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Mission Into Danger

Thomas E. Lightburn

During the first two years of the Second World War, Allied shipping losses by U-boat attacks were so high that Great Britain was in grave danger of being starved into submission. U-boats known as Milch Cows, supplying other U-boats, enabled the enemy to remain longer at sea which compounded the problem.


The situation soon became desperate. In September 1940 Commander Robert Stirling is given command of 15th Escort Group, a flotilla of Sloops based in Liverpool. His unorthodox methods of attacking and sinking U-boats, although disputed by many of his superiors, is given tacit consent by Admiral Sir Max Horton C in C Western Approaches. Stirling is ordered to take his flotilla into the South Atlantic on a secret mission.


Danger not only from the enemy but also from an unexpected source threatens to end the operation. This story is based on fact and is meticulously researched.

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Thomas E. Lightburn served twenty-two years in the medical branch of the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He left the service in 1974 and obtained a Bachelors (Hons) degree at Liverpool University. After teaching for sixteen years, he volunteered for early retirement. He then began writing for The Wirral Journal and The Sea Breezes, a worldwide nautical magazine. He interviewed the late Ian Fraser, VC, ex-Lieutenant RN, and wrote an account of how he and his crew crippled the Japanese cruiser, Takao, in Singapore.

Thomas is a widower and lives in Mersyside pursuing his favourite hobbies of soccer, naval and military history, the theatre, art and travel.