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73 years after Patrick Thomas’ British Navy ship went down during World War II, fate brings complete stranger, former rocker and current archeologist, John Henry Phillips, into Patrick’s life.
John was on his way to one of many WWII celebration events. By chance, his accommodations were mixed up and he found himself without a place to stay. Thankfully, a kind old veteran by the name of Patrick Thomas offered John his spare room. A wonderful and unique friendship was to bloom over the next years. Fueled by their unexpected bond, John makes a shocking promise to find Patrick’s ship and launch a memorial with the veteran by his side.
When John impulsively made this promise to Patrick he had no idea where to begin to start building a permanent memorial. No one knew where the ship is, and there are almost no records to help find it. John didn’t even know how to scuba dive. Undeterred, realizing the age of his friend and the gravity of his promise, the adventure to search for the missing ship and to build a permanent memorial begins.
From the depths of the National Archives to the murky waters of the D-Day landing beaches, we’ve joined forces with some of the best divers, historians and experts as we zero in on Patrick’s vanished shipwreck.
John Henry Phillips is an archaeologist (BA Hons, PCIfA), historian and writer from the South-East of England. Specializing in 20th-century conflict, John has had the honor of travelling the globe in search of both the physical remains and personal stories of past battles before they slip out of living memory. This has seen him kayak beneath the infamous ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’, trek along the Death Railway, escort D-Day veterans back to the beaches they shed blood upon, share tears and laughter with the last men of Dunkirk, crawl through tunnels deep in the Argonne Forest and much, much more.
John is a full time archaeologist and contributes to many publications on the subject of military history. He has taken part in conflict archaeology projects including Operation Walbea, Waterloo Uncovered and Operation Nightingale. He is also an archaeologist with Military History Live. Passionate about preserving stories of the past for future generations, John has interviewed countless Second World War veterans and told their stories to thousands through social media.
Daniel Oron is an award-winning executive, show-runner, director, and cross platform storyteller. Daniel specializes in seamless idea to screen. As a Director, Daniel has shot all over the globe, winning a Gemini for best direction for Reality Obsessed. As VP of Development, he has co-created and supervised a successful slate of television series with a variety of broadcasters.
As a Showrunner, he has consistently brought home entertaining shows within budget and on schedule. Daniel’s fiction films achieved international success at festivals and worldwide distribution. He also worked as Creative Director for The Movie Network and The Family Channel, and as an Assistant Director on studio films such as The Insider (Michael Mann) and Lansky (David Mammet). Daniel is also a recovering visual effects supervisor and repressed cinematographer, meaning, more often than not you can find him under a camera.
Natasha Ryan is an award-winning writer, director, creative producer, showrunner and story editor. Relentlessly creative and collaborative, she is dedicated to generating entertaining and meaningful media working with real life narratives. Natasha has traveled the world to put unique stories on screens. Some of her documentary work includes The Book Lady (with Dolly Parton), Chasing Wild Horses (Sable Island), Access Unlimited (AMI), Animals at Work (BBC, Animal Planet) and X-Weighted (Slice, Sky UK).
Her ability to find the hook of a show or of a ‘character’ has made her an invaluable asset in development, on set and in post production. In her leftover moments, when she isn’t making media, or planning to make media, or communicating about media, Natasha indulges her pop culture addictions by watching too many television and web shows, reading a book a week, and google stalking everything.
Martin Davies LRPS is an award-winning underwater photographer, videographer and photo-journalist. Martin has been diving for over 35 years and is a highly experienced scuba diver and qualified commercial diver. Trained to UK HSE standards, Martin is also qualified as a mixed gas (Trimix) diver to 60m. He has been involved with diving, diving systems, compressors and boats for the majority of his diving career and has been creating underwater images.
As a Fellow of the Nautical Archaeology Society, he has been devoting much of his time to a variety of maritime archaeological projects both on a commercial and volunteer basis. Martin is Historic England’s Licensee for the protected historic wreck of HM Submarine A1 (the first British designed and built Royal Navy submarine). His passion for underwater cultural heritage and skills in underwater photography has led to his participation in various projects working with the Nautical Archaeology Society, Maritime Archaeology Trust and MSDS Marine Ltd. In addition Martin, as Diving Officer for Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, has successfully managed several expedition projects both UK and in Normandy. After 4 years in further Education studying in photography, Martin was awarded Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. He is a regular contributor to the British Sub-Aqua Club magazine, ‘SCUBA’ and has also written for Sport Diver and Dive magazines.
In addition to taking beautiful underwater photographs, Martin is now specialising in creating detailed 3D models underwater using photogrammetry and specialist lighting techniques. Martin also offers training in underwater photography and photogrammetry. (www.IndepthPhotography.co.uk )
Based near the Portsmouth on the south coast of England, Alison Mayor qualified as a scuba diver in 2002 with Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). After training with Nautical Archaeology Society she developed a passion for investigating and recording shipwrecks. Alison completed her first wreck project in 2008 to record WW2 Tanks and Bulldozers on the South Coast of England. Several years later, Alison has led a number of award winning projects in particular recording wrecks associated with the WW2 Allied Invasion of Normandy in 1944. Her projects have been recognised by a number of coveted awards, including 3 times winner of the British Sub-Aqua Duke of Edinburgh Prize, presented personally by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.
In recognition of her efforts, Alison was appointed a Fellow of the Nautical Archaeology Society and BSAC ‘Wreck Champion’. Alison is very keen to encourage recreational divers to document and record our underwater heritage and share this experience and knowledge with the public. As BSAC Southern Region Expedition Advisor she provides practical advice, support and encouragement to divers who would like to get more out of their diving by finding out more about our underwater world and share what they find. In 2017 Alison and her partner Martin Davies led a team of divers to investigate Landing Craft wrecks off UTAH beach in Normandy. ‘Project Cardonnet’ required special permission from the French Authorities and was highly commended.
Alison is a BSAC Advanced Diver (CMAS 3* equivalent), and technical (Tri-mix) qualified to a depth of 50m. She is also a keen underwater photographer and is a regular contributor to SCUBA magazine. Alison is currently Chairman of Southsea Sub-Aqua Club. (Alisonmayor2003@yahoo.com)