John Walter Durnford, RN
|Born||25 Oct 1891||London, England|
Retired: 12 Feb 1948
Warship Commands listed for John Walter Durnford, RN
|HMS Suffolk (55)||Capt.||Heavy cruiser||24 Jul 1939||31 May 1940|
|HMS Resolution (09)||Capt.||Battleship||1 Aug 1942||10 Oct 1943|
On loan to RAN 1928-32, when executive officer Adelaide, Albatross, Brisbane, and commanded Australian destroyer flotilla; CSP Malta 1937-39: comd HMS Suffolk 1939-40; Second Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board (Melbourne) 1940-42; comd HMS Resolution 1942-43; Director of Naval Training, Admiralty, 1944-47 (Gill, G.H. Royal Australian Navy 1939-1942).
Events related to this officer
Heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (55)
14 Apr 1940 (position 64.05, 8.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. J.W. Durnford, RN) sank the German tanker Skagerak (6044 GRT) north-west of Bod?, Norway in position 64°05'N, 08°00'E.
17 Apr 1940
HMS Suffolk (Capt. J.W. Durnford, RN) bombards a German station for sea planes at Stavanger, destroying four aircraft and badly damaging the installations, but was in return badly damaged by bombs from German Ju88 aircraft of II./KG 30. X-turret's magazine had been destroyed. The ship was very lucky to survive this ordeal and she barely reached Scapa Flow with her stern awash the next morning. She was beached at Scapa Flow to prevent her sinking. HMS Suffolk was out of action until 12 February 1941.
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