Allied Warships

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This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.

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The Shipyard Report


Laid down (22)

1918: Destroyer Burnham (H 82) - Destroyer Aulick (i) (DD 258) - Fleet tug Sunnadin (AT 28) - Fleet tug Tatnuck (AT 27)

1919: Destroyer Truxtun (DD 229)

1923: Destroyer Tempete

1936: Submarine Brin - Destroyer Ellet (DD 398)

1940: MS Trawler Sluna (T 177)

1941: Minesweeper Bengal (J 243) - MS Trawler St. Kilda (T 209) - Destroyer Tenacious (R 45) - Minesweeper Annoy (AM 84)

1942: Aircraft Carrier Venerable (16) - Motor torpedo boat PT 194

1943: Frigate Macquarie (K 532) - Submarine Ace (P 414) - Frigate Loch Quoich (K 434) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-394 (LCI(L)-394) - Motor torpedo boat PT 469 - Minesweeper YMS-458 (YMS-458)

1944: Tank landing ship LST 1040 (LST 1040)

Launched (25)

1915: River gunboat Gnat (T 60)

1936: Light cruiser Boise (CL 47)

1941: Minesweeper Pirie (J 189) - Submarine Halibut (232)

1942: Minesweeper Cootamundra (J 316) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-225 (LCI(L)-225) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-346 (LCI(L)-346) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-347 (LCI(L)-347) - Tank landing ship LST 471 (LST 471) - Patrol craft PCE-867 (PCE-867) - Motor torpedo boat PT 167 - Destroyer Escort Sturtevant (ii) (DE 239)

1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1027 (LCT 1027) - Destroyer Escort Eversole (i) (DE 404) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-513 (LCI(L)-513) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-514 (LCI(L)-514) - Landing craft tank LCT 603 (LCT 603) - Patrol craft PCE-882 (PCE-882)

1944: Minesweeper Alder Lake (J 480) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-87 (LCS(L)-87) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-88 (LCS(L)-88) - Medium landing ship LSM 449 (LSM 449) - Medium landing ship LSM 450 (LSM 450) - Tank landing ship LST 844 (LST 844)

1945: Submarine rescue vessel Bluebird (ASR 19)

Commissioned (27)

1915: Destroyer tender Melville (AD 2)

1918: Minesweeper M 2

1923: Gunboat Tulsa (PG-22)

1936: Destroyer Hyperion (H 97)

1940: Motor Launch ML 162 (ML 162)

1941: Light cruiser Charybdis (88)

1942: Motor Launch ML 368 (ML 368) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1230 (ML 1230) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-175 (LCI(L)-175) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-222 (LCI(L)-222) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-32 (LCI(L)-32) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-33 (LCI(L)-33) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-336 (LCI(L)-336) - Tank landing ship LST 391 (LST 391) - Motor torpedo boat PT 84 - Submarine chaser SC-1024 (SC-1024) - Submarine chaser SC-765 (SC-765)

1943: Frigate Hoste (K 566) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-510 (LCI(L)-510) - Tank landing ship LST 491 (LST 491) - Patrol craft PC-1167 (PC-1167) - Motor torpedo boat PT 306 - Motor torpedo boat PT 492

1944: Light cruiser Atlanta (ii) (CL 104) - Seaplane tender Corson (AVP 37)

1945: Oiler Canisteo (AO 99) - Tank landing ship LST 1149 (LST 1149)

Legend:

Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).

Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.

Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.

War Losses on 3 December (2)


1942: Escort destroyer Penylan (L 89)

1944: Destroyer Cooper (DD 695)

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 3 December


1939

Submarine HMS Snapper: At 1019 hours, HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN), was mistakenly attacked by a British aircraft (Anson R/206) in the North Sea in position 53°23'N, 04°14'E. The British were under the impression that Snapper was attacked by a German aircraft and that the Anson had attacked a U-boat. However no U-boat reported being attacked by an aircraft that day.

1940

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) arrived at Tobermory where she was to participate in A/S exercises.

Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. No ship had been sighted.

Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Punta Delgada in the Azores as a German invasion of the Azores is feared. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) and HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) until 0630/6. For the daily positions of HMS Cachalot during this patrol see the map below. ?

Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: With her trial and training period of completed, HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN), departed from Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol in the Bay of Biscay off the Gironde estuary. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) and HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) until 0630/6. For the daily positions of HMS Thunderbolt during this patrol see the map below. HMS Thunderbolt 1st war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) and HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) until 0630/6. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tribune during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tribune 10th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Destroyer HMCS St. Laurent: HMCS St. Laurent (Lt H.S. Rayner, RCN) picks up 53 survivors from the British tanker Conch that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 about 370 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 54°21'N, 19°30'W.

Destroyer ORP Garland: The commanding officer of Garland became the escort commander of a convoy heading to the USA. A heavy storm scattered the convoy. Only tiny group of ships stayed together. Despite damaged caused by waves, Garland accompanied them for 5 days.

1941

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Oracle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.A. Martyn, RNR), HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR), HMS Rye (Lt. J.A. Pearson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wells (Lt. L.J. Pearson, RN).

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR).

Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) departed Malta for the return trip to Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) conducted exercises off Polyarnoe.

Submarine HMS Tempest: HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and exercises.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) when about 15 nautical miles West of Zakinthos in position 37°43'N, 20°22'E fires three torpedoes from a range of 600 yds at three Grecale class destroyers but they miss probably under. They are probably Maestrale, Vincenzo Gioberti and Alfredo Oriani proceeding from Derna to Taranto. 0813 hours - In position 37°43'N, 20°22'E heard HE and sighted smoke bearing 140°. This was later seen to be three Grecale-class destroyers in close formation. Enemy course was 310°, speed 26 knots. Trusty was right ahead of the enemy and turned out for a stern shot. A concentrated salvo of three torpedoes were fired on a 85° track at a range of 600 yards with a firing interval of four seconds. No hit was obtained and it is considered likely that the torpedoes ran must have ran under.

Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, DSO, RN) ended her 21th war patrol (19th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine USS S-36: Around 0100 hours USS S-36 (Lt. J.R. McKnight, Jr.) departed from Manila Bay to take up a defensive position off Cape Bolinao. Later that day she arrived in her patrol area. Around 1930 hours she entered Bolinao harbour where she remained until 8 December.

Submarine USSR K-3: At 1328 hours K-3 fires four torpedoes at the German merchant Altkirch (4713 GRT) off northern Norway in position 70°51'N, 23°50'E. All torpedoes however miss their target. The escorting German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 1403, UJ 1416 and UJ 1708 engage K-3 with depth charges damaging the submarine so that it had to surface resulting in a gun battle. At 1507 hours K-3 hits the UJ 1708/Far?er (470 GRT) resulting in the sinking of this ship in position 70°54'N, 23°46'E. The lightly armed UJ 1403 and UJ 1416 withdrew from the scene giving the damaged K-3 a possibility to escape.

1942

Submarine USS Grayling: USS Grayling (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Lee) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire west off Seram in the Netherlands East Indies in approximate position 03°00'S, 128°00'E.

Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Benson) sets of for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

