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63.
Nov. 12, 2017

My father's cousin, Tom Sheppy, (now aged 93, in good health and living near Ledbury, Herefordshire) served on HMS Indefatigable in WWII. He takes part in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ledbury each 11 November, wearing his medals. He has albums full of photographs and memorabilia and has an excellent memory. He doesn't have a computer, but if anyone remembers him and feels like getting in touch, please e-mail me and I will pass it on.

Valerie Rosendorff


62.
Sept. 10, 2017

Regarding messages requesting information on the HMS Indefatigable, the private papers, letters and photographs of the ship's chaplain during WWII, Clifton Gardner, are available in the archives of Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada (where I am Professor Emerita). Could you please share this information via your
message board?

Here is the link to a detailed description of the collection:

http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/trincms/ckeditor/ckfinder/userfiles/files/GARDNER%20F2330(1).pdf

Email for further info is ask.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca

Best wishes,
Helen Lenskyj


61.
Aug. 17, 2017

I'm trying to find some information on my grandfather, Joseph (Joe) Richard Benjamin Taylor, he served as a gunner on the Indefatigable, I know he was aboard during the Kamikaze hit. He died in 69' when my father was young, my nana recently passed away, but didn't speak of him much so I have no stories and only one photograph. I would love it if anyone could share info, I have tried countless ancestry sites, but keep coming up with dead ends with such a common name, even if he is just remembered by someone I would be happy!
Any help would be really appreciated. 

Eleanor Taylor


60.
Oct. 2, 2016

I wonder if there is any one out there who has any recollection of 1770 Naval Air Squadron Sdn. Commander Major V. B. G. Cheesman, RM during WWII? The reason I ask is that from 1954  to 1961 he was my immediate boss in the the Animal Feedingstuffs Company in which we both were employed. I would very much like to make contact with anyone who has first hand knowledge of this remarkable man. Many thanks in anticipation of a reply.

Yours truly,
Roger Sykes
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK


59.
Sept. 11, 2016

It is with interest I have read your message board. I served on board H.M.S. Indefatigable from 1943 to 1946 and was in all the actions she was in.

Serving abord the H.M.S. INDEFATIGABLE from 1943 to 1946 we had many exciting trips to RUSSIA as Escort for the Convoys to Murmansk and in 2014 much to my surprise I recieved a letter from the Russian Federation that I will be awarded the Ushakov Medal for veterans of the Arctic Convoys it was an Honour to recive it of which I am proud of and I hope that my shipmates also recived the same>

The Battle at Okinwa was the hardest, we called it Operation Iceberg and we sailed to the island of OKINAWA to support the Amercan Marines. I was on H.M.S. Indefatigable and we was sending our aircraft up to support the Fleet it was the Greatest CARRIER FORCE ever known the British Pacific Fleet many will say that we was not there as it was not our war Zone but I can tell you we was there. It was April the 1st 1945 and the might of the British Navy was there we was called The Forgotton Fleet our Pilots the brave of the Brave flew there planes up into attack an enemy who fought different tactics there was the Kamikaze Planes who crashed onto the decks of our Aircraft Carriers of which I was a witness too as we was hit on that morning but lucky be it we had Amour Plated Flight Decks and we carried on with the attacks and no stopping and many of the other ships was also hit my Squadron was 894 and 887 combind into the 24TH FIGHTER WING many of your family also fought in this battle.

Andy Anderson


58.
May 12, 2016

Am looking for some information about a great uncle of mine James Henry Quick. I believe he served aboard HMS Indefatigable. His rank, Commissioned Boatswain. Date of Appointed, 24 February 1911. Date of Birth: June 5th 1877. He survived the War and died in 1965 aged 87. Would be very much obliged if you can give me any information about his service record.

