Events on this day
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.
The Shipyard Report
Laid down (36)
1929: Sloop Scarborough (L 25 / U 25)
1935: Light cruiser Philadelphia (CL 41)
1943: Frigate Saint John (K 456) - Destroyer Escort Calcaterra (DE 390) - Destroyer Escort Chambers (DE 391) - Patrol craft PC-1247 (PC-1247) - Motor torpedo boat PT 383 - Destroyer Escort Spangler (DE 696)
1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-694 (LCI(L)-694) - Landing craft tank LCT 1159 (LCT 1159) - Landing craft tank LCT 1160 (LCT 1160) - Landing craft tank LCT 1161 (LCT 1161) - Medium landing ship LSM 39 (LSM 39) - Medium landing ship LSM 40 (LSM 40) - Medium landing ship LSM 41 (LSM 41) - Medium landing ship LSM 42 (LSM 42) - Tank landing ship LST 711 (LST 711) - Tank landing ship LST 780 (LST 780)
1916: Light cruiser Kraznyi Kavkaz
1918: Destroyer Tarbell (DD 142)
1926: Submarine Espadon
1927: River gunboat Wake (PR-3)
1938: Boom defence vessel Barbrook (Z 03)
1941: Corvette Roselys (K 57) - Minesweeper Kelowna (J 261) - Corvette Cowslip (K 196) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 137 (LCT 137) - Destroyer Panther (G 41) - MS Trawler Professor (T 189) - Corvette Sundew (K 57) - Motor torpedo boat PT 30
1942: Minesweeper Bengal (J 243) - MS Trawler Gairsay (T 290) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 356 (LCT 356) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 385 (LCT 385) - Destroyer Tuscan (R 56) - MS Trawler Unst (T 213) - Submarine rescue vessel Coucal (ASR 8)
1944: Cutter Sebago (WPG 42) - Submarine Charr (328) - Submarine Lagarto (371) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-623 (LCI(L)-623) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-763 (LCI(L)-763) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-764 (LCI(L)-764) - Medium landing ship LSM 27 (LSM 27) - Medium landing ship LSM 28 (LSM 28) - Medium landing ship LSM 29 (LSM 29) - Medium landing ship LSM 30 (LSM 30) - Tank landing ship LST 703 (LST 703) - Patrol craft PC-825 (PC-825) - Minesweeper YMS-416 (YMS-416)
1945: Destroyer Henderson (DD 785)
1918: Destroyer Vivien (L 33)
1919: Minesweeper Bittern (AM 36)
1926: Submarine Requin
1940: Motor Launch ML 101 (ML 101)
1941: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1069 (ML 1069) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1070 (ML 1070) - Destroyer Lightning (G 55) - Motor Launch ML 216 (ML 216) - Motor Launch ML 242 (ML 242) - Motor Launch ML 258 (ML 258) - Escort destroyer Krakowiak (L 115)
1943: Light fleet carrier Cowpens (CVL 25) - Destroyer Erben (DD 631) - Tank landing ship LST 70 (LST 70) - Destroyer Escort McConnell (DE 163) - Patrol craft PC-1241 (PC-1241) - Patrol craft PC-605 (PC-605) - Motor torpedo boat PT 249 - Motor torpedo boat PT 341 - Submarine chaser SC-1002 (SC-1002) - Destroyer Trathen (DD 530) - Minesweeper YMS-158 (YMS-158) - Minesweeper YMS-272 (YMS-272)
1945: High speed transport Don O. Woods (APD 118)
1946: Submarine rescue vessel Bluebird (ASR 19)
1958: Light cruiser Galveston (CL 93)
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 28 May (7)
1944: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 732 (MTB 732)
1945: Destroyer Drexler (DD 741)
1958: Submarine Stickleback (415)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 28 May
Light cruiser HMS Cairo: HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) was damaged by German aircraft off Narvik, Norway.
Submarine HMS Phoenix: HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Nowell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Moore, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN) and HMS Scorpion (Cdr. (retired) F.W. Crowther, DSC, RN).
Submarine HMS Seal: The Swedish merchant Torsten (1206 GRT, built 1880) hits a mine and sinks. The mine was laid by the British submarine HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN) in the Kattegat in position 57°33'N, 11°35'E on 4 May 1940.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Rosyth.
