Saturday, October 6, 2012

Oct

6

1942

U-333 makes narrow escape from HMS Crocus

The flower class corvette HMS Crocus, seen in September 1942, which was credited with a kill after her encounter with U-333.

The first watch officer and I at once got to our feet again. I had several splinters in the arm and the officer had one through the throat. The explosion threw us both down the conning-tower hatch, but we managed to climb back onto the bridge. When my companion was hit several more times in the arm and leg, I ordered him to leave me alone on the bridge. With my one sound arm I helped the wounded lying on the bridge to get back down into the conning tower. One man, a bosun’s mate, had apparently slipped overboard and disappeared without trace.