he British government has again hidden the files on the death of
Lionel “Buster” Crabb, the daredevil naval frogman, who was a
legend in both W.W.II and the cold war. These files should have
become available to the public in 1986, but have been criminally
hidden until 2057, to hide the government negligence and
Buster Crabb went missing in 1956, while examining the hull of
the Soviet ship, the Ordzhonikidze.
The visit from Soviet leader Krushchev and Foreign minister
Bulganin, was listed as a goodwill visit, but was actually a
recognition and a buck up call to all the socialist sympathisers
in Britain, and a warning to Britain over the coming Suez
The labour leader Hugh Gaitskell was seen by Foreign minister
Bulganin, as not as easy to manipulate as his wily successor
Lionel Crabb was put in charge of a wartime diving team in 1942,
but thought he ought to learn to dive himself if he was to be of
The Italians had achieved some big success’s with underwater
bombs in Gibraltar, Sinking British shipping, Crabb saved much
British shipping with diving 12 hour days, diffusing underwater
mines and captured many in underwater sabotage.
He was noted for his fair treatment of captured divers, and he
achieved as much adulation among foreign divers as his own, this
meant a lot of information came back in respect of how he
treated what he regarded as just men serving their government,
just as he was.
The saying that ; ”you catch
more flies with honey that you do with vinegar”. Would
be a valuable lesson today with places like Guantanamo Bay.
Lionel "Buster" Crabb
The end of Crabb came as he was approached by 2 men from the
admiralty. To see how the Soviet ship the Ordzhonikidze could
turn sideways so well in Portsmouth dock, Crabb had great
success in the examination of the hull of the Sverdlov, even
entering up inside a hatch in the underside of the Soviet ship,
to make notes.
This magnificent escapade was copied in a later James Bond film.
Crabb, who was unprepared and somewhat unfit, agreed to a look
at the bottom of the ship, and was never seen again.
Journalists have written 10 books on Crabb’s heroism, and kept
up the pressure on the British authorities for so long as to
what happened, that recently his fellow diver Sydney Knowles,
was pressured into claiming that he defected to the Russians who
captured him as he looked at the ships undersides.
There is also the claim that M.I.5 killed him to stop a
But this is total rubbish, and a smear on a great man.
The Soviets made the best of the mystery, and claimed he really
had defected to them and was now top Russian teaching diver Lev
Lvovich-korablov, and used Soviet friendly British journalists
to put out faked photographs.
Crabb, although a Roman Catholic, was a super patriot, and kept
postponing his wedding, because “the queen needed him” for
increasingly dangerous missions.
His father was listed as “ missing in action” in W.W.1, as was
his mothers brother, so for his mother to be kept in ignorance
of what really happened to her son who undertook the underwater
missions no one else would take, meant she never came to terms
with her husband brother and son, all listed as Missing in
An Israeli journalist, Yigal Soma, recently interviewed a Soviet
émigré to Israel, Joseph Sverkin, who claimed he was on the
Ordzhonikidze, and that a diver seen swimming on the surface
near the Soviet ship, was shot by an expert marksman in the head
But Crabb was swimming
The truth is very murky.