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Lt Cdr Derek T R Martin

Was accepted by the Admiralty Board for pilot training in 193 8. He attended Course No. 5 set up in HMS Frobisher in early March 193 9. He was transferred to the Naval College at Greenwich in early May 1939 for flying training at Gravesend. From there he went to RAF Netheravon for intermediate and advanced flying and was awarded "Wings" in November 1939. In January 1940 Derek transferred to RN Fighter Training School at HMS Raven - now known as Southampton Airport. In April 1940 he was appointed to his first operational squadron of Skuas at Donibristle (Firth of Forth); from there he flew to Prestwick en-route to HMS Ark Royal waiting in the Clyde before proceeding for operations off Norway. However, on the way, at about 800 feet Derek's aircraft suffered total engine failure and he crash landed (safely) into a ploughed field at Troon. He subsequently flew another Sktia aircraft to join Ark Royal and 800 Squadron before making way to Norway where they were to carry out protective patrols over naval operations in the region of Narvik and the Fleet anchorage at Hartstad. Early in June, the Norwegian campaign was abandoned and with evacuation complete the fleet, with HMS Ark Royal and HMS Glorious, sailed for Scapa convoying the merchant ships with recovered troops. On 7th June "Glorious", with two destroyers was detached and sailed independently for Scapa. Having no air patrols she was sighted by two German battleships on June 8th, and all three ships were sunk with the loss of 1520 men. Subsequently, 15 Skuas from 800 & 803 Squadrons from Ark Royal attacked Gernian naval forces in Trondheirn on 13th June at 0100 in daylight. Observed when still 70 miles from their targets they encountered on arrival very heavy flak and many Me109s and 110s. Eight aircraft were destroyed, seven aircrew killed and nine captured. Seven aircraft returned to the Ark - two having aborted their attack. Lt. Cdr. Martin was captured and remained a POW until May 1945. He was in at least seven different POW camps, the last one being Stalag Luft 111 (north camp), from which in January 1945 they were marched out ahead of the Russian forces. He was finally released in Lubeck, arriving back in England on VE day. He resigned the Royal Navy as a ND (dagger) in June 1966.

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 Depicted off Capetown with the distinctive skyline of Table Mountain providing the backdrop, the King George V class battleship HMS Howe and her destroyer escort began their journey home having visited New Zealand as well as South Africa following the end of hostilities in 1945.

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 Besstrashniy (meaning Fearless) 434 heavy rocket ASW Destroyer is shown swinging to the port side of Pyotr Velikiy (meaning Peter the Great) a Kirov Class Cruiser as they clear a path for the carrier Minsk.

Arctic Waters by Randall Wilson.
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 HMS Benbow was completed in 1914, built by Beardmore (launched 12th November 1913). On the 10th of December she joined the Grand Fleet serving with the 4th Battle squadron. She was the flagship to Admiral Douglas Gamble until he was replaced in February 1915 by Sir Doveton Sturdee. During the Battle of Jutland. she suffered no damage. After the war she served from 1919 in the Mediterranean providing Gun fire support to the white Russians in the Black Sea until 1920. She remained in the Mediterranean until 1926 joining the Atlantic fleet for the next three years until 1929 when she was paid off and scrapped in March 1931.

HMS Benbow at the Battle of Jutland by Anthony Saunders. (GL)
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 Laid down as early as June 1944, HMS Hermes (R12) was not commissioned into the Royal Navy until 25th November 1959.  This fine ship has enjoyed a long and varied career, perhaps its most notable role being that of flagship to the British Task Force that was sent to liberate the Falkland Islands following the Argentine invasion of 1982.  She was decommissioned in 1984 and sold to the Indian Navy, whereupon she was renamed Viraat.  Hermes is depicted here in stormy weather in the late 1970s before the Harrier 'ski jump' was added to her bow in readiness for the Falklands Campaign.

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 Lieutenant of the Royal Navy commands marines and crew during a sea battle with the French during the battle of Cape St Vincent.

In the Thick of Battle by Chris Collingwood. (GS)
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 Blackbeard the Terrible, otherwise known as Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond. Circa 1718.

Damnation Seize My Soul by Chris Collingwood. (YB)
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  USS Independence launches multiple aircraft, RA5C Vigilante from the waist cat, and a Crusader from the bow while deployed in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam.

