Eric Wheeler Bush DSO, DSC, RN

Born  12 Aug 1899


Photo from 14 March 1942 onboard HMS Euryalus

Ranks

2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Jul 1917 A/S.Lt.
15 Mar 1918 S.Lt.
15 Mar 1920 Lt.
15 Mar 1928 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1933 Cdr.
30 Jun 1939 Capt.

Retired: 10 Jul 1948


Decorations

14 Mar 1916 DSC
16 Aug 1940 DSO
8 Sep 1942 Bar to DSO
14 Nov 1944 2nd Bar to DSO
10 Jul 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
20 Nov 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Eric Wheeler Bush, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Euryalus (42)Capt.Light cruiser31 Mar 194115 Aug 1943
HMS Malaya (01)Capt.Battleship11 Jul 194421 Sep 1944

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Euryalus (42)


17 Nov 1942
17 November 1942 / 20 November 1942;
Operation Stone Age;

On 17 November 1942 a convoy of 4 merchants (MW-13) left Alexandria for Malta. This convoy was escorted by the British light cruisers HMS Arethusa, HMS Euryalus, HMS Dido and 10 destroyers.

On the 18th HMS Arethusa was hit by a aerial torpedo. She was heavily damaged and towed back to Alexandria.

The convoy arrived safe at Malta on the 20th. This meant the end of the Malta siege.


Battleship HMS Malaya (01)


19 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) shifted from Gareloch to Greenock. En-route she conducted D/G trials off Helensburgh.

HMS Malaya was brought forward from reserve to act as spare bombardment ship. (1)

20 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Greenock for Scapa Flow. (1)

21 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

Before entering the anchorage she carried out gunnery exercises during which she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMCS Algonquin (Lt.Cdr. D.W. Piers, DSC, RCN). (1)

26 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow during which she was escorted by HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMS Virago (Lt.Cdr. A.J.R. White, RN). (1)

28 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

29 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

1 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow during which she was escorted by HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN). (2)

8 Aug 1944
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow during which she was escorted by HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN).

On completion of these exercises she departed for Greenock escorted by the two destroyers until off the North Minches. The destroyers then proceeded to Stornoway. (3)

9 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Greenock. (2)

11 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted bombardment gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

12 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted bombardment gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

13 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted AA gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

17 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted AA gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

18 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

22 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

24 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted AA gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

27 Aug 1944
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Greenock for Portsmouth.

At 1500/28, she was joined by the destroyers HMCS Haida (Capt. H.G. De Wolf, DSO, RCN) and ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski).

These destroyers were relieved at 0250/9 by the destroyers HMS Ulysses (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Hanson, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J Lynch Phibbs, RN).

HMS Malaya arrived at Portmouth in the afternoon of August, 29th. (4)

30 Aug 1944
At HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth to bombard the island of C├ęzembre off Saint-Malo, France.

She was escorted by the destoyers HMS Grenville (Capt. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN).

The island was bombarded between 1119 and 1442/30. Malaya reported aving obtained hits on both battery positions and on the barracks. Course was then set to return to Portsmouth where they arrived around 0700/1.

The garrison on the island surrendered on 2 September 1944. (5)

15 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Plymouth. She was being escorted by HMS Grenville (Capt. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Ursa (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, DSC, RN). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/117886
  2. ADM 53/119846
  3. ADM 53/119846 + ADM 199/1427
  4. ADM 53/119847
  5. ADM 53/119847 + ADM 53/119848
  6. ADM 53/119848

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


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