George Ralph Miles DSO, OBE, RCN

Born  26 Feb 1912
Died  19 Dec 1951(39)Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada


25 Feb 1919 Mid.
24 Jun 1921 S.Lt.
27 Jul 1922 Lt.
25 Jul 1930 Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1940 Cdr.
1 Jan 1944 Capt.


3 Dec 1942 DSO
1 Jan 1943 OBE

Warship Commands listed for George Ralph Miles, RCN

HMCS Saguenay (D 79)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer8 Jul 193921 Apr 1941
HMCS Athabaskan (i) (G 07)Cdr.Destroyer2 Feb 19435 Nov 1943

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Destroyer HMCS Saguenay (D 79)

23 Oct 1939
The British light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, RN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) intercept the German tanker Emmy Friedrich (4372 GRT) in the Yukatan Strait west of Tampico. When the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN) also arrived on the scene the Germans scuttled their own ship to prevent her capture.

20 Oct 1940
The British merchant Sulaco is torpedoed and sunk about 360 miles west of Rockall in position 57°25'N, 25°00'W by German U-boat U-124. HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) picks up 1 survivor.

21 Oct 1940
HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) picks up 29 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Cubano that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day south-west of Iceland in position 57°55'N, 24°57'W by German U-boat U-124.

1 Dec 1940 (position 54.40, -15.50)
Around 0350 hours on 1 December 1940 the Italian submarine Argo torpedoed and damaged the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) about 300 nautical miles west of Ireland in position 54°40'N, 15°50'W. The bow was blown off and 21 of the crew lost their lives in this attack. HMCS Saguenay was escorting convoy HG-47 at the time. Saguenay was out of service for nearly 6 months (repairs were completed on 22 May 1941). (1)


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