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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Bonaventure These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.
Ord.Sea. John George Chisholm HMS Bonaventure (d.31st Mar 1941)My cousin, Jackie Chisholm, was an only child and volunteered 14 March 1938, aged 16, unbeknownst to his parents. His training was aboard the HMS Caledonia at Rosyth, and after serving as a Boy 1 on board the Drake and Hermes, he joined the Bonaventure in May 1940 as an Ordinary Seaman.
The Bonaventure was torpedoed and sunk south of Crete on 31st March 1941 with many lives lost. Jackie's name is on Plymouth Naval War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe, dedicated to sailors who have been lost at sea. He was 19 years old when he died.Sue Holland
Lt.Comm. Ian Edward Fraser VC. HMS SahibIan Edward Fraser was born in Ealing, London. After working on merchant ships and serving in the Royal Naval Reserve, he joined the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the Second World War. Whilst serving on the submarine HMS Sahib in 1943, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for "bravery and skill in successful submarine patrols." In 1944, at age 24, he became a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve, and volunteered to serve on the X craft midget submarine depot ship HMS Bonaventure from 7 November 1944 to July 1945.
The citation for his VC was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 13th November 1945 and reads: "The King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Victoria Cross for valour to: Lieutenant Ian Edward Fraser, D.S.C., R.N.R. Lieutenant Fraser commanded His Majesty's Midget Submarine XE-3 in a successful attack on a Japanese heavy cruiser of the Atago class at her moorings in Johore Strait, Singapore, on 31st July, 1945. During the long approach up the Singapore Straits XE-3 deliberately left the believed safe channel and entered mined waters to avoid suspected hydrophone posts. The target was aground, or nearly aground, both fore and aft, and only under the midship portion was there just sufficient water for XE-3 to place herself under the cruiser. For forty minutes XE-3 pushed her way along the seabed until finally Lieutenant Fraser managed to force her right under the centre of the cruiser.
Here he placed the limpets and dropped his main side charge. Great difficulty was experienced in extricating the craft after the attack had been completed, but finally XE-3 was clear, and commenced her long return journey out to sea. The courage and determination of Lieutenant Fraser are beyond all praise. Any man not possessed of his relentless determination to achieve his object in full, regardless of all consequences, would have dropped his side charge alongside the target instead of persisting until he had forced his submarine right under the cruiser. The approach and withdrawal entailed a passage of 80 miles through water which had been mined by both the enemy and ourselves, past hydrophone positions, over loops and controlled minefields, and through an anti-submarine boom." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Edward_FraserS. Flynn
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