Vivian Dickinson Hamlin Bidwell DSC, RNR

Born  28 Jan 1900Tientsin, China
Died  Mar 1968(68)Chelsea, London, England, U.K.

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20 Nov 1939 T/Lt.
??? T/A/Lt.Cdr.


31 Aug 1943 DSC
3 Jul 1945 Bar to DSC

Warship Commands listed for Vivian Dickinson Hamlin Bidwell, RNR

HMS Turquoise (T 45)T/Lt.ASW Trawler6 Nov 1940mid 1941
HMS La Malouine (K 46)T/Lt.Corvette3 Jul 194110 May 1943
HMS Labuan (K 584)T/A/Lt.Cdr.Frigate5 Feb 1944mid 1945

Career information

Married Berenice Francis Rhoda Thomas in Tientsin on 27 April 1929.

Events related to this officer

ASW Trawler HMS Turquoise (T 45)

19 Jun 1941
HMS Vanessa is damaged by a German aircraft while on patrol in the North Sea. She suffered a direct amidships, blowing up boilers, the fore funnel was blasted overboard, and the deck opened up. Eleven ratings and the engineer officer were killed and many of the crew were injured and burned. The damaged destroyer collided with anti-submarine trawler HMS Turquoise. Vanessa was towed to Yarmouth by destroyer HMS Vesper.

Corvette HMS La Malouine (K 46)

5 Aug 1941
HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) picks up 59 survivors from the British merchant Kumasian that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-74 west of Ireland in position 53°26'N, 15°40'W.

9 Jul 1942
HMS La Malouine (Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) picks up 30 survivors from the American merchant John Witherspoon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-255 about 20 nautical miles from the shore of Novaya Zemlya in position 72°05'N, 48°30'E.

2 Apr 1943
HMS La Malouine (Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) picks up survivors from the British merchant Katha that was torpedoed by German U-boat U-124 and sunk about 320 nautical miles west of Oporto, Portugal in position 41°02'N, 15°39'W.

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