Ralph William Frank Northcott DSO, RN

Born  1 Jul 1907

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1 Sep 1927 A/S.Lt.
16 Apr 1928 S.Lt.
16 Jun 1930 Lt.
16 Jun 1938 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1944 Cdr.
31 Dec 1951 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1961


20 Feb 1942 DSO
11 Jun 1960 CBE

Warship Commands listed for Ralph William Frank Northcott, RN

HMS Acheron (i) (H 45)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerJan 1939Dec 1940
HMS Lance (G 87)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer14 Feb 19419 Apr 1942
HMS Bicester (L 34)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer10 Aug 19441 Jan 1946

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Destroyer HMS Acheron (i) (H 45)

24 Aug 1940
HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) was damaged by German aircraft during a air raid on Portsmouth. Repairs were completed on 2 December 1940.

Destroyer HMS Lance (G 87)

24 Nov 1941
The British Force K, made up of the British light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. W.G. Agnew, RN) and HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Lance (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) and HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN), intercept an Axis convoy about 100 nautical miles west of Crete. The Axis convoy is bound from the Aegean to Bengasi.

The two German transports in the convoy Maritza (2910 GRT) and Procida (1842 GRT) are both sunk by HMS Penelope and HMS Lively despite the presence of the Italian torpedo boats Lupo and Cassiopea.

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