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IT SEEMS as though HMS Quorn is bidding fair to stake her claim to be named the fl agship of Navy News, since her exploits are a regular feature of the paper’s columns. Since I served for 14 months in World War 2 on her namesake, any

A’ huntin with the Quorn


story about the ship commands my close attention. Her connection with Melton Mowbray reminds me of those delicious pork pies that I have hungered for since we left England for Florida some 52 years ago. Sadly, import restrictions on this side of the pond have denied me that gourmet delight.

As for the mention about Quorn and other Hunts sinking the armed merchant raider Komet, I well remember that night. We had several motor torpedo boats (MTBs) in company, and I

believe it was one of them that delivered the coup de grace to the Komet with a torpedo. Luckily for me, long before Quorn was sunk I had been sent to HMS

Anderson in Ceylon to listen to Japanese wireless signals. I have seen the Quorn casualty list on the HMS Cavalier website, some of them telegraphists with whom I served. From the ‘Sunshine State’ I send greetings to the crew of Quorn, and look forward to reading more about their exploits in the future.

– Ken Tipper, Ocala, Florida


● Picture by courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

PRESENTATION and news coverage seemed to be the popular items in the February issue and my letter is going to continue the theme.

article Our Man in Kabul which

leaves me asking, where does he collect his information regarding the extensive coverage of events by our media including the BBC? Because I am absolutely disgusted with the lack of such information. Our forces most definitely do not get daily coverage on the popular main channels, nor in the national press. I scan both each day with disappointing results. When there is something to including casualties,

My target is Capt Durkin’s report,

Mixed messages As I recall...

Grenadier in Helmand. That is not an isolated

occurrence. A further example, the BBC presenter stated we would now see our reporter with the British forces in action in the co-ordinated action in Afghan, we were then shown Americans in action and this has been the theme throughout, very little of British involvement. The total obsession with others

rather than the British. As for daily reports, please let

us know from which channel you receive this wonderful coverage because I have not seen what you claim.

it usually follows well down on the agenda behind much less important items of news. I give an instance, quite recently an entertainer committed suicide, the BBC led with the news of such, spent five minutes (I timed it) covering the matter, pressed on with other items and then, almost in passing, reported the death of a

I WAS sitting awaiting my appointment with the dentist when I picked up the November issue of Navy


Arm from May 1954 until May 1962 and viewed with interest the article and photograph

entitled Naming Eagle’s Squadrons.

I was a member of 897

Squadron and involved in the Suez Operation.

The press is no better, their front pages and lead articles deal with Bafta awards, bank managers’ perks, or the American golfer’s sex affairs and so on!

If only Our Man in Kabul could get the facts right and present the true picture of inadequate reporting of the involvement of British forces.

Pooling memories

MY World War 2 days were spent in HMS Ferret, Londonderry, as a seaman torpedoman. I was a pool rating and would be drafted to ships to replace other

torpedomen when they were ill or on compassionate leave. I served on four ships, HMS Dart, Duncan, Pevensey Castle and Loch


Torpedoman would be absent from his ship. The reason I write to you is that I have never yet met or heard of a

The time I was on board depended on the period the Seaman

pool rating, so maybe through your letters page I will have confirmation that my memory is serving me correctly when I swing the lamp. – W Craven, President, Sidmouth RNOCA, Sidmouth

Unfortunately Bill Drake, Electrical Officer on 897, has misnamed a number of the people in the photograph, you might like to correct some of the mistakes.

– Harry Withers, Skegness,


1 – Lin Middleton, 897 NAS; 2 – ‘Jock’ Hare, 897 NAS; 3 – Tim Sampler, 897 NAS; 4 – Gerry Maynard, 897 NAS; 5 – Cannot remember his name but he died in an air accident about two years after returning to the UK; 6 – Pete Newman, Air Weapons Officer 899 NAS; 7 – ‘Dickie’ Wren, 899 NAS, who was Commander Air at RNAS Yeovilton in the mid-60s; 8 – myself, Lt W Graham (how could Bill Drake forget me!); 9 – Tony (forgotten surname) 897 NAS.

I also enclose a photograph of the 897 pilots taken on HMS Eagle at Malta, I name the pilots, as many as I can remember (one does tend to forget at the age of 78).

– I W Graham,

● Front row, left to right, Lin Middleton; Tim Sampler; Keith Leopard; senior pilot, Ray Rawbone ‘The Boss;’ The Engineering Offi cer (forgotten name, also forgotten the pilot sitting next to the Engineering Offi cer; Don Mills. Back row, left to right: myself; Bill Graham; Dave Prothero; Gerry Maynard; ‘Horse’ Williams; Bill Drake; Ted Sutcliffe; Sub Lt White who died shortly after the photograph was taken in an air accident; ‘Jock’ Hare. Photo supplied by I W Graham

LETTERS to the editor should always be accompanied by the correspondent’s name and address, not necessarily for publication.

E-mail correspondents are also requested to provide this information. Letters cannot be submitted over the telephone. If you submit a photograph which you did not take yourself, please make sure that you have the permission for us to publish it.

Billingborough, Lincs I was a pilot with the Fleet Air

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What’s my


I HAVE been reading your excellent magazine for a number of years now.


I understand a lot of what is reported, but I am becoming bemused by the new ratings. For example, in the recent edition there was mention of: Llogs(CS(P)) AB(CIS) ET(ME) LPT


what jobs do they do? Their arm badges are also

Who are these people, and

mysterious, the only one recently that I recognised was on the arm of MA Kate Nesbitt at the medal presentation. Bless her, she is the best advert

Being an ex-CS Navy man

the Navy has had for some time. I know that a lot of non-service people read your magazine and it would be a great help to them and me if you could occasionally insert short articles on ratings, their badges and brief descriptions of their jobs.

– N A Loake, ex-Boy Tel

...COULD Navy News please publish a list of the current acronyms/initialisms that get bandied about in the modern Navy?

Radio Mechanic, REA, Rothwell, Kettering, Northants

Reserve” I was rated REM. Yes, that was 1949. Having spent my years of gainful employment in other fields, I am now baffled by the abbreviations that I come across while reading my copies. For the sake of us old-timers at

least, can we have an annotated list of the current trades, ranks and rates, please?

You’re confused? So are we. If we can sort them out we will let you know... – Ed

– Martin ‘Taff’ Evans

When I was “released to the

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