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during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Bird John.
- Boothman John.
- Bridgeman Albert Edward. Able Sea.
- Cresdy Jack.
- Davies Frederick Ronald. CPO
- Davis .
- Morgan .
- Moulton C. H.. Lt.Cdr.
- O'Neill James. Able Sea.
- Pollyblanc . Lt.
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Lt.Cdr. C. H. Moulton HMS AtheneMy grandfather Lt Cdr. C H Moulton was in command of HMS Athene, a sea plane carrier from January 1943 to October 1944, mainly in the Pacific, attached to the American fleet. If anyone was on board at the time I would be grateful to hear from them. I have a picture the crew with him and a dog on his lap. I wonder what the dog was called and what happened to him. At one stage my grandfather had a pet monkey but he ate a whole packet of matches which did him no good at all. I am interested to find out what exactly HMS Athene did in the Pacific apart from carrying planes.James Crowden
Able Sea. James O'Neill HMS AtheneMy late father, James O’Neill, joined HMS Athene in October 1941. He was an AB and was usually referred to as “Peggy” or “Darkie”. From conversations with my father I drew the impression that the “Athene” was fortunate to have, generally, a friendly and happy crew and I am certain he enjoyed his time aboard her. Some of his oppos were, Jack Cresdy (a 12-year man from the Fareham or Gosport area), Rattler Morgan (he was, I think, a T124X rating - transferred from the merchant service), Bing [?] and Taffy Davis. His Divisional Officer was Lt. Pollyblanc (I do not know the correct spelling, but phonetically it sounded like Pollyblank). He came from Richmond in Surrey.
I have a few photographs of various members of the crew but unfortunately not the photograph of the whole ship's company. Some of the photographs I do have are of Arty Shaw playing the Athene into port, a few of the burial of the Captain in Simonstown. One is of the burial party, a number of the officers, part of the ship’s company and lowering the coffin. There is also one of Sunday morning divisions taking place on the hatch top and one or two of members of the crew. Should anyone wish to have copies of any of these, I’ll be quite happy to arrange for them to be emailed on.
Although I know some of the ports visited, not too long after he arrived home, I was away at sea myself and he didn’t manage to live to a ripe old age, so I never did get the full itinerary.Terry O'Neill
CPO Frederick Ronald Davies HMS AtheneMy late father, Frederick Ronald Davies, also known as Killick Jack Dusty, served as CPO on the Athene from 31st October 1941 to 9th July 1945. I have his diary recording all the destinations and dates and have plotted all these on a world map. I also have photos (and names) of some of the crew including the full crew photo with the dog! but there is no date on this photo or port, it could be either San Francisco or San Diego. He also made mention of the tragic accident when Captain Jones was killed. This happened on 17th July 1942. I had always believed he had visited New Zealand but apparantly not. My only memory is the time based at Kyle of Localsh, (we lived at Kyleakin on Skye) January to July 1945, during which a number of U-boats were escorted into the loch after having surrendered and a number of us children were given a trip on board one of them, including a submerged section and we could look through the periscope. We were there for VE day.Mike Davies
John Boothman HMS AtheneMy late father, John Boothman, served on HMS Athene. He had joined her after the HMS Ariguani had been torpedoed.Philip Boothman
Able Sea. Albert Edward Bridgeman HMS AtheneAble Seaman Bridgeman joined the HMS Athene after his previous ship, HMS Impulsive was badly damaged at Dunkirk and had to be docked for repairs.
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