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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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Laid down (30)

1931: Destroyer Duncan (D 99) - Heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa (CA 37)

1933: Submarine ShCh-202

1934: Submarine ShCh-211

1939: Submarine O 27

1940: Minesweeper Wasaga (J 162) - Boom defence vessel Barova (Z 94) - Corvette Rose (K 102) - Corvette Rose (K 102) - Destroyer Macomb (DD 458)

1941: Frigate Ness (K 219) - Heavy cruiser Canberra (CA 70) - Submarine chaser SC-629 (SC-629)

1942: Tank landing ship LST 364 (LST 364) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 188 (MGB 188) - Frigate Towy (K 294) - Submarine Viking (P 69) - Landing craft tank LCT 151 (LCT 151) - Landing craft tank LCT 152 (LCT 152) - Landing craft tank LCT 198 (LCT 198) - Landing craft tank LCT 314 (LCT 314) - Tank landing ship LST 364 (LST 364) - Motor torpedo boat PT 217

1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 640 (LCT 640) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-478 (LCI(L)-478) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-479 (LCI(L)-479) - Tank landing ship LST 499 (LST 499) - Tank landing ship LST 500 (LST 500) - Tank landing ship LST 515 (LST 515)

1944: Tank landing ship LST 889 (LST 889)

Launched (28)

1917: Destroyer Vendetta (D 69)

1925: Battleship Nelson (28)

1928: MS Trawler Carisbrooke (FY 583)

1936: ASW Trawler Cape Palliser (FY 256) - Destroyer Bagley (ii) (DD 386) - Submarine ShCh-211

1937: Destroyer Eskimo (F 75) - Destroyer Mashona (F 59)

1940: Corvette Dianella (K 07) - MS Trawler Ophelia (T 05) - Corvette Snapdragon (K 10) - ASW Trawler Sword Dance (T 132)

1941: Boom defence vessel Barcock (Z 177) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 309 (MTB 309) - Minesweeper Qualicum (J 138) - Motor torpedo boat PT 51

1942: Motor minesweeper MMS 112 (J 612) - Landing craft tank LCT 17 (LCT 17)

1943: Patrol vessel Kilkhampton (Z 09) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-460 (LCI(L)-460) - Tank landing ship LST 128 (LST 128) - Destroyer Escort Raby (DE 698)

1944: Tank landing ship LST 3006 (LST 3006) - Destroyer Drexler (DD 741) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-15 (LCS(L)-15) - Medium landing ship LSM 243 (LSM 243) - Medium landing ship LSM 244 (LSM 244) - Anti-aircraft cruiser Tucson (CL 98)

Commissioned (32)

1918: MS Trawler Eden (T 49)

1919: Destroyer Dickerson (DD 157) - Destroyer Gillis (AVD 12)

1928: Destroyer Kortenaer (KN)

1935: Submarine ShCh-202

1937: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 8 (MTB 8)

1940: Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB 57 (MA/SB 57) - Submarine Upright (N 89)

1941: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1022 (ML 1022) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 317 (MGB 317) - Motor minesweeper MMS 55 (J 555) - Net tender Butternut (AN 9) - Motor torpedo boat PT 45

1942: Rescue Tug Empire Sam - Motor minesweeper MMS 175 (J 675) - Destroyer Obdurate (G 39) - Motor Launch RML 524 (RML 524) - Landing craft tank LCT 125 (LCT 125) - Motor torpedo boat PT 76

1943: Frigate Domett (K 473) - MS Trawler Ganilly (T 367) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1382 (ML 1382) - Destroyer Healy (DD 672) - Tank landing ship LST 122 (LST 122) - Tank landing ship LST 38 (LST 38) - Destroyer Escort Marts (DE 174) - Motor torpedo boat PT 273 - Motor torpedo boat PT 546 - Submarine chaser SC-1347 (SC-1347) - Minesweeper YMS-360 (YMS-360)

1944: Medium landing ship LSM 65 (LSM 65)

1945: Sloop Modeste (U 42)

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 September (3)


1939: Gunboat General Haller (H) - Minelayer Gryf - Destroyer Wicher

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General Events on 3 September


1939

Submarine HMS Odin: HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) arrived at Penang.

Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Penang.

Submarine HMS Perseus (i): When war broke out with Germany HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was based at Hong Kong.

Submarine HMS Phoenix: When war broke out with Germany HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) was based at Hong Kong.

