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#4523075 - 05/30/20 12:43 PM The Last British Destroyer Commander of WWII  
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LAST WARTIME DESTROYER CAPTAIN DIES AGED 105


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The Royal Navy has lost its last link with a rare breed of men who helped deliver victory over the U-boat.

Lieutenant Commander John Manners, who has died aged 105, is believed to have been the last of the Royal Navy’s World War 2 destroyer captains.

As commanding officer of veteran destroyer HMS Viceroy, Manners sank U-1274 just three weeks before the wars end, pummelling the German submarine with depth charges just moments after it had torpedoed the tanker Athelduke off the Norwegian coast.

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#4523095 - 05/30/20 03:10 PM Re: The Last British Destroyer Commander of WWII [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Thank you for your service Sir.

Athelduke: At 17.32 hours on 16 April 1945 the Athelduke (Master Joseph Errett) in convoy FS-1784 was torpedoed and sunk by U-1274 east of Newcastle. One crew member was lost. The master, 41 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British merchant King Neptune.

FS-1784: Depart Methil on 16 April 1945. Arrive Southend on 18 April 1945

http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/fs/index.html


There was only 16 squadrons of RAF fighters that used 100 octane during the BoB.
The Fw190A could not fly with the outer cannon removed.
There was no Fw190A-8s flying with the JGs in 1945.
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One of the last of the best. RIP sir


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#4523158 - 05/30/20 08:23 PM Re: The Last British Destroyer Commander of WWII [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Fair winds and following seas. RIP Sir!


In all my years I've never seen the like. It has to be more than a hundred sea miles and he brings us up on his tail. That's seamanship, Mr. Pullings. My God, that's seamanship!
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#4523175 - 05/30/20 11:00 PM Re: The Last British Destroyer Commander of WWII [Re: F4UDash4]  
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A very well-lived life. RIP.


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#4523198 - 05/31/20 01:15 AM Re: The Last British Destroyer Commander of WWII [Re: F4UDash4]  
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There was only 16 squadrons of RAF fighters that used 100 octane during the BoB.
The Fw190A could not fly with the outer cannon removed.
There was no Fw190A-8s flying with the JGs in 1945.
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Given that there were hundreds of destroyer captains in WWII and that they were skippered by younger men it's pretty much a certainty that there are no living WWII commanders of cruisers, battleships/carriers.


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