Henry Kirkwood DSC, RN

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9 Aug 1934 Lt.
9 Aug 1942 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1946 Cdr.


24 Feb 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Jun 1942 DSC
2 May 1944 Bar to DSC
8 Jun 1950 OBE

Warship Commands listed for Henry Kirkwood, RN

HMS Northern Chief (4.34)Lt.ASW Trawler4 Feb 194029 Aug 1940
HMS Puffin (L 52 / K 52)Lt.Patrol vessel11 Sep 194028 Jun 1942
HMS Penylan (L 89)Lt.Escort destroyer16 Jul 194210 Oct 1942
HMS Calpe (L 71)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer10 Oct 194231 Jan 1944
HMS Obedient (G 48)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerFeb 1945late 1946

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ASW Trawler HMS Northern Chief (4.34)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Northern Chief (Lt. H. Kirkwood, RN) picks up 29 survivors from the Swedish tanker Sveaborg and 32 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Tosca that were both sunk by the German U-boat U-37 north-west of the Faroe Islands and landed them in Kirkwall on 11 April.

Escort destroyer HMS Calpe (L 71)

13 Dec 1943 (position 37.38, 5.58)
German U-boat U-593 was sunk on 13 December 1943 after a 32 hour-chase in the western Mediterranean north of Constantine, in position 37°38'N, 05°58'E, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN).

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