The Channel Dash

Bill McNaught

South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Retirement hobby
Paid: £45 plus modest travel expenses
9th August 2018
Military History | Ww2

The German Kriegsmarine’s ‘Operation Cerberus’ prepared to enable two German battleships to breakout of the French port of Brest and sail up the English Channel to return to their home port in Germany. One of Britain’s major failures of the war, when both the Royal Navy and the RAF failed to inflict any serious damage to the German fleet that reached its homeport largely unscathed.

Much of the Navy’s response was co-ordinated from HMS Forward, a maritime intelligence centre, buried deep under the South Downs just outside Newhaven.

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About Bill McNaught

I started work in 1961 as a Westland Helicopters engineering apprentice spending 25 years with the company before moving on to manage a number of other aviation and defence companies. Following retirement in 2008 we moved back to the West Country but in 2014 moved again to Saltdean, just outside Brighton. I have worked for the Prince’s Trust, been Chair of Governors at a local Academy, and sat on numerous committees. Currently I am Secretary of the Brighton and District Probus Club, Treasurer of the 5 Deans U3A, and a member of the Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions. My other interests include genealogy and presenting talks on ‘fascinating historical characters’ which over the years I have given to a variety of organisations including Probus, the WI and U3A. All my talks are fully illustrated using powerpoint slides.

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