Michael Southcote Townsend DSO, DSC, OBE, RN

Born  18 Jun 1908


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Ranks

1 Sep 1928 A/S.Lt.
16 Jun 1929 S.Lt.
1 Dec 1931 Lt.
1 Dec 1939 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Cdr.
30 Jun 1947 Capt.
7 Jul 1956 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 7 Jul 1961


Decorations

24 Apr 1940 OBE
11 Jul 1940 DSC
11 Mar 1941 Bar to DSC
4 May 1943 DSO
1 Jan 1959 CB

Warship Commands listed for Michael Southcote Townsend, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Viscount (D 92)Lt.Destroyer24 Aug 1939mid 1941
HMS Badsworth (L 03)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer10 Jun 19418 Jan 1942
HMS Kelvin (F 37)Cdr.Destroyer24 Apr 194224 Mar 1943
HMS Barfleur (R 80)Cdr.Destroyer1 Aug 194428 Dec 1945

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Viscount (D 92)


2 Dec 1940
HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC, RN) picks up survivors from the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Forfar that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 about 500 nautical miles west of Ireland in position 54°35'N, 18°18'W.

HMS Viscount also picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Goodleigh that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-52 367 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°02'N, 18°45'W.

HMS Viscount also picks up 16 survivors from the British merchant Kavak that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 about 340 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°00'N, 19°30'W.

HMS Viscount also picks up 27 survivors from the British merchant Tasso that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-52 sink about 360 miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°03'N, 18°04'W.


Destroyer HMS Kelvin (F 37)


20 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Kelvin and HMS Javelin intercept a small Italian convoy off Tripoli, Libya and completely destroy it. Some 11 ships were sunk among them the small Italian minesweepers RD 31, RD 36, RD 37 and RD 39.


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