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Cdr ‘Tubby’ Leonard. Joined the Royal Navy in 1944 and was taught to fl y in Canada; he fl ew the Fairey Barracuda dive-bomber in the Far East but in post-war years converted to the Supermarine Walrus biplane and suffered severe injury in a forced landing. He moved on to fl y helicopters and serving with 848 NAS arrived in the Far East (1953) with ten Sikorsky S55s, within weeks became troop-carriers and used during the Malayan Emergency for more than 10,000 troops and 200 casualties. When a helicopter crashed in an inaccessible fi eld he fl ew to the the wrecked helicopter which had to be winched in seven lifts, each involving protracted hovering; he was awarded a DFC. In 1955 he fl ew his Westland Dragonfl y helicopter from the deck of Vidal to deposit a group on the island of Rockall; the team cemented a brass plaque and the Union fl ag was hoisted over the tiny island and possession was taken in the name of Her Majesty; Leonard was appointed MBE. He commanded 825 NAS fl ying the Fairey Gannet in the anti-submarine role (he survived a mid-air collision), then served on the staff of the Joint Services’ Amphibious Warfare School. In 1960 he moved to Boscombe Down as a helicopter test pilot; he conducted auto- hover trials and trialled the Bristol Belvedere; on the Westland Scout he explored the “dead man’s curve” – the lowest height and speed at which the aircraft could suffer engine failure and still regain autorotation to land, and was awarded an AFC in 1963. August 24. Aged 84.
Lt Cdr Anthony ‘Steady’ Tuke DSC*. Joined the Air Branch 1938 and completed pilot training 1940; he joined 826 NAS, the fi rst to be equipped with the Fairey Albacore. Whilst daytime bombing the invasion barges at Calais his aircraft was damaged and his observer and telegraphist air gunner were both badly wounded; he was awarded his fi rst DSC for these operations at the age of 19. The squadron then joined Formidable and sailed to the Suez Canal, her aircraft attacking Italian forces at Mogadishu and Massawa on the way; and took part in the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. Formidable and 826 Squadron were then involved in bombardment off Tripoli and covering convoys around Greece and supporting the Operation Tiger convoy to Alexandria carrying tanks and Hurricane fi ghters for the Eighth Army. During the evacuation of Crete, Formidable was attacked and damaged so he was sent into the desert to support the army,
rejoining the partially-repaired ship
on her way to America. Back in England he was appointed senior pilot of 819 NAS and in 1942 was seconded to Coastal Command for night operations, bombing and mining European ports. The Squadron embarked in the escort carrier Archer 1943 and provided anti-U-boat cover for two Atlantic convoys. Promoted to acting lieutenant- commander (now 22), he was appointed CO of 851 NAS formed at the US naval air station at Squantum, Massachusetts and in 1944 embarked to Colombo via Australia in the American-built escort carrier Shah; he
was awarded a bar to his DSC for his part, with the frigate Findhorn and the Indian sloop Godavari, in sinking U198 near the Seychelles. He suffered an engine failure and had to ditch but was rescued by a dug-out fi shing boat; he returned home in 1944 and joined the deck landing training school as Lt Cdr (Flying) at Peewit (where he met his wife in the WRNS); his fi nal tour was in command of 783 Squadron and was placed on the retired list medically unfi t due to war service in 1948. Fleet Air Arm Association, Essex Branch. August 15. Aged 89. Lt Denis Norman ‘Paddy’ Davies
RNVR. When war broke out he immediately presented himself as a volunteer at the British Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, where he worked for the British naval attaché dressed as a sub-lieutenant RNVR; he boarded a tramp ship for Liverpool and upon arrival was signed up as an ordinary seaman. He joined Ashanti on Russian convoy work where the renowned captain ‘Dickie’ Onslow recognised that he was offi cer material and advised that he should volunteer for ‘special’ service
to speed the selection process.
