WHAT HAPPENED TO HMS TRIUMPH?
The recent discovery of HMS Triumph has enabled Gav Don to resolve the mystery of how and why his uncle’s submarine disappeared in January 1942
I grew up in a family that sat down to a formal meal three times a day. On the windowsill of the dining room was a frame of medals and a small silver replica of a submarine. The boat was HMS Triumph, and the medals belonged to my Uncle Robert: three DSCs and campaign medals. The tally on the medal frame narrated his loss aboard Triumph, somewhere in the Aegean in 1942.
But where precisely? A decade later, I had the good luck to land a job as skipper of a charter yacht in the Aegean. All summer we sailed the deep blue waters that Robert had ploughed. Had I sailed over his wreck without knowing it? And what had happened on that January day 60 years before? Now we know.