Gerald Douglas Yates, RN

Born  22 Jul 1893
Died  29 Oct 1954(61)


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Ranks

15 Jan 1911 Mid.
15 May 1913 A/S.Lt.
15 Mar 1914 S.Lt.
15 Mar 1916 Lt.
15 Mar 1924 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1929 Cdr.
31 Dec 1936 Capt.

Retired: 21 Nov 1945


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Gerald Douglas Yates, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Penelope (97)Capt.Light cruiser17 Aug 193912 Sep 1940
HMS Ameer (D 01)Capt.Escort CarrierMay 19439 Jul 1944

Career information

Capt Gerald Yates left HMS Ameer 9/7/44 to the sick list. Between the commands of HMS Penelope & HMS Ameer he was Superintendent of Flinders Naval Depot 12/40-12/42.

Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Penelope (97)


11 Apr 1940
HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Yates, RN) entered Vestfjord to support the attack of British destroyers against the German destroyer flotilla of Commodore Bonte at Narvik, but on the way in the cruiser ran aground on rocks off Fleinver and was badly damaged. She was towed clear by the British destroyer HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO, RN).
While executing temporary repairs, she was attacked by German bombers, which obtained 4 near-misses to port, within 13 metres of the hull, exacerbating the damage already sustained by hitting the rocks. Penelope eventually reached the Tyne but was under repairs until 7 July 1941.


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