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Rawlings, Henry Bernard Hughes (1889-1962)


Photograph of H.B. Rawlings

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Sir H.B. Rawlings participated in the evacuation of Crete in 1941 and commanded Task Force 57, the British carrier force that operated with the U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Okinawa campaign. His task force rendered invaluable service suppressing Japanese air power in Formosa and the southern Ryukyus. The armored flight decks of the British carriers repeatedly shrugged off kamikaze hits that would have crippled an American carrier.

Service record

1889-5-21

Born at The Downes, Cornwall, England
1908-7-15
Sublieutenant

1910-1-15
Lieutenant

1918-1-15
Lieutenant commander     

1923-6-30
Commander

1930-12-31
Captain

1936

Naval attaché, Japan
1939-8-26     

Commander, BB Valiant
1941-1-15
Rear admiral    
Commander, 7 Cruiser Squadron
1942-4

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Foreign)
1943-5

Flag officer, West Africa
1943-11-7
Vice admiral
Flag officer, Eastern Mediterranean
1944-11

Deputy commander, Pacific Fleet, and commander, 1 Battle Squadron
1946-9-15     
Admiral
Retires
1962-9-30     

Dies at Bodmin, Cornwall, England

References

Pettibone (2006)

Uboat.net (accessed 2008-6-24)


 
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