Allan Herbert Percy Noble DSC, RN

Born  2 May 1908

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1 Mar 1930 S.Lt.
1 Oct 1931 Lt.
1 Oct 1939 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1943 Cdr.

Retired: 15 Aug 1945


1 Jan 1942 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Allan Herbert Percy Noble, RN

HMS Newport (G 54)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer5 Dec 1940early 1941
HMS Fernie (L 11)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer10 Mar 19419 Jan 1942
HMS Quentin (G 78)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer23 Jan 19422 Dec 1942

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Destroyer HMS Quentin (G 78)

28 Nov 1942
The Italian submarine Dessiè was sunk off Annaba, Algeria by the destroyers HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN).

At 1212A/28, HMS Quentin sailed from Bone, following a report from an aircraft that a submarine was sighted in the vicinity at 1145A/28. She was later joined by HMAS Quiberon who sailed from Bone at 1318A/28.

At 1250A/28, the HMS Quentin picked up an Asdic contact at 2000 yards.

At 1254A/28, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 100 and 225 feet.

At 1308A/28, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 150 and 385 feet.

At 1330A/28, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 350 and 550 feet (bubbles and oil were sighted). At 1356A/28, the submarine broke surface, the bow emerging vertically. The bow disappeared and reappeared until the entire boat was visible on the surface. This lasted only a minute and a half before the submarine slid underwater, stern first, with the bow disappearing vertically. HMAS Quentin had opened fire with 4,7" guns and smaller weapons, without scoring a hit. None of the submarine's crew appeared on deck or on the bridge.

At 1359A/28, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 50 and 140 feet.

At 1407A/28, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 150 and 385 feet.

At 1525A/28, HMAS Quiberon joined in the attack by dropping five depth charges set at 385 feet (more bubbles and a black object were seen).

At 1533A/28, HMS Quentin dropped a final pattern of ten depth charges set at 350 and 550 feet.

The destroyers remained in the area and picked up samples of oil which had come to the surface. It was also expected that wreckage and bodies might surface but the destroyers were ordered to return to Bone before this happened.

They arrived back at Bone around 1700A/28.

28 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1730A/28, ' Force Q ' made up of the light cruisers light cruisers HMS Bermuda (Capt. T.H. Back, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral C.H.J. Harcourt, CBE, RN), HMS Argonaut (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN), HMS Sirius (Capt. P.W.B. Brooking, RN) and the destroyers HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN) departed Bone to intercept a reported enemy convoy. These orders were however cancelled in the evening and they set course for Algiers where they arrived around 0730A/29. (1)


  1. ADM 53/116663 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for November 1942

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