John Cummins - German air attack
Different ships would come out of London or depending on which way they thought the convoy should go, to the north of Scotland, dodging through the islands of Scotland to get across to the other side, using all sorts of different channels.
And we were attacked by the German aircraft. We were in columns, maybe five columns of ships with say five ships in each column.Yes, we were just going along doing our business, and some German aircraft came down the centre of the columns and attacked us that way.
So, we had to man the guns, and the guns were mainly there for aircraft flying above us, not on the same level. But we didn't lose anybody, thank goodness. It was pretty frightening. I think once you're in it, you forget the fright, you're determined on keeping them away.