John Shirley Sandys Litchfield-Speer OBE, RN

Born  27 Aug 1903Thames Ditton, Surrey, England, U.K.
Died  31 May 1993(89)Bearstead, Maidstone, Kent, England, U.K.


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Ranks

30 Sep 1924 S.Lt.
30 Jun 1926 Lt.
30 Jun 1934 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1939 Cdr.
31 Dec 1945 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1955


Decorations

1 Jan 1944 OBE

Warship Commands listed for John Shirley Sandys Litchfield-Speer, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Norfolk (78)Cdr.Heavy cruiser28 May 19431 Jul 1943

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Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (78)


3 Jun 1943
With her refit completed, HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN), made several runs over the D/G (degaussing) range at Portsmouth. (1)

4 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) departed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow. (2)

6 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from Portsmouth. She now commended a post-refit work-up programme. (2)

11 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (3)

19 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

21 Jun 1943
The battleship HMS Anson (Commodore H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN), heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) and the light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.T. Addis, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. During the exercises HMS Anson was escorted by the destroyers HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN). (4)

29 Jun 1943
The battleships HMS Duke of York (Capt. G.E. Creasy, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Admiral B.A. Fraser, KCB, KBE, RN), HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN), heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) and the destroyers HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, DSC, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN) and HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (5)

30 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

1 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Norfolk (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hvalfjord. She is to proceed to the northward of Iceland to inspect the ice edge and also sent false W/T messages to give the Germans in Norway something to think about.

On 4 July exercises were carried out in Denmark Strait with HMS Berwick (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) which had departed Hvalfjord on 2 July for this purpose.

On completion of the exercises both cruisers proceeded to Hvalfjord arriving there later on 4 July. (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/118299
  2. ADM 53/118301 + ADM 199/766
  3. ADM 53/118301
  4. ADM 53/116901 + ADM 53/118301 + ADM 53/118526
  5. ADM 53/116901 + ADM 53/117399 + ADM 53/118301 + ADM 53/118629
  6. ADM 53/117041 + ADM 53/118302 + ADM 199/766

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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