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Old 29-12-2012, 13:31
Mike H Mike H is offline
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Default Submarine Service WW II

Hi everyone,
I have had help in researching my fathers Naval Service. I have found that he served in the mediteranean ( Egypt, Malta,) on warships. I was recently told by my father's sister that he was also on a submarine and that they had to stay under for a long period and some men went a little crazy. Was it normal to move between types? His service record just identifies service in Egypt.
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Old 29-12-2012, 23:05
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Default Re: Submarine Service WW 11

I think that the confusion is over the record of Phoenix on the service record. Phoenix was a submarine but had been lost before the date showing your father being attached to her. There was however an aircraft repair yard in Egypt also called HMS Phoenix and I believe that it is probably the latter to which your father belonged.
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Old 30-12-2012, 03:19
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Default Re: Submarine Service WW 11

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I think that the confusion is over the record of Phoenix on the service record. Phoenix was a submarine but had been lost before the date showing your father being attached to her. There was however an aircraft repair yard in Egypt also called HMS Phoenix and I believe that it is probably the latter to which your father belonged.
I should think that anybody serving in a submarine during WW2 had every reason to go 'a little crazy'. It is hard to imagine the terror of the prospect of being depth charged.

On a couple of occasions when away from Naval bases and a submarine was berthed alongside it was common practice to move aside in the bathrooms or suspend one's ablutions, to give the submariners priority use of the facilities. It was recognised that their needs were far greater than ours.
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Old 30-12-2012, 11:03
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Mike, it may also be that your father was in a submarine `in transit' from Malta to Gib / Egypt. Many `surface ship' naval men were in submarines such as OLYMPUS etc.

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