John WoodwardIn this short extract from his interview, John talks about their minesweepers operations on the Thames estuary. Their skipper was a clever fellow...
John Woodward – Film 1In this first film John gives us a little back ground to who he is, where he served and why he wanted to join the Navy. In fact he didnt have the best of starts, he was initially drafted in to the stewarding branch. Then he moves to minesweepers and is based on the Isle of Sheppey.
John Woodward – Film 2In this film John talks about his early training. It was pretty basic to begin with but then his Skipper gets wise to the German system with spectacular success.
John Woodward – Film 3John talks about his role onboard the minesweeper. He then recalls both the build-up to D-Day and the actual event itself. Three months before the 6th of June, Johns ship is out every night clearing the English channel. It was done to ensure that the Germans were used to seeing them in the one area. He also recalls D-Day. His ship travelled all the way up to the flotilla but when the actual landings happened he was frustrated to be back in the Thames.
John Woodward – Film 4John managed to get some leave whilst they were patrolling the Dutch Coast. Remarkably, he visits Bruges. In this film he also provides some detail about the types of mines deployed by the Germans and how his minesweeper would dislodge the German mines. John was pleased that he was a Naval serviceman because the demob process gave him time to plan.
John Woodward – Film 5John shares some more detail about the experience of D-Day. He goes on to talk about V.E Day. For him it was case of being in the right place at the right time and hes modest about the work he did for the war effort. We met John when we were working with the RNBT at their Pembroke Home. Thanks to John and all the nice people there.
In this short extract from his interview, John talks about their minesweepers operations on the Thames estuary. Their skipper was a clever fellow…