Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

William Turnbull

Merchant Navy. British


10 Nov 1942OBE
20 Mar 1945King's Commendation (C)

Roster information listed for William Turnbull

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
EnsisMotor tankerMaster29 Feb 1944U-407

Personal information

William Turnbull had served as Sub-Lieutenant and Lieutenant, RNR, in the 5th Battle Squadron during the First World War.

Award Citation as published in London Gazette on 10 November 1942 (relating to the gun duel fought between Ensis and U-572 on 4 April 1942):

Twice on the same day the ship, while making an independent voyage, sighted an enemy submarine. The second time it was clear that an attack was imminent. The Master sounded the alarm, and ordered everyone to action stations. The enemy opened fire and the ship replied. Her shooting was so good that she almost certainly damaged the enemy who, when last seen that day, had ceased fire with her main gun. Next morning the submarine was again sighted. The ship opened fire and the enemy moved off and was soon out of sight. It was due to the Master's resolute courage and seamanship that the ship was saved.

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