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First Lieutenant Nick Mead RN.

From the Belfast Telegraph

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...-31276234.html

Veteran seaman Nick Mead, who has died at 93, will be remembered as the anti-submarine officer who directed the sinking of a German U-boat in April 1945 - the last sinking of an enemy sub in the Second World War.

And he was an Irishman.
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I hate to nitpick but the person who wrote the article did not know RN ranks. First Lieutenant is a US Army Rank. The equivalent RN rank is Lieutenant which translates to a US Army Captain.

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I hate to nitpick but the person who wrote the article did not know RN ranks. First Lieutenant is a US Army Rank. The equivalent RN rank is Lieutenant which translates to a US Army Captain.

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I thought that when I first saw the posting.
However, it transpires "First Lieutenant" in the RN is an appointment,not a rank. Thus, the First Lieutenant in a ship, while not carrying such a rank ,can be referred to as such while on board.
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I thought that when I first saw the posting.
However, it transpires "First Lieutenant" in the RN is an appointment,not a rank. Thus, the First Lieutenant in a ship, while not carrying such a rank ,can be referred to as such while on board.
Usually as Number One. In the US referred to as the Executive Officer I believe. In a small vessel number one could be a sub lieutenant.
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Originally Jimmy the One and, according to the Submariners Association guide to slang, in subs still known as Jimmy
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Veteran seaman Nick Mead, who has died at 93, will be remembered as the anti-submarine officer who directed the sinking of a German U-boat in April
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Obituary: Nick Mead, officer who accounted for last U-boat sunk in World War II



Name: U-853
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: DeSchiMAG AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1059
Laid down: 21 August 1942
Launched: 11 March 1943
Commissioned: 25 June 1943
Fate: Sunk, 6 May 1945

Sorry, not the last one.
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RIP - Nick Mead

Another most notable U-boat killer was Capt. Fredric 'Johnny' Walker. His flotilla was not tied down to any particular convoy, and was free to go hunting.

His 'flagship' HMS Starling was credited with 3 solo kills and various degrees of involvement in 11 others.

An aquaintance of mine was a regular visitor to his sickbed, and chatted with him about his days in the Royal Navy, during the months before he died.

When it came to fighting U-boats he was a workaholic, and several times came close to burning himself out. He developed much that was successful in joint U-boat hunting and attacking.

RIP - and to him, and indeed all those who took on the 'enemy' subs.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-853

http://uboat.net/boats/u853.htm

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My uncle Jim [Merchant Navy 3rd engineer] was killed when his ship Ashworth 5,227 tons was one of 5 ships sunk in a solo attack on convoy SC104, south of Greenland, by Capt. Hans-Hartwig Trojer, Knights Cross, in U221. He, his crew and U221 were lost to a depth charge attack by an RAF Halifax off the Bay of Biscay just over a year later.
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My uncle Jim [Merchant Navy 3rd engineer] was killed when his ship Ashworth 5,227 tons was one of 5 ships sunk in a solo attack on convoy SC104, south of Greenland, by Capt. Hans-Hartwig Trojer, Knights Cross, in U221. He, his crew and U221 were lost to a depth charge attack by an RAF Halifax off the Bay of Biscay just over a year later.
Mine was in this:

http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3409.html

http://www.fdca.org.uk/HMS_Thames.html

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