The Second Great War No. 58

H.M ‘PEP.S. PER POT ’AFTER HER ORDEAL *Penelope ’was the cruiser’s real name, but she was so battered and holed by bomb splinters while escorting a convoy to Malta and during a fortnight’s stay in harbour there that her crew gave her the apt nick­name. Note the many holes in her port side (above), plugged with wood. Below, the vessel is seen entering Valetta harbour. Her commander,. Captain A.D. Nicholl, D.S.O., R.N., was honoured by the award of the C .B.E. in June 1942. Inset, he is con­gratulating A.B .Roy de Mouilpied, also of H.M.S. ‘Penelope,’ who had just been decorated with the D.S.M. Captain Nicholl’s citation testified to his ‘gallantry, fortitude and resolution in bringing his ship to port in the face of relentless and determined enemy air attack at Malta and on passage.’ Photos, British Official: Crown Copyright Topical Press, Radge by permission o f H.M .Stationery Office
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