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Unit History: HMS Howe

HMS Howe

Memories of HMS Howe

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

HMS Howe, in 1944

Written by William David PAYNE

1944 H.M.S.HOWE WASTHE HEAVIEST SHIP TO TRAVERSE THE sUEZ CANAL.CAPTAIN H.W.U.MC.CALL. D.S.O. SAW US THROUGH SAFELY. SQUADIES ON THE BANK SHOUTED ENCOURAGING COMMENTS SUCH AS "YOUR DRIVER IS P.....D & YOUN ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY". hAPPY DAYS!!

HMS Howe, British Paciic Fleet in 1944

Written by Whacker PAYNE

I joined the navy as a boy Seaman in1943. Joined H.M.S.HOWE 1944. My only claim to fame is that I was appointed to serve as one of the Gash Chute captains. An odorous but necessary job. I remember attacking Japanese supply depots in Sumatra,along with K.G.V.& various carriers. We bombarded places like Padang & sigli. we were very "impressed" when we learned that we had successfuly destroyed a Cement factory.!!!
In the early days our gunnery Officer was Lt. Cdr.Lefanu."OLE GINGE" who later became the Admiral responsible for cutting out the Rum ration. Any way he was a very good gunnery officer.!!
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