Claude Edward Lutley Sclater DSO, RN

Born  24 Jan 1910


1 May 1930 A/S.Lt.
1 Nov 1930 S.Lt.
1 Jun 1932 Lt.
1 Jun 1940 Lt.Cdr.

Retired: 24 Jan 1955


15 Sep 1942 DSO
16 Mar 1943 Bar to DSO

Warship Commands listed for Claude Edward Lutley Sclater, RN

HMS Wild Swan (D 62)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer22 Aug 194017 Jun 1942
HMS Obdurate (G 39)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer21 Jul 194213 Feb 1945

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Destroyer HMS Wild Swan (D 62)

13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940, the British destroyers HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, DSO, RN), HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN) and HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN) bombard Boulogne in a sweep along the French coast.

9 Jan 1941
HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN) picks up 56 survivors from the British merchant Bassano that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-105 north-west of Rockall in position 57°57'N, 17°42'W.

17 Jun 1942
Wild Swan was returning alone to Plymouth to refit when she was attacked and sunk by twelve German dive bombers, but not before six of the enemy aircraft had been shot down, a feat unsurpassed in a single ship action. (see Times obituary of Cmdr Claude Sclater dated 3 May 1986) (1)

Destroyer HMS Obdurate (G 39)

25 Jan 1944 (position 73.28, 21.30)
At 18.33 hrs on 25 January 1944 while in position 73°28'N, 21°30'E, HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN) was damaged by a Gnat-torpedo from German U-boat U-360 while escorting convoy JW 56A to North Russia. The U-boat missed the damaged destroyer with a torpedo at 18.44 hrs.


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