Henry Cecil Bovell DSO, RN

Born  4 Jan 1893

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15 May 1910 Mid.
15 Sep 1912 A/S.Lt.
30 Jun 1913 S.Lt.
30 Sep 1914 Lt.
30 Sep 1922 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1928 Cdr.
31 Dec 1934 Capt.
8 Jan 1944 Rear-Admiral
13 Jul 1948 Vice-Admiral (retired)

Retired: 14 Jul 1947


14 Oct 1941 CBE
10 Nov 1942 DSO
13 Jun 1946 CB

Warship Commands listed for Henry Cecil Bovell, RN

HMS VindictiveCapt.Repair Ship17 Dec 193825 Sep 1939
HMS Argus (D 49)Capt.Aircraft Carrier7 Oct 193916 Aug 1940
HMS Victorious (38)Capt.Aircraft Carrier15 Oct 194026 Nov 1942

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Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious (38)

27 Jan 1941
While still in Walker Yard fitting out, she was narrowly missed by 2 bombs during a German air raid.

24 May 1941
Sailed from the Clyde despite being in incomplete state to take part in the hunt for the Bismarck. Her planes carried out 2 attacked and scored torpedo hits (3 claimed) on the battlewagon but were unable to slow her down (see Ark Royal entry).

23 Jul 1941
Sailed from Scapa Flow escorted by heavy cruisers Suffolk and Devonshire and 6 destroyers for an attack on German bases at Kirkenes and Petsamo, North Norway.
The task force was spotted by a German scout plane on 30/7 and the attackers received a hot welcome, sustaining heavy losses.

9 Mar 1942
Launched 12 Albacore torpedo bombers against the Tirpitz at her anchorage. 2 planes were shot down by the defences and no damage was done to the battleship.

21 Nov 1942 (position 46.16, -17.09)
German U-boat U-517 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 46°16'N, 17°09'W, by depth charges from Albacore aircraft (Sqdn 817/I) of the British carrier HMS Victorious.

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