Sloop HMS Bideford: HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Lewes, RN) took part in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk.
Destroyer HMS Javelin: Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) made two trips to Dunkirk to evacuate British troops.
Destroyer ORP Blyskawica: Blyskawica was ordered to patrol on Dunkirk evacuation route "Y" and provide Anti-Aircraft cover for Allied vessels.
Submarine FR Rubis: The Norwegian (sailing) vessel Blaamannen (174 GRT, offsite link) was sunk after hitting a mine laid by the French submarine Rubis (Lt. G.E.J. Cabanier) on 27 May 1940 near Haugesund, Norway in position 59°28'N 05°12'E.
Gunboat FR Enseigne Henry: Enseigne Henry (EV Jean Le Tallec) picks up 197 survivors of the French passenger ship Brazza that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-37 that day about 80 nautical miles west of Cape Finisterre in position 42°43’N, 11°00’W.
Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel with torpedoes North of Milos, Greece. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -3) 1825 hours - Sighted smoke to the Northward. This soon proved to be a small warship. Started attack on her but soon switched target when a merchant ship of about 4000 tons she was escorting was spotted. Later three MAS boats were also seen escorting the merchant vessel. 1910 hours - In position 36°58'N, 24°16'E fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards. The first torpedo however had a misfire and did not left the tube. No hits were obtained. The MAS boats remained in the area hunting Perseus for 90 minutes. They did not drop any depth charges though despite patrolling very close by. Perseus cleared the area after the MAS boats had left the scene. According to Italian sources The target was possibly the German merchant vessel Cordelia (1357 GRT, built 1921) which had sailed on that day from Piraeus for Crete (but turned back the following day), the small warship was probably the Italian minesweeper RD 17 which had sailed from Piraeus at 0950/28, the three MAS boats were probably MAS 534, MAS 538 and MAS 539 which had sailed from Piraeus for Suda at 1420/28 and may have been joined up for temporary escort duties.
Submarine HMS Torbay: At 1230 hours (time zone -3) HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the northern Aegean Sea. (This is HMS Torbay's 2nd Mediterranean War Patrol) For the daily positions of HMS Torbay during this patrol see the map below. HMS Torbay 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map
Destroyer ORP Piorun: Piorun reached Plymouth with only 37 tons of fuel left in her tanks.
ASW Trawler HMS Bengali: HMS Bengali (Skipper F.C. Butler, RNR) picks up survivors from the British merchant Tabaristan that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-38 southwest of Freetown in position 06°32'N, 15°23'W.
Submarine USS Salmon: USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Ganges Maru (4382 GRT) in the South China Sea about 250 nautical miles south-south-east of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina in position 09°00'N, 111°00'E.
Submarine USS Seal: USS Seal (Lt.Cdr. K.C. Hurd) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Tatsufuku Maru (1946 GRT) at the western entrance to Balabac Strait in position 07°27'N, 116°17'E. The damaged Japanese ship is sunk on the next day by USS Swordfish in position 07°33'N, 116°18'E.
Submarine USS Narwhal: USS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Wilkins) left base for her 2nd war patrol. She took part in the defence of Midway.
