HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


FAQ 18

Damage to HMS Achilles


• In its elevated position the director control tower was peppered by splinters from an 11 inch near-miss.  This killed or wounded half of the gun director’s crew but the gunnery officer, Lieutenant Washbourne, himself wounded, quickly cleared away the casualties, obtained replacements and got his armament back into action.

On the bridge Captain Parry was wounded.