Lionel Peyton Skipwith, RN

Born  23 Jun 1902
Died   1978(75)


15 Jan 1922 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1922 S.Lt.
31 Aug 1924 Lt.
31 Aug 1932 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Cdr.

Retired: 23 Jun 1952


12 Aug 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
23 Sep 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Lionel Peyton Skipwith, RN

HMS Tartar (F 43)Cdr.Destroyer20 Jan 194029 May 1940
HMS Somali (F 33)Cdr.Destroyer31 May 19405 Sep 1940
HMS Tartar (F 43)Cdr.Destroyer5 Sep 194017 Feb 1942

Career information

He was born 1902, married Thelma Westwood 1926, and died in 1978, leaving his wife and one daughter.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Tartar (F 43)

9 Apr 1940
The Polish destroyers Burza, Grom and Blyskawica were ordered to join the British destroyer HMS Tartar and provide escort for convoy HN-24 (31 merchants escaping from Norway to England, some of them were loaded with Norwegian gold). The convoy reached Britain without any loses. (1)

27 May 1941
HMS Tartar and Mashona were screening King George V and Rodney on May 27, 1941 as they intercepted the crippled Bismarck for the final battle. Low on fuel, they were detached before the battle began but stayed on the scene almost to the end. The film footage that exists of Bismarck's final battle was apparently shot from HMS Tartar. Next day, Tartar and Mashona were attacked by German bombers. Mashona was sunk, with Tartar rescuing her survivors. (Source: Ludovic Kennedy, Pursiut) (1)


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