Vs review of the Fleet in July 1935 as other capital ships take up their positions around her. Ramillies can be seen off Hoods port bow, Resolution astern, whilst just beyond her boat deck, the mighty Nelson gently nudges into position.

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At 12.30pm on the 21st of October 1805, Admiral Lord Nelson on board his flagship, HMS Victory, breaks the line of the combined French and Spanish fleets.  The Victory is delivering a devastating stern rake to the 80 gun French ship Bucentaure, the flagship of the combined fleets, commanded by Vice-Admiral P. C. J. B. S. Villeneuve.  Starboard to the Victory is the 74 gun Redoutable.  This ship, the Victory and HMS Temeraire, seen left, became locked together soon after, the unequal exchange resulting in the Redoutable having the highest casualties during the entire battle.

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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS Barham

Launched : 31st October 1914
HMS Barham was built at John Brown shipbuilders, Clydebank and launched on 31st December 1914. Took part at the Battle of Jutland and was hit six times, requiring a repair prioed of 5 weeks. Between the wars, she served in the Mediterranean from 1935 but was attached to the Home Fleet in the autumn of 1939. On the 28th December 1939 she was torpedoed by U-30 and was under repair until the following April. She took part in the bombardment of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir in July 1940, the battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941, and also at the bombardment of Bardia and Tripoli. She was damaged by a 500kg bomb off Crete on the 27th May 1941, and repaired at Alexandria by the end of July 1941. HMS Barham was torpedoed and sunk by U-331 off Soloum on the 25th November 1941. Only 396 of her crew were saved from a compliment of 1,258. Compliment 1,124 to 1,258. Armament 8 15-inch Guns and 12 6-inch guns and 8 4-inch A.A Guns 16 2-pdr AA Guns and 1 aircraft. Speed 24 knots, Displacement 31,100 tons.

Sunk 25th November 1941.

