Captain Walker RN
These pages are dedicated the the memory of a superb hunter killer, Captain Frederick John Walker. Affectionately known as Captain "Johnnie Walker". These pages are also dedicated to the memory of all the lads who served under him in World War 2. If you would like to, a donation towards the running of the site would be gratefully received. Click on Contact above for more details. Click on the relevant poppy's below to proceed. All info is either obtained online, with due credit, or from members of his elite crews, for whom I am so grateful.
October 2009. UK TV Channel 4 recently ran a series of documentaries on the Battle of the Atlantic. And never has such drivel been written about this than anywhere else! According to the programme makers the Americans deciphered Enigma (Tell that to the scientists at Bletchley Park from where we passed on all relevant intercepts to the Americans). Also it claimed the Americans invented the Hunter Killer Group and, along with the Canadians, won the Battle of the Atlantic!!! Mind blowing rubbish! Captain Johnnie Walker RN, not even mentioned in the programme, was the successful 'inventor' of this concept. He operated this highly successful Group (2nd Support Group) whilst the Americans sat on their fun fairs on Coney Island, eating their hot dogs, being watched by the very U Boat commanders, loitering offshore, on the surface, that the Americans had supposedly vanquished. Indeed, it was Bletchley Park who warned the USA that several U Boats were then en-route to the Eastern Seaboard to attack US shipping, the Americans did nothing! And 500 ships and crews were lost as a direct consequence. If this programme is an example of the Channel 4 production researchers, they should be sacked as completely trivialising the role played by the Royal Navy, The Merchant Navy, The Royal Canadian Navy and our sailors from all over the word and our own Code Breakers. The whole programme was a complete fabrication from beginning to end. Pathetic rubbish.
Wikipedia is a valuable source online of information regarding many millions of topics BUT it is only a person's opinion and believe it at your peril. Somebody out there is intent on blackening the name of Capt Walker. I removed some lies and libellous comment, informing his grandson at the time, who thanked me. That correction had been removed and the libellous content replaced. Wikipedia is a tool for people who wish to publish politically generated claptrap and lies. Walker WAS a hero, IS a hero and some people do not like it. After speaking to an editor who contacted me on a different topic, the offending remarks have finally been removed. Pages are listed below the slideshow.
|1. Captain Frederick John Walker - Now 3 pages|
|2. U Boat Summary of Second Escort Group|
|3. Convoy HG 76 - the evolution of theory into practice by Capt Walker.|
|4. Headquarters Western Approaches. The "Home" of Walkers Support Group and the home of the Battle of the Atlantic.|
|5. HMS Wren by (Sub Lt) Tony Green|
|6. HMS Kite. Walker commanded HMS Kite during repairs to Starling. One of Walker's Own. She is featured here in her own pages. Kite is also featured in My Book|
|7. HMS Wild Goose Crew & Ship images along with Charts and War Diary. 4 pages packed with photographs never seen before and info.|
|7a HMS Wild Goose - Page 3. Forgotten Hero - Albert Bowler RN. (2013 - now probably deceased but not forgotten, by me anyway).|
|8. HMS Woodcock - in memory of Ben Turner RN|
|9. HMS Whimbrel - Special Project Page - Bring Whimbrel Home|
|10. 60th Anniversary of Capt Walker's death|
|11. Capt Walker's Old Boys Association - Laying Up Of The Standard 10th July 2004|
|12. Bootle Town Hall Press Releases etc|
|13. Six In One Trip!|
|14. HMS Stork. Images by DA Bell who served on board her. Never before seen pictures from his son Len!|
|15. Loch Killin & Loch Fada|
|16. A Hunting We Will Go - A Narrative By Phil Teece|
|17. Walker RN - Chap 1 - 3 (Now Out Of Print) I have been unable to find out who actually owns copyright as certain publishers have not bothered to reply to me those that did pointed me in a particular direction from which I received no replies to persistent emails. For the sake of history, and remembrance, here it is.|
|Walker RN - Chap 4 - 6|
|Walker RN - Chap 7 - 9|
|Walker RN - Chap 10 -12|
|Walker RN - Chap 13 - 14|
|Walker RN - Chap 15 - End|
|Walker RN - Now out of print, copied here to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Walker's death on 9th July 1944. I was lucky enough to obtain a first edition of this book. Despite numerous attempts, hundreds of emails, to find the copyright owner, if any, the search came to naught, no replies. Click on the links above to read.|
Western Approaches I have added a
photo's taken by me on a visit there
on July 8th 2003.
|That when war comes to a country there is only one course for its people to take, and that is to fight as hard as they can until it is won, or lost. That it is necessary for the sacrifice, the unselfish and continuing effort and the heroism of deliberate courage to be recorded so that it cannot ever be forgotten. That the strain, discomfort and boredom which are the three predominant factors in modern warfare cannot be brought into their true perspective in a book of this kind, or it would be so long and dull that nobody would read it. That there is no glory to be had out of war that cannot be had out of some greater and more creative enterprise. That nothing will ever compensate us for the men we have lost, not even the way so many of them died. They were ready to die because they wanted to save their children and their children's children from future wars. The least and the most that any of us can do is to devote ourselves to finding a complete and lasting peace, and then to maintaining it with all our energy. - Lt Comd (Sir) Peter Scott. The Battle Of The Narrow Seas 1945.|
If you have any newspaper cuttings of anything to do with Capt Walker, I would be most grateful for a copy!