The Flag ship of the British Pacific Fleet ; HMS King George V exits operation Iceberg after ten weeks of constant fighting around Okinawa and surrounding islands ( Google Operation Iceberg for info)
I was pleased to be having time off from my precarious unenviable action station on the open to anything coming our way- the Air defence position where below our guns waited poised from the constant attacks by visiting Kamikazes.
On many occasions"the Brown trousers seemed imminent'. But I was convinced I was too young to die, there were far too many more exciting things for me to achieve before that happened.
Our ship had sailed North from Sydney Australia in February 1945 in company with other ships of the British pacific fleet.
On leaving Op Iceberg our ship and escorting destroyers called into Guam (Marianas) the US Navy Base where we were entertained on the beach with three cans of beer each and the US Battleship Missouri presented us with an Ice cream machine which burned out shortly after with over usage. leaving Guam we sailed for Sydney arriving Tues June 5 where we replenished and reammunitioned the ship for our final three months of the war . which fortunately for us ended in August with the Atom bombs being the deciding factor.
Yep all I got from that ice cream machine was one watery dollop.
If you are ever going to see a rainbow, you have to stand a little rain.
Vest, back soon.