Sgt Petts (pic's)

Discussion in 'Your Collectibles' started by sgt petts, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης


    The Footprints On The Sands Of Time has your fathers POW number as 605 (which the author notes is curious without giving a reason why).
  2. David Layne

    David Layne Active Member

    My understanding is that the author of Footprints (Oliver Clutton-Brock) was under the impression that that number was also assigned to another.

    The German method of assigning numbers to P.O.W.'s has always baffled me, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.
  3. digger

    digger Guest


    My father aged 18 in 1941

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  4. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Hi Digger

    thanks for the photo. Can you give us an outline of his service and the ships he served on?
  5. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    I second that! Yes please, Digger!
  6. digger

    digger Guest

    G'day Kyt the pic was taken at Chatham July 1941 when he was 17yrs 7 months old. He served on HMS Campbell Aug 1941-Sept 1944 escorting coastal and Russian convoys then part of the escort for the 2nd wave on D Day. He then came to Australia on the Dominion Monarch as part of the BPF and posted to MONAB1 HMS Nabbington (now Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross) Nowra NSW taking his discharge at HMS Drake in Sydney NSW 1946. Precise dates I'll have to look up as he's with his rellies in Scotland at the moment

  7. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Quite a history for HMS Campbell according to a quick google. Channel Dash, Russian convoys and returning to port with stern mostly submerged from torpedo hit.
  8. spidge

    spidge Active Member

  9. digger

    digger Guest

    Thanks Spidge I was going to put that pic in along with a story dad told me when they were in Grimsby having a boiler clean. He never said much and still doesn't about his service but now and then something will jog his memory and a story will emerge. He told me this one when I was about 8-9y.o one Anzac Day.
    An Admiralty type came for a ship's inspection and dad being an Oerlikon gunner had loaded his gun with all tracer so he could see where his shots were going. When the inspecting officer saw this he tore strips off dad because the official load was 1 tracer per 5 rounds as tracer wore the barrels out quicker, so dad and his loader had to unload all the mags from his ready use locker and reload as prescribed by officialdom. His Lt gave him a wink as they departed and once the inspector had left dad's Lt came back and told him to carry on as he had been before being told off, so dad and his loader then went back to full tracer loads, which made more sense especially when under air attack during the day.

  10. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    It really is good that this info is readily available on the net.
  11. DFC

    DFC New Member

    Great Photo .Commissioned Airgunner pathfinder Badge and DFC and Air crew Europe star by look of it I would be proud
    Cheers AJ :clap2:

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