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 The submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone is pictured off Hong Kong with a quintet of British submarines alongside for replenishment, namely (left to right) an S-class, a U-class, a T-class and two more U-class.

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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 Bramble

Launched : 11th December 1886
Bramble was a 6-gun screw gunboat, launched at Belfast in 1886. She was of 715 tons, 1000 horsepower, and 13 knots speed. Her length, beam, and draught were 165ft, 29ft, and 13ft. This vessels name was changed to Cockatrice in 1896, and she served on the Danube for some years in accordance with the terms of the treaty of Berlin. She was sold at Chatham in 1906 for 3800.

Renamed Cockatrice June 1896. Sold 1906.

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On this day in naval history....

25 November

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25thNovember1897HMS BarfleurArrived Malta
25thNovember1897HMS CuracoaArrived Las Palmas
25thNovember1897HMS CoquetteLaunched
25thNovember1898HMS BriskArrived Spithead due to bad weather
25thNovember1905HMS C3Laid down
25thNovember1909HMS BlancheLaunched
25thNovember1911HMS AchillesAt Portland
25thNovember1914HMS D2Lt. Cdr. C. Head in Command
25thNovember1914HMS D2Sunk by a German patrol boat.
25thNovember1916HMS CaledonLaunched
25thNovember1916HMS CassandraLaunched
25thNovember1918HMS BeaverSailed Constantinople for Sulina
25thNovember1918HMS LiverpoolSailed Constantinople for Novorossisk
25thNovember1921HMS AssistanceArrived Portsmouth
25thNovember1921HMS CalypsoArrived Malta
25thNovember1921HMS CordeliaSailed Invergordon for Rosyth
25thNovember1921HMS InconstantArrived Portland
25thNovember1921HMS FoxgloveArrived Hong Kong
25thNovember1921HMS GodetiaArrived Harwich
25thNovember1925HMS CarstairsArrived Dartmouth
25thNovember1927HMS EnterpriseSailed Basra
25thNovember1931HMS BidefordCdr. Donal Scott McGrath Assumed Command
25thNovember1931HMS HastingsCdr. Donal Scott McGrath Relinquished Command
25thNovember1932HMS DauntlessArrived Montevideo
25thNovember1932HMS DaringCommissioned
25thNovember1933HMS DurbanAt Gibraltar for turnover to HMS Exeter
25thNovember1933HMS DurbanComm. R.H.O. Relinquished Commodore America and West Indies Station
25thNovember1933HMS DurbanArrived Gibraltar
25thNovember1933HMS LaburnumArrived Wellington
25thNovember1933HMS ExeterAt Gibraltar for the turnover from HMS Durban
25thNovember1933HMS ExeterAt Gibraltar
25thNovember1933HMS FrobisherArrived Gibraltar
25thNovember1933HMS FrobisherCapt. H.A. Forster in Command
25thNovember1933HMS HawkinsSailed Koweit
25thNovember1934HMS KentSailed Takao
25thNovember1937HMS LondonSailed Marseilles
25thNovember1939HMS CachalotArrived Halifax where they arrived for escort duty
25thNovember1939HMS ImogenOrdered to Scapa Flow to refuel
25thNovember1939HMS ImogenArrived at Scapa Flow to refuel prior to escorting convoy ON.3 from Methil
25thNovember1939HMS HostileArrived Freeport
25thNovember1939HMS AuroraAttacked by German bombers off southwest Norway, 100 miles east of Scapa Flow
25thNovember1939HMS EskimoHunted for a submarine after a merchant ship reported being attacked 20 miles SE of Aberdeen
25thNovember1939HMS DelhiSailed Scapa Flow
25thNovember1939HMS DiomedePositioned off Utvaer, Norway, to intercept German battlecruisers
25thNovember1939HMS DiomedeSailed Loch Ewe on Northern Patrol duties
25thNovember1939HMS DragonPositioned off Utvaer, Norway, to intercept German battlecruisers
25thNovember1939HMS DunedinSailed Scapa Flow
25thNovember1939HMS DunedinPositioned off Utvaer, Norway, to intercept German battlecruisers
