AFLOAT WITH A WALRUS

BRIAN CLEARY DESCRIBES THE EXPLOITS OF BILL CROZER, A PILOT ON BOARD THE ILL-FATED HMS REPULSE

WORLD WAR TWO ROYAL NAVY WALRUS

A Sea Otter operating in the Orkney Islands.

Another calm, hot, day was promised in the South China Seas.

Petty Officer William ‘Bill’ Crozer settled into his seat in Supermarine Walrus R6587 of 700 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) on board HMS Repulse. It was December 10, 1941; three days after the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor. The battle cruiser was part of a force hunting an invasion fleet reportedly approaching the east coast of Malaya.

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