Denys Arthur Rayner DSC, RNVR

Born  9 Feb 1908
Died  4 Jan 1967(58)


9 Feb 1929 S.Lt.
9 Feb 1931 Lt.
9 Feb 1939 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1943 Cdr.

Retired: 20 Jun 1949


1 Jan 1940 DSC
30 Sep 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
Mar 1943 VRD
29 May 1945 Bar to DSC

Warship Commands listed for Denys Arthur Rayner, RNVR

HMS Verbena (K 85)Lt.Cdr.Corvette14 Nov 1940Sep 1942
HMS Shikari (D 85)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer15 Mar 1943Oct 1943
HMS Warwick (D 25)Cdr.Destroyer30 Oct 194320 Jan 1944
HMS Highlander (H 44)Cdr.Destroyer20 Mar 1944ca. Sep 44
HMS Pevensey Castle (K 449)Cdr.CorvetteSep 194412 Dec 1944

Career information

Towards the end of 1944 Rayner was appointed senior officer of a Castle corvette support group, the 30th Escort Group. He commanded the HMS Pevensey Castle (K 449) in that role.

In the closing months of the war he was stationed at Portsmouth serving with the Channel Command in a senior staff role.


Wikipedia. Denys Rayner

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Shikari (D 85)

3 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR) picks up 7 survivors from the American merchant William Pierce Frye that was torpedoed and sunk on 29 March by German U-boat U-610 south of Iceland in position 56°57'N, 24°15'W.

Corvette HMS Pevensey Castle (K 449)

11 Nov 1944 (position 50.24, -9.10)
The depth charge attacks carried out by the British corvettes HMS Pevensey Castle (Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VD, RNVR), HMS Launceston Castle (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J. Allon, RNR) south of Ireland, in position 50°24'N, 09°10'W, formerly credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-1200, were actually made against a non-sub target.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)


Rayner, D. A.

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