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D Day 70 – HMS Wager

While HMS Wager and the 27th Destroyer Flotilla were not awarded the Battle Honour NORMANDY 1944 the destroyer, with many other units of the Home Fleet, were at sea in home waters. The Home Fleet was required to be available to intercept any enemy ship interference during the allied landings in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE).

Some 6,000 ships, from battleships to landing craft and fast patrol boats were involved on D Day, landing some 130,000 troops on the five beaches.

That maritime losses on that day, and in the ensuing weeks, were relatively light is, of course, in part owing to the outer screen provided tens and hundreds of miles away from the Normandy coast.

Let’s remember them today.

In July, HMS Wager sailed for the Far East to play a part in the war with Japan. She was at Gibraltar by early August.

Regards,

Lester

Upside Down

Lester May writes:

The strange drinking hours Down Under in 1945 are recorded here (search for ‘Fleet Canteen’) – I remember Dad (Able Seaman (LTO) Wally May) saying that, not only was Sydney on the upside down part of the earth but the bars closed when ours opened and it was the first time he’d seen upside down (drop) handlebars on a bicycle.

So it was all upside down!

Wednesday, 14th Feburary 1945. The caption reads: BEARDED RATINGS of the Royal Navy enjoying their pots of beer at the Naafi Fleet canteen in Goulburn street, Sydney, on its opening night on Saturday. Under supervision of the Naval patrol, sailors will be able to drink between 6pm and 9pm seven nights a week. British sailors who visited the canteen at the weekend voted it first class. The man on the left is AB (LTO) Walter May and a one-badge Leading Seaman, presumably also from HMS Wager, is on the right.
Wednesday, 14th Feburary 1945.

The caption reads: BEARDED RATINGS of the Royal Navy enjoying their pots of beer at the Naafi Fleet canteen in Goulburn street, Sydney, on its opening night on Saturday. Under supervision of the Naval patrol, sailors will be able to drink between 6pm and 9pm seven nights a week. British sailors who visited the canteen at the weekend voted it first class.

The man on the left is AB (LTO) Walter May and a one-badge Leading Seaman, presumably also from HMS Wager, is on the right.