This photograph was sent to me by the son of Cdr Sidney Gregory Clark RN who died in October last year aged 95. He was the last surviving officer on HMS HECLA when it sank on Armistice Day 1942 and also the first Director of the RN Museum at Portsmoth. You can see an account of his life here:
The photograph shows a Hunt Class destrohttp://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/yer refueling at sea from what to me looks like a Dale Class Oiler. Can anybody confirm this and identify the ship?
My father was the Chief Engineer of RFA ALDERSDALE, the first of the Dale Class, when it was launched in 1937. You can see his photographs in the RFA PEOPLE GALLERY on this site.
Ships now identified - "TASK FORCE 57
Refuelling enroute to join the U.S. Third Fleet off Japan Fleet. Fleet tanker San Ambrosio refuelling cruiser Euryalus and carrier Formidable. July 1945."
Copyright Imperial War Museum Negative ABS626
So not a Dale Class after all.
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