Many thanks,
Roger Batten


57.
Mar. 16, 2016

I am currently researching the life and service of Lieutenant Dennis Levitt. DSC, RNVR He was a Firefly Pilot of some distinction and an original member 1770 Squadron. Dennis took part in the Attacks on the TIRPITZ, and was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his Gallantry. Sadly Dennis and his Navigator were shot down and killed off Palembang in 1945, having taken three Japanese planes with them over the course of operations there.

I wonder if any former crew members, or family of these crew members know anything of Dennis, or perhaps have a photo of him either singularly or in a group. Any information would be greatly appreciated

Yours sincerely,
Michael J. Charteris
Ex R.A.N


56.
Feb. 26, 2016

I was a bugler on the Indefatigable during Jim Adams time on the ship (message 29). I remember when the King died. I had to sound 'clear lower decks' when the crew mustered in the upper hanger where the Captain gave us the news. I'm now 82 so my memory is not that good regarding names. I live in Australia, but have very fond memories of Weymouth, that's where my late wife came from. With regards to message 44 (Al Johnston) who was also on the Indefatigable it brought back memories of runs ashore in Aahus (Denmark). I also served on the Newcastle from 1955 to 1957 commission into Far East. You can let Carl Johnston that I can vaguely remember Al.

Cheers,
Dave Harrop
RM8844


55.
Nov. 21, 2015

My dad, Jim Mitchell, was a stoker on the Indefatigable from 1944/1946. I knew very little regarding his service apart from the family in Sydney he stayed with called The Hopwoods. I would be grateful for any information. He was James Langlands Mitchell, from Dundee, Scotland.

Ruby


54.
Nov. 6, 2015

Is there anybody who served on this ship still out there. Especially those who were in the tea hut when the Kamikaze plane struck.

Cheers,
Kenneth Bailey


53.
June 11, 2015

My grandad was on HMS Inefatigable, he is still here and has many memories. There were a few people who are on here who wanted some information that he may be able to help with. He has an amazing album full of pictures. He is suffering from dementia and these are some of the only memories he has. But he is very fond of them. My grandad is Arthur Gay known as "Happy Gay"  He is bottom row 3rd man in. If he can be of any use to anyone please get in touch. He has many great stories.

Katy Gay

 

52.
Oct. 28, 2014

My Dad was William Rowson, he served on the Indefatigable during the Second World War. Dad was a seaman Gunner mostly on the Pom Poms, I am sorry to say that Dad passed away on the 19/10/2014 at the grand old age of ninety. I myself followed in his footsteps and joined the Royal Navy in 1974. I have all Dads old cuttings and medals from his time as a matelot and along with the rest of the family I miss being able to listen to his old Sea Stories. My Dad always said he loved his time on the Indefatigable and being part of the Pacific Fleet even through the bad times when around Japan. Dad will be sorely missed by us all, but is now sailing on calmer waters.

Colin Rowson


51.
Sept. 5, 2014

I am searching for information on my cousins Uncle. His name was Kenneth Onion from Bradford, Yorkshire and served on HMS indefatigable, he died at the age of 21 on the 1st of April 1945. Can you pass on the message to any person serving at the same time and if they knew him. Looking at the information on your web sight it looks like he was killed on a Kamikaze hit. It would be nice to know if anyone remembers him and what he was like.

Regards,
Julie Hall

Reply 1
Nov. 29, 2015

I saw Julie Hall's post about Ken Onion, from Bradford and that she was seeking information. My grandfather has just passed, but during the war Ken was his best friend. I'm wondering if you could pass on my message and see if she found anything about him, or my grandfather William Stanley Barras (known as Stan). All I know regarding Ken is that my grandfather respected him a lot, and used to dedicate every remembrance day to him. If my grandfather felt like that about him then he must have been a good and brave man.

Thanks,
Katie Farrar


50.
July 11, 2014

My father in law served on the above ship during the Second World War and we are having difficulty in finding anything out as he passed away a few years ago. If you could tell us anything his name is Keith Roy Wood.

Regards,
Stewart Hand




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