Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

William Ernest Palmer

RN (C/MX 45642). British

Born  2 Mar 1911Sheerness, Kent
Died  10 Mar 1985(74)Barrow-in-Furness

Photo courtesy of William J. Palmer

Roster information listed for William Ernest Palmer

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
HMS Naiad (93)Light cruiserChief Electrical Artificer11 Mar 1942U-565 (1)

Personal information

Husband of Laura Palmer, of Barrow-in-Furness. William Ernest Palmer joined the Royal Navy on 2 August 1926. He served aboard HMS Naiad from 2 July 1940 until the cruiser was sunk on 11 March 1942. Afterwards he remained stationed in the Mediterranean, serving aboard the destroyer depot ships HMS Resource, HMS Woolwich and HMS Blenheim until returning to the UK in February 1944 as part of the ad hoc crew of the patched-up HMS Rockwood, which had been heavily damaged by a German glider bomb in the Aegean Sea on 11 November 1943.


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Crew list for Ships hit by U-boats