Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks DSO, RN

Born  27 Dec 1909

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1 Sep 1930 S.Lt.
1 Oct 1931 Lt.
1 Oct 1939 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1945 Cdr.
30 Jun 1951 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jul 1960


27 Aug 1940 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks, RN

HMS Vimiera (L 29)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer15 Jan 194026 Feb 1941
HMS Antelope (H 36)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer26 Feb 1941Aug 1941
HMS Zest (R 02)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer6 Jun 194423 Oct 1945

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Destroyer HMS Vimiera (L 29)

24 May 1940
The Polish destroyer Burza was ordered to join the British destroyers HMS Vimiera and HMS Wessex and shell German positions in Calais area. At 16.20 the Allied vessels opened fire on enemy armoured column at Sangatte Hill, west of Calais. 10 minutes later they were attacked by 27 German airplanes which hit and sank HMS Wessex. HMS Vimiera managed to escape. Then the entire enemy air group concentrated on the Polish destroyer. The AA guns (2 40 mm) jammed due to shrapnel hits, three bombs exploded in the water. They caused boiler damage and loss of speed. The commander (Lt.Cdr. Francki) ordered to emergency launch the torpedoed and drop all depth charges, trying to avoid additional explosions. Shortly after this, two bombs hit the Burza and badly damaged her. However the airplanes had dropped all of their bombs and broke off the attack. The crew managed to stop the leakage and return to Dover. One German airplane was shot down during the action. (1)

Destroyer HMS Zest (R 02)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Zest (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN) picks up the sole survivor from the British corvette HMS Bluebell that was torpedoed and sunk that day by German U-boat U-711 off Kola Inlet in position 69°36'N, 35°29'E.


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