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Comm. John Lorimer DSO

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by GRW, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The last survivor of the midget submarine raid against the German battleship Tirpitz has died, aged 97.
    Cdr John Lorimer was captured during the mission in Norway's Alten Fjord which featured X-craft, 52ft-long subs armed with explosive charges.
    The Tirpitz, a sister of Bismarck, was badly damaged and was later sunk by RAF bombers.
    The great grandfather, of Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery.
    Cdr Lorimer, who died on Sunday after a short illness, volunteered for the X-craft project after spotting a notice looking for volunteers with the caveat: "Must be able to swim".

    Tributes to last survivor of midget submarine raid
  2. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Dec 1, 2010
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    Takes me back to one of my favourite war movies...From memory, they get caught and brought aboard the Tirpitz after already placing the huge charges!


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