Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jul

7

1942

Disaster strikes Convoy PQ17

The USS Wichitat was the other US Navy heavy cruiser accompanying the convoy.

Struck heavily on head by something and stunned, my one thought being to get to other side of ship before the second torpedo struck her — great presence of mind, this. Crawled through wheelhouse which was deserted and washing with water, and got on other side just as second torpedo exploded. This time my feet left the deck clear and I landed flat on my back.