By Tony McCrum
Captain Tony McCrum's naval profession begun in 1932. He survived the sinking of HMS Skipjack at Dunkirk and went directly to serve on minesweepers and at sea through the landings at Salerno. His wartime reviews have been lately released as Sunk by way of Stukas.This ebook covers the second one a part of his naval occupation among 1945 and 1963. Having arrived again in Plymouth from Trincomlee as a lieutenant aboard the destroyer Tarter in November 1945, his first appointment was once as senior teacher on the RN indications institution in Devonport. There then appointments as Flag Lieutenant; first to Admiral Pridham-Wippell, CinC Plymouth Command after which Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, CinC domestic Fleet, the place he was once additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He was once in accordance with the admiral's flagship, the battleship HMS Duke of York which he joined in 1947. The fleet exercised within the Atlantic and Mediterranean and 'showed the flag' in quite a few ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...
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I was sad to say goodbye to my admiral and many of his staff, but I knew he was longing to set up home with the lady he loved. I had become aware that he had a special lady friend whom he had wanted to marry for many years but he never spoke about it. I only discovered the liaison because I had to check all the Admiralty House telephone bills and every morning before breakfast the Admiral called the same number and on the rare occasion that she came to stay, the calls ceased. She was a delightful lady and I thought it was so sad that he had had to wait so long to live with her because his long-estranged wife refused to grant him a divorce due to her strenuous religious convictions.
Despite the austerity, there was hope that things would get better. My work in the Signal School needed no over-exertion. I became used to the relaxed atmosphere in the camp and knew how to keep my regularly half-pissed captain off my back. We were coasting. Into this lackadaisical world, a bomb burst. ‘Message for you, Sir, from Admiral Pridham-Wippell. ’ asked Len Hubbard. What had I done? My mind raced back to see what crime might have merited this encounter with the all-highest, for Admiral Pridham-Wippell was Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth Command, just one below God.
To be fair, when we had finished the job we were given an excellent lunch and plenty of beer to slake our thirsts, but I didn’t jump that particular fence. This was typical of life in 1946 – fleeting relationships and no permanent entanglements. I didn’t want to settle down. Settling down meant weddings, home every evening, screaming babies, nappies and sleepless nights. That could all keep for later. If existence in Britain was depressing, it was far worse in Europe. The Germans suffered hideously; perhaps some of them deserved it.
Abandon Ship!. The Post-War Memoirs of Captain Tony McCrum RN by Tony McCrum