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Title Special Interest Webinars
Code SIW HDS CRABB 18620
Region Webinar
Date 22 Apr 2021
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The Historical Diving Society Present...

The Disappearance of Commander Crabb - What Really Happened?

 Presented by Anne Bevan, 22 April at 1930.

 0n 19 April 1956, Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, former Royal Navy Clearance Diver, carried out a secret spying mission for MI6 under a Soviet Warship in Portsmouth Harbour. 

It was carried out against the express direction of the Prime Minister, Anthony Eden.
The dive went disastrously wrong. Crabb did not return from the dive.

A cover-up was hastily attempted and the government imposed an immediate embargo on disclosure of the facts. 

Daily Mail reporter Peter Marshall was first to expose the deception, followed by a host of others representing the press, radio and television.

The cover-up inevitably led to a raft of speculation and a host of claims and theories about what happened to Crabb.

When the classified information was due to be released, the ban was extended to cover 100 years from the time of the incident.


Without an official account of the covert operation and consequent events, speculation continues to fuel the mystery. 

This talk examines the facts and attempts to explain 'What Really Happened'.

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