Your determination to insult the memory of two decorated officers apparently has no limits
Selective blindness again:
the other to perform a (prestigious) back-office task).
No, commanding the Home Fleet in several carrier strike operations against North Norway and Finland. You can't just keep leaving out those bits of inconvenient information. Otherwise people will think you don't care about the truth.
albeit the two officers were not given any further task involving any personal bravery (one supervised by an admiral on board his ship
Captain Leach commanded his ship through major air attacks by Italian forces during Operation Halberd. These included with additional naval forces:
Light cruisers Muzio Attendolo and Duca degli Abruzzi of the 8th cruiser division sailed from Palermo with Maestrale-class destroyers Maestrale, Grecale and Scirocco of the 10th destroyer flotilla to take position off La Maddalena. Battleships Vittorio Veneto and Littorio were prepared to sortie from Naples with Granatiere, Fuciliere, Bersagliere and Gioberti of the 13th flotilla, and Nicoloso da Recco, Pessagno and Folgore of the 16th flotilla while cruisers Trieste, Trento and Gorizia from Taranto with Corazziere, Carabiniere, Ascari and Lanciere of the 12th flotilla prepared to join them. Sardinia deployed thirty Macchi C.200, twenty Fiat CR.42 and twenty-six Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 and SM.84 torpedo bombers against the convoy while Sicily deployed fifteen C.200, three Reggiane Re.2000, and nine Junkers Ju 87 with twenty-four Fiat BR.20, SM.79 and SM.84 as high-level bombers and plus three with torpedoes.
I demand that you retract the insulting insinuation
that these Regia Aeronautica air attacks and the approach and retirement of the Italian Battlefleet represented no personal danger
for Captain Leach. Your apparent observation that these forces were entirely ineffectual or that Rear Admiral Curteis was so large as represent a human shield for Leach, who was very tall, are frankly ludicrous.
I should stay away from any naval reunions for a bit in case any of your former shipmates read this stuff.
All the best