September 4 (Tues), 1945, Tokyo Bay, Japan

IWM A30513 HMS Speaker
Cheers from HMS Duke of York as HMS Speaker departs with the first 500+ POWs  © IWM (A30513) Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205161632

Yesterday afternoon (3rd), the lower deck was cleared when the CVE [HMS] “Speaker”, carrying several hundred British & empire PsOW, passed round the fleet before leaving the Bay, bound for Australia. All ships gave them a great send-off. We hope it will not be long before we are following them.

Just before midday, HMS Ariadne entered harbour & anchored to the west of us. It is a very neat job of the Aldiel minelaying class, reputed to be capable of a speed of over 40 knots.

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