Comment made about MTB 622
He had only joined 622 one month before, having transferred from Peter Scott’s boat SGB9 Grey Goose, with which he had served since she was commissioned.
Dad was an anti-aircraft gunner and the after action report states that 622 was caught in a crossfire, was burning fiercely and sinking by the stern. She was last seen sinking with all guns firing at the enemy ships and so he would have been at his post to the last (he couldn’t swim so managed to cling to wreckage). I would guess that the other survivors were also mainly on top deck. Harry Leader was badly burned rescuing his mate who was stuck in a hatch as 622 sank and the skipper Frank Carr, a pre-war racing driver also survived though he was committed to a mental hospital in France following a nervous breakdown that Harry told me had been brought on by the loss of so many of his crew. He survived the war and had a garage business somewhere near Gatwick Airport (Harry told me that he had passed the garage almost daily when driving his cab down to the airport, and hadn’t realised until Frank Carr died)
In January 1945, in the worst winter on record, the inmates form Stalag VIIIb were marched away from the Russians as they advanced. They were given no warning, were not issued with rations or warm clothing and were marched westward until they were overrun by the Americans in April. Many died on the march through dysentery, starvation, other diseases and of course as the result of enemy action (many were shot for falling behind or sitting to relieve themselves as a result of the dysentery or probably eating things like frozen turnips and other things that were found on the march.
He survived until March 1971 and would have been 92 on this day (July 2) had he survived.