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Robert Francis Harland

Lieutenant Commander

HMS Prince of Wales


Lt Cmdr Robert Francis Harland (click to enlarge in a new window (33182 bytes)

Robert survived the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales.
He gave an interview some time afterwards in which he said:
"We were being attacked by a formation of enemy torpedo bombers and although we did our best to avoid the torpedoes, one of them hit us catastrophically on the port side aft. There was a terrific explosion and a lot of what I might call 'expensive' noises went on afterwards which made me realise that we were in a bad way. I remember my last feelings before leaving the ship were the deathly hush after the throbbing of a ship. Everything was absolutely silent".


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