HMS Fidelity

#1
Were the Commander in Command Portland to be killed in enemy action she would be the most senior female RN sailor ever to so perish.So far as I can determine a 1/O Madeleine Bayard WRNS was the most senior to date.She lost her life along with 368 others when HMS Fidelity (D57) was sunk by U435 on Dec 30 1942. There were just 10 survivors.Fidelity, a SSV, was proceeding to French East Indies for clandestine duties.Most of the crew could speak some French
 
#4
Hmmm, the phrase "first officer" was used ... hmmm .... that equated to Lieutenant Commander .....

NORMAN! - Gotcha! And can I claim my £5?
 
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