1942-43 he joined No14 (Arctic) Commando and trained to attack the German battleship Tirpitz by kayak; he learned to navigate the coast of Scotland and practised placing limpet mines; but the attack was abandoned because when the little craft were loaded with mines they became unstable. Following the liberation of Corsica 1943, as operations offi cer of the North African Flotilla, a cover name for clandestine boat operations, he ran fast motor-boat crossings to France and Italy for saboteurs, propagandists, politicians, escape organisers for fugitive prisoners-of-war and shot-down pilots, as well as several female agents and some 80 agents were landed or recovered in 52 sorties. Working from a requisitioned villa in Bastia he participated in meetings between rival
factions of the Secret Intelligence
Service, the Special Operations Executive, the American Offi ce for Strategic Services and the French Battalion de Choc, as well as the three regular armed services. His task was to identify precise locations that agents could land covertly by obtaining details of the enemy coastal defences and patrols likely to be met in the area. His adventures formed the basis for John Winton’s novel The Night of the Scorpion (1994). September 3. Aged 89.
Lt Cdr Donald Robert Macqueen. Joined the Navy as a Naval Airman Second Class and after initial training at St Vincent learned to fl y at Elmdon, Birmingham and at Worthy Down; he fl ew Swordfi sh with 823 and 810 Naval Air Squadrons from the carriers Glorious, Illustrious, Ocean, Vengeance and Theseus and took part in the lead-up to the capture in 1942 of Diego Suarez (Operation Ironclad). In 1943, using his favourite bats to guide young pilots, he was Britain’s most experienced
decklanding control offi cer
(DLCO) and between 1943-46 he taught over 1,000 airmen (the total number of accidents was just 11); he was appointed MBE in 1946 for his services to aviation.
Later he was DLCO instructor in 768 NAS at Eglinton, near Londonderry and 1950-51 senior DLCO of the carrier Vengeance. He kept a meticulous log of those with whom he worked and by the time he folded his bats in 1952 reckoned he had handled more than 66,000 deck landings by nearly 50 types of aircraft, including a record of 775 in one day. After staff appointments ashore and a spell as personal pilot to the Flag Offi cer Air Home he retired from the Navy in 1960. September 1. Aged 89.
Lt Cdr Geoff Mason. Served 1941-72 initially joining as a Telegraphist he was promoted to CPO at 24, Warrant Rank at 25 and selected for advancement to Lt Cdr at age 42. Wartime service included Malta convoys and the Normandy Landings. He served in many establishments as well as the Persian Gulf in Loch Lomond (1961- 62), Rosyth moving to Portland then fi nally as assistant project offi cer MOD Bath. He contributed a great deal to Navy News and naval history over the decades with his World War 2 ship histories which led to the publication of all the information on the website www.navalhistory.net
Research activities included design and service of Loch and Bay class frigates and social conditions affecting Naval service. Articles published included Pennant Numbers, Hydrographic Surveying and Salvage Work by HM Ships since 1945. Loch Class Frigates Association. August 15. Aged 88.
Stephen ‘Darby’ Allan. CPO Diver. A veteran of the First Gulf War acting as chief of the Fleet Diving Unit deployed to Kuwait to clear the city’s harbour, beaches and surrounding terrain of thousands of explosives and Hong Kong (1991-97) as part of the search and rescue team involved with the rescue and salvage following marine and diving accidents. In 2002 he moved to the Defence Diving School at Horsea Island as an EOD specialist and trainer, becoming chief instructor for the Clearance Diving Offi cers courses in 2003. He left the Navy to join the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) charity as a technical fi eld manager in October 2006. Died in a landmine explosion in Sudan. Aged 52. October 15. Keith
Anthony Pratt. Charge Chief
MEA(P). Served 1962-86 in Centaur, Urchin, Virago, Loch Killisport, Grafton, Blake, Hampshire, Ashanti, Tartar and CBIU. June 8. Aged 65.
Christopher Terrence Frederick Barnes. Aircraftsman.
in Illustrious, Royal Arthur, Gamecock, Daedalus, Siskin, Indomitable, Nuthatch, Heron and Centaur. Air Handling Association and HMS Indomitable Association. October 22. Aged 78.
