Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RN

Born  13 Jul 1904

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15 Sep 1924 A/S.Lt.
30 Mar 1925 S.Lt.
30 Dec 1926 Lt.
30 Dec 1934 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1941 Cdr.

Retired: 1 Aug 1946


19 Jul 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
10 Jun 1967 MBE

Warship Commands listed for Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RN

HMS Imperial (D 09)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer3 Jan 193929 May 1941
HMS Eglinton (L 87)Cdr.Escort destroyer17 Aug 194116 May 1942
HMS Intrepid (D 10)Cdr.DestroyerJun 194226 Sep 1943

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Destroyer HMS Imperial (D 09)

26 Feb 1940 (position 61.12, 3.08)
While escorting the Bergen-bound ON-series convoy ON-15 in the Skagerrak, HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN) was in collision with the Swedish freighter Nordia (1316 GRT) sinking her. The mishap occurred about 70 nautical miles west-south-west of Feistenen in position 61°12'N, 03°08'E. HMS Imperial was out of action for 1.5 month.

29 May 1941
HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN) sailed from Alexandria at 0600 hrs of 28/5 with CLs Orion, Flagship of Radm Bernard Rawlings, Ajax and Dido, DDs Decoy, Jackal, Hotspur, Kimberley, Hereward, tasked with evacuating British troops from Crete.
At 1920 hrs that evening, while the formation was transiting Kasos Channel heading north, there was an attack by Italian S.84 level bombers belonging to the 205? Squadriglia, 41? Gruppo Bombardamento Terrestre, led by pilot Lt. Giovanni Ghinazzi.
One of the bombs near-missed Imperial's stern, detonating in the vicinity of her propellers, with no immediately apparent consequences. Keeping station, Imperial arrived at Iraklion around 2030 hrs, embarked 300 troops and sailed for Alexandria at 0320 hrs, 29 May.
Shortly after 0345 hrs, while working up speed and already making 29 kn, the rudder, evidently damaged by the earlier near-miss, jammed, and the out-of-control destroyer cut across the bow of Orion, barely missing a catastrophic collision. After determining the impossibility of carrying out repairs, and unwilling to delay the retreat of the entire Squadron, Radm Rawlings ordered Hotspur (Lcdr. C. P. F. Brown) to remove crew and passengers, which was done by 0445 hrs, then scuttle the cripple. Hotspur therefore fired 2 torpedoes into Imperial, sinking her, about 55 nm east of Kasos island.

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