Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks DSO, RN
|Born||27 Dec 1909|
Retired: 7 Jul 1960
Warship Commands listed for Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks, RN
|HMS Vimiera (L 29)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||15 Jan 1940||26 Feb 1941|
|HMS Antelope (H 36)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||26 Feb 1941||Aug 1941|
|HMS Zest (R 02)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||6 Jun 1944||23 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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