Dennis A Ward. Served 1952-58
Montclare, Tenacious and mechanic aboard Warrior. H Bomb test May 1957. HMS Warrior Association. September 20. Aged 76. Eleanor Bosworthick. When her husband Edgar ‘Boz’ Bosworthick (who died earlier this year) retired as secretary of HMS Unicorn Association in 1998, Eleanor became the driving force. She was elected
as membership/social secretary and her recruitment drives doubled membership during the past decade. October 28. Aged 86.
Unicorn Association. 818 NAS. February 17. Aged 87. Dora Walton. HMS Unicorn Association.
John Macregor Reid-Henry. HMS
Raymond Gregory ‘Pony’ Moores. CMEM. Served in Raleigh, Unicorn, Triumph, Newfoundland, Surprise (Malta), Cambridge, Cavalier, and Minerva among others. HMS Unicorn Association. September 27. Aged 78.
Michael ‘Mick or Mickey’ Patrick Deary. NA 1st class. 847 NAS. HMS Unicorn Association. Aged 86 in Australia. Lt K Edwards. HMS Morecambe Bay Association. Served as Gunner during Korean War. Also served at Excellent. September. Cdr David John Lean. RNEC 1943-47. November 6. Aged 86.
Ken Wall. LAM(E) Fleet Air Arm. Served 1952-60 in Gamecock, Fulmar, Culdrose, Lossiemouth, Albion and Blackcap. A founder member of Warrington RNA becoming its chairman. Died whilst on holiday in Sri Lanka October. Aged 75. Bertie Thorold. Wartime service onboard Roberts. Market Harborough branch. September. Aged 88. Janet ‘Jan’ King. Fleet CPO Wren
ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION
CO from January 11 2011. Cdr Charles David Lightfoot to be Queen’s
as CO from December 7 2010. Cdr Paul A Bristowe to HMS Somerset as
Cdre D L Potts to be promoted Rear Admiral and to be Commander UK Maritime Forces from January 26 2011. Capt Alexander J Burton to HMS Bulwark
Harbour Master Clyde from March 8 2011. Cdr Richard G C Marshall to British Forces British Indian Ocean Territory as Commander British Forces at Diego Garcia from January 4 2011.
as CO from October 29 2010 (temporary command).
Lt Cdr Alasdair G Peppe to HMS Kent THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES 197019801990
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Regulator. Joined the WRNS near the end of the war as a Jack Dusty and served 32 years; awarded MBE for her service to the sea and a member of the Association of Wrens. Founder member of Clacton branch and remained secretary till her death. Secretary to Area 5 later becoming the Area’s chairman; Deputy National Council member for the Area and took over as the National Council member when her predecessor became unwell. September 26. Aged 83. Nancy Thompson. Wren SDO/
Coder. Served 1943-46 in Marshal Soult (Portsmouth), Forward (HQ Newhaven) and Daedalus (Lee-on-Solent). Harrogate & District RNA. October 25. Aged 85. Brian
Served in St Vincent, Excellent, Paladin, Victorious,
Dainty and Troubridge. Member of 8th Destroyer Squadron and Kendal RNA. June 29.
Rooke, Blackford. Carysfort, Cavendish,
Edward ‘Ted’ Walter Restall. Dursley and district RNA. Served as an AB during WW2, earning the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic and Pacifi c Star, the defence medal and the war medal. Also member of HMS Ruler and 885 Squadron associations. November 8. Stan Leggett. AB Quartermaster. Served
aboard Dido-class cruiser but his greatest love was the destroyer Zephyr, where he was commended by his captain for steering her through the Portland tide race during very heavy weather. National Service rating 1947-49. Dagenham RNA, life member and treasurer for 30 years. November 1. Aged 80.
RNA. Wartime veteran serving in Renown as a torpedoman. Aged 85. Audrey Dahn. Ludlow and district RNA, associate member. Aged 77.
Dennis Saunders. Ludlow and district
SUBMARINERS ASSOCIATION S A ‘Stan’ Gosden. Sto.Me
ch. Submarine service 1947-50 in Spiteful, Sleuth and Satyr. East Kent branch. Aged 86. D ‘Chick’ Henderson. L/Sto. Submarine service 1949-54 in Amphion, Alcide, Alaric, Seascout and Tireless. New Zealand branch. Aged 82.
service 1955-63 in Tapir (55-57), Turpin (57), Acheron (58-61), Sea Devil (62), Totem (62- 63) and Tireless (63). Welsh branch. Aged 78.