Submarine HMS Ursula: Between 0125 and 0150 hours HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) bombards olive oil storage tanks at Oneglia, Italy. The action had to be broken off when the gun jammed. Meanwhile Ursula became the target of shore batteries so at 0150 hours she dived and proceeded to seaward. ----------------------------------------- Later on this day Ursula also sank the German merchant Sainte Marguerite II (1855 GRT, built 1921) about 30 nautical miles South-East of Cannes, France in position 43°11'N, 07°19'E. [She was bound from Marseilles, France to Naples, Italy. The German survivors were left with the impression that the submarine was American but no US submarines operated in the Mediterranean during the war.] (All times are zone -1) 1830 hours - Surfaced in position 43°11'N, 07°19'E and almost immediately sighted a darkened ship bearing 270°. Range was 3.5 nautical miles. Enemy course was 050°. Closed at full speed. Brought the tubes to the ready and manned the gun. The ship appeared to be in ballast and was of about 2000 tons. 1830 hours - Turned to starboard and brought the gun to bear. Range was 750 yards. 1831 hours - Opened fire. Several hits were obtained but after a few minutes the gun again jammed. 1835 hours - Fired one torpedo from about 500 yards. The torpedo ran under. 1840 hours - The ship was now stopped and the gun was in working order again so three more rounds were fired. 1850 hours - Closed the ship and noticed that the crew was abandoning her. The master and chief engineer were taken from the boat. 1900 hours - Went alongside the target and boarded her. Some provisions were taken from her as well as documents. 1940 hours - The seacocks and condeser inlets to the engine room were opened as well as the flood connection to both holds. 2040 hours - Cast off and waited for the ship to sink. 0030 hours (Dec. 4th) - The ship had still not sunk. She was boarded again and scuttling charges were placed. Half an hour later the charges went off and the ship sank almost immediately by the bows.

Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Bermuda for a period of trials and training. No log is available so her exact movements are unknown.

Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) ended her 27th war patrol at Falmouth.

Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol off Naples.

Submarine HMS Unbending: At 0640 hours (zone -2) HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Later in the morning, while still in her original patrol area (north of the Gulf of Tunis) P 37 attacked an enemy convoy with four torpedoes fired from long range. No hits were obtained. The convoy consisted of the Italians Arlesiana (5702 GRT, built 1915), Achille Lauro (5209 GRT, built 1921), and Campania (5247 GRT, built 1918) and the Germans Menes (5609 GRT, built 1926) and Lisboa (1799 GRT, built 1911) escorted by torpedo-boats Sirio, Groppo, Uragano, Orione and Animoso. They were on trip from Trapani to Tunis and Bizerta. (All times are zone -2) 1001 hours - Sighted smoke and escorting aircraft of a convoy to the northward. Set course to intercept at full speed. A schooner, two destroyers and four merchant ships were sighted. 1037 hours - In approximate position 37°26'N, 10°43'E fired four torpedoes at two of the merchant vessels that were overlapping from 9000 yards. No hits were obtained. it had not been possible to close the range further. ------------------------------------------ 1820 hours - Set course for the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) attacked but missed an Italian schooner with one torpedo. Later she attacked the Italian torpedo boat Antonio Mosto in the Gulf of Tunis in position 37°16'N, 10°22'E. The Italian warship had sailed to reinforce the Arlesiana convoy. One torpedo hit the port side and failed to explode but caused a leak in no.4 fuel tank and unhinged the port propeller guard. Even later P 45 damaged the Italian sailing vessel Cesira Curreri (81 GRT) with gunfire in the Gulf of Tunis in position 37°09'N, 10°29'E. (All times are zone -1) 0256 hours - Sighted three destroyers, one E-boat and one large schooner to the northward. Turned to close. 0312 hours - In position 37°11'N, 10°33'E fired one torpedo at the schooner from 1800 yards. It missed. 0320 hours - Dived. The ships seem the have altered course and to be moving slowly. 0325 hours - In position 37°09'N, 10°29'E fired another torpedo at the schooner which had turned back to her original course. Range on firing was 1500 yards. The torpedo missed yet again. ------------------------------------------------- 0830 hours - Surfaced in position 37°09'N, 10°29'E and engaged a small two-masted schooner with gunfire from a range of 1000 yards. A total of 16 rounds were fired for 1 or 2 hits. The crew was seen to jump overboard. Dived. Unable to see the schooner through the periscope. Range was only 1000 yards on diving. ------------------------------------------------- 1200 hours - Sighted an Odero-class destroyer. 1221 hours - In position 37°14'N, 10°27'E fired one torpedo. The enemy sighted the tracks and no hits were obtained. 1231 hours - Heard 7 depth charges exploding. A second destroyer or torpedo boat arrived and the enemy carried out a hunt. 1430 hours - The enemy made a fairly accurate attack in which 6 depth charges were dropped quite close causing minor damage. 1545 hours - Now clear of the enemy, returned to periscope depth.

