HMS Saracen

Hi. I am looking for any information on Stoker Petty Officer Thomas Herbert Barber. He was aboard HMS Saracen when she was scuttled on 14.8.1943, but later lost his life on 28.1.1944. Any info on how he lost his life and any other info would be gratfully appreciated. Regards Phil

I am a researcher into World War 2 in Italy and have obtained information about the death of Thomas Barber from the National Archives in London. (File ADM 358/2124) He was on a POW train heading for Germany together with other men from Saracen - Len Roberts, George Freer, Arthur Pinnell and Arthur Melling - when the train was bombed by the American Air force as it crossed a Bridge at Allerona, nera Orvieto in Italy. Please go to website for more details, about thie bombing, or buy the book about Saracen by Janet Kinrade Dethick and Anne M. Corke entitled Twixt the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea available on line from


Hi P-247

Thank you so much for your swift and informative reply. I can now complete my research into Barbers medal group.

Once again thank you very much indeed.

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