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Old October 26th, 2011, 05:24 AM   #1

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We have numerous topics on military history, but I thought some might enjoy a naval history thread. My particular interest is rooted in WWII, but please feel free to contribute if you have other articles, interviews, personal stories etc.




This is the story of Walter S. Jones. Sunk aboard a converted liner transporting troops for the Torch operation, he survived and shared some personal information.

Recollections of Walter Jones, crewman of USS Hugh L Scott
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Old October 26th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #2
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I can contribute little but this:

My brother, who exchanged artillery fire with N. Korean shore batteries and dispatched depth charges towards enemy subs on his destroyer (USS Hanson), wound up at Kodiak as a yeoman (he could type). On one watch was discovered by officer of the day asleep on an empty low bookshelf. Did not make admiral.
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The story of U-505


An excerpt from a new book on the capture of U-505. For those who don't know, after being attacked, damaged, and abandoned by her German crew, the submarine was captured by the USN and returned to the east coast for technical evaluation. While there have been many accounts of the capture, this one is unique because it explores the German side.

She is now displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.


Jordan Vause - Desperate Decisions: the German Loss of U-505
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Great thread I love naval history.
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British Intelligence report on the sinking of U-434


Copy of the British interrogation report of the sinking of U-434. Interesting description of the crew personalities.

British Interrogation Reports of U-Boat Survivors
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I can contribute little but this:

My brother, who exchanged artillery fire with N. Korean shore batteries and dispatched depth charges towards enemy subs on his destroyer (USS Hanson), wound up at Kodiak as a yeoman (he could type). On one watch was discovered by officer of the day asleep on an empty low bookshelf. Did not make admiral.
This kind of story is great, C! Here is some more info on the Hanson.

USS Hanson 832 - The Ship
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Sinking of HMS Avenger


Interesting account of the sinking of HMS Avenger by U-155. An Auxiliary carrier (equivalent to an escort carrier in the USN) was a converted liner. At this early stage of the war, many merchant ships were converted to the smaller carriers. They served very effectively, particularly in ground support and more importantly in anti-submarine warfare.

Loss of HMS Avenger to U155
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The personal story of Ordinary Seamean Teddy Sheean. Born in Tasmania and a farmhand before the Second World War, Teddy followed his five brothers into the armed forces to fight the Japanese. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in April of 1941 and trained in Tasmania and Victoria. On the 1st of December 1942 Teddy's Corvette the Armidale, while on a mission to assist Timor Commandos, was attacked by Japanese torpedo planes and bombers. By about mid-afternoon the Armidale had been struck by two torpedos and began to sink. When the order to abandon ship was given, Teddy assisted in launching the lifeboats but was wounded twice by Japanese aircraft strafing the boats.

His mates looked on in amazement as the wounded Teddy returned to the aft deck where a 20mm gun stood unmanned...
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...rather than abandon ship, he strapped himself to his Oerlikon and began to engage the attacking aircraft even as the ship sunk beneath him. He shot down two planes, and crewmates recall seeing tracer rising from beneath the surface as Sheean was dragged under the water, firing until the end. He died on 1 December 1942 aged just 18.
Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) Sheean | Australian War Memorial
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Many of his crewmates credit Teddy's actions with saving their lives.

In 1999 a Collins class submarine, the HMAS Sheean was launched by Teddy's little sister Ivy. The only ship in the Australian Navy named after a naval rating.

The Sheean carries the motto "Fight On"
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Many of his crewmates credit Teddy's actions with saving their lives.
Which says it all. Thanks for sharing Teddy's story, R.
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The true identity of "U-Who"


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I found this transcript of a Nova program here in the US. It follows the exploits of a group of divers trying to ascertain the identity of a German WWII U-Boot found off of the coast of New Jersey. This was an ocean away from where its leaders thought it was operating.

While I had heard of "U-Who," I found this fascinating...Hope ya'll enjoy!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcr...12lostsub.html
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