QUOTE (*Doris* @ 17th Jun 2012, 08:35pm)
I have got quite a few letters which my Grandad wrote to my Gran during WW2. My Grandad was a Dutchman, living in Yorkshire when war broke out. He joined the Royal Dutch Army in 1940 and trained as a gunner. Although he was posted at Wolverhampton for several months training etc, he sent some letters and postcards from Gourock, Greenock and Glasgow, dated around the 4th,5th and 6th of September 1941. He wrote about there being a lot of battleships and Navy and (his words, not mine) a lot of flying brats from the USA. Also he wrote that he was not allowed to say what was going on but will let on when he gets his next leave. Within a few days he was back at Wolverhampton.
Then in March 1942 he again sent a postcard from Gourock, this one saying farwell, he would be sailing any time and didn't know when he would be home again.
Although he did return home a few times, my Grandads ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic in November 1942, all crew lost. My Dad was born 4 months later.
So, I would like to know if anyone has any idea what could have been such a secret in September 1941 in or around that area. Thanks to anyone who may have any info of around that time.
The W.S. convoys (Winston Special) often would leave from the tail of the bank. These convoys would proceed in great secrecy to their destinations in South Africa in order to avoid "U boats etc. It sounds as if your grandfather may have been a gunner on one of these ships as many were " Defensively Armed Merchant men" and under R.N. supervision some even having army gunners, as well as navy, on board.