He also served with 204 ASRU, servicing wireless sets on their high-speed rescue launches.
See further down for photos of HSL 2625, an ASR launch dating from 1943, upon which he had many a hair-raising ride.
On the whole, I think he enjoyed his service career.
One of my main memories of those days, as a young lad, was that having signed up for so long in the first place, he spent the next 10 years waiting to get out ...
if so, see my info and offer for help right at the bottom of this page. Dad wasn't a particularly good or keen sailor, so his memories of the voyage are, understandably, rather scant.
On gaining access to his service record, we did indeed discover the truth in the family 'legend' that he was not originally posted to Malta at all.
There's some interesting RAF links at the bottom of this page. which moved around quite a bit, but in 1947 was at Cranwell. In effect, he 'jumped ship', albeit with his CO's blessing, and spent two years on an island that was almost idyllic in comparison to where he might have ended up.
But at least, while they were there, none of our servicemen on the island were being shot at.His collection of funny stories, and of flying with really mad airmen, usually ex-WW2 Czech or Polish bomber pilots, are a joy.People complain about low-flying now, but returning to base from stooging around the Fens with sections of tree stuck in the undercart were nothing unusual.As already noted, he could easily have been kept aboard that bloody ship and even sent on to Korea, for that's where she was ultimately bound.Hearing of that vacancy was a sheer stroke of luck.Click the image on the right for a better view of this veteran trooper.A good 20% of her total voyages were in the service of the British military, some 74 voyages in all, and most of those through the Med.After cycling in that 1950 high summer's heat, right across the island almost from one end to the other, he also stood accused of being late!I was born at 4am, but he still had to finish his duty, and didn't arrive till 13.30.Ironic therefore, that in volunteering for the post on Malta, he should find himself posted to Hal-Far, and the 1151 Marine Craft Unit, which serviced the radios and radars for the seaplanes down at RAF Kalafrana from their quays at Marsaxlokk.Hal-Far was the location of the radio workshops where wireless sets were taken for major work 'on a bench'.