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Old 16-07-2017, 19:00
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Default Submarine Depot ships: spare crew


Just a quick one. On a RN service record for WW2 does being noted down as spare crew on a depot ship mean they actually went on patrols during that time when and where they were needed in that flotilla?



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Default Re: Submarine Depot ships: spare crew

That's exactly what it was for,should anyone not return from shore leave or go sick then a member of Spare Crew would be drafted onto that boat to replace him.I and another submariner were sent down to Portland from Dolphin Spare Crew at very short notice, to replace two men required ashore for an enquiry.The boat came inside the breakwater and the transfer took place.
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