Frederick Harold Thornton DSC, OBE, RD, RNR
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Warship Commands listed for Frederick Harold Thornton, RNR
|HMS Cape Warwick (FY 167)||Lt.||ASW Trawler||16 Oct 1939||22 Feb 1940|
|HMS Lord Lloyd (FY 157)||Lt.||ASW Trawler||17 Apr 1940||late 1940|
|HMS Pimpernel (K 71)||Lt.||Corvette||5 Dec 1940||early 1943|
|HMS Sennen (Y 21)||Lt.Cdr.||Sloop||12 Feb 1943||8 May 1945|
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Corvette HMS Pimpernel (K 71)
26 Feb 1941
HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 7 survivors of the Norwegian merchant Benjamin Franklin that was torpedoed and sunk on 19 February 1941 south of Iceland in position 58°50'N, 16°30'W by German U-boat U-103.
26 Feb 1941
Pimpernel rescued 28 men from the sinking Swedish ship Rydboholm, that had been torpedoed by U-47 in the morning. (1)
13 Mar 1941
HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up the sole survivor of the Norwegian merchant Augvald that was torpedoed and sunk on 2 March 1941 north-west of the Hebrides in position 59°30'N, 07°30'W by German U-boat U-147.
12 Jun 1941
The British merchant Chinese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 south of Rockall in position 56°12'N, 14°18'W. 18 survivors are later picked up by the British corvettes HMS Arbutus (Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) and HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR).
17 Aug 1942
HMS Pimpernel (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Fort la Reine that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-658 in the Windward Passage west of Haiti in position 18°30'N, 75°20'W.
18 Aug 1942
HMS Pimpernel (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Empire Bede that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-553 north of Jamaica in position 19°35'N, 76°25'W. The wreck of the Empire Bede is finally sunk by gunfire from the corvette in position 19?41'N, 76?50'W.
Sloop HMS Sennen (Y 21)
19 May 1943 (position 54.54, -34.19)
German U-boat U-954 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland in position 54°54'N, 34°19'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR).
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