William Eames Wilson, RN

Born  26 Jan 1900


15 May 1921 S.Lt.
15 Dec 1922 Lt.
15 Dec 1930 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Cdr.

Retired: 1 Sep 1946


Warship Commands listed for William Eames Wilson, RN

HMS Juno (F 46)Cdr.DestroyerJul 193931 Oct 1940

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Destroyer HMS Juno (F 46)

6 Dec 1939
During the night of 6/7 December 1939 the German destroyer Z 12 escorted by her sister ship Z 10 was on an offensive mining operation off Cromer. At 0255hours, just 15 minutes after the lay had been completed, the German ships sighted the British destroyers HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN) about 8000m away. The Germans turned to a parallel course and by 0310hours had closed range to 4,600m while remaining undetected themselves. Z 10 fired three torpedoes at Juno, the lead British ship while Z 12 sent four more torpedoes at Jersey. Z 10's salvo missed, but Z 12 scored with one torpedo. The blow started a large fire and caused damage that required ten months to repair. Juno turned back to assist Jersey, making smoke; apparently the British believed a submarine had attacked them. The Germans still had the advantage of surprise and fired at least five more torpedoes, but then they decided to break off the action and return for home. HMS Jersey was under repair until 23 September 1940.

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