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Kenneth Henry James Davidson - Crew Details - World Naval Ships Directory

Kenneth Henry James Davidson


Name : Kenneth Henry James Davidson
Died : 9th June 1940
Service Number : P/KX99179
Info Source : Crew Losses

RN

Known Service Details :

Ship

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

Notes

HMS Acasta

Sto.1.

9th June 1940

Killed in Action




 

 

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 A pair of 272 Squadron Bristol Beaufighters roar over the extensively rebuilt battleship HMS Valiant as she lies at anchor at Alexandria late in 1941, accompanied by the cruiser HMS Phoebe and Valiants sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (in the extreme distance)

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