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Several errors in sailor's obituary

Published 12/06/2015

There were three significant errors in your obituary of the late Lieutenant Nick Mead DSC (News, June 4).

The sinking of U-1195 was not "the last sinking of an enemy sub in the Second World War", as stated. This boat was sunk on April 7, 1945, but a further 38 U-boats were lost to warships or aircraft between then and the end of the war on May 8; others listed as "missing" may also have been sunk by Allied ships or aircraft.

While Mead was an officer on HMS Broadway in May 1943, he was not responsible for the hunting and sinking of U-89. This was accomplished by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander E H Chavasse DSO DSC, the senior officer of 1st (Canadian) Escort Group, operating out of Londonderry (incidentally, Lieutenant Commander Chavasse was also Irish, hailing from west Cork, although born in Co Waterford).

The final error is the reference to the River-class frigate HMS Lagan as a product of the Belfast shipyard. Lagan was built in Smith's Yard in Middlesbrough.

Although 10 River-class frigates were named for rivers in Northern Ireland, no ship of the class was built in Belfast.

RICHARD DOHERTY

Prehen, Co Londonderry

Belfast Telegraph

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