Cuthbert John Pope, RAN

Born  2 Mar 1887
Died  4 Aug 1959(72)

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15 Aug 1906 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1908 Lt.
15 Feb 1916 Lt.Cdr.
1 Jul 1921 Cdr.
31 Dec 1929 Capt.
2 Mar 1942 Capt. (Emergency)
26 Sep 1946 Rear-Admiral (retired)

Retired: 26 Sep 1946


3 Jun 1935 CBE

Warship Commands listed for Cuthbert John Pope, RAN

HMS California (F 55)Capt.Armed Merchant Cruiser7 Nov 1939Oct 1941

Career information

Transferred to the Emergency List on 2 March 1942

Events related to this officer

Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS California (F 55)

18 Nov 1939
The German merchant Borkum (3670 GRT) is captured in the North Atlantic by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN). While en route under her prize crew to Kirkwall in the Orkney's she was torpedoed at 1530 hours on 23 November. She was hit by a torpedo from German U-boat U-33 and was abandoned two days later. The Borkum drifted ashore in Papa Sound and was declared a total loss. On 18 August 1940 she was refloated and towed to Rosyth, where she was broken up.

11 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, CBE, RAN) picks up 30 survivors from the British merchant Llanfair that was torpedoed and sunk on 11 August 1940 by German U-boat U-38 200 nautical miles west of Tory Island in position 54°48'N, 13°46'W. One of the survivors died aboard and was buried at sea on 13 August.

5 Dec 1940
The German blockade breaker Klaus Schoke (5830 GRT) was intercepted by HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN) in the mid-Atlantic near the Azores. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is scuttled by her own crew.

27 Feb 1941

Convoy BHX 112.

This convoy departed Bermuda on 27 February 1941 to join convoy HX 112 at sea.

On departure from Bermuda the convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Beduin (Norwegian (tanker), 8136 GRT, built 1936), British Commodore (British (tanker), 6865 GRT, built 1923), British Sincerity (British (tanker), 8538 GRT, built 1939), Cistula (Dutch (tanker), 8097 GRT, built 1939), Diloma (British (tanker), 8146 GRT, built 1939), Elona (British (tanker), 6192 GRT, built 1936), Erodona (British (tanker), 6207 GRT, built 1937), Franche-Comte (British (tanker), 9314 GRT, built 1936), Ixion (British, 10263 GRT, built 1912), Katendrecht (British (tanker), 5099 GRT, built 1925), Ocana (British (tanker), 6256 GRT, built 1938), Oilreliance (British (tanker), 5666 GRT, built 1929), Robert F. Hand (British (tanker), 12197 GRT, built 1933), San Cipriano (British (tanker), 7966 GRT, built 1937), Traveller (British, 3963 GRT, built 1922) and Winamac (British (tanker), 8621 GRT, built 1926).

On departure from Bermuda the convoy was escorted by the armed merchant cruiser HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN).

The convoy joined convoy HX 112 in the morning of 5 March 1941. HMS California then parted company.

30 Mar 1941
HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Coultarn. that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-69 southwest of Iceland in position 60°18'N, 29°28'W.

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