The Life and Death of HMS "Bullen": Memories of Some Survivors

 
9780907322702: The Life and Death of HMS
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A warship built in the U.S.A. under 'Lease Lend' for the Royal Navy she was classed as a 'Destroyer Escort' and re-classed in the Royal Navy as a 'Frigate'.

As with many warships in WW2 she was 'manned' with Men and Boys many of whom together with the ship lasted less than 12 months.

The 'Boys' became 'Men' in that short time and many were wounded and died for freedom and their country. As in the previous book by the author 'Last But Not Least' which was about a 'sister' ship these are personal memories of some survivors with illustrations and photographs from the author's collection.

The author a Battle of the Atlantic veteran was 18 years old at that time, serving on HMS CARRON a destroyer protecting special convoys.

He retains his connection with the Royal Navy by being a volunteer working on the historic warship HMS BELFAST at London Bridge and he has also volunteered on HMS CAVALIER at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent.

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HMS Bullen, a US-built "Captain" Class frigate K 469 was commissioned on 25. 10. 1943 and torpedoed off Cape Wrath by U775 at 0950 on 06. 12. 1944. She broke in two and sank about two hours later. Her Captain, Lt-Cdr A.H. Parish RN was lost with 71 of his crew, while 97 survivors were picked up by two other RN ships in company, HMS Goodall and HMS Hesperus. The book is a collection of memories by survivors and crew members of the other ships present at the incident, (including the author) and concludes with a letter from former Torpedo Mechanic Alex Hubner, who fired the fatal torpedo from U775.

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