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Doc Vernon
3rd July 2018, 09:26 PM
This is the story of my rescue, together with 46 other men, from one of five rafts in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was in February 1944. My ship, SS
Fort Buckingham
had been sunk some two weeks earlier (the night of 20 January) by the German U-boat U-188, 500 miles west of the Laccadive Islands. The ship sank in less than six minutes, before any lifeboats could be launched. Thirty-eight men were lost as the ship sank, including all the officers other than the Chief Engineer.

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Caroline Steven
19th September 2018, 08:36 AM
Thank you Doc Vernon, for the account of your experience. I am amazed at how your rescue was accomplished, and sorry for all those that died.

happy daze john in oz
20th September 2018, 06:26 AM
This like so many other stories must be recorded for all to read.
They must be there so that future generations can hopefully come to understand what war was like and how so many went through such terriible experiences.

These are the men who fought for our freedom and must never be forgotten.

Evan Lewis
6th October 2018, 01:55 AM
Re. Posts 1&2.
With all due respects Vernon.
i very much doubt you were part of the episode described.

Doc Vernon
6th October 2018, 02:14 AM
Evan
Of course I was not this is an Article from The Peoples War !
And an Error on my part for giving a Thanks ,misread by the Lady and me !
Thank you pointing this out.
Cheers

Doc Vernon
6th October 2018, 02:16 AM
Thank you Doc Vernon, for the account of your experience. I am amazed at how your rescue was accomplished, and sorry for all those that died.

If this was meant to me I am sorry that you may have read it as such,it is in fact an Article from a Story of The Peoples War
Sorry I gave a Thanks it was not meant as such toward me but towards the Men in the Story
Cheers


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j.sabourn
6th October 2018, 04:41 AM
If there is anyone on site who has dealt with survivors would be interesting to know if they made the same observations as I did. Those not injured seemed to be on high dough and wanted to talk to someone to explain what they had been through and were a bit of a pain in The ass they seemed unconcerned that it was a continuing endeavour. I think this level of high excitement , probably due to the fact they were still alive must have worn out before the depression set in. When I and others of similar age group first went to sea anyone over 24 years of age had in all probability been at sea during the war years , and yet they seemed uncomfortable about talking about it and rarely brought the subject up. And yet they probably at the time exuded the same symptoms as stated. Shock and it’s after effects have no doubt been studied by the shrinks, but will be hard for people not there writing about from a third party perspective. So people have to use their own imagination as to the state of mind of some of these survivors. JWS

happy daze john in oz
6th October 2018, 05:49 AM
During WW1 my grandfather, ships engineer, spent four days on a life raft when his ship was sunk by enemy action.

Yet in all the years |I knew him, up to the age of about 24, I never heard him speak of it.

My grand mother said he told her at the time but that was it, he did not want to relive the story again.