January 17. Ship losses and Colditz. Roll of Honour

In today’s Veterans Roll read how on this day Sir Ivan Ewart’s saga of war service took a dramatic turn. The HMS Caroline reservist had been appointed to the command of Motor Torpedo Boat, MTB 47. On 17/01/1942 this came under German fire and, in the ensuing explosions, he lost an eye and severely injured his right arm. He was later captured by the Germans and sent to Colditz Castle. Several weeks before his death Sir Ivan traveled to Germany to meet with an officer who had participated in the attack upon his MTB. On this day in 1941, John Carr of the Royal Naval Air Service was lost in a ship taking him to a new post in Trinidad. He is remembered at Rockport School and North of Ireland Yacht Club. George Jackson an RN airman was also lost in this ship. He is remembered on St Jude’s Parish, Belfast, WM. On this day in 1942, the destroyer HMS Matabele (Photo) was torpedoed by German submarines off the Kola Peninsula while on convoy escort duty. She sank very quickly. There were only two survivors from her 238 crew. Charles Kelly from Killyleagh, James Lynas from Magheramourne, Patrick McIlroy from Carrickfergus, and Robert Warden from Newtownards were lost.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.