Ian Collins was being 'ferried' to Tobruk from Alexandria aboard Ladybird
I was a Lieutenant in the 1st Bn Royal Tank Regiment and was being 'ferried' to Tobruk from Alexandria on 12th April 1941. The ship was hit by what we called a 'Stuka Parade' and sunk - I was fortunate enough to step from the
After reading through various items on the net I learnt that an article was published about this event in the Newsletter of the Rats of Tobruk Association. I would very much like to have a copy of that article. Is it possible that some kind person might have a copy of that Newsletter and could scan it for me?
By the way my birthday is on the 18th October and I will be 85 if I survive till then!
Every best wish from
How nice to hear from you.
I wrote to the Rats of Tobruk Association in Melbourne chasing a copy of that article about the sinking of Ladybird,
Unfortunately that Association has folded up, shutting that door.
I am pleased you have survived thus far reach 85, I am a little behind you at 83, HAPPY BIRTHDAY for the 18th. of October.
Stuart was an old Australian Navy destroyer of the V and W Class that saw out WW2.
Here is a picture of Ladybird, sitting on the bottom at Tobruk.
Her 3 inch gun remained above water and, manned by gunners of the Royal Artillery continued to play an active role in the defence of the fortress. Imperial war Museum Negative No. E 4848.
This is from my copy of Gunboat ! Small Ships at War by Bryan Perrett.
I will scan the description of Ladybird's demise from the book, and E-mail it to you Ian.
Is there any possibility of finding an archive copy of that newsletter ? Or have you already tried every route ?