Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

Richard Grenville Williams Lane

RNVR. British

Born  5 Jul 1905

Roster information listed for Richard Grenville Williams Lane

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
HMS SpringbankFighter catapult shipLieutenant27 Sep 1941U-201 (1)

Personal information

Son of Allen Williams and Camilla Lane, of Ipsden, Oxfordshire. He served aboard HMS Springbank together with his brother John Lane. Both survived the sinking, but John later lost his life when HMS Avenger was sunk in November 1942.

Together with their elder brother Allen the brothers had founded Penguin Books in 1935. Richard continued to work as publisher and emigrated to Australia after the war.


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Crew list for Ships hit by U-boats