Vic Ould – Film 1Vic was very lucky to survive the first few weeks of his life. I think it's fair to say that Lady Luck has followed him since. 172 Destroyers were sunk during the Second World War and 11,000 men lost at sea. Despite some hairy moments, HMS Carron survived.
Vic Ould – Film 2Following his basic training on the stone frigates. As a Chatham Port Division sailor he waits for his first draft and is surprised to be taken out of the line when he's diagnosed with German measles. After a short stint in hospital he's heading North to Glasgow [an eventful journey] where he meets his grey mistress.
Vic Ould – Film 3A new crew on a brand new ship was potentially easy pickings and a great prize for an ambitious U Boat Captain. The Carron slips her berth one night and rushes North to the relative safety of the Hebrides.
Vic Ould – Film 4Vic talks fondly about his skipper, Captain Wilkinson and recalls Christmas in Scapa Flow. One of the roles that HMS Carron undertook was that of 'crash boat'. Escorting two Carriers to Norway in rough seas Vic realises what that means.
Vic Ould – Film 5HMS Carron escorts the mine layer Apollo on a clandestine operation close to the coast of Norway. Vic recalls the operation in great detail.
Vic Ould – Film 6Vic continues his story about the Apollo. He then shares some interesting info about the role of a Destroyer. In some respects as the last line of defence against a torpedo they're effectively suicide ships.
Vic Ould – Film 7More on the role of a Destroyer and how it's crew enable them to operate so effectively. Vic also reflects on his life expectancy should he have had to jump ship.
Vic Ould – Film 8Vic talks in detail about Carron's Atlantic convoy operations escorting the 'Monsters'.
Vic Ould – Film 9Vic provides more information about Carron's Atlantic Convoy duties. He then talks in considerable detail about his job as a radar Op.
Vic Ould – Film 10Conditions for sailors on the Arctic Convoys were undeniably harsh but Vic recalls some extreme conditions in the Atlantic where even the Monsters were getting battered.
Vic Ould – Film 11Despite the end of the war in Europe, HMS Carron is still on active service as many of the German U Boats were still patrolling the Atlantic. She's then sent South to Singapore.
Vic Ould – Film 12Vic reflects on the end of his war in Indonesia and his life aboard HMS Carron. He's now a prolific writer who has written several fascinating 'first person accounts' from sailors on-board other Destroyers. Please email us if you'd like copies. Finally thanks very much to Vic and Pat for sharing their home and experiences with Legasee.