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tim lewin
23-10-2007, 05:44
I have in my possession a painting given to my father of great significance in my family history. In the winter of 1944 Winston Churchill returned from the conference with Stalin and FDR in Tehran via Morocco where he took some time to convalesce from pneumonia. Feeling he needed to be back at teh helm in London He asked the RN to bring him back. The battleship KG5 was sent with an escort of Tribals, Ashanti and HMCS Athabaskan. Returning across the continental shelf of the Bay of Biscay into the teeth of a NE gale WSC kept KG5 pressing on at 28 knots. The destroyers had a hard time of it and suffered extensive damage to their hull plating, Ashanti was found to have a third of her length forrard stove into corrugations between the frames. 14 days in dry dock was needed to replate and a weeks leave was given to each watch. My father called my mother, a radar instructor in the WRNS and proposed that their oft discussed wedding should take place asap. He father was rector of Sigglesthornme in Yorkshire so this was not impossible, thus the following weekend they were married, it was Vanentines Day 1944. Here is some detail from John Hamilton's picture....