George Devereux Belben DSO, DSC, RN
|Born||14 May 1897||Bark Hart, Seldown, Poole|
|Died||18 Feb 1944||(46)||HMS Penelope|
Warship Commands listed for George Devereux Belben, RN
|HMS Canton (F 97)||Capt.||Armed Merchant Cruiser||26 Sep 1939||10 Feb 1941|
|HMS Penelope (97)||Capt.||Light cruiser||10 Aug 1942||18 Feb 1944 (+)|
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Light cruiser HMS Penelope (97)
During the first week of June bombarded Pantelleria and Lampedusa islands, in the Sicilian Channel, on 11 June supported the Pantelleria landings.
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).
Left the Med for a short period of time to hunt down blockade runners in the Bay of Biscay.
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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