Vous aimez les navires de guerre?

If you like warships…

Souvenirs de guerre

En guise d’intermission avant de poursuivre l’histoire de cet aviateur perdu en mer…

A little intermission before continuing with the story of this pilot lost at sea.

 

Jean-Baptiste Normand Roy

If you like warships…

Go and visit this Website

Allez visiter ce site.

Il est impressionant.

Most impressive!

Ici, on a une photo et une histoire intéressante.

Here’s a photo and the story about that sinking.

On parle de ce navire sur Wikipedia.

The story on Wikipedia.

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August 6th, 1945 Redux

I have something to show you after you read this post I wrote earlier this year.

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Robert Richie died on August 6, 1945. He was an EMc3 aboard SS-332 Bullhead.

You can read my article about him by clicking here.

Donna who had read it wrote a comment. Yesterday she sent me some documents about Robert Ritchie.

I think it is most fitting to post them today.

Discharde papers Robert Ritchie letter of death Robert Ritchie naval letter 2 letter of death Robert Ritchie naval letter 3 Naval Letter 1 RJR Naval Cert

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Robert Ritchie letter 3

Look at the date.

On Eternal Patrol

I am not a Navy man. In fact I don’t swim and I fear water. I almost drowned when I was five years old.

I was always fascinated by the Navy even if my main interest is aviation.

This fascination for stories of the Navy has haunted me since.

I wanted to post this on Rememberance Day but something came up.

Robert Joseph Ritchie is on eternal patrol since 1945.

Robert Ritchie

1925-1945

This young man has been on eternal patrol since August 6th, 1945.

No one will ever lay a wreath on his tomb next November 11th.

wreathThe reason is here…

Next time, I will tell you more about Robert.

Fourth from the left in the top back row

Sometimes we start with a little bit of information like fourth from the left in the top back row.

athab 2

Then this information grows and grows.

Remember, Barry first started with this comment.

Good morning Pierre

I continue to enjoy your blog. Just to identify my father John J. Acorn as being the fourth from the left in the top back row. In the picture Prisoners returning home to Canada. I will be sending you some material within a few days.

Thanks so much for your work on this blog I too can understand some of the hardships that these brave men have experienced in sailing the Oceans of the world during my career as a Master Mariner for 35+ years.

Barry Acorn

Fourth from the left in the top back row…

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Then…

Barry sent more precious artefacts.

This one.

HMCS Digby  Lunenburg 1944 modificationFred Acorn, John’s brother, was with HMCS Digby during WWII.The picture is date 1944.

The caption is unclear, but I believe it should be left to right 3rd row #3.

Fred Acorn 3rd row no 3

Barry sent also this…

The Digby crew list.

HMCS Digby Crew List

And these…

Barry has even more for us.

We Fight as One: the Sequel

From Barry Acorn… after he wrote this comment:

Good morning Pierre

I continue to enjoy your blog . Just to identify my father John J. Acorn as being the fourth from the left in the top back row. In the picture Prisoners returning home to Canada. I will be sending you some material within a few days.

Thanks so much for your work on this blog I too can understand some of the hardships that these brave men have experienced in sailing the Oceans of the world during my career as a Master Mariner for 35+ years.

Barry Acorn

Most precious artefacts!

athab2 pow releasedPicture taken from Yves Dufeil’s Website
John Acorn collection

IMG_0582[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0583[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0586[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0588[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0589[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0590[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0591[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0592[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0593[1]John Acorn’s collection

IMG_0594[1]Letter dated June 24, 1944

John Acorn’s collection

We fight as oneWe Fight as One