I am sure you will find the book interesting, I learnt a lot particularly about the difficulties in rescue in the war.
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Your project has got me into a bit of research into the RTTL's. When I was at Mount Batten there was probably about 5 there then. My billet was on the third floor and we overlooked the Sound, when a RTTL came in it had a very characteristic sound, even with the engine no doubt at a low speed.
We used to do daily radio checks on them, but did not get rides, as they usually, when they went out it was for some time and it was not appreciated if you disappeared for all day. We used to get lots of rides on the Range Safety Launches as these did dingy drill for air crew and you could arrange to be doing a radio check, when they were going out beyond the breakwater to dump the pilot into the sea with his un inflated life dingy.
I did have one day out on a Mk 2 RTTL, but only across the sound and then to anchor there for the day on a nuclear attack exercise. I was glad to get back after rocking back and forward for six hours, it would have given the crew a lot of enjoyment if I had been sick.
I did have another much more enjoyable ride on the one remaining Napier Sea Lion powered Mk 1A RTTL that was still at Mount Batten, I think it had been kept for historical reasons and had not been modified to fit Griffons. As far as I was aware it was never used operationally, although we did daily radio checks. One day I found out that it was to be given a test run so arranged to be on it when it went out on test. It was a lovely sunny day and the sea was calm, we got outside the breakwater and the engines were opened up but the trip at speed did not last very long as one of the engines failed, but we still had two left so could return to the Cattewater safely. It may have been the last day that a RTTL ever ran on Napier power.