Operation Fuller Memorial Service
The annual Memorial Service and Commemoration of the lives sacrificed during ‘Operation Fuller’ in February 1942, took place on a cold but dry day on Friday 12th Feb at their Memorial on the seafront in Dover.
This operation, better known as the ‘Channel Dash’, was an attempt to stop a German battle fleet from making its way back to their home ports by making a ‘Dash’ through the Channel. The well protected capital ships ‘Gneisenau’, ‘Scharnhorst’, and ‘Prinz Eugen’, were engaged in this tri-service operation by 825 Naval Air Squadron, several Destroyers, MTB’s and aircraft of Coastal Command, the Submarine Service, Royal Artillery, and the RAF fighter and Bomber Commands. The service remembers in particular the 13 airmen who were killed flying the 6 Fairey Swordfish, from RAF Manston, which were all shot down, the 27 members of HMS Worcester, and the 100 RAF aircrew who lost their lives in the unsuccessful attempt to prevent the German fleet escaping. A posthumous VC was awarded to the leader of the Swordfish, Lieutenant Commander Eugene Esmonde.
Our Branch and GBA Standards were paraded by ‘Dusty’ Miller and Jimmy Greene. Bob Davies also attended.
Our thanks go to the members and staff at the RCPYC for their hospitality and buffet on conclusion of the service.
As 2017 will be the 75th Anniversary of the ‘Channel Dash, a very special Service of Commemoration will take place at the Memorial on September 30th 2017, timings to be confirmed. The Lord Boyce will be the Guest of Honour, and weather permitting, fly passes by a Spitfire and at least one Swordfish aircraft will take place.