Hugh Crofton Simms DSO, RN

Born  13 Sep 1906
Died  21 Dec 1942(36)Died off wounds following the sinking of HMS Snapdragon


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Ranks

1 Jan 1927 A/S.Lt.
1 Aug 1927 S.Lt.
1 Mar 1929 Lt.
1 Mar 1937 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.

Decorations

1 Jan 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
6 Mar 1942 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Hugh Crofton Simms, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Scout (H 51)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer15 Sep 193820 Jan 1940
HMS Hurricane (H 06)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer21 Apr 1940Jun 1941
HMS Lamerton (L 88)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer10 Jun 1941Jan 1942
HMS Javelin (F 61)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer8 Jan 194230 Sep 1942
HMS Snapdragon (K 10)Cdr.Corvette30 Sep 194219 Dec 1942

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Hurricane (H 06)


25 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker Saranac that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-51 about 270 nautical miles west-south-west of Lands End in position 48°24'N, 15°05'W.

27 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 28 survivors from the Dutch tanker Leticia that was sunk earlier that day by the German U-boat U-47 in position 50°11'N, 13°15'W about 150 nautical miles west-south-west of Mizen Head.

HMS Hurricane and her sister ship HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) also pick up 27 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Lenda that was sunk about 160 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet, Ireland in position 50°00'N, 13°24'W by gunfire from German U-boat U-47.

29 Jun 1940
About 05.00 hours on 29 June 1940, the unescorted British merchant Empire Toucan was torpedoed by German U-boat U-47 190 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet and broke in two. The U-boat sank the after part by gunfire. The bow section was sunk by gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN), which picked up the master and 30 crew members and landed them at Plymouth.

18 Sep 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 105 survivors from the British passenger ship City of Benares that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°43'N, 21°15'W.

HMS Hurricane also picks up 20 survivors from the British merchant Marina that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°46'N, 21°15'W.

7 Mar 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 99 survivors from the British whale factory ship Terje Viken that was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarines U-47 and U-99 south-east of Iceland in position 60°00'N, 12°50'W. The wreck of the Terje Viken was scuttled by gunfire of a British salvage tug.

29 Apr 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) rescued the master, 170 crew members, eight gunners and 273 passengers from the British steam passenger ship City of Nagpur which was sunk in position 52°30'N, 26°00'W by German U-boat U-75. The survivors were landed at Greenock.

30 Apr 1941 (position 54.01, -17.17)
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Henri Mory that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-110 about 330 nautical miles west-north-west of Blasket Islands, Ireland.


Escort destroyer HMS Lamerton (L 88)


24 Oct 1941
HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 7 survivors from the British merchant Ariosto that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-564 about 300 nautical miles west of Gibraltar in position 36°20'N, 10°50'W.

25 Oct 1941
The Italian submarine Ferraris was damaged by bombing from a British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn. 202/A) and was unable to dive. The British escort destroyer HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) rushed to the scene and after a long gun duel Ferraris was scuttled east of the Azores in position 37°07'N, 14°19'W.


Destroyer HMS Javelin (F 61)


5 May 1942
Took part in the landings at Madagascar. (1)

12 Aug 1942
With East Med Fleet bombarded the Island of Rhodes. (1)

12 Sep 1942
With East Med Fleet bombarded El-Darba. (1)

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