August 6 (Mon) 1945, at sea, off Japan

Owing to the presence of a typhoon in the proposed strike area, & later the possibilities of interfering with the operations of land based aircraft, the last few days have been devoid of the usual offensive against the enemy mainland. We have on occasion done duty as TBS [Talk Between Ships] link with the neighbouring US Task force, and as such been practically out of sight of all but our fellow links on either side. The usual number of floating mines was sighted and though we opened up at a couple, no positive results were recorded. Today we have refueled again. [HMS] Black Prince & a destroyer are returning to base and it is not anticipated that the rest of the BPF [British Pacific Fleet] will remain up here for many more strikes. Tomorrow we store ship, probably commencing in operations on Wednesday.

IWM MH29437 Hiroshima
Hiroshima after Aug 6, 1945. Image copr. IWM MH29437

Extract from August 11: During the past week, US Army planes have dropped two Atom bombs on naval & military bases in Shikoku [actually Hiroshima 6th August, Nagaski 9th August], and over one square mile of built up area is reported completely devastated in both cases. It is now [August 11] stated that the Japanese Government has offered surrender, providing that the Emperor retains his prerogatives. Perhaps this war will soon be over.

July 12 (Thurs) 1945, at sea

july-12-1945-to-japan.jpgAfter a week’s steaming we are now some 1300 miles east of southern Japan. Tomorrow we meet the fleet train & commence a 2 day refuelling period. Opportunity has been taken during passage to carry out several exercises. Most of these have been concerned with the AA [anti-aircraft] armament and in my new job as AADO [Anti-aircraft Duty Officer] I have had to be on the go a lot of the time. The job is however interesting and I feel that I am at least earning my keep.

HMS Barfleur had to return to Manus as trouble developed with her main armament on the third day out.

Last Saturday we oiled 3 destroyers, giving them about 90 tons each. This went off quite well. On theĀ  basis of time taken and fuel passed, [HMNZS] Gambia was judged the most efficient at oiling.

Several floating mines have been sighted. I am rather surprised that no action has been taken to sink them.