Various Royal Navy World War 2 casualties

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Gents,

    CAB66/4 lists HMS Imogen as being damaged due to enemy action on 25th November 1939.

    ADM234/444 doesn't list the destroyer as being damaged on this date, but CWGC lists one casualty.

    TADGELL, William, Able Seaman, C/JX 151449

    Any ideas what form the 'enemy action' took and if it did occur whether the destroyer sustained any damage?

    Regards
     
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Yes, thanks for that. So as far I can see from the entries in both uboat.net and naval-history.net, the destroyer was not involved in any 'enemy action' on the 25th November 1939 other than searching for the German raiders, so I'm confused by the CAB66/4 entry saying 'damaged by enemy action'.

    Steve
     
  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Nothing about being involved in enemy action but:
    From naval-history.net
    Saturday 25 Nov 39

    Destroyers INGLEFIELD, IMOGEN and IMPERIAL were ordered at 1015 to Scapa Flow to refuel. IMOGEN lost a rating overboard in heavy weather.

    Tim
     
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  5. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for that, that will explain the unfortunate loss of AB Tadgell and confirms that the destroyer was involved in 'enemy action'.

    Regards,

    Steve
     
  6. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Monday 20th May 1940

    HMS Delight

    SQUIRE, Christopher J, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 165230, killed [HARSTAD CEMETERY]

    The destroyer was alongside merchant vessel Balteako when it was badly damaged after a German air attack at Harstad. So it is possible it sustained some damage and suffered the loss of OS Squire. No damage is listed in ADM234/444 or mentioned by uboat.net and naval-history.net

    Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Steve
     
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  7. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Steve,
    From NavalHistory
    SQUIRE, Christopher J, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 165230, Delight, 21 May 1940, bombing, killed

    Regards
    Hugh
     
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  8. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Hugh, I still wonder if the destroyer sustained any damage at the same time.

    Regards,

    Steve
     
  9. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Gents,

    29th May 1940

    HMS Gossamer


    HOOK, Harry W R, Stoker Petty Officer, C/KX 75635, MPK [ChM]

    HMS Harvester

    BEARE, Phillip W, Petty Officer Steward, C/L 14552, missing [ChM]

    HMS Lydd

    SINCLAIR, Stephen P M, Able Seaman, C/JX 152005, killed [RAMSGATE CEMETERY]

    Were any of the vessels damaged in the incidents that resulted in the death of their crewmember. They were all involved in Dunkirk operations on this date (with HMS Lydd carrying out the unfortunate friendly fire incident which resulted in the sinking of the danlayer Comfort).

    Any ideas?

    Regards

    Steve
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021

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