Alan Hamilton Barnett Anderson DSC, RNR

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Ranks

11 Jan 1940 S.Lt.
12 Jan 1941 Lt.
12 Jan 1949 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1955 Cdr.

Retired: 1 Jul 1973


Decorations

7 Oct 1941 DSC
19 Apr 1948 RD

Warship Commands listed for Alan Hamilton Barnett Anderson, RNR


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Rorqual (N 74)Lt.Submarine19 Jan 194216 Apr 1942
HMS L 23 (N 23)Lt.Submarine22 Dec 1942May 1943
HMS Scotsman (P 243)Lt.Submarine15 May 194418 Dec 1945

Career information

Lt. Anderson was wounded when HMS Sportsman was mistakenly bombed by an American aircraft in the Mediterranean. He was on board of HMS Sportsman as spare Commanding Officer to gain more expercience. He was badly burnt which took time to heal. This was the reason that he was not able to take command of one of HM Submarines for about a year.

Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74)


9 Feb 1942
The Italian merchant Salpi (2715 GRT, built 1920) hits a mine and sank 2 nautical miles bearing 100° of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia, Italy. The mine was laid on 22 October 1941 by HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN).


Submarine HMS L 23 (N 23)


22 Feb 1943
While serving as A/S training target ship on Canada's east coast, HMS L 23 was sent to Philadelphia, USA for a refit.


Submarine HMS Scotsman (P 243)


8 Mar 1945
After a period of trials and training in the Clyde area HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (1)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S exercises. (1)

10 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). (1)

11 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR). (1)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMCS Haida (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN) and ORP Krakowiak (Lt. W. Loskoczynski, ORP). (1)

13 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN). (1)

14 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. A.S. Pomeroy DSC, RN). (1)

15 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN). (1)

17 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

24 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN). (1)

26 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch. (1)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was grounded in Loch Alsh during exercises. She sustained damage that required a docking. This delayed her deployment to the Far East. (2)

2 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was docked at Greenock. (3)

28 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was undocked. (3)

11 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for the passage to the Far East. The first leg of the trip was to Gibraltar. The passage was made together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). This last one joined near Bishops Rock.

No logs for June and July 1945 are available for HMS Scotsman so no map of the passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee can be displayed. (4)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Gibraltar. (4)

17 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Gibraltar for Malta. The passage was made together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (4)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Malta. (4)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Malta for Port Said. The passage was made together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN). (4)

30 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Port Said. (4)

4 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) transited the Suez Canal Southbound and departed for Aden. She made the passage together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN). (4)

9 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Aden. (4)

12 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Aden for Trincomalee. (4)

22 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Trincomalee. (4)

30 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Trincomalee for Subic Bay, Philippines where she was to join her Flotilla.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Scotsman during this passage see the map below.


HMS Scotsman passage Trincomalee - Subic Bay click here for bigger map (4)

11 Aug 1945 (position 0.05, 108.50)
At 1050 hours (zone -7) HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) sank a laden junk with gunfire off the West coast of Borneo near Pontianak near position 00°05'N, 108°50'E. (5)

17 Aug 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Subic Bay. As the war with Japan had now ended she would see no offensive action.

After a visit to Hong Kong Scotsman returned to the U.K. arriving at Rothesay on 7 December 1945. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19580
  2. ADM 173/19581
  3. ADM 173/19582
  4. ADM 199/2569
  5. ADM 173/19583

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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