George Devereux Belben DSO, DSC, RN

Born  14 May 1897Bark Hart, Seldown, Poole
Died  18 Feb 1944(46)HMS Penelope

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31 Jul 1914 Mid.
15 Jul 1916 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1917 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1918 Lt.
15 Feb 1926 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1931 Cdr. (1)
30 Jun 1939 Capt.


23 Jul 1918 DSC
4 Apr 1944 DSO (posthumous) (1)
1 Aug 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID) (posthumous)

Warship Commands listed for George Devereux Belben, RN

HMS Canton (F 97)Capt.Armed Merchant Cruiser26 Sep 193910 Feb 1941
HMS Penelope (97)Capt.Light cruiser10 Aug 194218 Feb 1944 (+)

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Light cruiser HMS Penelope (97)

Jun 1943
During the first week of June bombarded Pantelleria and Lampedusa islands, in the Sicilian Channel, on 11 June supported the Pantelleria landings.

Aug 1943
Deployed in support of Operation "Husky", the Sicilian landings.

9 Sep 1943
Deployed in support of the Salerno landings, after the announcement of the Italian Armistice ferried troops to Taranto and in October moved to operate in the Aegean.

7 Oct 1943
The British light cruisers HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, RN) and HMS Sirius (Capt. P.B.W. Brooking, DSO, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, DSO, RN) and HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Taylor, RN), north of Astipalea (Stampalia) in the Dodecanese, attacked a German convoy consisting of the auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2111 (667 tons, former Italian Tramaglio), cargo Olympus (5216 GRT) and 5 MFPs. All were sunk.
On the return leg of the mission, the British were repeatedly attacked by German planes while transiting Karpathos Strait (Scarpanto).

Dec 1943
Left the Med for a short period of time to hunt down blockade runners in the Bay of Biscay.

Jan 1944
Deployed in support of the Anzio landings.

18 Feb 1944
My father William C. Moen was a member of PT Boat squadron 216 off the coast of Anzio. My father jumped in the water and helped save several of Penelopes crew just after the Penelope was sunk. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for valor. (2)

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