Submarine HMS P 222: HMS P 222 (Lt. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) is undocked.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN) Fired four torpedoes at an unidentified convoy at the Northern entrance to the Malacca Straits near position 06°34'N, 99°00'E. All missed. (All times are zone -6) 27 May 1942 1030 hours - While Truant was 4 nautical miles to the West of Salang Island sighted smoke bearing 295°. Altered course towards. 1130 hours - Sighted masts of a convoy of several ships. The convoy was in approximate position 07°44'N, 98°05'E and proceeding in a Southerly direction. 1150 hours - Surfaced and proceeded ahead of the convoy to attack. The convoy was seen to consist of four merchant vessels. They were in line ahead. A whaler type escort was leading them. There were two medium seized merchant ships, a small tanker and a liner in this convoy. The liner was selected as target she was thought to be the Taiyo Maru. (Taiyo Maru was sunk earlier the same month so it could not have been her). 1207 hours - Dived. But the position was found to be unfavourable to attack so surfaced nearly 1,5 hours after diving. 1357 hours - Dived again as the nearest ship came closer. The convoy was seen to circle for a while. 1615 hours - The convoy proceeded in a South-Westerly direction. Meanwhile Truants battery power was getting rather low. 1658 hours - Surfaced and proceeded to get ahead of the convoy. 1755 hours - Sunset. 1805 hours - Increased to full speed. There were a few light clouds and the moon being nearly full visibility was good but none the less the enemy was soon lost and were not picked up again until 1920 hours. 2300 hours - Visibility was now deteriorating. The sky was cloudy and the horizon could not be seen through the mist. The wind had dropped and the sea was glassy calm. 2310 hours - Passed close to a small steam craft on opposite course. 2315 hours - Dived in position 06°34'N, 99°00'E, 12000 yards on the bow of the convoy. The convoy could only be seen from time to time and was on various courses. 28 May 1942 0005 hours - The convoy was seen approaching in line ahead. The target was the rear ship. Just before firing torpedoes it was seen that the target was a hospital ship, a red cross was visible on a white background, despite this the ship was painted dark gray and not illuminated. 0036 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the remainder of the convoy. No hits were obtained. Another torpedo was fired at a one of the other ships that was seen to leave the line. This ship returned to her former position after the torpedo was fired so this one also missed. It appeared the action was not observed by the enemy. 0146 hours - Surfaced.
Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Colombo for her 6th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Northern entrance to the Malacca Straits. No log is available for this period and the patrol report don't mentions positions so no map can be displayed.
Submarine USS S-34: USS S-34 (Lt. T.L. Wogan) ended departed from Dutch Harbour for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Attu.
Submarine USS S-35: USS S-35 (Lt. J.E. Stevens) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the western Aleutians.
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) departed from Colombo for her 19th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Northern end of the Malacca Straits.
Submarine USS Saury: USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Akatsuki Maru (10216 GRT) about 90 nautical miles north-west of Okinawa in position 27°32'N, 126°08'E.
Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Benson) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Koshin Maru (975 GRT) south of Irosaki, Honshu, Japan in position 34°33'N, 138°50'E.
Submarine USS Gunnel: USS Gunnel (Lt.Cdr. J.S. McCain, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.
Submarine USS Scamp: USS Scamp (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Ebert) torpedoed and sank the Japanese seaplane carrier Kamikawa Maru (6853 GRT, offsite link) north of Kavieng, New Ireland in position 01°36'S, 150°24'E.
Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) attacked a tug and three lighters with gunfire South of Îles d'Hyères. One hit on the tug was obtained but the gun jammed and the action had to be broken off. (All times are zone -1) 1240 hours - Sighted a tug and three lighters bearing 275° coming from the direction of Hyeres roads. Proceeded to intercept. 1320 hours - Decided to attack with gunfire. The vessels were all flying the German flag. The tug was a vessel of about 200 tons. The lighters were self propelled. 1342 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the 3" gun on the tug. The third round hit but after firing the fourth round the gun jammed and as the enemy had opened fire the action had to be broken off. 1345 hours - Dived.
Submarine HMS Syrtis: HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises off Scapa Flow.
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Freetown for Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.
Submarine HMS Universal: During 28 and 29 May 1943 HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted exercises off Londonderry. These included night gunnery actions.
Submarine USS S-41: USS S-41 (Lt. I.S. Hartman) sank the Japanese sailing vessel Asuka Maru (1036 GRT) off Paramushiro, Kuriles in position 50°38'N, 155°15'E.
Patrol craft USS PC-592: USS PC-592 picks up 69 survivors from the American tanker Florida that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-154 about 125 miles east of Fortaleza, Brazil in position 03°56'S, 36°43'W.
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt. F.J. Kroesen, RNN) departed from New York for Philadelphia where she is to refit at the Navy Yard.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with the Free French corvette FFL Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves.
Submarine USS Sturgeon: USS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. C.L. Murphy, Jr) ended her 10th war patrol at Midway.
Submarine USS Whale: USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Grady) left Majuro for her 8th war patrol. She was to patrol in Japanese home waters.
Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Whitaker) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Rock: USS Rock (Cdr. J.J. Flachsenhar) ended her 2nd war patrol at Majuro.
