Harold Wilson Downes
Merchant Navy (R266736). British
|Born||10 Feb 1920||Sunderland|
Roster information listed for Harold Wilson Downes
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Empire Dryden||Steam merchant||Fourth Engineer Officer||20 Apr 1942||U-572 (1)|
Harold Wilson Downes had joined the Empire Dryden in Sunderland on 18 February 1942. Following the torpedoing by U-572, he managed to get into the lifeboat in charge of the chief officer. According to his daughter he was torpedoed several times and in fact had the reputation as a “Jonah” and was forced to return to England on a ship where no one spoke English!
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