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    Could someone please give me the troopship names and UK ports for the following airman?

    158594 LAC Hood R.T. u/t navigator

    Embarked UK for Durban - 26 Oct 1942. Disembarked Durban - 4 Dec 1942
    Embarked Durban for UK - 1 May 1943. Disembarked UK - 6 June 1943

    Thank you

    Norman
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    Hi Norman,
    have you tried the great site www.conwoyweb.org.uk ?

    For the second yourney I will guess this:

    Convoy DN.34C


    From: DURBAN Saturday, 1 May 1943.
    To: DISPERSED Monday, 3 May 1943.
    Official number of ships = 2 (TDS)
    Vessel Flag Tons Built Pdt. Cargo Notes
    HMS SALVIKING Br 1,440 1943
    UMGENI Br 8,149 1938

    http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/misc/index.html?yy.php?convoy=DN.34C!~miscmain

    Hope this helps

    Pavel
    Last edited by CZ_RAF; 31st May 2009 at 17:37. Reason: incorrect address
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    Hi Norman
    From the same site as Pavel, I found Convoy WS24 that left Liverpool on 30/10/42 bound first for Bahia, which I believe is in Brazil. The reason given for this routing was to avoid the convoys crossing the Atlantic for Operation Torch. From Bahia on 19/11/42 it went on to Durban which it left for India on 6/12/42. This would have given enough time on a Quick turn round for your man to disembark. The WS series were specifically Troop and supply convoys and contained many of the old Liners as Troopships and used a minimum speed of 18 Kts, in this case it contained the Empress of Scotland,Athlone Castle, Stirling Castle plus Arawa, Andes and Largs Bay
    Regards
    Dick

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    Thank you Dick and Pavel, I've been ages on this!

    Norman

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