Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux DSC, RAN

Born  3 Oct 1902
Died  21 Oct 1944(42)HMAS Australia (KIA)

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31 Dec 1915 Cadet
1 Jan 1920 Mid.
1 May 1922 A/S.Lt.
1 Dec 1922 S.Lt.
1 Sep 1924 Lt.
1 Sep 1932 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Cdr.
31 Dec 1943 Capt.


1 Jul 1941 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, RAN

HMS Egret (L 75 / U 75)Cdr.Sloop20 Apr 194019 May 1940
HMS Eglinton (L 87)Cdr.Escort destroyer20 May 194017 Aug 1941
HMS Vivacious (D 36)Cdr.Destroyer30 May 194019 Jun 1940
HMAS Warramunga (I 44)Cdr.DestroyerOct 19426 Mar 1944
HMAS Australia (D 84)Capt.Heavy cruiser9 Mar 194421 Oct 1944 (+)

Career information

Temporarily commanded HMS Vivacious from 30 May 1940 to 19 June 1940 while HMS Eglinton was still under construction.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMAS Warramunga (I 44)

21 Dec 1943
HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN), HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, RAN), USS Ralph Talbot (T/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Shepard, USN) and USS Helm (T/Lt.Cdr. S.K. Santmyers, USN) conducted AA gunnery exercises off Milne Bay. (1)

Heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (D 84)

3 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Australia (Capt. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN, flying the flag of Commodore J.A. Collins, CB, RAN), USS Daly (T/Cdr. R.G. Visser, USN) and USS Mullany (T/Cdr. A.O. Momm, USN) conducted exercises off Manus. (2)


  1. Report of proceedings of Task Force 74 for December 1943
  2. War diary of COMCRUDIV 15 for October 1944

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