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How to solve this RFA Code Word
In this RFA Code Word every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, this same number represents the same letter through out the whole puzzle. To start you off we have given you three letters and the numbers they represent. These letters and numbers, together with a bit of thought and educated guess work, will be enough to enable you to logically crack the code of the whole alphabet. To help you keep track of the decoded letters, this puzzle has a lower grid of twenty-six squares.
This RFA Code word is made up of the names of RFA ships over the years. The letters we provide to help you are – F = 4, W = 16, O = 25. You should be aware that not all letters of the alphabet and in the lower grid have been used
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The RFA's that weren't
Decoys and Dummies of World War Two
James R. Smith
The RFA Cover-Names Q-Ships
Small merchantmen armed with concealed guns which could be quickly unmasked when they were stopped by an enemy submarine had been in service as decoys, or Q-Ships, as early as November 1914. Perhaps the first successful Q-Ship was the collier PRINCE CHARLES which managed to sink U-36 off the Orkneys on 24 July 1915. During the course of World War One a total of eleven enemy submarines were sunk, forty two were seriously damaged and a further forty three were slightly damaged.
Allen Mardon Baggott was born in London on 13 April 1884 and went to sea as a Steward on various ships. When not at sea he lived with his wife and four children in Southampton
He signed on the RMS Titanic at Southampton on 4 April 1912 as a first class steward for which his monthly salary was £3 15sh 0d. Previously he had served on the RMS Oceanic.
He boarded the Titanic at Southampton at 6am on 10 April 1912 shortly before she sailed with her first port of call being at Cherbourg, France and then at Queenstown, Ireland on 11 April 1912 before the ship commenced the crossing of the Atlantic with 2,240 people onboard.
The story of the RMS Titanic’s sinking on 14 April 1912 is well documented and also the women and children first policy enforced by the crew as she sank. This women and children policy first policy wasn’t 100% successful – as detailed below.
During the twentieth century many ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary berthed at the Oil Fuel Depot at Old Kilpatrick to load or discharge but almost certainly very few of the crews were aware of the Depot’s history.
Old Kilpatrick is located on the north bank of the River Clyde, about ten miles downstream from Glasgow and in the immediate vicinity of the Erskine Bridge.
The Fuel Depot covered an area of 130 acres and had a storage capacity of over half a million tons of oil. A total of six ‘tank farms’ were widely spread and were divided by housing estates, main roads, railway lines and a canal.