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RE: Letters. - 4/10/2017 10:12:33 AM   
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Dear Mother

I never, ever, ever, will ignore your advice again.
"Don't do it Son, don't join the Navy son, "
How many times did you warn me?
I need a new stomach, I think the old one is on the deck somewhere..........

We are a long way from home right now. This Port is a bay, with a pier, a pier that
makes fishermen happy, but is useless to us.
We are getting ready, filling up with everything we might need, although I am sure we
will leave something we need behind!
The Captain spoke to us today. We are, to quote, going off to kick Jap butt.
Some of us, I think, think he is full of it.

We will see.
We sail soon, so I will get this off

All my love
Peter

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RE: Letters. - 4/11/2017 9:12:32 AM   
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Chester sails just before dawn.
Northampton accompanies, destroyers Blue, Mugford, Ralf Talbot, Farragut and Hull lead the way
out.
Course is set North West.
Captain Shock declines to address the crew.
"You do it Ford", and with that he disappears into his cabin.

Some what surprised, Ford takes the tannoy.
"Ï don't know of our destination, but I can assure you of this;, we steam into danger.
We must do our best"

They will have to.
Over the DEI's, the storm clouds are darkening.


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RE: Letters. - 4/14/2017 7:48:02 AM   
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Ensign Cross side slips, straightens, and brings his floatplane to bouncy, yet
competent stop a mere 30 yards from Chesters stern.
Jock, as always, has his comment, "you know, you might even make a pilot one day"
which, as always, Cross simply ignores.
He guns the throttle, keen to get the bird alongside, and under Chesters crane.
A boring search, empty seas, empty skies.
Mission ten.
Even as they bounce and dangle back to the nest, there is another explosive bang, as Dwight
is flung into the sky with his turn.
The pace is quickening.

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RE: Letters. - 4/14/2017 7:56:05 AM   
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Shock takes the signal from young Peter.
He reads it, twice, grimaces, signs it , hands it back
There is nothing he can do about it.

But the warning is there.
CA Astoria, struck by 2 torpedoes whilst operating North of Timor by just 6
bombers.
But from where?.......the nearest known Japanese field at the moment should have been at least 600 miles
away!

They are fighting over Batavia today.
By tomorrow,the day after, we will be a lot closer to the war than that.

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RE: Letters. - 4/14/2017 8:13:04 AM   
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13/1/42
Ensign Cross side slips, straightens, and brings his floatplane to bouncy, yet
competent stop a mere 30 yards from Chesters stern.
Jock, as always, has his comment, "you know, you might even make a pilot one day"
which, as always, Cross simply ignores.
He guns the throttle, keen to get the bird alongside, and under Chesters crane.
A boring search, empty seas, empty skies.
Mission ten.
Even as they bounce and dangle back to the nest, there is another explosive bang, as Dwight
is flung into the sky with his turn.
The pace is quickening.


Just FYI that isn't exactly how float planes were recovered underway. Usually the ship would sail in a circle to create some smoother water for the plane to land, then they would drag a pad with hooks behind the ship. The floatplane would taxi up to the pad and loops on the bottom of the float would catch the hooks. This would allow the plane to power down and keep the plane at the same speed as the ship. Then they would use the crane to lift the plane back onto the ship.

From what I read having the catapults amidship made it easier to recover the planes rather than the stern. The stern bounces around more than amidships to hooking the plane with the crane was tougher. Though in combat having the plane handling on the stern was safer. When treaty CAs got hit amidship it would start massive fires in the hanger area and effectively cut the ship in two. In some cases people in the front half of the ship had no idea if anyone was alive in the rear half and vice versa.

Bill

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RE: Letters. - 4/18/2017 9:43:37 AM   
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Some 120 miles south east of Christmas island
Chester rolls easily in the moderate swell, the sun blazing down onto her decks.
The heat, the humidity now is aggressive, there are no dry shirts to be seen.
For the hundredth time this day, Ford removes his Cap, wipes the sweat
from his brow.
The cruiser is doing a mere 12 knots, good for the escorting destroyers sonar,
useless for creating any sort of breeze across the deck.
Its hot here on the bridge.
Below, rapidly climbing towards the intolerable.
The boiler rooms......easier not to think about it.

Shock turns to him, having brought them down to this speed
"She's your Ford, standard Box pattern"
"Any time until sir??"
Short scowls.
"Until we don't anymore, I am going below"
And just like that, it seems another ten degrees hotter up here already.


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RE: Letters. - 4/19/2017 9:54:18 AM   
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The Japanese invade Tarakan, and launch mass attacks at Palembang.

They bleed.

Enemy CVs lurk near Batavia. Type unknown. Numbers unknown
Result for trying to approach.........definitely known.



Big Ben sits in the shade of the catapults. It doesn't really help. Through the steel he can
feel the heat, the air about him beats heat.
Its hot. Bloody hot. Sweat streams from him, from the rest of the watch sitting here.
In a few minutes, they will go below, where it is truly hot.
Big Ben has served a long time, the Atlantic mostly, that one trip to South America.
That, he had thought, had been bad.
Nothing, however, has prepared them for this.
4 hours below, feeding the furnaces.........

Its going to destroy him. He just knows it.

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RE: Letters. - 4/20/2017 10:11:28 AM   
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The seas have calmed.
Not quite mirror calm, another day will see that.
Gunner Scotty stares across its endless vista with the rest of his team,
and curses that single curse.
It all looks the bloody same to him.
It is midday. Bloody midday.
The sun blazes. The waters glitter. Eyes squint against the glare.
And, like all aboard, Scotty sweats.

And wonders what in the hell they are waiting for.
And for that?.......how long?

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RE: Letters. - 4/25/2017 3:03:06 AM   
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Peter too , along with everyone else sweats
He is hot, almost as hot as the radio's in the comms centre.
Chester is under radio silence, she listens carefully, remains silent herself.

But seethes with anger and impatience.

Peter sweats, running each scrap of news to Shock.
The war in the DEI's burns bright, burns hot.

The Japanese fight there way into Palembang, at great cost it seems.
Cruisers Indianapolis , Portland and 4 destroyers smash a convoy at Batavia, another
allied task force bombard Merack
And 30 banshees enter the action at Tarakan.

Shock takes these messages silently, and broods, waiting, waiting for God knows what.





There are many other things in these messages of course.
The Japs have taken Lunga.........supported by carriers.
Reports of carriers south of the Philippines........
More in the Java sea........

How bloody many do they have??
Wherein the hell will they appear next?
Where ever they go, Japan wins.......
Chester patrols the calm waters, waiting

Shock wonders where they will go next...................


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