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A Hunch Confirmed [Feb. 27th, 2017|05:30 pm]
Tony Grist
On the 6th of this month I posted a couple of pictures that seemed to relate to my father's wartime work with a RN bomb disposal unit. They show a bunch of sailors standing round a large hole in what I assume to be Romney Marsh (because that's where I know he was stationed) and the very big bomb that  came out of it.  Today I unearthed this...

It clearly belongs in the same sequence- and that's definitely my father in the centre in the naval officer's cap.

Here's what's stamped on the back...


[User Picture]From: sovay
2017-02-27 06:31 pm (UTC)
Today I unearthed this...

That's wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-27 08:06 pm (UTC)
It dots the "I"s and crosses the "t"s.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-02-27 09:35 pm (UTC)
That ties it all together. But what would your dad/family be doing with a confidential/secret photo? Interesting.

Edited at 2017-02-27 09:40 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-28 09:20 am (UTC)
The secrecy thing is odd. I can't believe the Germans would have learnt much from this image.
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[User Picture]From: murakozi
2017-03-03 02:00 pm (UTC)
The classification was probably rescinded at some point. There's not much from WW2 that's still considered classified. Nowadays, at least in the US, the classification is only valid for a set amount of time and keeping something classified beyond that requires justification.

Being wartime, they probably had a policy to just classify everything being done by certain units/agencies. I find it interesting that the photo is considered Secret by England, but only Confidential by the US. Perhaps classification levels didn't match up back then.

Edited at 2017-03-03 02:03 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2017-02-28 05:19 am (UTC)
These are fascinating photos. My dad used to show us kids color slides (projected on a sheet hung up on the wall, of course) of his first (early 1950s) Air Force tour in West Germany, and his year in Sondrestrom, Greenland. Great memories.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-28 09:21 am (UTC)
Colour slides would have been cutting edge in the early 50s.
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