Interested in the Fleet Air Arm ?
Visit web sites which will be of interest to all who served in a Carrier or a Squadron
Or in setting up a Aircraft Carrier Museum on board HMS Vengeance visit
The MONAB Story
See Tony Drury's interesting web site about the Mobile Naval Air Bases of the Royal Navy at
Also, look out for the sister web site to the MONAB Story,
`The British Pacific & East Indies Fleets Web site' at
Both the above sites form part of Tonys larger parent site 'The Royal Navy Research Archive'
a non profit organisation hosting a variety of RN historical web pages and articles .
Contact Tony at email@example.com
Did You Attend ?
This invitation, found while sorting out
his mother-in-law's papers, was forwarded by Eddie Calvert
who served as an EM in HMS Indefatigable 1950-1952. He then served in Submarines.
Eddie now lives in New Zealand and is Editor of "Up Periscope", New Zealand Branch of the Sumariners Association .
Eddie can be contacted at:
Post War Memories of John Dent
John Joined HMS Indefatigable from HMS
Victory Brracks, Portsmouth
for training on 29th August 1951 and left the ship on 3rd January 1952.
During training, he sailed across to
France to go on visits to the Normandy Beaches
- the extent of his first adventure to sea.
OKINAWA VISITED IN 2010
Chairman of the HMS Indefatigable Association
Geordie Colling - Ex HMS Indefatigable with his Okinawa Commemorative Medal.
Geordie was a
member of the Association of Mariners Inc. and purchased this 50th Anniversary
commemorative medal from the Association of Mariners at GPO Box 925, Brisbane, Qld.
DO YOU REMEMBER ???
Royal Marine George Hedgecock 10943 - 1947
George is 85 years of age and
reminisces about that time
in his life and what became of the many marines from
268 H.O. Squadron that passed for duty and were posted
to HMS Indefatigable at Clydebank.
Many of the Squad were on the first commission, Home Fleet.in The East Indies
and finally, the British Pacific Fleet.
George feels that this poem, sent to
him in 1944, is as apt
today as it was in 1944.
Per Mare Per Terram:
They fight on land and on the sea
And by their deeds of gallantry
Have won a proud and honoured place
in the laurels of our race
These fine men
The Royal Marines
Anyone wishing to contact George can email his son, Martin Hedgecock on
Ian Menzies, Lofty,
Upper Hanger Deck,
Jellicoe 207 Class
Oct 1951 March 1952
Drafted several decks down to ships
company through to Sept 1953.
Did M/B crew, Tel Exchange, Side party, etc.
Reached the giddy height of A.B.
Ring any bells, anyone ?
Alfred served in HMS Indefatigable during
He was a Chief Petty Officer and came from Wolverhampton. His granddaughter would like to know more about his service career as he died when she was very young. She would like to be able to put something together about what he did and where he went. If you can help, please email his granddaughter Michelle at
Gerry served in HMS Indefatigable during the
Pacific Operations in WW2.
He was a Able Seaman and would be glad to hear from anyone who remembers him. He is now 76, living in Fife, Scotland, and in good health. Anyone wishing to contact him can email his granddaughter Sally Wilkinson at
James Harris Smith
James served in HMS Indefatigable during the
Pacific Operations until the end of the war.
He was a Royal Marine from Birmingham and was most probably better known as Jim. He is now 83 and not in the best of health. His son Peter Smith would like to hear from anyone who knew his father so that he could pass on any messages or memories.
William (Bob) Hurley
Bob served in HMS Indefatigable during WW2.
Bob's granddaughter would be pleased to pass on any news or messages
for him, maybe even meet up with some pals.
If you knew Bob, or knew of him, please contact his granddaughter, Teresa Long.
The late Roy Webster served with 894 Squadron
in HMS Indefatigable
in 1944 - 1946 - he was probably a Air Frame Fitter.
If you knew Roy, or knew of him, please contact Roy's son Adam at
Ernest Albert Cracknell (Ernie)
`Ernie` Cracknell (Centre) served with
887 Squadron and was a Petty Officer in Indefatigable.
Ernie stayed in Australia after the war and married Sharon Ewins's grandmother.
If you knew Ernie or can recognise either of the other two sailors in the photograph, please contact Ernie's granddaughter, Sharon Ewin at
James served in Indefatigable and was a
Devonport rating (DJX 909716). He will be 70 in June.
If you knew James or can recognise either of the two smart sailors in the photograph, please contact his daughter, Andrina at
Peter Ducker and Shipmates
Peter now lives in Elanora -
Queensland - Australia
If you knew Peter, or recognise any of the above please contact me at
Reg Agamber's son has provided these picture of his father, Reg, who served in the ship with 1770 Squadron
Gordon served in 820 Squadron on board
HMS Indefatigable (also on HMS Queen & 855 Sqdn in 1941).
