George Eric Maxia O’Donnell DSO, RN

Born  31 Aug 1893Bombay, India (now Mumbai)
Died  18 Jan 1953(59)


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Ranks

15 May 1911 Mid.
15 Sep 1913 A/S.Lt.
15 Apr 1914 S.Lt.
15 Jul 1915 Lt.
15 Jul 1923 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1929 Cdr.
31 Dec 1936 Capt.

Retired: 2 Jan 1946


Decorations

2 Dec 1938 DSO
30 Jan 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for George Eric Maxia O’Donnell, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Enterprise (D 52)Capt.Light cruiser15 Jul 194217 Nov 1942
HMS Capetown (D 88)Capt.Light cruiser17 Nov 194228 Dec 1942
HMS Enterprise (D 52)Capt.Light cruiser28 Dec 19421 Jul 1943
HMS Malaya (01)Capt.Battleship21 Jul 194315 Oct 1943
HMS Valiant (02)Capt.Battleship15 Oct 19434 Apr 1945

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Events related to this officer

Battleship HMS Malaya (01)


22 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) and the aircraft carrier HMS Unicorn (Capt. Q.D. Graham, CBE, DSO, RN) departed Greenock for Scapa Flow.

They were escorted by HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, DSC, RN), HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN).

They arrived at Scapa Flow on 23 July 1943. (1)

25 Jul 1943
The battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Port H.H.Z. (Loch Cairnbawn) where she was to participate in special trials.

During the passage she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Saumarez (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, DSC, RN), HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN).

The destroyers returned to Scapa Flow later the same day. (1)

9 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) shifted from Port H.H.Z. (Loch Cairnbawn) to Scapa Flow.

She was escorted by the destroyer HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN).

Before entering Scapa Flow tactical exercises were carried out with HMS Danae (Capt. J.R.S. Haines, RN). (2)

19 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) participated in exercises at Scapa Flow. (3)

20 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) participated in exercises at Scapa Flow. (3)

27 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) participated in exercises at Scapa Flow. (3)

30 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) participated in exercises at Scapa Flow. (3)

1 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde.

[It appears she was not escorted.] (4)

2 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) arrived at Greenock. (4)

4 Oct 1943
The battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) departed Greenock for Plymouth. She was escorted by the destroyer HMS Skate (Lt. J.C. Rushbrooke, DSC, RN) and the frigate HMS Bentinck (Cdr. E.H. Chavasse, DSO, DSC, RN) until 1530/4 when the escort destroyers HMS Melbreak (Lt. G.J. Kirkby, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Talybont (Lt. E.F. Baines, DSO, RN) took over.

At 0645/5, the escort destoyer HMS Tanatside (Cdr. B.J. de St. Croix, RN) joined.

HMS Malaya and her escorts arrived at Plymouth around 1000/5. (5)

15 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
While at Plymouth, the battleships HMS Malaya and HMS Valiant exchanged crews. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/117882 + ADM 199/632
  2. ADM 53/117883 + ADM 199/632
  3. ADM 53/117883
  4. ADM 53/117884
  5. ADM 53/117885

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


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