Submarine USS Crevalle: USS Crevalle (Lt.Cdr. Francis D. Walker) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Wright, USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands. She was escorted out by USS PC-569. For the daily and attack positions of USS Archerfish during this patrol see the map below. As no deck log is available (for the moment) positions were taken from the patrol report. Unfortunately the patrol report does not give daily noon positions.
Submarine USS Golet: USS Golet (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Clark) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Honshu in Japanese home waters.
Submarine USS Guavina: USS Guavina (Lt.Cdr. C. Tiedeman) ended her 1st war patrol at Majoro.
Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) arrived at Aden.
Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Sumatra. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Sirdar during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Sirdar 3rd war patrol in a larger map
Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits near Penang. She was also to lay a minefield. No logs are available for this period so no map can be displayed.
Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.
Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) sank two sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam, to the North-West of Langkawi. (All times are zone -6.5) 1815 hours - Surfaced and closed two junks sighted shortly before. Boarded both junks and took eight prisoners (Chinese). The junks were sunk with scuttling charges near position 06°43'N, 99°29'E.
Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) claims to have torpedoed and sunk a Japanese merchant ship in Malacca Straits. It is often stated that this was the Japanese merchant ship Chokai Maru (2658 GRT, built 1931). This ship was however lost in 1941 before the start of the war. It is not clear what ship Templar had sunk. (All times are zone -6.5) 0540 hours - In position 04°18'N, 100°18'E sighted two merchant ships escorted by two trawlers and one submarine chasers. Bearing 160°, range about 5000 yards, course 340°, speed 9 knots. Started attack. 0552 hours - Fired three stern torpedoes from 2400 yards resulting in one hit. The target was later seen to be standing vertically on end in 180 feet of water. Templar was hunted and depth charged following the attack. 18 Depth charges in all were dropped but these did no damage.
Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for Malta. She joins convoy KMS 51 for this passage.
Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed La Maddalena for Algiers.
Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. The patrol had been uneventful.
Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) attacked a German R-boat off Port Vendres with one torpedo. It missed. (All times are zone -2) 0700 hours - Sighted a large R-boat proceeding towards Port Vendres from the north. Started attack. 0745 hours - Fired one torpedo from 1500 yards. The torpedo circled to port and exploded 50 seconds later without doing any damage. 0832 hours - Shore batteries sighted the periscope and opened accurate and heavy fire. Went deep for 15 minutes. 1130 hours - Two R-boats passed overhead. One depth charge was dropped fairly close. 1300 hours - Set course to leave the area.
Destroyer USS Purdy: USS Purdy arrived at San Francisco for full repairs and overhaul.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) arrived at Onslow to fuel and pick up fresh provisions. However the fresh provisions had been landed at the wrong airfield. K XV was ordered to wait while the fresh provisions would be flown in.
Submarine USS Bonefish: USS Bonefish (Cdr. L.L. Edge) departed from Guam for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.
Submarine USS Gabilan: USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Gunnel: USS Gunnel (Lt.Cdr. G.E. O'Neil, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for Guam.
Submarine USS Ray: USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 4 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in positions 37°38'N, 124°43'E, 38°19'N, 124°01'E and 38°21'N, 123°58'E.
Submarine USS Tunny: USS Tunny (Cdr. G.E. Pierce) departed from Saipan for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.
Submarine USS Manta: USS Manta (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Madley) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kuril Islands.
Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Cdr. A.C. House Jr., USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. Again she was ordered to patrol off the Kuril Islands. For the daily and attack positions of USS Apogon during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine USS Blueback: USS Blueback (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) an unidentified Japanese vessel in a surface gunnery action off Japara, Netherlands East Indies in position 06°28'S, 110°37'E.
Submarine USS Lamprey: USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) damaged an unidentified Japanese vessel in a surface gunnery action off Japara, Netherlands East Indies in position 06°28'S, 110°37'E.
Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) arrived at Alexandria where she was docked.
Submarine HMS Scotsman: HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (T/Lt. F.A. Wicker, RNVR) arrived at Aden.
Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 35th war patrol (2nd in far eastern waters). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Strait and of the west coast of Sumatra. For the attack positions of HMS Trident during this patrol see the map below. HMS Trident 35th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Totem: HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is docked at Malta.
Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) was docked at Bermuda. As the log of June 1945 is not available it is not know when she was undocked.
Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Sheerness.