John Stuart Crawford DSO, RN
|Born||24 Mar 1900|
Retired: 7 Jan 1950
Warship Commands listed for John Stuart Crawford, RN
|HMS Zulu (F 18)||Cdr.||Destroyer||15 Feb 1938||14 Jan 1941|
|HMS Menestheus (M 93)||Capt.||Minelayer||12 Feb 1941||15 Jan 1942|
|HMS Jervis (F 00)||Capt.||Destroyer||22 Jun 1943||16 Nov 1943|
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Minelayer HMS Menestheus (M 93)
8 Nov 1941
Minelaying operation SN 83B.
Minelaying operation by the 1st Minelaying Squadron.
At 0810A/8, the auxiliary minelayers HMS Menestheus (Capt. J.S. Crawford, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, OBE, RN), HMS Port Quebec (Capt.(Retd.) E.C. Watson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Brighton (Cdr. (Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN), HMS Charlestown (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Newark (Lt.Cdr. R.H.W. Atkins, RN) and HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) departed Port Z.A. (Loch Alsh) to lay minefield SN 83B.
Cover for this minelaying operation was provided by the light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.M. Burrough, CB, RN) and the destroyers HMS Bedouin (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, OBE, RN) and HMS Intrepid (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Lewes, DSC, RN) which departed from Seidisfjord, Iceland around 1315Z/8.
The minefield made up of 933 mines, was laid between 1320Z/9 and 1408Z/9, along a line joining positions, 62°49'8"N, 09°52'5"W and 63°02'8"N, 10°37'0"W.
The minelayers laid as follows; HMS Menestheus 410 mines and Port Quebec 550 mines.
Very bad weather was experienced. During the night from 9/10 November the weather got even worse and as a result of it the force split up. HMS Brighton experienced two temporary engine breakdowns and HMS Newark had to steer by hand for two days.
HMS Port Quebec and HMS Charlestown arrived at Port Z.A. at 0430A/12. HMS Menestheus followed at 0700A/12 and finally HMS Brighton and HMS Newark arrived at 1145A/12.
HMS Montrose had been ordered to return to Scapa Flow where she arrived around 0800A/12.
HMS Kenya, HMS Bedouin and HMS Intrepid remained at sea, patrolling in the Iceland - Faeroer gap until returning to Seidisfiord around 1100Z/12. (1)
- ADM 53/114497 + ADM 199/396 + ADM 199/399 + ADM 234/560 + ADM 234/561
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