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23rdOctober1869HMS DidoLaunched
23rdOctober1897HMS CuracoaSailed Funchal for Las Palmas
23rdOctober1911HMS D6Launched
23rdOctober1916HMS G4Launched
23rdOctober1916HMS General WolfeTorpedoed
23rdOctober1920HMS BenbowAt Malta
23rdOctober1920 DixmudeAt Malta
23rdOctober1920HMS CalypsoAt Malta
23rdOctober1920HMS DublinAt Malta
23rdOctober1920HMS AjaxAt Malta
23rdOctober1920HMS Emperor of IndiaAt Malta
23rdOctober1920HMS Emperor of IndiaFlagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Webb
23rdOctober1920HMS Iron DukeArrived Malta
23rdOctober1920HMS Iron DukeFlagship of Admiral Sir John M. de Robeck
23rdOctober1929HMS EffinghamArrived Bombay
23rdOctober1930HMS BridgewaterSailed Chemulpo
23rdOctober1933HMS DuncanArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS AcheronArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS CyclopsArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DefenderArrived Aden
23rdOctober1933HMS DefenderSailed Aden
23rdOctober1933HMS DanaeArrived Bermuda
23rdOctober1933HMS DelhiArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DelhiArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DespatchArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS ArdentArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS AntelopeArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS ArrowArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DecoyArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DianaArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DouglasArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS DevonshireArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS LondonArrived Malta
23rdOctober1933HMS LondonArrived Malta
23rdOctober1934HMS DelhiCapt. H.B. Rawlings Relinquished Command
23rdOctober1934HMS DelhiCapt. W.S. Chalmers Assumed Command
23rdOctober1934HMS DelhiPaid off and recommissioned at Plymouth
23rdOctober1934HMS EmeraldArrived Colombo
23rdOctober1934HMS CarlisleSailed Freetown
23rdOctober1934HMS GrimsbyCdr. N.V. Grace Assumed Command
23rdOctober1934HMS GrimsbyArrived Singapore
23rdOctober1934HMS LeithArrived Thursday Island
23rdOctober1934HMS LeithArrived Thursday Island
23rdOctober1936HMS EskArrived St. Jean de Luz
23rdOctober1936HMS DespatchArrived Tangier
23rdOctober1936HMS CuracoaArrived Portsmouth
23rdOctober1936HMS GloriousArrived Suda Bay
23rdOctober1936HMS GriffinArrived Barcelona
23rdOctober1936HMS HeroArrived Portsmouth
23rdOctober1936HMS HeroCommissioned
23rdOctober1936HMS HeroArrived Portsmouth
23rdOctober1936HMS KeppelArrived Plymouth
23rdOctober1936HMS FlindersArrived Portsmouth
23rdOctober1936HMS HeraldArrived Oenang
23rdOctober1936HMS BarhamArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1936HMS BlancheArrived Rosyth
23rdOctober1936HMS BrazenArrived Rosyth
23rdOctober1936HMS BeagleArrived Rosyth
23rdOctober1936HMS BrilliantArrived Rosyth
23rdOctober1936HMS BulldogArrived Rosyth
23rdOctober1937HMS ActiveArrived Port Said
23rdOctober1937HMS GipsyArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS DefenderArrived Pei Taiho
23rdOctober1937HMS FoxhoundArrived and sailed Sheerness
23rdOctober1937HMS FuryArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS EskArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS DanaeSailed Hong Kong for UK
23rdOctober1937HMS DanaeSailed Hong Kong for Penang
23rdOctober1937HMS DespatchSailed Valencia for Barcelona
23rdOctober1937HMS DecoyArrived Wei Hai Wei
23rdOctober1937HMS EchoArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS EscapadeArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS ExpressArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS FearlessArrived Plymouth
23rdOctober1937HMS ForesterArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS ExmouthArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS GarlandArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS H34Arrived Portland
23rdOctober1937HMS EclipseArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober1937HMS EnchantressArrived Nantes
23rdOctober1937HMS GlasgowArrived Milford Haven
23rdOctober1939HMS AshantiOff Norwegian Coast
23rdOctober1939HMS AshantiSailed Scapa Flow to escort an iron ore convoy from Narvik
23rdOctober1939HMS BedouinSailed Loch Ewe for the Clyde
23rdOctober1939HMS AuroraSailed Loch Ewe
23rdOctober1939HMS AuroraSailed Loch Ewe
23rdOctober1939HMS FoxhoundSailed Scapa Flow
23rdOctober1939HMS FurySailed Scapa Flow
23rdOctober1939HMS AcastaDetached from Convoy OA.23
23rdOctober1939HMS AcastaAssisted Attacking a submarine contact 90° off the Lizard
23rdOctober1939HMS AcastaMissed by a torpedo in 49-48N, 5-22W
23rdOctober1939HMS ArdentAssisted Attacking a submarine contact 90 off the Lizard
23rdOctober1939HMS ArdentDetached from Convoy OA.23
23rdOctober1939HMS CairoSailed Grimsby on escort duties
23rdOctober1939HMS CurlewSailed Scapa Flow
23rdOctober1939HMS ElectraSailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.24G
23rdOctober1939HMS EscortSailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.24G
23rdOctober1939HMS FameOff Norwegian Coast
23rdOctober1939HMS FameSailed Scapa Flow to escort an iron ore convoy from Narvik
23rdOctober1939HMS FearlessSailed Scapa Flow
23rdOctober1939HMS FiredrakeSailed Loch Ewe for the Clyde
23rdOctober1939HMS ForesterSailed Loch Ewe for the Clyde
23rdOctober1939HMS GallantAttacked a submarine contact 90° off the Lizard
23rdOctober1939HMS HunterSailed Freetown escorting Convoy SL.6
23rdOctober1939HMS ImpulsiveSailed Plymouth for Scapa Flow
23rdOctober1939HMS JavelinTaken in hand for repair by Smiths Dock
23rdOctober1939HMS FuriousSailed Loch Ewe for the Clyde
23rdOctober1939HMS EdinburghSailed Rosyth. Joined the escort off Muckle Flugga
23rdOctober1939HMS EdinburghSailed Rosyth to rendezvous with Commodore D in light cruiser Aurora 20 miles north of Muckle Flugga
23rdOctober1939HMS BerwickSailed Bermuda
23rdOctober1940HMCS CourtenayOrdered from Prince Rupert Dry Dock & Shipyards Co, Prince Rupert BC
23rdOctober1940HMS CotswoldLt.Cdr. Peter John Knowling, RN
23rdOctober1941HMS BootleLaunched
23rdOctober1943HMS ArcturusT/Lt. Harry Reginald Grief, RNR
23rdOctober1943HMS ArcturusPennant J283
23rdOctober1943HMS ArcturusCommissioned
23rdOctober1943HMS CromartySunk by mine, Straits of Bonifacio, Mediterranean
23rdOctober1943HMS CharybdisSunk
23rdOctober1943HMS CharybdisCaptain Voelcker in Command
23rdOctober1944HMS Loch CraggieCommissioned
23rdOctober1950HMS BermudaSailed Plymouth. Arrived Weymouth Bay
23rdOctober1951HMS BermudaSailed Simonstown
23rdOctober1959HMS CavalierSailed Hong Kong
23rdOctober1970HMS CarysfortSold for scrap to BISCO to be broken up by J Cashmore
23rdOctober1971HMS GavintonSailed Port Louis Mauritius
23rdOctober1971HMS HubberstonSailed Port Louis Mauritius
23rdOctober1971HMS BrintonSailed Port Louis Mauritius
23rdOctober1971HMS BossingtonSailed Port Louis Mauritius
23rdOctober1971HMS BeltonRan aground in Loch Maddy
23rdOctober1981HMS AmbuscadeArrived Gibraltar
23rdOctober2003HMS LindisfarnePortsmouth
23rdOctober2003HMS CornwallDevonport
23rdOctober2007HMS Iron DukePlymouth Sound
23rdOctober2008HMS IllustriousPortsmouth
23rdOctober2008HMS CornwallDevonport

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