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Ralph J. Goodfellow HMS RanpuraI was 11, and living in London's East End when the war broke out. I was evacuated to Tredegar, South Wales. Like many kids at the beginning, during what was affectionately called `The Phoney War', I went back home only to get caught up in the blitz. We lost our home.
At age 16 I joined the Royal Navy, served in the North and South Atlantic and finally in the Mediterranean. At the end of the war I was on HMS Ranpura, which had Hitler's private yacht tie-up alongside. I gather that it had been bought by an American millionaire and was due to be sailed back to the USA. I've never heard anything more of the yacht since she left our side. If anyone has any information about her subsequent history, please get in touch.Ralph J. Goodfellow
Lt.Cdr. C. H. Moulton HMS RanpuraI am interested in contacting anyone who was serving on board HMS Ranpura, an armed merchant cruiser, between 1939 and 1943, mostly on North Atlantic convoys. My grandfather, then Lt. Cdr. C. H. Moulton, was the navigating officer. Any information on those convoys would be welcome.James Crowden
CPO Arthur Pownall HMS RanpuraMy grandfather, CPO Arthur Pownell, served on HMS Ranpura in 1939/40. He was recalled to service as a reservist, having served in the Royal Navy from the end of the South African war through WWI. The Ranpura went out to India in September 1939 and spent Christmas out there, returning to Atlantic convoy duty in early 1940. My grandfather (who died in 1950) told one sea tale of this ship. One voyage involved a night-time sailing from Liverpool under high security and a very public welcome in New York. He reckoned that they were taking the Crown Jewels! There is often some truth in these tales and I believe it is possible that they were moving gold bullion.Chris Pownall
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