By Carlton Jackson
This can be the dramatic tale of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, which ended in one of many maximum variety of casualties suffered in WWII. the truth that the large death and the following cover-up of the main points surrounding it make for attention-grabbing and nerve-racking examining. restricted guides exist at the topic, so it is a useful source for historians.
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31 But before the 322nd Fighter Control Squadron could dock, they learned that Oran was filled almost to capacity,,so they disembarked at Arzew, thirty miles down the coast, and were placed in a staging area known as CP-2. For the next three weeks the outfit slept in tents, on the ground, or in sleeping bags. The climate was miserable; according to Car1 Schoenacker, it was usually 100 degrees each day at noon and around 30 or 40 degrees at night. Daily temperature fluctuations of 60 to 70 degrees were not unusual.
And so the men, still with full field packs, laboriously wended their way up the ladders and once again stepped onto the Rajula. " Milton Garret and his shipmates on board HMT Egra also got a reprieve without realizing it at the time. M. 43These incidents were not the only "lucky breaks" on that voyage: Men whose names began with A-I generally were placed in the forward parts of the ship, with T-Z in the middle and J-S in the stern. The Rohna was hit just astern, behind the funnel. As others boarded the Rohna, they saw several British officers and Indian crew members bring animals on board, prompting seamen's superstitions of doom.
Geography played a factor also. 2SApparently this Allied belief, in part at least, caused the RAF to downgrade air support for convoys going through the Mediterranean. Well before the attack on 26 November, one skeptical British sailor had already said, "Blow up your life belts. "26 The GIs on board the Rohna belonged primarily to the 853rd Engineer Aviation Battalion (793 men); others belonged to the 44th Portable Surgical Hospital (36 men); 31st Signal Construction Battalion (259 men); and 322nd Fighter Control Squadron (285 men).