Francis William Hugh Jeans, RN

Born  22 Oct 1893

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15 May 1911 Mid.
15 Sep 1913 A/S.Lt.
15 Mar 1914 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1915 Lt.
15 Apr 1923 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1928 Cdr.
31 Dec 1934 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1944


30 Jun 1939 CVO

Warship Commands listed for Francis William Hugh Jeans, RN

HMS Southampton (83)Capt.Light cruiser2 Jan 193919 Jun 1940

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Light cruiser HMS Southampton (83)

5 Sep 1939 (position 61.40, 3.51)
HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, RN) intercepts the German merchant Johannes Molkenbuhr (5294 GRT) off Stadlandet, Norway in position 61°40'N, 03°51'E. The Germans scuttled their ship before it could be captured. The crew was taken off by HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN). The ship was then finished off by HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN).

16 Oct 1939
While lying at anchor off Rosyth, Scotland, HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, RN) sustained one bomb hit in a German air raid. The 500-kg weapon, released from only 150 m height by a Ju-88 of I/KG.30, hit the corner of the pom-pom magazine, passed through 3 decks at an angle and exited the hull, detonating in the water. There was minor structural damage and temporary failure of electrical systems. Repairs were completed in only three days.

9 Apr 1940
While operating off the Norwegian coast, HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN) sustained splinter damage in a German air attack. The main battery director was put temporarily out of order.

12 Apr 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN) sailed from Scapa Flow at 1300 hrs, carrying General Mackesy and 2 companies of Scot Guards. Arrived Harstad, Norway, at 0600/14 and while in the area was bombed on several occasions, sustaining only superficial damage.

25 May 1940
On 25-26 May 1940, operating in the Narvik area, HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN) suffered a number of near-misses by 50- and 100-kg bombs (110- and 220-lb) with extensive splinter damage to hull and superstructure, requiring 10 days of repairs. The commanding officer was wounded.

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