Submarine HMS Rainbow: When war broke out with Germany HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) was based at Hong Kong.

Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Pacific to the East of Luzon Strait.

Submarine HMS Starfish: HMS Starfish (Lt. T.A. Turner, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dundee.

Submarine HMS Triton: At 1315 hours, off the Humber Light vessel, HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. H.P. de C. Steel, RN) parted company with her escort, HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN), and proceeded to Dundee independently.

Sloop HMIS Lawrence: HMIS Lawrence (Lt.Cdr. F.W. King, RIN) departed Bombay for Karachi.

Sloop HMIS Clive: HMIS Clive (Cdr. H.P. Hughes-Hallett, DSC, RIN) departed Bombay to patrol off Masirah Island.

Light cruiser HMS Ajax: HMS Ajax (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, RN) intercepts the German merchant Olinda (4576 GRT) off the coast of Uruguay in position 33°50'S, 53°30'W. The German ship is sunk by gunfire.

Destroyer HMS Electra: HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, RN) and HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN) together pick up 481 survivors from the British passenger ship Athenia which was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-30 about 250 miles west of Inishtrahull in position 56°44'N, 14°05'W.

Destroyer HMS Escort: HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, RN) and HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN) together pick up 481 survivors from the British passenger ship Athenia which was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-30 about 250 nautical miles west of Inishtrahull in position 56°44'N, 14°05'W.

Destroyer HMS Somali: The German merchant Hannah B?ge (2377 BRT) is captured south of Iceland in position 63°20'N, 16°35W by the British destroyer HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSC, RN).

Destroyer ORP Wicher: Wicher took part in naval combat off Hela. Two German destroyers, the Leberecht Maa? and Wolfgang Zenker under command of Rear Admiral G?nther L?tjens approached to Polish naval base at Hela and opened fire at 0700hours. Wicher and the minelayer Gryf answered few minutes later. A Polish coastal battery (4 guns of 152mm) was also involved in combat. After short time Germans hit the Gryf twice, but suffered heavy damage on Leberecht Maa?. Wolfgang Zenker (also damaged) laid a smokescreen and both destroyers retreated. Later that day Hela was attacked by German Ju-87 (Stuka) dive bombers. They conducted four attacks. Wicher was hit by four bombs (two 250 kg and two 50 kg) and sank. Gryf was also sunk.

Submarine ORP Wilk: 20 mines were laid by Wilk in Gulf of Gdansk.

Submarine ORP Rys: Rys received and executed an order to set a mine barrier (20 mines) 10 miles east from the tip of Hel Peninsula. At night Rys was encircled by German minesweepers and submarine chasers and forced to dive. After few failed attempts of breaking out, Rys surfaced and attacked the surprised German crews by gunfire causing lot of confusion. She then escaped the area at full speed.

Minelayer ORP Gryf: Wicher took part in naval combat off Hela. Two German destroyers, the Leberecht Maa? and Wolfgang Zenker under command of Rear Admiral G?nther L?tjens approached to Polish naval base at Hela and opened fire at 0700hours. Wicher and the minelayer Gryf answered few minutes later. A Polish coastal battery (4 guns of 152mm) was also involved in combat. After short time Germans hit the Gryf twice, but suffered heavy damage on Leberecht Maa?. Wolfgang Zenker (also damaged) laid a smokescreen and both destroyers retreated. The minelayer entered the floating dock for repairs. Later in the morning, Ju.87s of 4/Tr.G.186, an outfit originally intended to embark on the Graf Zeppelin, carried out 2 attacks against the harbour area: At 0910 hrs 11 a/c attacked, Gryf sustained one bomb hit on the bow and several near-misses which set her on fire. The fire reached the AAA ammunition, which detonated, but dock and ship remained afloat. This attack caused 2 deaths. In the second attack, about 1400 hrs, 12 dive-bombers armed with 250-kg bombs targeted both Gryf and Wicher, nearby. The CM sustained one bomb hit which caused her to settle on the bottom of the harbour, burning fiercely. At 1600 hrs, He-59 seaplanes of Ku.Fl.Gr 506 flying out of Kamp-bei-Kolberg, attacked again, and were followed at 1725 by more He-59s of Ku.Fl.Gr 706 which completed the destruction of the wreck. Gryf burned for another 2 days.

1940

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) conducted exercises on the Clyde with the British armed yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(retired) A. E. Johnston, RN).

Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Moore, RN) left her patrol area and set course to return to Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) intercepts the German merchant Tropic Sea (5781 GRT, built 1920, former Norwegian Tropic Sea (offsite link) captured by the German armed merchant cruiser Orion in the South Pacific on 18 June 1940). The Tropic Sea is scuttled by the German prize crew in the Bay of Biscay about 235 nautical miles north-west of Cape Finisterre, Spain in position 46°30'N, 11°30'W. (All times are zone -1) 0650 hours - Sighted a merchantman to the Eastward steering approximately 070°. Funnels and masts only were visible. It appears likely that she was making for Bordeaux. Altered course towards, speed 14 knots. The ship could not be identified but she appeared very similar to the Norwegian MV Benjamin Franklin. She was heavily laden. No armament was visible. W/T Watch was set on Commercial Wave. No transmissions were heard throughout the upcoming incident. Signals were sent ordering her to stop, not to transmit and to sent a boat with the Captain and the ships papers. The signals to stop engines was obeyed almost immediately and Truant remained stopped about 4 cables on the Port quarter. The gun was manned and trained on the bridge. There appeared to be a large number of men aboard and it soon became evident that the ship was being abandoned. This took quite a long time. In the end all boats were lowered and lay off. As no boat approached Truant she proceeded towards them to find the Captain. The crews gave no assistance and it took some time before the Captain was located in a rubber boat. At this time 2 explosions were heard aboard the ship. 2 Large holes were made on the waterline. Meanwhile the Captain came on board and told that the ship was the Norwegian merchant Tropic Sea that had been captured by a German armed merchant cruiser and was on passage to Bordeaux. He also told that the survivors of the British merchant Haxby had also been on board. The cargo was 8000 tons of wheat. According to the Captain 4 more bombs were to explode on the ship. The Captain, 22 survivors from the Haxby and the Norwegian Captain and his wife were taken aboard. Meanwhile Tropic Sea made no signs of sinking and the Norwegian Captain was ordered to return to her and get her under way. He said there was only fuel on board for 400 miles, 4 more bombs were set to explode and that he thought she would sink anyhow, but that he was prepared to try to save her. While the matter was being discussed Tropic Sea took a list bow down to Port and sank in 2 minutes. 1023 hours - Proceeded to the Westward.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. F.J. Brooks, RN) conducted trials of Barrow.

Destroyer ORP Garland: The four destroyers reached Malta for refuelling. They left the harbour a few hours later.

Destroyer ORP Blyskawica: While escorting a convoy, ORP Blyskawica observed a periscope and attacked a U-boat with depth charges. Two hours later, in fog, she encountered a U-boat (probably the same one) on the surface at a distance of 700 meter and attacked it with gunfire and depth charges.

1941

Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) sights a convoy of three merchant ships about 60 nautical miles North-North-East of Isola di Ustica, Italy near position 39°45'N, 13°32'E. As the ships turned out to be Vichy French they were not attacked. (All times are zone -1) 0643 hours - Heard HE bearing 150°. 0715 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 160°. Started attack. 0755 hours - Sighted three ships. 0815 hours - Identified the ships as Vichy-French. Stopped attack. Convoy appeared to come from the Straits of Messina and steering for Strait Bonifacio.

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) departed Gibraltar for the U.K. where she is to refit. For the daily positions of HrMs O 23 during this passage see the map below. Ver HrMs O 23 passage Gibraltar - Holy Loch click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) fires a torpedo at ' what is identified as ' an enemy armed merchant cruiser of 4000 tons in the central Mediterranean about 175 nautical miles east of Valetta, Malta in position 35°40'N, 18°07'E. The torpedo misses its target. (All times are zone -3) 1345 hours - Sighted two aircraft to the northward, circling round and round, obviously over a convoy. Went to diving stations, blew up the tubes. 1412 hours - Heard HE on the starboard quarter. 1415 hours - Sighted a convoy of three ships in two columns, escorted by three destroyers. Started attack on the leading ship of the starboard column. Fired four torpedoes at the selected target (thought to be a RAMB-class transport or auxiliary cruiser) from 2000 yards. Two faint dull thuds were heard 1,5 minutes after firing. Went deep on firing and took avoiding action, 16 depth charges followed the attack. Depth charging ceased at 1500 hours. 1600 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. 1630 hours - Surfaced to pass an enemy report. On surfacing sighted, to our surprise, a ship sinking about 6 nautical miles away with a destroyer in attendance. Crash dived immediately and started to reload the torpedo tubes. 1800 hours - Periscope depth. Nothing in sight. 2042 hours - Surfaced in position 35°49'N, 18°27'E and passed an enemy report.

Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.

Submarine HMS Trident: While returning to base at Polyarnoe, Russia, HMS Trident (Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) is fired upon but missed by German U-boat U-566. The U-boat was spotted by Trident in position 69°59'N, 35°00'E but could not be attacked with torpedoes as there were none left aboard. It was not observed on board Trident that she was fired upon. About six hours later Trident arrived at Polyarnoe ending her 19th war patrol.

Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway. As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Torbay: After a short refit in dock at Port Said HMS Torbay (Lt. R.S. Brookes, RN) returns to Alexandria where she arrived the next morning. (It is possible that Lt.Cdr. Miers rejoined Torbay at Port Said but Torbay's log does not mention the day he re-joined his ship).

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine USSR ShCh-422: At 0759 hours, ShCh-422 fires a torpedo against ' what is identified as ' a merchant off Vard?. The torpedo failed to hit the target.

Destroyer ORP Garland: The Polish destroyers Piorun and Garland are ordered to pick up the survivors from the British merchant Fort Richepanche that was torpedoed that day by German U-boat U-567 some 450 miles southwest of Bloody Foreland in position 52°15'N, 21°10'W. Ten crew members, five gunners and seven passengers were picked up by the Polish destroyers on 4 September and landed at Greenock on 5 September.

Destroyer ORP Piorun: The Polish destroyers Piorun and Garland are ordered to pick up the survivors from the British merchant Fort Richepanche that was torpedoed that day by German U-boat U-567 some 450 miles southwest of Bloody Foreland in position 52°15'N, 21°10'W. Ten crew members, five gunners and seven passengers were picked up by the Polish destroyers on 4 September and landed at Greenock on 5 September

Destroyer HMS Wolfhound: HMS Wolfhound (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) is heavily damaged by near misses in a German air attack. The ships back was broken and she was out of action for over 18 months.

1942

Corvette HMCS Shawinigan: HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR) and HMCS Trail (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Hall, RCNR) together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk northeast of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St.Lawrence in position 50°32'N, 58°46'W by German U-boat U-517.

Corvette HMCS Trail: HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR) and HMCS Trail (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Hall, RCNR) together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in position 50°32'N, 58°46'W by German U-boat U-517.

Submarine USS Seal: USS Seal (Lt.Cdr. K.C. Hurd) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese passenger-cargo ship Kanju Maru (1688 GRT) south-east of Cape Padaran, French Indochina in position 11°00'N, 109°00'E.

Submarine USS Amberjack (i): USS Amberjack (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bole, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between the northeast coast of New Ireland and Bougainville, Solomon Islands.

Submarine HMS Sturgeon: At 0610 hours (zone -1), HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN), sighted a U-boat on the surface bearing 160 degrees. Position was 62°15'N, 01°05'E. Enemy course was 260°, range 7000 yards. An attack was started but the range could not be closed. This was most likely the German U-216 that was en-route to the Atlantic for her 1st war patrol.

Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar with HMS P 219 (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, RN).

Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS P 219 (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Traveller: At 0955 hours, HMS Traveller HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) was off Tobruk, patrolling at periscope depth when she was bombed by an unseen aircraft. There was no damage.

Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS P 42 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) arrived off the Railway bridge she was to destroy by firing a torpedo at it's base. This was however impossible as the river was dry and the bridge was 200 feet inland from the shore. Also if the river had not been dry the torpedo most likely would have been deflected by the current.

Submarine HMS Unison: HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol near Anti-Kythera, Greece.

Destroyer HMS Pathfinder: German U-boat U-162 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-east of Trinidad, in position 12°21'N, 59°29'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. le Chair, RN) HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN).

Destroyer HMS Quentin: German U-boat U-162 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-east of Trinidad, in position 12°21'N, 59°29'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. le Chair, RN) HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN).

Submarine USSR S-13: S-13 sailed from Lavansaari Island for a war patrol.

Destroyer HMS Vimy: German U-boat U-162 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-east of Trinidad, in position 12°21'N, 59°29'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN).

1943

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP), USS Isherwood (Cdr. R.E. Gadrow, USN) and USS Hobson. Later she departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Submarine USS Pollack: USS Pollack (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Tagonoura Maru (3521 GRT) off Mikura Jima, Japan in position 33°38'N, 140°07'E.

