Richard Vere Essex Case DSO, DSC, RD, RNR
|Birth details unknown|
Retired: 13 Apr 1959
Warship Commands listed for Richard Vere Essex Case, RNR
|HMS Stella Capella (FY 107)||Lt.Cdr.||ASW Trawler||5 Mar 1940||28 Aug 1940|
|HMS Campanula (K 18)||Lt.Cdr.||Corvette||Aug 1940||15 Jan 1942|
|HMS Rother (K 224)||Lt.Cdr.||Frigate||16 Jan 1942||16 Sep 1943|
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Corvette HMS Campanula (K 18)
19 Aug 1941
The surviving crew members from the British merchant ship Alva, that was sunk by German U-boat U-559 were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) and transferred to the British destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Ropner, DSC) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August 1941.
22 Aug 1941
At 2331 hours German U-boat U-564 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at the convoy OG-71 west of Aveiro, Portugal and observed four different detonations and three columns of fire, later lifeboats were seen. Suhren thought that he had sunk two ships and damaged two others. However, only two ships were hit and sunk, the British merchant ship Empire Oak and Irish merchant ship Clonlara in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W. The master Joseph Reynolds and 12 crew members from the Clonlara were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar on 24 August. Six crew members were lost. The master Frederick Edward Christian, three crew members and four gunners from the Empire Oak were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR), later transferred to the British destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August. 13 crew members were lost. On 19 August, the Empire Oak had picked up six survivors from Aguila and eleven survivors from Alva. The survivors from Aguila died when this ship was sunk, while the other survivors were also rescued by the corvette.
23 Aug 1941
HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) picks up 38 survivors from the British merchant Aldergrove that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-201 north-west of Lisbon, Portugal in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W.
Frigate HMS Rother (K 224)
12 Jul 1942
HMS Rother (Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Port Hunter that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-582 west-south-west of Madeira in position 31°15'N, 23°50'W.
23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.
On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.
Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.