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 (24)
1938: River gunboat Mosquito (T 94)
1941: Submarine chaser SC-652 (SC-652)
1942: Submarine Flounder (251) - Landing craft tank LCT 394 (LCT 394) - Patrol craft PC-816 (PC-816) - Motor torpedo boat PT 195 - Motor torpedo boat PT 259 - Motor torpedo boat PT 268 - Motor torpedo boat PT 280 - Destroyer Yarnall (ii) (DD 541)
1943: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-395 (LCI(L)-395)
1944: Landing craft support LCS(L)-129 (LCS(L)-129) - Landing craft tank LCT 1385 (LCT 1385) - Medium landing ship LSM 352 (LSM 352) - Medium landing ship LSM 458 (LSM 458) - Tank landing ship LST 1086 (LST 1086) - Tank landing ship LST 1105 (LST 1105) - Tank landing ship LST 1130 (LST 1130) - Tank landing ship LST 976 (LST 976)
1916: Destroyer Allen (DD 66)
1918: Submarine S-33 (138)
1936: Destroyer Besposhchadny
1937: Submarine Zoea
1938: Boom defence vessel Falconet (Z 19)
1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-115 (LCI(L)-115) - Frigate St. Catharines (K 325) - Frigate Findhorn (K 301) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-115 (LCI(L)-115) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 557 (LCT 557) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 571 (LCT 571) - Tank landing ship LST 420 (LST 420) - Tank landing ship LST 421 (LST 421) - Destroyer Heermann (DD 532) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-115 (LCI(L)-115) - Landing craft tank LCT 392 (LCT 392) - Tank landing ship LST 420 (LST 420) - Tank landing ship LST 421 (LST 421) - Patrol craft PC-815 (PC-815) - Motor torpedo boat PT 168 - Motor torpedo boat PT 255 - Minesweeper Swift (AM 122) - Minesweeper YMS-192 (YMS-192) - Minesweeper YMS-327 (YMS-327) - Minesweeper YMS-397 (YMS-397)
1943: Tank landing ship LST 290 (LST 290)
1915: River gunboat Mantis (T 70)
1936: Flotilla leader Leningrad
1937: Submarine ShCh-421
1939: Armed Merchant Cruiser Esperance Bay (F 67)
1942: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 239 (MTB 239) - Submarine Matrozos (P 712) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-106 (LCI(L)-106) - Landing craft tank LCT 260 (LCT 260) - Landing craft tank LCT 392 (LCT 392) - Destroyer Renshaw (DD 499) - Submarine Chaser SC 1472 (SC 1472) - Submarine Chaser SC 1473 (SC 1473) - Submarine chaser SC-769 (SC-769) - Minesweeper YMS-15 (YMS-15)
1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-507 (LCI(L)-507) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-508 (LCI(L)-508) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-509 (LCI(L)-509) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-511 (LCI(L)-511) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-512 (LCI(L)-512) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 496 (MTB 496) - Medium landing ship LSM 284 (LSM 284) - Frigate Manitowoc (PF-61) - Patrol craft PGM-23 (PGM-23)
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 5 December (6)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 5 December
Heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland: The German passenger ship Ussukuma (7834 GRT) is intercepted in the South Atlantic off Bahia Blanca, Argentina in position 39°25'S, 57°15'W by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt W.H.G. Fallowfield, RN) and the British light cruiser HMS Ajax (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, RN). However, before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.
Light cruiser HMS Despatch: The German merchant D?sseldorf (4930 GRT) was captured by HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, DSO, RN) off Punta Caldera in Chilean territorial waters.
Submarine HMS Trident: At 2302 hours HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) sights a submarine bearing 120° 600 yards steering 250°. Trident turned toward and all bow tubes were flooded. Identification signals were made by the submarine but could not be read. It was decided that it was probably a friendly submarine that was out of position due to the bad weather that prevented good sights to establish position. The submarine eventually turned out to be HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN).
Submarine HMS Triad: HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is docked at Rosyth for repairs.
