Renfrew Gotto DSO, RN

Born  1 Dec 1900


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Ranks

15 Sep 1920 A/S.Lt.
15 May 1921 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1922 Lt.
15 Oct 1930 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Cdr.
??? A/Capt.
31 Dec 1942 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jul 1952


Decorations

7 Jun 1940 DSO
8 Jun 1950 CBE

Warship Commands listed for Renfrew Gotto, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Queen Elizabeth (00)Cdr.Battleship6 Jun 194031 Oct 1940
HMS Queen Elizabeth (00)A/Capt.Battleship3 Apr 19425 Dec 1942

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Events related to this officer

Battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (00)


5 Apr 1942
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) is docked in the floating dock (AFD 5) at Alexandria. (1)

29 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) departed Suez for Port Sudan. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Paladin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN).

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived at Port Sudan on 1 July. The destroyers returned to Suez arriving on 2 July. (2)

12 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) departed Port Sudan for Aden. She is escorted by the destroyer HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN). (3)

14 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) and HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN) arrived at Aden from Port Sudan. (3)

15 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) departed Aden for Kilindini / Mombasa. She is escorted by HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN). (3)

21 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN), HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN) arrived at Kilindini / Mombasa from Aden. (3)

22 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) departed Kilindini / Mombasa for Durban. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Arrow (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMS Duncan (Capt. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN). (3)

27 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN), HMS Arrow (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMS Duncan (Capt. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN) arrived at Durban from Kilindini / Mombasa. (3)

31 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) departed Durban for Capetown. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Arrow (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMS Duncan (Capt. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN). (3)

3 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN), HMS Arrow (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMS Duncan (Capt. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN) arrived at Capetown from Durban. (4)

22 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) conducted D/G trials off Freetown during which she was escorted by the destroyer HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (4)

25 Aug 1942
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) departed Freetown for Norfolk, Virginia, USA. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN) and HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN).

HMS Caledon (A/Capt. H.J. Haynes, DSO, DSC, RN) was also in company until 0845Z/26, when she parted company to proceed to Gibraltar.

Also with them were the troop transports Mooltan (British, 20952 GRT, built 1923) and Viceroy of India (British, 19627 GRT, built 1929).

At 0830N/28, the Viceroy of India parted company to proceed independently to the U.K.

At 1950N/29, the Mooltan parted company to proceed independently to New York.

On 29 / 30 August, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Quentin and HMS Vimy fuelled from the RFA tanker Abbeydale (8299 GRT, built 1937) which had departed Gibraltar on 25 August 1942 escorted by the corvettes HMS Burdock (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR) and HMS Armeria (Lt. M. Todd, RNR).

Around 0500O/31, the US destroyers USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. C.M. Dalton, USN), USS Rhind (T/Cdr. H.T. Read, USN) and USS Wainwright (T/Cdr. R.H. Gibbs, USN) joined and shortly afterwards HMS Pathfinder, HMS Quentin and HMS Vimy parted company to proceed to Trinidad.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, USS Trippe, USS Rhind and USS Wainwright arrived in Hampton Roads on 5 September 1942. (5)

6 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) proceeded from Hampton Roads to the Norfolk Navy Yard where she is taken in hand for repairs and refit. (6)

19 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) is docked in No.3 Dock at the Norfolk Navy Yard. (6)

24 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (A/Capt. R. Gotto, DSO, RN) is undocked. (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/116466
  2. ADM 53/115468 + ADM 116469
  3. ADM 53/116469
  4. ADM 53/116470
  5. ADM 53/116470 + ADM 53/116471
  6. ADM 53/116471
  7. ADM 53/116473

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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