Henry Cecil Bovell DSO, RN
|Born||4 Jan 1893|
Retired: 14 Jul 1947
Warship Commands listed for Henry Cecil Bovell, RN
|HMS Vindictive||Capt.||Repair Ship||17 Dec 1938||25 Sep 1939|
|HMS Argus (D 49)||Capt.||Aircraft Carrier||7 Oct 1939||16 Aug 1940|
|HMS Victorious (38)||Capt.||Aircraft Carrier||15 Oct 1940||26 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
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.