Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Jul

4

1942

Message to PQ17 “Convoy to Scatter”

HM Trawler NORTHERN GEM leaving harbour at Hvalfjord, Iceland.

One or two merchant ships seemed to be slowing down, and the two small rescue ships, the Rathlin and the Zamelac were manoeuvering around. One merchant ship that I had in sight just vanished as I was looking at her; one second she was there and the next all there was left was a huge pall of smoke, reaching up towards the blue sky. I had not the time to see if she was a tanker or not. The crew would not have known what hit them. It was an unbelievable thing to see happen, and quite unforgettable.