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Harold Wilson Downes

Merchant Navy (R266736). British

Born  10 Feb 1920Sunderland

Roster information listed for Harold Wilson Downes

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Empire DrydenSteam merchantFourth Engineer Officer20 Apr 1942U-572 (1)

Personal information

Harold Wilson Downes had joined the Empire Dryden in Sunderland on 18 February 1942. Following the torpedoing by U-572, he managed to get into the lifeboat in charge of the chief officer. According to his daughter he was torpedoed several times and in fact had the reputation as a “Jonah” and was forced to return to England on a ship where no one spoke English!


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