0900 hrs

⁃    It becomes apparent that the attack is failing and the command is giving to prepare to withdraw.

⁃    Doc Alexander wrote: “A French hospital ship pulled alongside us and we loaded a few of our casualties on it and it pulled away.

⁃    “Dive bombing was added to our bombardment and three huge black German aircraft flew straight at us and when only a short distance away released aerial torpedoes. I was on the cat walk facing them and saw three which went in front of the ship. Timmy Cameron was on the rear of the boat and saw two go behind it.

⁃    “We gradually drifted away from shore. Our engines were running but we could not steer it. The Locust drew up beside us and we transferred to her, what casaulties we had left, she tried to tow us, but failed, then came along side and tied up to us and due to the fact that a Marine Sargeant had been able to start our motors, we could travel if the Locust steered us.

⁃    “All our Naval Crew were gone, but one, and another who had gone overboard but had swum back and took charge of the boat, all our Gunners were dead and our guns were all out of action. We were a complete derelict. We could see a T.L.C. Burning on the shore, and I saw another sink. The smoke stack and bridge of our boat was blow away, the hull was riddled with holes large and small – thirty-three holes were registered by direct hits from large guns – and I have no idea how many were there from small ones.”

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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