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Mack, Philip John

Date of birth:
October 6th, 1892 (Paston/Norfolk, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
April 29th, 1943 (RAF Chivenor/Braunton, United Kingdom)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves St. Margaret Churchyard
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Military career:

15 May 1910: Mid.
15 Sep 1912: A/S.Lt.
15 Jun 1913: S.Lt.
19 Sep 1914: Lt.
15 Sep 1922: Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1927: Cdr.
31 Dec 1934: Capt.
12 Jan 1943: Rear-Admiral

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
H.M.S. Result (Q23), Royal Navy
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1917
"He engaged and damaged the U-boat UC-45 on 15 February, and on 4 April engaged another U-boat near the Noord Hinder lightvessel off Vlissingen."
Mentioned in Despatches
"For good services in the Royal Navy since the outbreak of War."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
H.M.S. Jervis (F00), Royal Navy
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1941
"For services when an Italian Convoy and its Escorts were sunk between Sicily and Tripoli."
Full report/recommendation:
1. Attached report by Captain (D), Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla of the successful action fought by the division of destroyers under his command against an Italian convoy on the night of the 15th/16th April, 1941.
2. The search for the convoy was conducted skilfully and with sound appreciation. The action itself was conducted by all concerned with determination and gallantry and was completely successful, resulting in the annihilation of the convoy and escort.
3. These results reflect the highest credit on Captain P. J. Mack, Royal Navy, and the forces under his command. The fighting spirit and high standard of training of the ships concerned is amply demonstrated by this incident.
4. The loss of such a fine fighting unit as H.M.S. MOHAWK is much to be regretted but such losses by chance torpedoes in a melee are only to be expected, and it can be counted fortunate that Commander J. W. Eaton, Royal Navy, and a large proportion of his ship's company were saved."
(Signed) A. B. CUNNINGHAM,
Admiral, Commander-in-Chief
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
H.M.S. Jervis (F00), Royal Navy
Awarded on:
February 3rd, 1942
Mentioned in Despatches

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