Herbert Wyndham Williams, RN

Born  1 Dec 1897

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2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Sep 1916 A/S.Lt.
15 Apr 1917 S.Lt.
15 Nov 1918 Lt.
15 Nov 1926 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1932 Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1950


1 Jan 1946 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Herbert Wyndham Williams, RN

HMS Arrow (H 42)Cdr.Destroyer23 Aug 19398 Jan 1941
HMS VindictiveCapt.Repair Ship15 Dec 194230 Jan 1943
HMS Manxman (M 70)Capt.Minelayer22 Feb 194320 May 1943
HMS Sirius (82)Capt.Light cruiser20 May 194320 Jun 1943
HMS Manxman (M 70)Capt.Minelayer20 Jun 1943Jul 1943
HMS Birmingham (19)Capt.Light cruiser6 Sep 194312 Jan 1944
HMS Colombo (D 89)Capt.Light cruiser12 Jan 19441 Mar 1944
HMS Birmingham (19)Capt.Light cruiser1 Apr 194419 Nov 1945

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Light cruiser HMS Birmingham (19)

28 Nov 1943 (position 33.05, 21.43)
At 1117 hours on 28 November 1943, HMS Birmingham (Capt. H.W. Williams, RN) was torpedoed and very seriously damaged by German U-boat U-407 off the coast of Cyrenaica in position 33°05'N, 21°43'E. The cruiser managed to reach Alexandria, where temporary repairs were carried out. In June 1944, she sailed to the USA for permanent repairs and returned to service in November 1944. 29 lives were lost in this attack.

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