Light cruiser HMS Ajax: The German passenger ship Ussukuma (7834 GRT) is intercepted in the South Atlantic off Bahia Blanca, Argentina in position 39°25'S, 57°15'W by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt W.H.G. Fallowfield, RN) and the British light cruiser HMS Ajax (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, RN). However, before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.
Destroyer HMS Escapade: HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Navasota that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-47 about 150 miles west of Bishop Rock in position 50°43'N, 10°16'W.
Light cruiser HMS Diomede: HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepts the German passenger / cargo ship Idarwald (5033 GRT) off Cape Corrientes, Cuba. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her crew and finally sank on December 9th.
Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS California: The German blockade breaker Klaus Schoke (5830 GRT) was intercepted by HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN) in the mid-Atlantic near the Azores. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is scuttled by her own crew.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: The Italian torpedo boat Calipso (679 tons) sank about 6 nautical miles north-west of Cape Misurata, Libya after hitting a mine laid by HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, DSO, RN).
Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and sank the Finnish merchant Oscar Midling (2182 GRT) in Sildegapet, Norway in position 62°03'N, 05°06'E.
Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Holy Loch.
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) departed from Gibraltar bound for the U.K. where she is to refit. For the daily and attack positions of HrMs O 21 during the passage to the U.K. see the map below. HrMs O 21 passage Gibraltar - U.K.click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay and to proceed to Gibraltar upon completion of the patrol to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla at Malta. For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below. HMS Una 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Island (638 GRT, offsite link) north of Mehavn, Norway in position 71°07'N, 27°54'E.
Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. M. Willmott, RN) attacks German U-boat U-371 West of Kythera, Greece. In all seven torpedoes were fired but none hit the target. (All times either zone -2 or -3) 0256 hours - In position 36°15'N, 22°45'E sighted a U-boat to the North. Distance about 1500 yards. Course of the target was 050°. Started attack. 0301 hours - Fired five torpedoes from 1000 yards. All missed. 0306 hours - Fired a sixth torpedo, missed again. 0308 hours - Fired a seventh torpedo, missed yet again. 0310 hours - An explosion occurred, must be one of the torpedoes hitting land. The U-boat turned stern on she was lost out of sight shortly afterwards.
Escort destroyer HMS Farndale: Just after 2100 hours the British armed boarding vessel HMS Chakdina, serving as transport ship, was torpedoed and sunk by Italian aircraft about 30 nautical miles east-north-east of Tobruk, Libya in position 32°11'N, 24°30'E. Some of the survivors were picked up by the British escort destroyer HMS Farndale (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) and landed at Alexandria on the 7th.
Submarine USSR D-3 / Krasnovgardeyets: Around 1300 hours D-3 attacked a German convoy of the Kongsfjord in position 70°59'N, 26°36'E. The German merchant Leuna (6856 GRT) is missed by the torpedoes fired.
Submarine USSR M-171: M-171 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 4000 tons north of Vardo, Norway in position 70°30'N, 30°58'E. Both torpedoes missed their target.
Submarine USS Dolphin: USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Rutter) ended her 3th and last war patrol. With new construction submarines available for offensive war patrols, the older Dolphin was assigned to training duties.
Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) was ordered to shift to a patrol position off Naples, Italy.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Troon to start a much needed refit.
Submarine USS S-34: USS S-34 (Lt. R.A. Keating) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol the Japanese shipping lanes between the Kurils and western Aleutians.
Frigate USS Natchez: USS Natchez picks up the first of 18 survivors from the Cuban merchant Libertad that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-129 about 75 nautical miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. The remaining men were rescued by the frigate during an extensive search of the area until 7 December, assisted by several USN blimps.
Destroyer Escort USS Falgout: USS Falgout picks up 11 survivors from the American tanker Touchet that was torpedoed and sunk on 3 December 1943 by German U-boat U-193 in the Gulf of Mexico in position 25°50'N, 86°30'W.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Lerwick for Dundee.
Submarine USS Narwhal: USS Narwhal (Cdr. F.D. Latta) sank the Japanese merchant Himeno Maru (834 GRT) with gunfire off Camiquin Island in position 09°09'N, 124°29'E.
