William Eric Banks DSC, RN

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15 May 1921 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1923 Lt.
15 Apr 1931 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Cdr.
31 Dec 1942 Capt.

Retired: 15 Jan 1952


26 Jul 1940 DSC
1 Jan 1943 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
21 Dec 1943 CBE

Warship Commands listed for William Eric Banks, RN

HMS Clyde (N 12)Cdr.Submarine21 Feb 19383 Feb 1940
HMS LéopardCdr.Large destroyer6 Jul 194031 Aug 1940
HMS Leamington (G 19)Cdr.Destroyer23 Oct 1940Feb 1941
HMS Douglas (D 90)Cdr.DestroyerFeb 194120 Apr 1942
HMS Firedrake (H 79)Cdr.Destroyer4 May 19421 Sep 1942
HMS Bonaventure (F 139)Cdr.Submarine Depot Ship8 Nov 194216 Apr 1943

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12)

7 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN) arrived at Freetown.

Destroyer HMS Douglas (D 90)

28 Apr 1941 (position 59.51, -15.30)
German U-boat U-65 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Iceland in position 59°51'N, 15°30'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN).

HMS Douglas also picks up 18 men from the British tanker Capulet that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-552 south of Iceland in position 60°16'N, 16°10'W.
HMS Douglas then tried to sink the tanker with gunfire but failed to do so.
The abandoned wreck was finally sunk on 2 May 1941 by German U-boat U-201 south of Iceland in position 60°00'N, 16°00'W.

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