His daughterAnne Richards would like anyone who served with her late father to get in touch with her.
Gordon's 820 Squadron shipmates - HMS Indefatigable - BPF
Ron Taplin - Fleet Air Arm
Ron with friend in Australia 1946
Ron Taplin, who was a Dubliner who served on the ship during WW2. When he died his son Ian discovered a photo album with pictures of when the ship was in Australia. Ian would love to hear from anyone that knew his father.
Also from Ron's album
2 Shipmates ashore 'Marine Stupid and friend S/Lt Jack or Jock Holares
Walter Kemp - FX 589599
Walter (with his 'cuppa and a bun' )
served in HMS Indefatigable in the BPF during WW2.
Taken when in Indefatigable, this picture subsequently appeared in the Tit Bits magazine on 12th February 1955.
Walter lived in Hull and died 19.3.1951
If you knew Walter, his daughter Kay, who lives in Canada, would love to hear from you. Please contact her at:-
The Laying up of the Ship's Battle Ensign and Dedication of the Standard of H.M.S. Indefatigable Association took place on the 3rd September 1989 at St. Giles in the Fields, Holborn, London.
Passing through the Suez Canal December 1944
In Rangitoto Channel New Zealand 1945
Preparing Dressing Lines in Sydney Harbour - 1945
Post War trooping Run
Church Service and Divisions on the flight deck on a Post War run to the Far East 1945
(Photos kindly provided by ex Shipmate Len Wheeler)
From Richard Tilley
Have just found your website, and can add a small
detail to the 25/4/46 voyage to the Far East. In addition to the Bush Brides, she also
carried a few service families to Australia. My Father was SVSO grade with the Admiralty
Victualling Dept, and was based in Sydney.
My mother and I (aged 7) were on board. I seem to remember being quartered port side aft by the 4.5 guns, and also having toothache and a visit to the dentist. From surviving letters I gather the food onboard compared rather more than favourably with UK rations, one abiding memory was the tea with condensed milk, for ever after known as Indefatigable tea - ugh ugh.
The Biscay crossing was quite rough except when we went astern and dumped surplus aircraft over the bow. She did not call at Gibraltar or Malta, first stop Port Tewfik, I have a couple of photos taken in the canal. Unfortuneately we were put ashore at PT, my Father had been posted from Sydney to Malta, so we did not reach Oz. I still have a felt pennant with the ship's crest printed on it
Regards, Richard Tilley.
Lucky and not so lucky escapes
(photos provided by the proud daughter of
ex shipmate Len Walden)
Len's daughter has some more interesting photos at
http://kykdesigns.s5.com/index.html See the Customs pages
Situated at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, Western Australia
Photo supplied by Mr. Jim Forgham, W.A.
Fly past over USS Missouri in September 1945
Anzac Day Parade - Sydney April 25 2002
Ron Gilmore leading - then two standard bearers & behind
L to R George Winch, Tom Fawcey, Ron Archell, Wally Sole, Peter Ducker and Danny Evans
Transferred to HMS Implacable before Indefatigable came home after WW2
From: "Chalky WHITE" firstname.lastname@example.org
I joined this wonderful ship as a Boy Seaman from HMS St Vincent in late 1953 early 54. My impression on being taken out to her in Portland Harbour by MFV and entering the large hangar which was sectioned off into Mess Decks is as vivid to me today as it was then. I can only liken it to a person entering the vastness of a cathedral having not been in one before. This is remembering that I was a boy from the wilds of Surrey and had no experience of the sea let alone blinkin' great ships!!
When we were crossing the Bay of Biscay on the Spring Cruise, (Casablanca was the first Port I ever visited), my Class manned the starboard sea boat and when being lowered the after fall broke/uncoupled/or whatever, tossing all us boys into the sea. My pal Howard Nichols drifted away and was picked up by the attendant destroyer (name unknown) but I think the rest of us managed to climb back up the lifelines. I remember another mate Johnny Gore was treading on my head as we went up the same lifeline. Happy Days! As I say I still have vivid memories of this wonderful ship, some as clear today as they were so many years ago, another which springs to mind is the sea flooding into the cable deck.
Tell you what I wish I was viewing that right now!
All the Best,
Chalky, ( I was Knocker in those days of course).
(For info - Readers may be interested to know that Chalky has produced a brilliant web site - http://pages.britishlibrary.net/chalkywhite - about HMS Broadwater, a Destroyer sunk by U-101 in 1941).
As a Postscript, through the determined efforts of Chalky, a Memorial Plaque to those who perished in the ship on the 18th October 1941 was unveiled in Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex at a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on the 18th October 2002 attended by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
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