"The Final Dive: The Life and Death of "Buster" Crabb" by Don Hale is an updated in-depth investigation into the mysterious death of England's "diver extraordinaire"...Cdr. Lionel "Buster' Crabb.
Cdr. Crabb made his final dive on April 19, 1956 under several Soviet War ships that were visiting England at the time along with then...President Nikita Khrushchev on a "good-will tour." Cdr. Crabb was trying to get additional intelligence on the bottom of the ships specifically, the Soviet cruiser, Ordzhonikidze.
Cdr. Crabb was working in conjunction with MI-6, the CIA, and British Naval authorities including, Lord Mountbatten (in charge of the Admiralty). Cdr. Crabb takes his newly developed underwater camera and then initiates his dive. It is then that something goes terribly wrong, and England's most famous "frogman" never returns. Some 14 months later a headless and handless body in a Navy diving suit is located bobbing on the waves by two fishermen (who "ironically" had known Cdr. Crabb). In addition, claims of one or two additional floating corpses also surface hinting perhaps...just perhaps...that Cdr. Crabb was not the only "fish in the barrel."
The author also reflects that the British government is keeping most of their records on this subject matter closed to the public until 2057! That alone tells the reader and anyone else that there is still "more to the story."
It seems that Cdr.Crabb's work brought him into contact with such family friends as, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, Kim Philby, and the rest of the Cambridge five group. With friends like that..."who needs enemies?" None the less, the author gives a good ending premise on a great many possible scenarios that are if, not exactly correct, then at least very close to the truth of the matter. Personally, I wonder now if, Lord Mountbatten (killed by IRA bombing in 1979), wasn't himself someway "more affiliated" with the Anthony Blunt group than most would want to admit, and perhaps... used poor Cdr. Crabb (and possibly others), to enhance that affiliation.
Like most books of this nature they leave the reader going away with more questions than answers, but at least leaves... one with something of real substance to think about.
The writing format itself is at times rather sterile and yes...even boring (at least in my opinion). None the less, this is a topic that has clouded the waters for a great many years, and I salute Mr. Hale's research and additional light "under the hull" of this disastrous intelligence coup.