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Plomer, James

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Title Commodore (RCN)
Official Number O-59510
Birth 05/08/1911 Death 04/05/1986
Place Battle Place Picton
Area Sussex Area ON
Country UK Country Canada
Honours OBE. DSC & Bar. Officer of the Legion of Merit (USA).
Qualifications idc. psc.
He worked with the Bank of Montreal prior to his Second World War naval service.
Military Service
He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCNVR 1932. He served in the Winnipeg Division RCNVR 1932. He was appointed as an A/Lieutenant RCNVR (With seniority dated 01/08/1937). He served in Saint John Half Company 1937. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCNVR (With seniority dated 01/07/1937). He served in HMCS Skeena 1939, (Mobilized for World War Two service). He served in Saint John for Examination service 1940. He served in the RN in 1940 in small craft and minesweepers 1940-2. He served in Group Commander Fifth Anti-Submarine and Minesweeping Group 1942. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander (Temp.) RCNVR (With seniority dated 01/01/1943). He served in H.M.S. Sunflower (In command) 1943. He served On Planning Staff of Transporting Artificial Harbours to Normandy 1944. He served as Officer-in-Charge Tactical School Londonderry 1944. He served as Director Tactical Unit Halifax 1944-45. (Transferred to RCN 1945). He served in HMCS Warrior as First Lieutenant 1946. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1947). He served in HMCS Stadacona as Commander of HMC Dockyard Halifax and Harbourmaster 1947. He served in HMCS Iroquois (I) (In command) 1947. He served in RN Staff Course 1950. He served in HMCS Cayuga (In command) and Commander Canadian Destroyers Far East (Korean War Service) 1951. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1952). He served in HMCS Cornwallis as Commanding Officer 1952. He was appointed as an A/Commodore RCN 1956. He served in NHQ as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel 1956. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 16/06/1958). He served as Senior Canadian Naval Officer Afloat (Atlantic) 1958). He served in NHQ as Deputy Naval Comptroller 1959. (He was retired 24/09/1962). (He was qualified with a Watchkeeping Certificate.) (He was awarded the DSC 19/10/1943 for "gallantry and outstanding service in action with enemy submarines" after H.M.S. Sunflower damaged U-386 with depth charges 29/04/1943, rammed and severely damaged U-533 on 05/05/1943 and drove off another U-Boat on the surface on 17/05/1943. He was awarded a Bar to the DSC in Korea in 1951. After retirement he criticized the leadership of the RCN in 1963 in an article in MacLean's magazine and before a Parliamentary Committee on Defence. This caused considerable public debate and concern.)
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Named Features
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Blatherwick, John (1992); MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
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