PHOTO GALLERY

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Royal visit of King George V to Portsmouth 17th July 1928.
The crew of HMS Nelson (Fleet Flagship) with the King.
Rigging in the background is that of HMS Victory
on which the Royal Standard had been placed by the King.
Richard Ernest Stanley, father of my partner Gillian on the front row










Warrant Officer Richard Ernest Stanley
Paymaster Corps
Born 1903 - died 1969
Royal Navy 1925 - 1947
HMS Pembroke, HMS Victory 1, HMS Dido 1925
HMS Victory 2 1926-27, 1933-35
HMS Nelson 1927-29
HMS Dolphin 1930-31, 1937-38
HMS Cornwall, China Station 1931-33
HMS Auckland, various stations WWII - 1939-41
sunk 24th June 1941
HMS Medway 1941-42
HMS Victory 1942, 1945
HMS Naden, Vancouver Island, British Columbia 1945
HMS Seaborn, Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia
HMS Collingwood, Portsmouth, Hants
HMS Excellent, Portsmouth, Hants






HMS AUCKLAND - 24th June 1941
photo taken from HMAS PARRAMATTA
approx 20 miles East of Tobruk
prior to air attack






HMS AUCKLAND - 24th June 1941
photo taken from HMAS PARRAMATTA
Stern blown off by German Stukas attack
Compare distance between rear mast and end of ship
with above photo!






HMS AUCKLAND - 24th June 1941
photo taken from HMAS PARRAMATTA
This appears to be the internal explosion
which threw the ship 5 - 6 ft out of the water
Notice the cracks in the hull, particularly foreward
of the bridge area.






HMS AUCKLAND - 24th June 1941
photo taken from HMAS PARRAMATTA
This appears to be the final sinking





Recently I came across German WWII Newsreel posted on 'youtube', which purports to show the explosion leading to the sinking of HMS Auckland after the attack by German Stuka dive bombers. The clip is approx 3 minutes long and mainly concentrates on the Afrika Korp and Rommel, but about halfway through shows Stukas flying across and at the end pans to the sea to show a huge explosion. Translating the German commentary, it would suggest that the ship being attacked is a munitions ship, but I suppose it could always be interpreted as a warship. There are various postings of this clip on the internet some with the date of 24th June 1941 - the date of the sinking!

I have now found a reference to details of the Pilot of the Junkers 88, who claims to have sunk HMS Auckland!

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