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The Final Dive

by Don Hale

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF 'BUSTER' CRABB


In April 1956 British naval frogman, Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, disappeared during a secret mission under the hull of a Russian warship moored in Portsmouth Harbour. The Final Dive is the almost unbelievable story of what really happened which can be fully told before top-secret files are declassified in 2057.


The Final Dive - The life and death of Buster Crabb by Don Hale: A small flash photograph of this book in an attempt to show condition and general appearance.
First published in United Kingdom 2007 by Sutton Publishing
Edition: First
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780750945745

Book details:

260 pages 160 mm. x 240 mm. x32 mm.
Weight unwrapped 613 gr. Wrapped for postage <750 gr.

PRICE £12.50 including UK postage

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A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine - no marks -condition is at least NEAR FINE. The dust wrapper is whole and is also in NEAR FINE condition - a very nice copy!

Front flap blurbs: 

In April 1956, a British naval frogman, Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, disappeared during a secret mission under the hull of a Russian warship moored in Portsmouth Harbour. The ship had brought Soviet leaders Khrushchev and Bulgarian to Britain on a sensitive state visit at the height of the Cold War.

After Buster Crabb failed to return, the press got hold of the story, Anglo-Soviet relations hit an all-time low, and the Establishment closed ranks. A year later, Crabb’s decapitated and handless body was found, sparking a major row between the government, the secret service and the Admiralty that still smoulders today.

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What was Crabb doing there? How did he die? Who sanctioned the dive that cost a man his life, claimed the jobs of Admiralty top brass and Intelligence operatives, and contributed to the downfall of Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden? Who knew about the mission; who helped Crabb. Who refused, and what happened when he failed to return? The whole saga was so sensitive that the government of the day decided to place the files under lock and key until 2057.

This is the almost unbelievable story of what really happened to Buster Crabb – which can be fully told before top-secret files are declassified in 2057. It contains personal testimonies from people who were involved at the time and since, much of which has never been made public before.

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