John Lee-Barber DSO, RN

Born  16 Apr 1905

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30 Mar 1926 S.Lt.
30 Dec 1927 Lt.
30 Dec 1935 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1941 Cdr.
31 Dec 1947 Capt.
7 Jan 1957 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 25 May 1959


9 Jul 1940 DSO
19 Jul 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Nov 1941 Bar to DSO
11 Nov 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1959 CB

Warship Commands listed for John Lee-Barber, RN

HMS Griffin (H 31)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer10 Jan 193919 Nov 1941
HMS Opportune (G 80)Cdr.Destroyer26 Sep 194214 Aug 1944

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Destroyer HMS Griffin (H 31)

13 Jul 1940
Shortly after leaving Dover, escorting a convoy HMS Vanessa (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) was damaged by near misses during a German air attack. Vanessa's propellers were damaged and put out of action by a bomb exploding 6 yards astern. Vanessa was towed to Sheerness by HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN). Repairs to Vanessa were completed on 4 November 1940.

8 Aug 1940
HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) picks up 766 survivors from the British troop transport Mohamed Ali El-Kebir that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-38 about 230 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°22'N, 13°18'W.

Destroyer HMS Opportune (G 80)

12 May 1943 (position 46.39, -26.54)
German U-boat U-456 was almost certainly sunk in an diving accident on 12 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 46°39'N, 26°54'W, while facing the British destroyer HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) after being badly damaged by a Fido homing torpedo from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 86/B).

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