25thNovember1939HMS CalcuttaSailed Grimsby on escort duties
25thNovember1939HMS ColomboReported being shadowed by German aircraft
25thNovember1939HMS DaringArrived Malta
25thNovember1939HMS EchoSailed Plymouth
25thNovember1939HMS EscapadeSailed Liverpool escorting Convoy OB.41
25thNovember1939HMS EscortAttacked a submarine contact SW of Land's End in 49.17N, 07.14W
25thNovember1939HMS ExmouthSailed Plymouth
25thNovember1939HMS GallantSailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.41
25thNovember1939HMS GraftonSailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.41
25thNovember1939HMS HeroArrived Freeport
25thNovember1939HMS ImperialArrived at Scapa Flow to refuel prior to escorting convoy ON.3 from Methil
25thNovember1939HMS ImperialOrdered to Scapa Flow to refuel
25thNovember1939HMS BitternSailed Southend escorting Convoy FN.41
25thNovember1939HMS EclipseSailed Plymouth
25thNovember1939HMS HastingsArrived Southend with Convoy FS.42
25thNovember1939HMS HastingsSailed Methil escorting Convoy FS.42
25thNovember1939HMS GrimsbyArrived Southend with Convoy FS.41
25thNovember1939HMS LeithSailed Port Said for Malta
25thNovember1939HMS HalcyonSailed Southend with Convoy FN.41
25thNovember1939HMS HoodSailed Plymouth to relieve Repulse on the Halifax station
25thNovember1939HMS HardyArrived Freeport
25thNovember1939HMS GlasgowArrived Scapa Flow
25thNovember1939HMS DevonshireReported being shadowed by German aircraft
25thNovember1939HMS CornwallSailed Colombo on patrol duty in Force I
25thNovember1939HMS BrilliantPatrolled in the North Sea for four U-Boats
25thNovember1939HMS IcarusHunted for a submarine after a merchant ship reported being attacked 20 miles SE of Aberdeen
25thNovember1939HMS IlexHunted for a submarine after a merchant ship reported being attacked 20 miles SE of Aberdeen
25thNovember1940HMS LegionCdr. Richard Frederick Jessel, RN
25thNovember1941HMS BarhamSunk
25thNovember1941HMS BarhamCapt. Cooke in Command
25thNovember1941HMS BarhamCapt. Geoffrey Clement Cooke, RN Relinquished Command
25thNovember1942HMS CoquetteOrdered from Ontario shipyards
25thNovember1942HMS CourierOrdered from Ontario shipyards
25thNovember1942HMS FelicityOrdered from Ontario shipyards
25thNovember1942HMS Flying FishOrdered from Ontario shipyards
25thNovember1942HMS LionessOrdered from Ontario shipyards
25thNovember1942HMS LysanderOrdered from Ontario shipyards
25thNovember1943HMS LawsonCommissioned
25thNovember1943HMS LawsonPennant K516
25thNovember1945HMS BermudaAnchored in Hong Kong Harbour
25thNovember1946HMS BermudaSailed Yokohama
25thNovember1953HMS HardyPennant F54
25thNovember1953HMS HardyLaunched
25thNovember1955HMS Loch AlvieArrived Cochin
25thNovember1955HMS Loch KillisportSailed Khor Kuwait
25thNovember1957HMS AtherstoneBroken up at Port Glasgow
25thNovember1958HMS BraveScrapped at Dunston
25thNovember1959HMS HermesCommissioned
25thNovember1960HMS CarysfortArrived Darwin
25thNovember1960HMS GambiaSailed Rotterdam
25thNovember1960HMS DelightSailed Rotterdam
25thNovember1960HMS DaringSailed Rotterdam
25thNovember1960HMS DefenderSailed Rotterdam
25thNovember1964HMS CentaurSailed Singapore
25thNovember1965HMS AlbionSailed Aden
25thNovember1965HMS CapriceAt Rosyth
25thNovember1978HMS AmbuscadeArrived Nassau
25thNovember1981HMS AmbuscadeSailed Aqaba Jordan
25thNovember2001HMS InvernessArrived Suez Canal
25thNovember2003HMS LindisfarneDouglas
25thNovember2004HMS BulwarkNewcastle
25thNovember2004HMS LondonEntered Devonport for final time
25thNovember2005HMS CornwallDevonport
25thNovember2007HMS BrocklesbyPortsmouth
25thNovember2008HMS CornwallArrived Plymouth Sound
25thNovember2008HMS CornwallPlymouth Sound

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