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HMS Snapdragon.  Photos and history of HMS Snapdragon, a Flower Class Naval Sloop of the Royal Navy.  Built by Simons and launched 3rd September 1940, the ship was sunk on the 19th of December 1942.  

A lone bomber dropped its bombs near the ship and missed, however, at least one bomb exploded on hitting the water near to the ship and killed everyone on the bridge including the Captain.  The hull was damaged and the ship sunk

HMS Snapdragon at Beirut 1942.

Sent in by Bernard Huckstep, whose father Joe Huckstep served on this ship.  (see message board below)

Some of the crew of HMS Snapdragon.

Sent in by Bernard Huckstep, whose father Joe Huckstep served on this ship.  (see message board below)

Commander Simms R.N. D.S.O., captain of HMS Snapdragon & Senior Officer 2nd Escort Group with N.O.I.C. at Benghazi.

Sent in by Bernard Huckstep, whose father Joe Huckstep served on this ship.  (see message board below)

Joseph Bertie Huckstep, crew member of HMS Snapdragon.  

Photograph taken somewhere in the Middle East around 1942.  He survived the loss of the Snapdragon.  He has told Bernard Huckstep (his son, who sent in these photos) that a lone bomber dropped its bombs near the ship and missed, however, at least one bomb exploded on hitting the water near to the ship and killed everyone on the bridge including the Captain.  The hull was damaged and the ship sunk  Joseph had to defuse the depth charges to prevent them exploding underwater and killing the survivors of the sinking.  he was picked up by an American MTB.  Fuel oil in the water entered his ear and his hearing was affected for the rest of his life.  He was brought up around Broadstairs in Kent, but lived in Scotland after the war.  He died in 1985.

Commander Simms and Midshipman Dickin from HMS Snapdragon.

Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

Bertram Scarrot of HMS Snapdragon.

Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

Some crew of HMS Snapdragon, including cook Bertram Scarrot (third from left).

Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

Crew members of HMS Snapdragon.

Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

HMS Snapdragon, 1942.  Leading Cook Bertram Scarrot is on the far right of this photo.

Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

HMS Snapdragon (remains of?), Benghazi, 1942.  Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

Bertram Scarrott was a cook on HMS Snapdargon, killed during the air attack of 19th December 1942.

Crew of HMS Snapdragon.

Contributed by Julie Brutnell.

 

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Pedestal Convoy by Anthony Saunders (Y)
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