In May, 1945, Cmdr Fraser spent 24 hours underwater steering the XE3 though 80 perilous miles of mined waters to reach the heavy cruiser Takeo in the Jahore Strait.
After explosives were attached to the hull of the enemy ship, the submarine then became stuck between it and the seabed, and it took Cmdr Fraser a nerve-wracking 50 minutes to free before steering his sub and its crew to safety.
I, had the pleasure of having to host Ian at an event to celebrate the Submarine centenery. He was a true and very humble Gent. He spun some great dits and some of his stories about Mick Magennis, who won the VC alongside him were truly hilarious. We cannot ever forget people like this.
Further to my message of 29 Oct 08, the announcement attached will be published in The Times, Independent and Guardian tomorrow, Fri 30 Jan 09. Please note the amended start time of 1430. It is requested that action addressees acting as Focal Points for their appropriate organisations apply for tickets, either by e-mail or post, to Jennifer Taylor as indicated in the announcement. Thank you.
With kind regards,
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[quote="ATTACHMENT][align=center]LT CDR IAN FRASER VC DSC RD* RNR[/align]
A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of and work of Lt Cdr Ian Fraser VC DSC RD* RNR will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London at 1430 on Wednesday 22 April 2009, followed by a reception on site. Dress for the occasion will be Ceremonial Day Dress without sword or a Lounge Suit with medals.
Admission to the Service will be by ticket only. Those wishing to attend are invited to apply for tickets no later than 27 February 2009 to:
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
SO3C â€“ MEMORIAL SERVICE
Naval Casualty & Employability (NCE)
Navy Command Headquarters,
All applications should include the full names of those who wish to attend, any special requirements and should mention the applicant/s connection to Lt Cdr Fraser for the benefit of his family. Tickets will be despatched during the week of 16 March 2009â€™.[/quote]
Although I never saw this real gentleman and hero, I have seen a couple of documentaries about him. I did however meet Basil Godfrey Plaice VC who was my skipper at Ganges in the early 60s. Who later became the skipper of HMS Albion on the Far East Station. Another true gentleman and sadly missed by all who wore the white woolly pully. R.I.P to them both.