Global 87: Some years ago I wrote the following request (see bottom of piece for update) : Global 86: Scott Hayward is still trying to find the 'lost' film of this 1986 deployment. The ships he remembers on the deployment were: HM Ships Amazon, Manchester, Beaver and Illustrious. Joined up with HMS York for a few weeks around Hong Kong also; and of course, there were several RFA ships involved. It is thought the working title was 'Navy Blue(s)' - can any readers and/or participants on Global 86 help to restart this initiative? Scott will be ably assisted in the pursuit of the information by a long standing friend and remarkably talented amateur historian - Ashley Browne HMS Amazon 1985-87 - although he doesn't know it yet!
UPDATE: After much searching and after working with the Royal Gibraltar Police (who were looking to track down the footage as part of their ongoing investigation with Hampshire Police into the disappearance of sailor Simon Parkes in 1986 - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/police-search-gibraltar-for-sailor-missing-since-1986-541527.html), the footage has at last been found safe and well in the archives at the Imperial War Museum! It is currently being scrutinised by Hampshire Police. May I ask all of those who have contacted me in the past about this to do so once again; as recently, my archived Outlook emails have all gone TU...I shall be happy to keep you in the loop on developments as I try to get my hands on it. It all depends on its security status of course although I can't see anyone being overly excited in unpicking the intricacies of a few seacat and 20mm's these days? 14/12/2088 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via Ken Hinchliffe - January 2009 (Apologies for the delay in getting this information onto the website - paperwork went missing!).
I have now added photographs of HMS Eagle, Manchester, Foresight, Cairo and Nigeria - all of which were sunk or badly damaged during the Malta Convoy 'Operation Pedestal'. Also included, is the address of your website beneath HMS Manchester's photo see - www.melbournestar.co.uk/Operation_Pedestal_Ship .
Again thanks for the link and good luck to all of you involved with HMS Manchester Association.
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A few details on the Global film crew for Tony Shingler.
There were 3 lots of 'Phots' dumped on the Manchester for the Global trip due to the Illustrious (of current TV fame) having a major fire in one of its main gearboxes and being delayed on deployment for about 4-5 months. I came into contact with them more than most because as the RN members had an aircraft on their badge, it was deemed that they were to be part of the Ships Flight for divisional purposes. Largest Lynx flight in history, but useful when the hanger needed bollocking out for rounds.
There was a CPO Phot Les Warr (last rumoured to be scenes of crime phot for Somerset and Avon Constabulary) plus a Killick Phot for stills. They stayed with the Manchester for the whole deployment.
A slack handful of other RN phots who were a movie team, departed after the Hong Kong visit.
The civvie team, led by John Tippy (producer) who had 1 cameraman (had filmed a team of 'yoofs' quad biking across the Sahara), an assistant cameraman, and a sound man. They stayed on for the full trip. I seem to remember that there was a competition to name the film with the winning entry being 'Sailor Blue'. Whether or not this was taken up, I don't know. Rumour also said that it was only ever shown by Anglia TV.
There was also someone I can't remember who 'cause it was last year some time, who had been on the Illustrious and was asking similar questions on the Navy News web site. Maybe worth a few questions in that area.
Hope this helps in the search.
Leopard Films are currently making a programme called 'Forces Reunited' for Sky which is to be broadcast in April 2010. Essentially it is about people who have served in HM Forces and reuniting them with other personnel who they have served with. It is a positive programme (avoiding political agenda where possible) that celebrates the Forces and the work they do told through personal stories of bravery, loyalty, friendship and love. We are also looking at the other side of military life in terms of focusing on the rear party as well as on those who were deployed, telling the story of girlfriends, wives and family members who supported the troops whilst they were away. We are filming from now up until the end of December 2009, with a few days in the first week of January (2010) in a studio, to be presented by former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips.
We are looking for people who have served in the forces who have a story they would like to tell of anyone who inspired them or helped them through a
particularly hard time whilst they were serving, or would like to be reunited with someone who they perhaps may not have seen for a while, including friends and family members' stories.
If anyone would like to put forward their story or memories of their experiences could they kindly contact Eleanor Scaglioni at email@example.com or call 0207 704 3326.