Submarine USS Pompano: USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) sank the Japanese merchant Akama Maru (5600 GRT) south-east of Hokkaido in position 41°00'N, 144°34'E.

Submarine USS Hake: USS Hake (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Broach, USN) departed Chesapeake Bay for the Panama Canal Zone.

Submarine USS Capelin: With her trials and initial training completed USS Capelin (Cdr. E.E. Marshall, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

Submarine HMS Clyde: With her refit completed, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN), arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) attacked an enemy convoy with four torpedoes south-east of Bastia, Corsica, France. No hits were obtained. This convoy consisted of Tigrai (1302 GRT, built 1918) and Tellaro (2234 GRT, built 1920) escorted by the torpedo-boats Impetuoso and Generale Achille Papa and had sailed from Bastia to La Maddalena. (All times are zone -1) 0827 hours - Sighted smoke. Closed to attack. The smoke was soon seen to come from two 3000 tons merchant vessels escorted by an Italian older type torpedo-boat and another escort vessel. In position 42°36'N, 09°33'E fired four torpedoes at the two overlapping merchant vessels and the torpedo boat. Range was between 3000 to 5000 yards. One of the torpedoes exploded 12 seconds after firing. The other torpedoes exploded after 3 to 4 minutes but the results could not be observed. Following the firing of the torpedoes depth control was lost and Seraph hit the bottom at 110 feet. A counter attack now followed. The first stick of depth charges was some way off but then another escort joined the attack and two accurate attacks were then carried out causing some minor damage. [The two Italian torpedo boats depth charged the submarine but did not observe any result.]

Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was to act as a beacon during the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Simoom during this patrol see the map below. HMS Simoom 6th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) attacks an enemy convoy with four torpedoes South of Kos in position 36°37'N, 27°21'E. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -3) 2330 hours - Sighted a convoy of one merchant ship escorted by a destroyer and three minesweepers to the North. Distance was 6000 yards. Turned towards and started attack. 2352 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3200 yards and went deep to 300 feet. The torpedoes most likely missed ahead as the speed was over estimated. No counter attack followed.

Submarine USSR L-20: L-20 attacked a German convoy off the Porsangerfjord and fires three torpedoes a what is identified as a merchant of approx. 3000 GRT. All torpedoes missed their target. After the attack L-20 was attacked with depth charges by the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1209 and slightly damaged.

Submarine USSR S-51: S-51 torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1202/Franz Dankworth (464 GRT) off the Kongsfjord in position 70°48'N, 29°35'E.

1944

Frigate HMCS Montreal: HMCS Montreal picks up 33 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Fjordheim that was torpedoed and sunk north of Ireland in position 55°55'N, 09°28'W by German U-boat U-482.

Corvette HMCS Barrie: The British merchant Livingston is torpedoed and sunk northeast of Louisburg, Nova Scotia, Canada in position 46°15'N, 58°05'W by German U-boat U-541. The Canadian corvette HMCS Barrie (T/Lt. W.D. Stokvis) later picks up 14 survivors.

Destroyer USS English: USS English arrived at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Pargo: USS Pargo (Lt.Cdr. David Bonar Bell) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

Submarine USS Pompon: USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

Submarine USS Rasher: USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

Submarine USS Tang: USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Segundo: USS Segundo (Lt.Cdr. James D. Fulp, Jr.) arrived at Saipan to refuel, and then resumes her patrol later that day.

Submarine USS Sea Devil: USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu in Japanese home waters.

Submarine HMS Sceptre: HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Balta Sound, Unst Island. She had midget submarine X-24 in tow. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN).

Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) shifted from Dundee to Blyth.

Submarine HMS Strongbow: HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) destroyed three sailing vessels with gunfire off the west coast of Siam. (All times are zone -6.5) 1815 hours - Surfaced in position 06°43'N, 99°31'E. 1910 hours - In position 06°47'N, 99°42'E boarded a junk. This one had no small boat and also had a sick man on board. Allowed it to proceed after removing the ships papers and taking one prisoner. 2004 hours - In position 06°43'N, 99°46'E attacked 3 junks. Placed demolition charges in one. Attacked the other 2 with the gun which by now was operational again.

Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She made the passage through the Irish Sea together with HMS Supreme and HMS Thule. The submarines were escorted by HMS Shikari. South of Ireland the submarines joined convoy OS 82 / KMS 62 for onward passage to Gibraltar. For the daily positions of HMS Spark during this passage see the map below. View HMS Spark passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee in a larger map

Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Exmouth Gulf for Fremantle.

