CDR J.W. LINTON VC DSO
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS for valour in command of H.M. Submarines to: Commander John Wallace Linton, D.S.O., D.S.C., Royal Navy.
1943, 12th March Cdr John LINTON RN, CO HM S/M Turbulent was presumed lost to escorting Italian MAS (MTBs) while attacking an escorted ship off Sardinia. Posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his record as commanding officer.
From the outbreak of War until H.M.S. Turbulent’s last patrol Commander Linton was constantly in command of submarines, and during that time inflicted great damage on the Enemy.
He sank one Cruiser, one Destroyer, one U boat, twenty eight Supply Ships, some 100,000 tons in all, and destroyed three trains by gun fire. In his last year he spent two hundred and fifty four days at sea, submerged for nearly half the time, and his ship was hunted thirteen times and had two hundred and fifty depth charges aimed at her.
His many and brilliant successes were due to his constant activity and skill, and the daring which never failed him when there was an Enemy to be attacked. On one occasion, for instance, in HMS Turbulent, he sighted a convoy of two Merchantmen and two Destroyers in mist and moonlight.
He worked round ahead of the convoy and dived to attack it as it passed through the moon’s rays. On bringing his sights to bear he found himself right ahead of a Destroyer. Yet he held his course till the Destroyer was almost on top of him, and when his sights came on the convoy, he fired.
His great courage and determination were rewarded. He sank one Merchantman and one Destroyer outright, and set the other Merchantman on fire so that she blew up
The Victoria Cross (VC) is one of the highest awards British service personnel can receive. It is awarded in recognition of an act of extreme bravery in the presence of the enemy,
It is only equalled in status by the George Cross (GC) which is awarded for acts of conspicuous bravery not in the enemy's presence.