Frederick Harold Thornton DSC, OBE, RD, RNR

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Ranks

18 Feb 1932 S.Lt.
18 Feb 1934 Lt.
18 Feb 1942 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1949 Cdr.

Decorations

1 Jan 1944 DSC
Mar 1944 RD
14 Nov 1944 OBE

Warship Commands listed for Frederick Harold Thornton, RNR


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Cape Warwick (FY 167)Lt.ASW Trawler16 Oct 193922 Feb 1940
HMS Lord Lloyd (FY 157)Lt.ASW Trawler17 Apr 1940late 1940
HMS Pimpernel (K 71)Lt.Corvette5 Dec 1940early 1943
HMS Sennen (Y 21)Lt.Cdr.Sloop12 Feb 19438 May 1945

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Events related to this officer

Corvette HMS Pimpernel (K 71)


26 Feb 1941
HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 7 survivors of the Norwegian merchant Benjamin Franklin that was torpedoed and sunk on 19 February 1941 south of Iceland in position 58°50'N, 16°30'W by German U-boat U-103.

HMS Pimpernel also picks up 32 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Borgland that was torpedoed and sunk that day, east of Ireland in position 55°45'N, 14°29'W, by German U-boat U-47.

26 Feb 1941
Pimpernel rescued 28 men from the sinking Swedish ship Rydboholm, that had been torpedoed by U-47 in the morning. (1)

13 Mar 1941
HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up the sole survivor of the Norwegian merchant Augvald that was torpedoed and sunk on 2 March 1941 north-west of the Hebrides in position 59°30'N, 07°30'W by German U-boat U-147.

12 Jun 1941
The British merchant Chinese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 south of Rockall in position 56°12'N, 14°18'W. 18 survivors are later picked up by the British corvettes HMS Arbutus (Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) and HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR).

17 Aug 1942
HMS Pimpernel (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Fort la Reine that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-658 in the Windward Passage west of Haiti in position 18°30'N, 75°20'W.

18 Aug 1942
HMS Pimpernel (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Empire Bede that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-553 north of Jamaica in position 19°35'N, 76°25'W. The wreck of the Empire Bede is finally sunk by gunfire from the corvette in position 19?41'N, 76?50'W.


Sloop HMS Sennen (Y 21)


19 May 1943 (position 54.54, -34.19)
German U-boat U-954 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland in position 54°54'N, 34°19'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR).

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