George Ian Mackintosh Balfour DSC, RN

Born  14 Jan 1912
Died  23 Oct 1999(87)West Surrey district, Surrey

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2 Sep 1932 S.Lt.
1 Oct 1933 Lt.
1 Oct 1941 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1945 Cdr.
31 Dec 1950 Capt.
7 Jan 1960 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 15 Jan 1963


11 Jun 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
10 Sep 1945 DSC
1 Jan 1962 CB

Warship Commands listed for George Ian Mackintosh Balfour, RN

HMS Decoy (H 75)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerMar 1942late 1942
HMS Tuscan (R 56)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer24 Jan 19436 Jun 1943
HMS Scourge (G 01)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer7 Jun 1943Mar 1945
HMS Solebay (R 70)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer3 Jul 194510 Jan 1946

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Destroyer HMS Decoy (H 75)

19 Sep 1942
The British merchant Quebec City is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-156 north-north-west of the Ascension Island in position 02°12'S, 17°36'W. HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) later picks up 41 survivors.

23 Sep 1942
German U-boat U-125 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Bruy?re southwest of Freetown in position 04°55'N, 17°16'W. 5 of the survivors were later picked up by the British destroyer HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) and landed at Freetown.

23 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) picks up 13 survivors from the Dutch merchant Breedijk that was torpedoed and sunk on 15 September by the German U-boat U-68 in the South Atlantic in position 05°05'S, 08°54'W.

26 Oct 1942
HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) picks up 16 survivors from the American merchant Steel Navigator that was torpedoed and sunk on 19 October 1942 by German U-boat U-610 in the North Atlantic in position 49°45'N, 31°20'W.

Destroyer HMS Tuscan (R 56)

14 May 1943
HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) is damaged when she hits a drifting mine in the Bristol Channel. She is out of action for about 4 months.

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