Robert Denys Franks DSO, DSC, OBE, RN

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1 Jan 1933 S.Lt.
1 Feb 1934 Lt.
1 Feb 1942 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1946 Cdr.
30 Jun 1952 Capt.


8 Mar 1940 OBE
16 Aug 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
10 Aug 1943 DSO
16 Feb 1945 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Robert Denys Franks, RN

HMS Scimitar (H 21)Lt.Destroyer26 Feb 194020 Jun 1942
HMS Obdurate (G 39)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer13 Feb 1945ca mid 46

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Destroyer HMS Scimitar (H 21)

8 Jul 1940
HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN) together pick up 43 survivors from the British merchant Humber Arm that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 60 nautical miles south of Fastnet in position 50°36'N, 09°24'W.

29 Jun 1941 (position 59.52, -18.36)
German U-boat U-651 was sunk south of Iceland, in position 59°52'N, 18°36'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Malcolm (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, RN), the corvettes HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Nicholson, RNR) and the minesweeper HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RNR).

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