Crash Dive - HMS Safari 1942 - 43 Crash Dive - HMS Safari 1942 - 43
The full range of the submariner's experience is here in this gripping eyewitness account. Crash Dive is a unique and important historical record of life on board HMS Safari in the Second World War, based on the diary of Leading Telegraphist Arthur Dickison. With access to all signals traffic and reporting to the navigation officer, Arthur was afforded fascinating insights into daily operations. Strictly against the rules, he kept a personal diary of life aboard Safari over eighteen months of war patrols, in which he recorded daily events ranging from the tedium of long sea passages to stalking enemy convoys and from crash dives to fighting it out on the surface. Written by a rating and not an officer, this diary offers us a compelling view of life beneath the waves.

ARTHUR P. DICKISON joined HMS Safari on her first commission in March 1942 and remained with her for eighteen months of war patrols in the Mediterranean as the boat's leading telegraphist.