HMS Thornborough K-574
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Jan. 15, 2020

I believe my father served on HMS Thornborough as a radio operator during the war and have pictures of him in New York but unsure what year. Was wondering where he or the ship was during D-Day? His name was Daniel (Danny) Tracey from Edinburgh. Any help or info would be appreciated.

Derek Tracey

Aug. 5, 2011

My father was an Able Seaman Kenneth Carter on the Thornborough, a gunner on the 2lb. Pom Pom? I do not have anything from the ship but had seen the Thornborough cap band and a badly folded photograph of Thornborough, a certificate of wounds and hurts. I have often looked on the web for information but as he described Thornborough as a "light cruiser" I have been barking up the wrong tree. He became top management working for Cadbury/Fry and is still alive having survived two wives, his family consists of three sons and three daughters (the youngest of whom died aged two), unfortunately he has osteoporosis although his mind is  fine (the last time I saw him). I am quite happy to accept any queries from former shipmates and have this information passed on.

Rodney Carter

Nov. 11, 2009

My father Herbert Neville Brown - known as Neville - served on the Thornborough as Sub Lt. during the war and I would love to hear from anyone who has any anecdotal information, old photos or anything that relates to him. He is still alive and well at 86 years old and I would love to pass on any contact information to those may wish to get in touch.

Many thanks,
Graham Brown

Reply 1
Nov. 13, 2009

As it is nearing Christmas, he may remember Christmas 1944? Thornborough left Harwich, about 1500hrs. 24th December. Once outside the harbour the ships company went to action stations and and tested Guns; this was a normal procedure. The ship worked a two watch system thus ensuring the guns were manned at all times. The night was rather cold and the gun crews sang Christmas Carols, when the watch changed at 2400hrs shouts of Merry Christmas echoed around the ship. Early Christmas morning Thornborough left her patrol area and steamed down the Coast to find a safe anchorage for their Christmas Dinner. After a few hours of Festivity; everything was cleared away and the ship steamed back to her patrol area.

Charlie Chivers, R.N.
HMS Amethyst Association

Jan. 28, 2009

Thank you for all your work and research to make such an interesting and excellent site. I served in HMS Braithwaite, which was a sister ship to the Thornborough and was leased to the Royal Navy from the United States during world war 2, and was a member of the crew when we returned her to Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York in December 1945. I was then aged 18 and so thrilled to be in New York for a while - a marvelously different world to wartime Britain!

Joe Roberts,  
former Able Seaman

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