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Old 28-05-2017, 18:15
David Goodey David Goodey is offline
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Havock Book. After 40 years of gathering information on and off I have finally got it into print (with the help of Richard Osborne as co-author). My father served on Havock for three years getting off just a few months before her loss. The book is called 'A Destroyer at War' The Fighting life and Loss of HMS Havock from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean 1939-1942 (Frontline Books. Also available on Amazon from Sept 30, 2017). She had eleven battle honours and an interesting demise. Her crew were interned by the Vichy French in the Algerian desert camp at Laghouat under appalling conditions. The Court Martial of Lt Cdr Watkins is a very interesting read. She was a very hardworking and well known destroyer and deserves this memorial for those who died in her and the many that she saved. The book includes inputs from 32 of her crew including First Lieutenant John Burfield and Midshipman (later Captain) Derek Napper through his Midshipman's Log.
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Old 15-09-2017, 21:39
Iain Havock Iain Havock is offline
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Wow! I can't wait to read this book. I grew up with my Grandfather's stories of being habitually nearly sunk. Yet he served on HMS Havock between 1937- 1941, so if it was described as 'Britain's No 2 Destroyer' it must of had some victories.
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Old 22-09-2017, 04:30
Kevin Denlay Kevin Denlay is offline
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Looking forward to reading it David. Well done on resurrecting a slice of - what looks like will be - exciting history of one of 'the little boys'! (As the Yanks at times referred to their WWII destroyers.)
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:46
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Destroyer at War, history of HMS Havock now on sale and selling well.
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Old 12-10-2017, 14:44
tim lewin tim lewin is offline
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wonderful, I shall get one; I knew Derek Napper, he was a friend of my parents, they both lived close to Woodbridge in retirement. He suffered a horrible injury later in his career when he was QD officer in a towing exercise (A cruiser I believe) the tow snapped and the hawser recoiled across the QD shattering Derek's leg. in his youth he had also been a keep rugger player which is possibly how he and dad first met.
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Old 13-10-2017, 07:44
David Goodey David Goodey is offline
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I visited Derek at Melton many times. His Middie log covering his period in Havock is a must read history (all in the book). The book has inputs from 32 of the crew which I collected from 1980 onwards. It also has interesting chapters on the crew's incarceration in Laghouat POW camp in Algeria and a very interesting Court Martial for her last Captain Robin Watson. Hope you enjoy it. Amazon ran out and have had to top up.
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Old 17-10-2017, 07:39
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book duly ordered, thanks for bringing it to general attention. Looking forward to reading.....
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Roger that, also ordered!
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