Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Britain At War magazine include HMS Battler photos in their Salerno feature

I recently got a nice email from Martin at Britain At War Magazine ( He had found the HMS Battler photos I have uploaded to Flickr (300 photos of HMS Battler are here and asked if the magazine could use a couple of them for a forthcoming feature they were running on Salerno.

I was happy to oblige as the purpose of doing this is to share the information I have inherited with as wider audience as possible. Martin also sent me the August issue (on sale now) so I could see the excellent Salerno article they produced and a few scans showing the contributed images (and the kind credit) are below:

Britain At War magazine August issue scans (click for larger images)

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Photos from Caddie Noakes and request for information on squadron 833?

Caddie Noakes' grandfather served on HMS Battler (21st sep 1943 - 4th Aug 1944) and Caddie has emailed me with some photos. Caddie also wondered if anyone give more information on what happened to Squadron 833? If you have any information please either post it here or email it to me and I will forward it on.

Caddie's grandfather told a story about going up in a plane with a flight engineer and a camera. Whilst he was up the ship was sunk and they had to fly to land. The planes occupants were the only survivors. Does anyone have any more information on this?

Thank you for emailing and sending these photos.

Photo of ships company and list of places visited - from Pete Andrews

I was really pleased to receive an email from Pete Andrews. He said his father served on HMS Battler and he has sent me some material to include here.

The first item is a photo that shows the ships company in Pasgagula, Mississippi as they got ready for HMS Battler's first voyage from the USA to the UK.
(Click picture to see a bigger image)

His father also recorded the places that HMS Battler visited:

It's great to hear from other people who had relatives on board and I will continue to post other information or material that I get sent.

Thank you Pete.