Arms, legs, heads and trunks going over the side were awful to see but were better there than lying about the deck where they chilled the stomachs of others.
Analysing one’s feelings afterwards I felt no sorrow at the time as my feelings were that the dead had perhaps the easiest job.
Keevil gave him a shot and then he had to be moved as a fierce fire was raging under the quarter deck where he was lying. and pilot who had done very well at Taranto, was wounded in the first attack and then devoted himself to the other wounded. Our young marine Manisty, whom Les knew, was killed by a bomb which did not wound him but just blasted him.He and all the crew were in an awful mess but were clearly killed instantly.I ordered them to be thrown overboard as they were dreadful sights.It would appear that the letter was addressed to an officer who had formerly served on HMS Illustrious and was anxious for news of the casualties sustained in January 1941.There can be little doubt that the letter is authentic and refers to this action and the aftermath.