HMS Turbulent

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  1. I am trying to do some research on Commander JW Linton VC.Does the current HMS Turbulent carry anything associated with him ?Linton was lost on the World War Two submarine of the same name in 1943.
    Does anybody know of anything else that may be associated with him?
  2. Try ringing them - they're at "smelly corner", 5 basin, Devonport Tel. 01752 553920 :thumright:
  3. Thank you for the tip.
  4. Thank you for all the help.There is surprisingly little information on
    Linton on the net or artefacts left.
    His decorations are now part of the Ashcroft collection of VCs.I contacted the Submarine museum but they do not have any personal items of his or from Turbulent.I also had a look around the Submarine school museum last year and did not notice anything associated with him there.
    I believe that a few blocks have been named after him over the years at Dolphin and Faslane.If anybody knows of any more I would be pleased to hear from you.
  5. I believe that there is also a pub called the Tubby Linton. Check out Navy News as I recall a photo from when the ship's company visited about 2-3 years ago.
  6. i am aware of the pub.It is in his home town of Newport.I believe a party from Turbulent paid it a visit after it was renamed.
  7. When the current Turbulent was rolled out or commissioned were any WW2 vintage submariners with an association to the old boat invited and if so who?
  8. At the National Archive:
    ADM 236/40 - Patrol reports 1942-43.
    ADM 1/12343 & 14289 - Medal citations 1942-43.
    ADM 173/17676-88 - Control Room logs 1942-43.
  9. Thank you for that.Does anybody have a copy of Turb's commissioning book?
  10. Good to see that somewhere in UK, the heroes of the past are still remembered and respected. Would be interested to see if the local MP attended.
  11. From the BBC website:

    Present day HMS turbulent
    Ten members of the current HMS Turbulent will attend in Newport
    Police in the city of Newport are uniting with officers from the Royal Navy to remember a submarine commander and his crew killed in World War II.

    Born in Malpas, John Wallace Linton, or "Tubby" Linton as he was known, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his bravery.

    Under Cdr Linton's orders, the HMS Turbulent sank close to 70,000 tonnes of enemy shipping.

    The submarine was lost with all 59 men in March 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea.

    "We are proud to be associated with all the uniformed services, recognising their role in protecting our communities and allowing the continuance of our democratic society," said Newport's Supt Julian Knight.

    "It is important that such events remind younger generations of the sacrifice made by so many to protect our freedom.

    A low-key ceremony commemorating the HMS Turbulent and Cdr Linton is being held close to the city's Riverside Theatre.

    Cdr John 'Tubby' Linton
    His many and brilliant successes were due to his constant activity and skill, and the daring which never failed him
    Victoria Cross citation for Cdr Linton

    Organised by the Newport Naval Association, ten members of the present day HMS Turbulent will be at the service, led by Lt Cdr Dan Clark.

    Insp Chris Watts, from Newport's neighbourhood policing team, added: "We're always happy to welcome members of the armed forces to Newport city centre.

    "It's an honour to remember such a war hero as Cdr John Wallace Linton."

    HMS Turbulent's last patrol took place on 12 March, 1943, when the ship came under attack from an anti-submarine trawler.

    Though the assault was thought to be unsuccessful, the Turbulent failed to return to port, and is now believed to have fallen victim to a mine off the coast of Sardinia.

    However, over its time in service, the Turbulent was responsible for sinking more than 20 ships, including two Italian destroyers.

    It led to Cdr Linton being awarded the VC after his death, with the citation noting: "His many and brilliant successes were due to his constant activity and skill, and the daring which never failed him when there was an enemy to be attacked."
  12. Newport police certainly seem to have good relations with the submarine service depite our visit there in the early 70s. They organised several good nights out and went out of their way to make sure every one had a good time despite one of our officers a Canadian exchange whose brain resided just behind his fly. He 'borrowed' the duty CID car to have his evil way with a young lady he had chatted up in the pub we were in, the fact the skippers car was stolen from the hotel the wardroon was staying in overnight did not help the frosty relations the next day but things did calm down and we had an excellent time over all.
  13. Mine 3!!
  14. From my database:
    (Cdr J W ‘Tubby’ Linton+, awarded VC), possibly 12th-14th March 1943, Central Mediterranean, off Maddalena, NE Sardinia in Tyrrhenian Sea - 'overdue, presumed lost'.
    Sailed from Algiers on 23rd February, not heard of again, cause of loss uncertain. Known to have attacked escorted ship on 11th March and possibly sunk next day by anti-submarine trawler ‘Teti II’.
    More likely mined in the same area between 12th and 14th, failed to return on 23rd; all 67 crew lost (Tyrrhenian Sea patrol)
  15. Yep the Welsh Police gave us a good welcome when my old boat visited Cardiff a couple of times.
    The uniformed officers went out of their way to keep us upright when in rig in among the pubs and clubs and the CID went out of their way to make sure we fell over as soon as possible when drinking in their club!
    Big chuck ups all round from us and them!

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