R ‘Ron’ Holbrow. CERA. Submarine service 1941-45 in P222, Shakespeare, Unshaken, Storm, Truculent and Sea Devil. Welsh branch. Aged 90. J T ‘John’ Onions. PO GL. Submarine service 1942-50 in Shakespeare, Taciturn and Tabard. Colchester branch. Aged 89. J T ‘Jim’ Owens. AB UW2. Submarine
service 1949-58 in Sleuth, Ambush, Totem and Thermopylae. Dolphin branch. Aged 79. T ‘Tom’ Smith. AB ST. Submarine service 1943-46 in Oberon 1, Unruffl ed and P46. Derbyshire branch. Aged 85.
G ‘George’ Pickup. L/Tel. WT2. Submarine service 1933-39 in L18, L19, Phoenix, L23, Sunfi sh, H43, H49 and Severn. Dolphin branch. Aged 98. J R ‘Rex’ Richards. Cook (S). Submarine
FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION Malcolm Armsden. LAF(A). Served 1942- 46. Birmingham branch. October 11. William Challis. NAM(E). Served 1949-57. Essex branch. September 27. Alan Booton. AM(A)1. Served 1947-49. Daedalus branch. September 29.
LST AND LANDING CRAFT ASSOCIATION C Stainton. Served on board LCH 317, LCI(L) 312, LCT 1331 and LCT 7017. April 17.
● HMS Upholder December 1970
CHRISTMAS came early at the Rover’s Return when two submariners paid a seasonal visit to Britain’s most famous local.
doyennes of the soap opera, Betty Turpin (played by Betty Driver) and Annie Walker (Doris Speed). In a crowded programme the boats entertained scores of visitors, including Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles. The submariners in turn were celebrated when they went ashore.
FOUR sub-lieutenants who invented a cheap and effective modification to prevent engine-flooding in lifeboats were approached by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution which wanted to adopt their innovation. The four, Pat Tiller, John O’Connell-Davidson, George Radker and Tim Roberts, had recently left the Navy’s engineering college at Manadon, where they were the first SD officers to complete a submarine application course.
S T Davidson. Served on board LBE 4. September 24. K J King. Served on board LST 367 and LST 417. October 10. S Ogilvie. Served on board LCF(M) Royal Marines. October 20.
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reached the engines, a known cause of flooding when certain types of lifeboats righted themselves after capsizing. The RNLI believed adopting the invention would save thousands of pounds, as well as enhancing safety in its older class of lifeboats.
HMS UPHOLDER, the first of the new generation of diesel- electric submarines, arrived at her home base of Gosport for the first time on December 12. Launched in 1986 at Vickers Yard in Barrow-in-Furness, Upholder took her name from the top-scoring British submarine of the Second World War, commanded by Lt Cdr David Wanklyn.
The wartime Upholder sank three U-boats and a destroyer, damaged a cruiser and another destroyer, and sank or damaged 119,000 tons of enemy supply ships. The new Upholder was soon to be followed by her sisters Ursula, Unseen, and Unicorn.
THE NAVY’S firefighting school held its last advanced course at Horsea Island, in Portsmouth, before packing up to head to its new home on Whale Island. The Phoenix Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence School had opened as a temporary establishment – 42 years before. It trained about 10,000 students a year in courses ranging
from the Basic Sea Safety Course to advanced firefighting. In 1999 the MOD signed a Private Finance Initiative with Flagship to take over the Navy’s firefighting training.
Their invention used wing tanks to trap water before it the
a pint at the Coronation Street pub, or rather the Granada TV film set, during a visit of four submarines to Manchester, HMS Opossum, Artemis, Acheron and Oracle. The deeps received a warm welcome from two of
M(E)1 Andrew Moloney and ME(1) David Hollier called in for AB.
Jim ‘Curly’ Connolly. AB. Dagenham RNA. Served 1943-46. Served in Vanguard and Bay-class frigate. November 7. Aged 85.
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