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Willis, Algernon Usborne (1889-1976)

Willis was a torpedo specialist who participated in the Battle of Jutland in the First World War and the Battle of Calabria and the attack on Taranto early in the Second World War. He was appointed deputy commander of Eastern Fleet on the death of Phillips. He subsequently commanded 3 Battle Squadron.

Service record

1889     

Born at Hampstead, London
1904

Appointed a naval cadet
1910

AC Good Hope
1912

HMS Vernon (Torpedo school)
1914
Lieutenant
BB Majestic
1915

DD Fearless
1916

HMS Vernon (Torpedo school)
1919

Staff, 1 Destroyer Flotilla
1920

BC Renown
1921
Commander

1922

Staff, HMS Vernon (Torpedo school)
1925

Staff, Senior Officers Tactical Course
1927

Commander, DD Warwick
1929
Captain
1930

Staff, Navy Staff College
1932

Commander, CA Kent
1934

Commander, BB Nelson
1935

Commander, HMS Vernon (Torpedo school)
1938

Captain, BB Barham
1939-3

Chief of staff, Mediterranean Fleet
1940
Rear admiral
1941-3 Vice admiral      Commander, Africa Station
1941-8

Commander, South Atlantic Station
1941-12-10     

Deputy commander, Eastern Fleet
1942-3

Commander, 3 Battle Squadron
1943-2-24

Commander, Force "H"
1943-10

Commander, Levant Command
1944-3     

Second Sea Lord (Chief of Naval Personnel)
1945
Admiral

1946-2

Commander, Mediterranean
1948

Commander, Portsmouth
1949
Admiral of the Fleet     

1950

Retires
1976-4

Dies

References

Janus Project (accessed 2012-1-19)

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (accessed 2012-1-19)

Pettibone (2006)



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