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Old 5th November 2017, 19:59
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline  
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75th anniversary of the sinking of HMS HECLA

The destroyer depot ship HMS HECLA was torpedoed ten minutes before midnight on the 11th November 1942.

Armistice Day is the 75th anniversary of her loss and I am telling the stories of the men on HECLA on this page: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/survivors.html

Three are still alive.

Does your family have a story to tell?

558 survivors were rescued by by my father's wartime destroyer and the story of the rescue is told in Chapter 13 of A HARD FOUGHT SHIP: THE STORY OF HMS VENOMOUS published in May this year.

Bill Forster
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Old 13th April 2019, 18:56
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline  
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It's ages since I posted on this site but I think an update is long overdue:

1. The V & W Destroyer Association was dissolved at Derby in April 2017 BUT
2. The V & W destroyers continue to sail through time and space on the WWW

3. Lt Cdr John Manners RN (Ret) is still mentally alert at the age of 104 and is probably the only CO of a wartime destroyer alive today. Read his story here: http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org...roy/index.html

4. Finally, there are only 63 copies left of the 3rd edition of A HARD FOUGHT SHIP: THE STORY OF HMS VENOMOUS (2017) so if you want a copy get it now!

See: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.c.../Contents.html

Bill Forster (aka "Venomous Bill")
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