Kendall McDonald, a former Fleet Street editor, has been diving (and writing about it) for more than 45 years. He has been DIVER's wreck expert since 1960.
My dive club was taking some novices out off Littlehampton when we found what we believe to be a propeller from a WW2 Flying Fortress bomber. It was just off the wreck of the Indiana in 9m. We looked through Dive Sussex and found the description of a Flying Fortress breaking up in the air over Shoreham. Can Kendall McDonald add any more to his report so that we can name the actual aircraft it came from
Rob McGuire

I dont think I can give you any more information, but I know the men who can. In the guide I quoted: Eric Smith of Shoreham has found the wreckage of a big aeroplane straight off Shoreham Power Stations cooling-water pipe. He believes his discovery is the engine from a Flying Fortress. There is some documented proof for this.
During World War Two, a badly damaged Fortress homeward bound from a daylight raid over Germany did break up in the sky over Shoreham. One engine landed on shore, one somewhere inside the Jennies (two reefs of rock which run along the coast), which would be Eric Smiths, and one on the seabed out by the Miown. What happened to the fourth engine no-one knows.
Well, it may be that Rob has found the answer to the missing engine. And I think I can help him to find out the history and name of the aircraft to which his prop probably belonged. He should write to the US Air Force Historical Research Agency AFHRA/RSA at 600, Chennault Circle, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 36112 6424, giving all the details of the prop and any numbers on it.
Or ring 001 334 953 2965 to speak to the real experts on the US aircraft and air battles of World War Two - they are sure to be able to help. Please let me know what they tell you, Rob, as Id like to update Dive Sussex.
Death of the Duchess 
I am researching the sinking of HMS Duchess in the Irish Sea in 1939. Has the wreck been located and dived
Richard Jones

I have no record of the Duchess being dived, but DIVER Tommy Cecil of Rathlin Island is said to have found the wreck.
Three months after war was declared in September 1939, the 1375-ton destroyer Duchess and the 31,000-ton dreadnought-battleship Barham collided in fog on 12 December, 1939 in the North Channel, four miles north-east of Altacarry Head Lighthouse on Rathlin.
The 326ft Duchess came off worse against the 643ft Barham. Her captain, Lt-Commander RC White, and five officers and 123 ratings were lost. Only one officer and 22 ratings were picked up after the destroyer sank.
The Barham was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on 25 November, 1941, and sank in five minutes with a loss of 56 officers, 658 ratings and 134 marines. Only 300 of her crew were saved.
Mapping the coast 
I am having great difficulty in obtaining charts showing the main wreck positions off the south coast of Devon and Dorset. Are there any such charts, and how could I obtain them Failing that, do you know of any contacts that might be able to help
John Twardowski

My first inclination was to tell you to do it yourself - buy a set of Admiralty charts and log your wreck positions on them. But though I may be wrong, I felt that there was more behind your question than at first appears.
There are no such charts, although some dive-boat skippers in the area have charts that would fit the bill, but they are the result of years of diving and they would not part with them.
If you were thinking of getting the positions from dive-boat skippers and other DIVERs and then printing a set
of accurate wreck charts for sale, that would be extremely costly. The charts would be useless if the positions were not spot-on. But if you are a young millionaire, I suggest you approach the Wreck Office of the Hydrographic Dept of the Ministry of Defence in Taunton and ask it for a quote for providing you with wreck information for all the wrecks off the south coasts of Devon and Dorset - only a few hundred miles, but many hundreds of wrecks.
The Wreck Office has an index of more than 60,000 wrecks. The initial search fee is£30, covering up to seven charted wrecks. Each further wreck costs£3.50.
Then, if you are thinking of producing charts of your own for sale, you will have to apply to the Copyright Manager of the Hydrographic Office at Taunton for permission to use Admiralty charts and the material you have bought. That wont be cheap.
DIVERs are hardly likely to pay big amounts for such charts. Dare I say it, I think they will buy one and photocopy it for all their diving buddies!
Calling all survivors 
Will any survivor of the sinking of the destroyers HMS Hurworth, HMS Eclipse and the Greek destroyer Adrias and any relatives of those lost in the unmarked German minefields off the Greek island of Kalymnos in October 1943, who would like to have details of the memorial service held recently over the wrecks, contact me on 01909 562452.
I shall always be grateful to Wrecks Q & A and DIVER for their help in making this service such a memorable occasion.
Alan Galinski

The organisers of the 3rd Diving Festival of Kalymnos contacted the Editor to see if he could draw the attention of the diving world to the memorial service for the crewmen of these destroyers, killed when their ships were mined during attempts to liberate the Greek islands in the eastern Aegean in 1943.
The service was to be held over the wreckage of the Hurworth and Eclipse, found recently in deep water near the island of Kalymnos by Greek DIVERs. The story of the destroyers and details of the memorial service was told in Wrecks Q&A and relatives arranged to fly out. The festival organisers invited the visitors as their guests for the weekend.
Royal Navy officers from the present HMS Hurworth attended the service at sea with senior representatives of the Greek Church, Government and Armed Forces and the British Embassy. They laid wreaths of poppies on the water.
One wreath of 134 oak leaves from Sherwood Forest representing those on the Hurworth, who have no known grave, was laid by Doreen Galinski from Nottingham. She said she had waited 63 years to visit the place where her brother, Ken Tilling, died as a signaller.
The mourners were told how, after the Germans occupied Rhodes and used its airfields, Allied destroyers, cruisers and submarines sailed night after night to supply the British Army and the Greek forces on the Dodecanese Islands.
On 22 October, 1943, the Adrias and Hurworth were on their way to Leros when the former was mined. Hurworth came alongside to help but also hit a mine and was blown in half.
Her 11 survivors were sheltered by the islanders, who were ill-treated by the Germans when caught doing so. The Adrias, though her bow was blown off, was repaired in neutral Turkey and sailed backwards to safety in Alexandria.
The Eclipse was sunk with heavy casualties in the same minefield two nights later.
Pub talk 
I am trying to find out the truth of a tale an old sea-dog told me about a wreck in the Firth of Forth. He said it was called HMS Thatch and was an aircraft-carrier. Is this true

How many drinks did you buy him for this priceless information He was really having you on. For the record, the nearest name to Thatch among the ships of the Royal Navy is HMS Thatcham, an inshore mine-sweeper of the Ham class, built in September 1957. She is recorded as sold in 1986.