Submarine HMS P 48: HMS P 48 (Lt. M.E. Faber, RN) attacked a transport ship from 'convoy B' north of the Gulf of Tunis in position 37°22'N, 10°37'E. No hits were obtained. 'Convoy B' was made up of the German transports Menes (5609 GRT, built 1926) and Lisboa (1999 GRT, built 1911), The Italian transports Arlesiana (5702 GRT, built 1915), Achille Lauro (5209 GRT, built 1921) and Campania (5247 GRT, built 1918). The were escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Sirio, Groppo, Orione, Animoso, Antonio Mosto and Uragano. The torpedo boat Groppo attacked the submarine with fifteen depth charges in a first run followed by a second one with the same number before rejoining the convoy. The submarine was claimed as “probably damaged” but Supermarina rejected the claim. (All times are zone -1) 1039 hours - Sighted masts and funnels of four merchant vessels and two destroyers bearing 360°. Started attack. Ran in at full speed. The convoy zigged towards putting P 48 in a very good attack position just inside the port wing destroyer of the Navigatori-class. 1114 hours - In position fired 37°22'N, 10°37'E four torpedoes at the leading ship, a 6000 tons merchant vessel. The port wing destroyer was about 400 yards astern. No hits were obtained. 1122 hours - Nine depth charges were dropped fairly close but above. P 48 meanwhile withdrew on a course of 080°. 1155 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The convoy was sighted bearing 230° at a range of 5 nautical miles. The Navigatori-class destroyer was seen bearing 340°, range 1.5 nautical miles on a course of 080°. Went deep again. 1235 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The convoy was now out of sight. After dark P 48 proceeded to the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea.

Destroyer ORP Burza: Burza (Kapitan Marynarki Pitulko) was part of Escort Group B-6 commanded by Cdr. Ralph Heathcote, R.N. in the British destroyer HMS Fame. The Escort Group escorted convoy HX-217 to Great Britain.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1943

Battleship USS Iowa: Around 1500 hours, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) and her escort, was joined by ComDesRon 51; USS Hall (Cdr. J.F. Delaney, Jr., USN), USS Halligan (Cdr. C.E. Cortner, USN) and USS Macomb (Cdr. J.C. South, USN).

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) was docked at Colombo.

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. after arriving off Campbeltown she participated in A/S exercises with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN).

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Blade (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR).

Submarine HNMS Zwaardvisch: HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

Submarine USS Tinosa: USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Azuma Maru (6646 GRT) north-west of Sonserol in position 06°34'N, 131°35'E.

Submarine USS Burrfish: USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) was ordered to proceed to Casablanca instead of Gibraltar. A uboat hunt was carried out to the West of Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. The patrol had been uneventful.

Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Eleftheria with gunfire off Kos, Greece. (All times are zone -3) 1145 hours - Sighted a two-masted Southbound caique of about 100 tons. She was fully laden. 1249 hours - Surfaced and engaged with the 3" gun and the Oerlikon. 1254 hours - Dived as shore batteries on Kos had opened fire. The target had been hit several times. 1259 hours - The target was seen to sink. The crew had abandoned ship in a small boat and were seen rowing to the Turkish coast which was the nearest. German sources reported that the caique Eleotherios had only her rudder damaged and escaped to Santorin.

Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Beirut.

Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 5th war patrol (2nd in the far east). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits and to perform a special mission. For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tally-Ho 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Tantivy: HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) shifted from Harwich to the Chatham Dockyard where modifications were to be fitted before Tantivy would be deployed to the Far East.

Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN).

Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) was taken in hand for refit at Tilbury.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then proceeded back to Rothesay.

Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. N.D. Gage, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS S-15: USS S-15 departed Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Submarine FR Amazone: Amazone conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1944

Destroyer USS Adams: USS Adams arrived at Norfolk.

Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: In Ormoc Bay USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr Norman John Sampson), USS Moale (Cdr Walter Manly Foster) and USS Cooper (Cdr Mell Andrew Peterson, Jr.) battle with the Japanese escort destroyers Kuwa and Take (both offsite links). During this battle USS Cooper sank the Kuwa in position 10°50'N, 124°35'E with gunfire but Cooper herself is sunk in position 10°54'N, 124°36'E by a torpedo from Take. Moale is damaged by gunfire during this action as is the Japanese Take. Around 0145 hours the two remaining US destroyers retired from Ormoc Bay bound for San Pedro Bay where they arrived later that day.

Destroyer USS Cooper: In Ormoc Bay USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. Norman John Sampson), USS Moale (Cdr. Walter Manly Foster) and USS Cooper (Cdr Mell Andrew Peterson) battle with the Japanese escort destroyers Kuwa and Take (both offsite links). During this battle USS Cooper sank the Kuwa in position 10°50'N, 124°35'E with gunfire but Cooper herself is sunk in position 10°54'N, 124°36'E by a torpedo from Take. Moale is damaged by gunfire during this action as is the Japanese Take. Around 0145 hours the two remaining US destroyers retired from Ormoc Bay bound for San Pedro Bay where they arrived later that day.

Destroyer USS Moale: In Ormoc Bay USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr Norman John Sampson), USS Moale (Cdr Walter Manley Foster) and USS Cooper (Cdr Mell Andrew Peterson) battle with the Japanese escort destroyers Kuwa and Take (both offsite links). During this battle USS Cooper sank the Kuwa in position 10°50'N, 124°35'E with gunfire but Cooper herself is sunk in position 10°54'N, 124°36'E by a torpedo from Kuwa. Moale is damaged by gunfire during this action as is the Japanese Take. Around 0145 hours the two remaining US destroyers retired from Ormoc Bay bound for San Pedro Bay where they arrived later that day.

Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Ashley, Jr) left Midway for her 12th and final war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters and off the Bonin Islands.

Submarine USS Pike: USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Seymour, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Submarine USS Bonita: USS Bonita arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Submarine USS Aspro: USS Aspro (Cdr. W.A. Stevenson, USN) arrived back at Pearl Harbour. She was escorted in by USS PC-580.

Submarine USS Pampanito: USS Pampanito (Capt. F.W. Fenno) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Seishin Maru (5239 GRT) in the South China Sea east of Hainan in position 18°20N, 111°52E.

Submarine USS Sea Cat: USS Sea Cat (Cmdr Robert Roy McGregor) possibly torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Harima Maru (10045 GRT) in South China Sea off coast of French Indo-China.

Submarine USS Atule: USS Atule (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Maurer, USA) departed Saipan for Majuro. She was escorted out by USS PC-1126.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) departed Aden for Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of her passage to the Far East. The passage to Gibraltar was made in convoy OS 97 / KMS 71. For the daily positions of HMS Seadog during this passage see the map below. HMS Seadog passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) arrived at Darwin for fuel, fresh water and provisions.

Submarine HMS Selene: HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Rosyth where she arrived later the same day.

Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee bound for the U.K. where she is to refit. The first leg of the trip is to Aden. For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this passage see the map below. HMS Tally-Ho passage Trincomalee-Adenclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) is undocked.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Sea Cliff (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Harrington, RCNVR), HMCS Cap de la Madeleine (T/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Judges, RCNVR), HMCS Rockcliffe (T/Lt. J.E. Heward, RCNR) and HMCS Kirkland Lake (T/Lt. J.A. Tullis, RCNR).

Submarine USS S-12: USS S-12 departed the Panama Canal Zone for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Submarine USS Pipefish: USS Pipefish (Cdr. W.N. Deragon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 64 (740 tons, built 1944) (offsite link) in the South China Sea east of Hainan in position 18°36'N, 111°54'E.

Submarine USSR Lembit: Lembit lays mines off Br?sterort.

1945

Submarine HMS Talent (iii): HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo.

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. O. Lascelles, DSC, RN) was paid off into reserve at Gareloch.

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