Submarine HMS Supreme: HMS Supreme (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of the trip to the Far East. She made the passage to Gibraltar together with HMS Thule (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent) in convoy OS 82 / KMS 62 which they joined South of Ireland. During the passage South through the Irish Sea they were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). For the daily positions of HMS Supreme during this passage see the map below. HMS Supreme passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) damaged two lighters with gunfire in position 03°11'N, 99°50'E. Later on this day HMS Tantalus attacks a convoy of coasters in position 03°08'5N, 99°59'5E, two salvo's of two torpedoes each were fired. The destruction of two coasters was claimed. (all times are zone -6.5) 0502 hours - Dived in position 03°07'5N, 100°02'5E and closed the coast 0740 hours - Sighted smoke, then a mast and funnel, Tantalus was however too far to the North to get in an attack position 0839 hours - Again sighted smoke, mast and a funnel, Tantalus was however still a bit too far to the North but non the les she tried to intercept 0910 hours - When just about to surface for gun action another bigger target was sighted coming from the North, Tantalus turned to intercept this larger prey 0921 hours - Surfaced for gun action. The target was unfortunately just a small tug towing two lighters. Fire was opened on the tug from 4500 yards. The tug immediately cast her tow, turned stern on and made off as fast as possible. Twelve rounds were scored but no hits were obtained. Fire was now shifted to the lighters. Lt. Nash had to open the range slightly in order to get into deeper water. Two of the twenty rounds fired were hits. As the targets proved very difficult to hit at this range fire was checked at 0937 hours. Tantalus now made off to get into deeper water and also a few junks were seen coming up from the South-East however at 0940 hours an aircraft was sighted approaching from the South-East. Dived in position 03°12'N, 99°53'E and retired to seawards. Tantalus was not attacked 1038 hours - Altered course down the coast to take up an more strategic position 1352 hours - In position 03°08'5N, 99°59'5E sighted a convoy of coasters on a South-easterly course. There were six ships of between 600 and 800 tons all with funnels aft. They were steaming in line ahead. To the seaward there was a Japanese submarine chaser. Lt. Nash decided to fire two torpedoes at each of the three leading ships when at 1406 hours two bombs exploded nearby 1410 hours - Fired two salvo's of two torpedoes each at the leading ships of the convoy before the attack was broken off as an aircraft was seen coming towards. Also Tantalus was right ahead of the submarine chaser. Tantalus went deep and retired seawards. At 1412, 1413 and 1415 hour torpedo explosions were heard. It was now found out that not four but three torpedoes were fired. Lt. Nash claims two sinkings 1710 hours - Sighted an aircraft patrolling astern 1857 hours - Surfaced in position 03°12'5N, 100°06'E and set course to patrol of the Brother Islands

Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) left dock at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) and HMS United (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) arrived at Argentia.

Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) and HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) arrived at Argentia.

Submarine HMS Vigorous: HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) claims the sinking of two sailing vessels off Paximadia Island, Greece.

Submarine USS S-42: With her mission completed USS S-42 (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Glenn) ended her 6th war patrol at Seeadler Harbor.

Submarine RHS Pipinos: Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Loundras) sank a small coastal vessel off Iraklion, Crete, Greece.

1945

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. As the war with Japan was now over she prepared to return to the Dutch East Indies.

Submarine HNMS Tijgerhaai: HrMs Tijgerhaai (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena) departed from Aden bound for Fremantle.

Submarine USS Gato: USS Gato (Cdr. R. Holden) departed from Tokyo Bay bound for Pearl Harbour.

Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. J.F. Enright, USN) departed Tokyo Bay for Pearl Harbour.

Submarine USS Pilotfish: USS Pilotfish (Cdr. A.G. Schnable) departed from Tokyo Bay bound for Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Razorback: After the formal Japanese surrender USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Tokyo Bay bound for Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Sea Devil: USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. C.F. McGivern) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) ended her 36th war patrol at Trincomalee.

Submarine USS Runner (ii): USS Runner (ii) (Cdr. R.H. Bass) departed from Tokyo Bay bound for Pearl Harbor.

1953

Minesweeper HMS Pincher: HMS Pincher arrived in Grand Harbour Malta. She had been engaged on Mediterranean hydrographical survey work.

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