Charles Peter Frend, RN

Born  18 Jan 1899

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2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Jul 1917 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1918 S.Lt.
15 Jan 1920 Lt.
15 Jan 1928 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1933 Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1950


Warship Commands listed for Charles Peter Frend, RN

HMS Phoebe (43)Capt.Light cruiser11 Mar 194224 Jun 1944
HMS Warspite (03)Capt.Battleship29 Aug 194414 Sep 1944

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Light cruiser HMS Phoebe (43)

23 Oct 1942
HMS Phoebe (Capt. C.P. Frend, RN) was torpedoed by U-161 off the Congo Estuary, while on passage to French Equatorial Africa. Her route was from Simonstown to Freetown, but the ship had to refuel at Pointe Noire. Two U-boats (U-161 and U-126) were patrolling that area by the time. After the hit, a corvette coming up from the harbour prevented the U-boat to finish off the cruiser. About 60 crew members were killed (and three more from malaria in the following days). After provisional repairs, Phoebe made to New York for definite repairs. It was an outstanding deed to go 10.000 miles with a hole 60' by 30' in size. The repairs were not completed until June 1943. (1)


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