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With the Battle of the Atlantic hanging in the balance, it was necessary to have the best men and equipment sent to Liverpool, the headquarters of the Western Approaches Command.
It is arguable that by June 1943, Acting Lieutenant Commander James Rudman WHITAKER, upon deployment to Western Approaches Command as Staff Officer Anti-Submarine reporting to Admiral Horton, was one of Britain’s leading Anti-Submarine warfare experts.
James Whitaker born in Britain and was living in Australia when he joined the Royal Australia Navy Volunteer Reserves in February 1939 in the lead up to WW2. He was assigned to the Royal Navy in 1941 and did convoy duties on HMS Gleaner and HMS Loosestrife. He was the Acting Lieutenant Commander at HMS Osprey in charge of Anti-submarine training before transferring to Western Approaches Command in June 1943 as Staff Officer Anti-Submarines.
The on-line history records for James Whitaker are silent. It is possible that Britain hasn’t recorded his contribution because he was in the Australian Navy and the Australian Navy because he served with the Royal Navy. Fortunately the original records still exist so his contribution can now be acknowledged.
This story was written so his memory would not be lost to the future generations of his family.