Doug Gilling - VE Day
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Around about May, the eighth I think, which is VE Day, we were doing a patrol of the coast of France and suddenly, it was in the evening, the early evening, and suddenly we saw the lights come on. And of course, everything in Europe was blacked out at that particular time. The vessels were blacked out, you didn't carry navigational lights or anything funny like that. We knew that the end was pretty close, but it was quite a dramatic moment to suddenly see the lights go on.