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Subject: [TRIVVIES] From the Daily Express Monday, April 28th,1941/Seaplane signal saved 310
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 23:03:33 +0800
Transcribed by Susan Bergeron.
Daily Express Monday, April 28th, 1941
Two torpedoes sank the Rajputana.
Seaplane signal saved 310.
Express Staff Reporter.
A British seaplane found survivors of the torpedoed Rajputana after they had been drifting for five hours in the North Atlantic and guided warships which picked them up two hours later.
The men were landed on an island where they had to stay for two days before a ship was sent to take them home.
Only forty of the armed cruiser's 350 men were lost.
Leading Seaman Torpedoman Edward MANNING was one of those whose work helped to keep the death-roll low.
MANNING waiting at his Acton Bridge, Cheshire, home for another ship yesterday had just taken the wheel when the first of two torpedoes struck the 16,644 ton ship.
The Rajputana had opened fire in the darkness when the second torpedo stuck and the ship began to sink.
MANNING got two injured men into a lifeboat, lowered it into the sea, then had to jump and swim. He was found by a boat which picked up sixty men and after transferring some to another lifeboat, went back for more.