Michael Wilfred Tomkinson DSC, RN

Born  6 Mar 1908

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1 May 1928 A/S.Lt.
16 Dec 1928 S.Lt.
16 Dec 1930 Lt.
16 Dec 1938 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1944 Cdr.

Retired: 25 Jul 1946


4 Oct 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
25 Aug 1942 DSC
9 Feb 1943 Bar to DSC

Warship Commands listed for Michael Wilfred Tomkinson, RN

HMS Boreas (H 77)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer28 Mar 1939mid 1940
HMS Caldwell (I 20)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer9 Sep 19401 Jan 1941
HMS Boadicea (H 65)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer10 Jan 1941Feb 1941
HMS Active (H 14)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerFeb 19411 Jan 1943
HMS Rapid (H 32)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer11 Jan 1943Feb 1945

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Destroyer HMS Boreas (H 77)

25 Jul 1940
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) were damaged by a German air attack in the English Channel. 22 of the crew of Boreas were killed in the attack. Brilliant sustained no casualties. Boreas completed repairs ca. mid-January 1941 and Brilliant completed repairs ca. mid-September 1940. (1)

Destroyer HMS Active (H 14)

8 Oct 1942 (position -33.28, 17.05)
German U-boat U-179 was sunk in the South Atlantic near Cape Town, South Africa, in position 33°28'S, 17°05'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN).

Before U-179 was sunk HMS Active picked up 98 survivors from the British merchant City of Athens. This was U-179's first and only victim.

11 Oct 1942
HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) picks up 23 survivors of the American merchant Coloradan that was torpedoed and sunk on 9 October 1942 by German U-boat U-159 200 nautical miles south-west of Cape town, South-Africa in position 35°47'S, 14°34'E.


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