Battle of the Atlantic - WWII

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Battle of the Atlantic - WWII

Unread post by Pelican » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:37 pm

REMARKABLE WARTIME ALBUM BRINGS 150 SAILORS BACK TO LIFE
05 February 2021
Historians need help reuniting relatives with a unique piece of wartime Royal Navy history spanning the Atlantic.

They hope to trace the descendants and relatives of every sailor hosted by a New York family during World War 2.

The Caseys from Douglaston in Queens welcomed around 150 British personnel into their home, offering the men food, pastimes and a friendly family environment away from the horrors of war.

Seventy-five years later, the scrapbook the family kept chronicling their wartime visitors has been unearthed – prompting a global search for the men within.

Over the next seven or eight years, around 150 Britons – mostly Royal Navy, but also merchant sailors and RAF personnel – enjoyed the hospitality of sailor Fraser Casey, his wife Eleanor, and their three young children Pat, Peggy and Fraser.

Some men returned to New York – perhaps after completing an Atlantic convoy run or while waiting for the ship to be repaired in Brooklyn’s shipyards following battle damage.

Mrs Casey kept a memento of each one – a sheet of paper with a short biography of each man, plus a photograph.

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https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... mily-album

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https://www.facebook.com/royalnavy/vide ... 9103034134
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Unread post by Pelican » Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:18 pm

£750K APPEAL TO MARK BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY
02 March 2021
A light show casting the names of ships and men from the Battle of the Atlantic on to a Liverpool landmark will be the centrepoint of permanent 80th anniversary commemorations.

In the second half of the article:
"At least 111,000 sailors and military personnel from around the globe died in the six-year battle, including 26,500 British merchant and 23,000 Royal Navy sailors.

Some 3,500 merchantmen and 175 warships - 15 million tons of allied shipping in all - was lost, while three in every four U-boats was sunk.

The battle reached its peak between March and May 1943. In the final month, the Germans recalled their U-boats from the Atlantic after they suffered unsustainable losses: 43 boats sunk, 37 damaged."

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https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... boa-appeal
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Unread post by Pelican » Fri May 14, 2021 3:43 pm

Royal Navy

Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration Ceremony, Saturday 15th May 2021 @ 14.00 (UTC+1).
Join in with the live event tomorrow on The Royal Naval Association's Facebook page.

TOMORROW AT 14:00
BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC CONVOY BELL CEREMONY
Tune in to watch live
The Royal Naval Association plans to go live.
Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration Ceremony Saturday 15th May 2021 @ 14.00 (UTC+1)
The Londonderry Branch Royal Naval Association will host a Tri-City Live Link with Halifax Nova Scotia and St John’s Newfoundland. Part of the ceremony will be a symbolic ringing of the three Convoy Bells in tribute to the service and sacrifice of our predecessors. The project to place the Convoy Bells in the three Convoy Escort Bases was a joint venture by Londonderry Branch RNA and their Canadian shipmates.
The Ceremony will be live streamed from the jetty beside two visiting Royal Canadian Navy ships, HMCS Summerside and HMCS Kingston and two Royal Navy Archer Class (P2000) vessels.
See - https://www.facebook.com/royalnavalasso ... 3899046078
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Unread post by timlewin » Fri May 14, 2021 4:00 pm

our Canadian friends from the high commission are going there, and tywo of their ships, see my post under Canadian navy, a great effort, now and back then!

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Unread post by Pelican » Sat May 15, 2021 2:44 pm

THE 3 BELLS

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Unread post by Pelican » Tue May 25, 2021 3:58 pm

Anniversary of the Navy's greatest modern triumph - defeat of the U-boat

On this day in 1943, the head of the German Navy Karl Dönitz called off the Battle of Atlantic after his U-boats suffered a mauling from which they would never recover.
German submarines would return to attack Britain’s supply lines – the battle raged from the first day of the war in Europe to the last.
But never again would they threaten the sea lanes as they had done in the first 3½ years of World War 2 – and especially in the spring of 1943.
The convoy battles of March, April and May 1943 were the most sustained and costliest encounters of the war – firstly for the Allies, then for the Germans as the latter sought to strangle supplies vital to Britain’s war effort, and the Allied powers committed their technological and naval might to try to stop them.
March 1943 marked the Allies’ lowest ebb, culminating in the largest convoy battle of the war (HX229/SC122). Over four days, U-boats mauled the two convoys – heading for Britain from New York – sinking 22 merchant ships.
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