Desmond Nevill Cooper Tufnell DSC, RN

Born  15 Nov 1892
Died  24 Apr 1965(72)

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15 May 1910 Mid.
15 Sep 1912 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1913 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1915 Lt.
15 Feb 1923 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1928 Cdr.
31 Dec 1936 Capt.

Retired: 2 Jan 1946


22 Jun 1916 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Desmond Nevill Cooper Tufnell, RN

HMS Ramillies (07)Capt.Battleship23 Sep 19414 Aug 1942
HMS Royal Sovereign (05)Capt.Battleship7 Aug 194219 Nov 1942

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Battleship HMS Ramillies (07)

30 May 1942
While Ramillies (Capt. D.N.C. Tufnell, DSC, RN) was anchored in Diego Suarez harbour (Madagascar), two midget submarines were launched at nightfall from Japanese submarines I-16 (offsite link) and I-20 (offsite link). One, from I-20, managed to get through and enter the harbour, finding Ramillies and the British tanker British Loyalty (6,993 tons.). Armed with only two torpedoes, the Japanese commander chose to target both vessels, each with a torpedo. He achieved both hits, sinking the tanker and probably saving the battleship from sinking. Severely damaged, she nevertheless could be towed to Durban, where she undertook temporary repairs from June to August. Later she returned home to Plymouth where full repairs were completed from September 1942 to June 1943. (1)


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