Frank Joseph George Hewitt DSC, RN

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7 Jun 1932 Lt.
7 Jun 1940 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1946 Cdr.

Retired: 7 Aug 1958


1 Jan 1942 DSC
15 Jun 1943 Bar to DSC

Warship Commands listed for Frank Joseph George Hewitt, RN

HMS Bulldog (H 91)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer24 Aug 19403 Jan 1941
HMS Arkwright (FY 653)Lt.Cdr.MS Trawler3 Feb 194119 Aug 1941
HMS Bridport (J 50)Lt.Cdr.Minesweeper29 Aug 194131 Mar 1942
HMS Gleaner (J 83)Lt.Cdr.Minesweeper10 Apr 194229 Sep 1944

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Destroyer HMS Bulldog (H 91)

24 Aug 1940
While at Portsmouth HMS Bulldog was damaged during a German air raid. Bulldog's Commanding Officer Lt.Cdr. John Patrick Wisden, RN was wounded, he died 5 days later.

First Officer F.J.G. Hewitt, RN took over command until relieved by Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN on 3 January 1941.

During the summer of 1941 Dr. Edward Lee performed trials with Britain's first infrared spectrometer for infrared recognition aboard HMS Bulldog.

Dr. Lee built the detection system which proved crucial to the identification of enemy aircraft in the Second World War.

At the outbreak of war, Dr. Lee joined the Admiralty Research Laboratory in Teddington, working initially on radar; then, using the research from his work on the spectrometer, he worked on developing the type F infrared rays recognition system to help allied pilots distinguish enemy aircraft from their own planes at night. The system employed the transmission of intermittent infrared light beams from lamps attached to aircraft' tailfins. The beams were invisible to the naked eye, but could be detected by fellow pilots via a special receiver.

Minesweeper HMS Gleaner (J 83)

4 Mar 1944
HMS Gleaner (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, DSC and Bar, RN) picks up 68 survivors from the British merchant Empire Tourist that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-703 in the Norwegian Sea in position 73°25'N, 22°11'E.

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