Submarine USS Albacore: USS Albacore (Lt.Cdr. Oscar Emil Hagberg) ended her 7th war patrol at Brisbane.
Submarine USS Drum: USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is sent to the US west coast for an overhaul.
Submarine USS Silversides: USS Silversides (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Coye) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Palau.
Submarine USS Scorpion: USS Scorpion (Cdr. M.G. Schmidt) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Beirut for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Surf during this patrol see the map below. HMS Surf 4th war patrol click here for bigger map
Patrol craft USS PCE-869: USS PC-869 accidentally rammed USS SC-1306 off Cape Hatteras. The submarine chaser was badly damaged, but safely arrived at Norfolk after being towed by the patrol craft for 40 hours.
Submarine chaser USS SC-1306: At 21.43 hours on 5 December, USS SC-1306 (Lt R.L. Thayer, USN) was accidentally rammed by USS PCE-869 while searching for survivors of Libertad off Cape Hatteras. The bow of the patrol craft cut into the side of the submarine chaser, almost severing the forward compartment and killing one crew member. The submarine chaser settled quickly by the bow and the patrol craft came alongside the stern to take off most of her crew, while its depth charges were secured. As the forward engine room bulkhead had remained intact a skeleton crew remained aboard USS SC-1306 which was then taken in tow stern first by USS PC-869 to Norfolk. On 7 December, the submarine chaser was towed into Norfolk by the tug Sciota and later returned to service after being repaired.
Destroyer USS John W. Weeks: USS John W. Weeks (Cdr. R.A. Theobald. Jr.) arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Whale: USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Grady) sank four Japanese trawlers with gunfire 12 miles southeast of Nakano Jima.
Submarine USS Hake: USS Hake (Lt.Cdr. F.E. Haylor) lands supplies on Panay, Philippines and evacuates 29 US aviators shot down by the Japanese.
Submarine USS Bergall: USS Bergall (Cdr. J.M. Hyde) topped up with fuel at Exmouth Gulf.
Submarine USS Hardhead: USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Bang: USS Bang (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (A/Lt.Cdr. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) called at Exmouth Gulf for fuel before proceeding to her patrol area.
Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted exercises off Portland.
Submarine HMS Shalimar: HMS Shalimar (A/Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) sank three sailing vessels with gunfire in the Malacca Strait (off Penang). (All times are zone -6.5) 0315 hours - Sank a 20 tons junk with gunfire in position 05°12'N, 99°57'E. 20 Rounds were fired from 500 yards. ------------------------------------- 1747 hours - Sank a 40 tons junk in position 05°15'N, 100°00'E. 13 Rounds were fired from 2600 yards. 1826 hours - Sank a 40 tons schooner in position 05°07'N, 99°55'E. 13 Rounds were fired from 500 yards.
Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) sank a small sailing vessel with a demolition charge in Makassar Strait. (All times are zone -8) 1835 hours - Surfaced in position 05°05'S, 119°02'E. 1840 hours - Boarded a small native sailing vessel. Cargo was rice. The vessel was sunk with a demolition charge in position 05°05'S, 119°01'E.
Submarine HMS Sea Scout: HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Tantivy: Traces of salt water were found in both camshaft cases. Also Tantivy spent the day submerged to make repairs to both main engines. (All times are zone -8) 0340 hours - Found traces of salt water in both camshaft cases, stopped both engines 0420 hours - In position 05°16'S, 114°34'E went ahead on both engines (320 revs) to carry out an attack on a darkened ship. This turned out to be a fishing prau 0555 hours - Dived in position 05°16'1"S, 114°31'E to make good defects on main engines 1720 hours - Surfaced in position 05°06'S, 114°11'E and proceeded.
Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 6th war patrol (5th in the far east). She is to perform a special operation (no details know as of yet) and to patrol off the West of Sumatra. Afterwards she is to proceed to Fremantle, Australia. For the daily positions of HMS Tradewind during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tradewind 6th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine USSR ShCh-407: At 0655 hours, ShCh-407 fires three torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant west of Pillau. The target was not hit.
Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) was placed in reserve at Portsmouth.