Ralph Heathcote DSO, RN
|Born||1 Mar 1901||Manchester, England|
Retired: 8 Jul 1952
Warship Commands listed for Ralph Heathcote, RN
|HMS Reading (G 71)||Cdr.||Destroyer||26 Nov 1940||1 Mar 1941|
|HMS Ajax (22)||Cdr.||Light cruiser||26 May 1942||2 Jul 1942|
|HMS Fame (H 78)||Cdr.||Destroyer||10 Aug 1942||14 Jul 1943|
|HMS Orion (85)||Capt.||Light cruiser||25 Jun 1945||late 1946|
Born 1901 Manchester, Died 1990 Gressingham, Lancaster. Educ: Marlborough. Joined Royal Navy as Midshipman in 1919. Final command HMS Gamecock (RNAS station in Warwickshire) till retirement in 1952. Painting is by Dring and is in Imperial War Museum: Heathcote said that it was done whilst he was in Belfast Loch waiting for a convoy to set off, but that his concern was more as to whether he'd get his captaincy or not: Dring added the relevant stripe when it was gazetted.
Events related to this officer
Destroyer HMS Fame (H 78)
16 Oct 1942 (position 53.54, -29.30)
German U-boat U-353 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 53°54'N, 29°30'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Fame (Cdr. R. Heathcote, RN).
17 Feb 1943 (position 50.36, -41.07)
German U-boat U-69 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland in position 50°36'N, 41°07'W by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Fame (Cdr. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN).
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