Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

William Brown

RN. British

Born  2 Jun 1925Lanark, Scotland

Roster information listed for William Brown

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
HMS Gould (K 476)FrigateAble Seaman1 Mar 1944U-358 (1)

Personal information

William Brown later told his family that the “young 2 stripe captain” advised him not to make for a lifeboat after HMS Gould had been torpedoed. Instead he was able to grab his Mae West life jacket and together with a few others clung to ropes of a doughnut-type life float until being picked up by HMS Affleck. Aboard he saw the only surviving German sailor from the U-boat that had sunk his ship.

William Brown (front row second from left) with his RN training group at HMS Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Eleanor Dykes


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