July 2019: I have had a note from Mark Redford, but you have the wrong email published???
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I changed emails quite a while back, one linked to other, but seem to have lost all my old contacts, especially HMS Kite
Welcome to my site for
HMS Kite. I hope this makes it easy for you to find the information
which brought you to these pages in the first place. You will find
links to all the relevant pages here.
"That when war comes to a country there is only one course for its people to take, and that is to fight as hard as they can until it is won... or lost. That it is necessary for the sacrifice, the unselfish and continuing effort and the heroism of deliberate courage to be recorded so that it cannot ever be forgotten. That the strain, discomfort and boredom which are the three predominant factors in modern warfare cannot be brought into their true perspective in a book of this kind, or it would be so long and dull that nobody would read it. That there is no glory to be had out of war that cannot be had out of some greater and more creative enterprise. That nothing will ever compensate us for the men we have lost, not even the way so many of them died. They were ready to die because they wanted to save their children and their children’s children from future wars. The least and the most that any of us can do is to devote ourselves to finding a complete and lasting peace, and then to maintaining it with all our energy."
Lt Comdr Peter Scott. The Battle Of The Narrow Seas. 1945.
|October 2009. UK TV Channel 4
ran a series of documentaries on the Battle of the Atlantic. And never
has such drivel been written about this than anywhere else! According to the
programme makers the Americans deciphered Enigma (Tell that to the code breakers at
Bletchley Park from where we passed on all relevant intercepts to the
Americans). Also the claim that Americans invented the Hunter Killer Group and,
along with the Canadians, won the Battle of the Atlantic!
Mind blowing rubbish! Captain Johnnie Walker RN, not even mentioned in the programme, was the successful 'inventor' of this concept. He operated his highly successful Group (2nd Support Group) whilst the Americans sat on their fun fairs on Coney Island, eating their hot dogs, being watched by the very U Boat commanders, loitering offshore, on the surface, that the Americans had supposedly vanquished. Indeed, it was Bletchley Park who warned the USA that several U Boats were even then en-route to the Eastern Seaboard to attack US shipping, the Americans (namely Admiral King) did nothing! And 500 ships and crews were lost as a direct consequence. If this programme is an example of the Channel 4 researchers, they should be sacked as completely trivialising the role played by the Royal Navy, The Merchant Navy and our own Code Breakers. The whole programme was a complete fabrication from beginning to end. The USA's major contribution to the Atlantic was the supply of merchant vessels for which we, in the UK, are eternally grateful. The war at sea from the US point of view was the Pacific Theatre. The US Intelligence was cracking the Japanese Naval codes (at times), but nerver ever cracked the german codes.
12th February 2006
Saturday 14th March 2009
At 1435 hrs, Reg Holmes died. RIP Reg
Tuesday 30th June 2009
His daughter has emailed me to inform me that the last survivor of HMS Kite. Lionel Irish, passed away on this date
This site is done in my own time and with my own money. I do not insist that everything is 100% but I try my damndest to get it right.
Robb Webb is one of the son's of survivor Frank Webb. He lives in Calgary,