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 (50)
1917: Destroyer Vidette (D 48)
1925: Destroyer L'Alcyon
1927: Heavy cruiser Sussex (96) - Patrol vessel Kimball (WPC 143) - Patrol vessel Reliance (WPC 150) - Patrol vessel Rush (WPC 151) - Patrol vessel Tiger (WPC 152) - Patrol vessel Travis (WPC 153) - Patrol vessel Vigilant (WPC 154)
1937: Destroyer Carabiniere
1938: Minesweeper Nootka (J 35)
1943: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-304 (LCI(L)-304) - Submarine Subtle (P 251) - Escort Carrier Trouncer (D 85) - Aircraft Carrier Bon Homme Richard (CV 31) - Heavy cruiser Bremerton (CA 130) - Destroyer Cogswell (DD 651) - Minesweeper Impeccable (AM 320) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-304 (LCI(L)-304) - Escort carrier Perdido (CVE 47) - Minesweeper Peril (AM 272) - Minesweeper Phantom (AM 273) - Minesweeper Pinnacle (AM 274) - Motor torpedo boat PT 283 - Motor torpedo boat PT 367 - Escort carrier Tripoli (CVE 64)
1944: Destroyer Crispin (R 68) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1086 (LCT 1086) - Destroyer Buck (ii) (DD 761) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-417 (LCI(L)-417) - Landing craft tank LCT 652 (LCT 652) - Landing craft tank LCT 653 (LCT 653) - Landing craft tank LCT 722 (LCT 722) - Landing craft tank LCT 723 (LCT 723) - Landing craft tank LCT 769 (LCT 769) - Landing craft tank LCT 816 (LCT 816)
1945: Repair Ship Portland Bill (F 05)
1918: Destroyer Winchester (L 55)
1935: Submarine ShCh-206
1942: Submarine chaser SC-521 (SC-521)
1918: Minesweeper RD 22
1923: Submarine B-1
1926: Large destroyer Tigre
1937: Submarine Agosta
1939: Destroyer Granatiere
1942: Destroyer Mitragliere
1943: Minesweeper Shepparton (J 248) - Motor Launch ML 404 (ML 404) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-133 (LCI(L)-133) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-273 (LCI(L)-273) - Tank landing ship LST 424 (LST 424) - Motor minesweeper MMS 216 (J 716) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-87 (LCI(L)-87) - Tank landing ship LST 325 (LST 325) - Destroyer Stevens (DD 479)
1944: Motor Launch ML 825 (ML 825) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1416 (ML 1416) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1036 (LCT 1036) - Escort Carrier Gadila - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 717 (MTB 717) - Destroyer Escort Currier (DE 700) - Destroyer Escort Gunason (DE 795) - Patrol craft PCS-1405 (PCS-1405) - Patrol craft PCS-1461 (PCS-1461) - Destroyer Escort Thornhill (DE 195)
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 1 February (7)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 1 February
Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Cdr. G.C. Phillips, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth for Blyth.
Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN).
Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN) and HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN).
Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN) and HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN).
Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN).
Submarine HMS Grampus: HMS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Nowell, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore.
Destroyer HMS Basilisk: HMS Basilisk (Cdr. M. Richmond, RN) sailed from Dover to for Boulogne with Lord Gort aboard, she returned with the Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Imperial Staff plus other senior Staff Officers.
Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) ended her 6th war patrol at Dundee.
Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt. T. Brunsting, RNN) was bombed by a Japanese aicraft while running on the surface near the southern end of the Makassar Strait. Moderate damage to K XIV was inflicted. The bridge and superstructure was damaged by bomb splinters. The deck torpedo tubes were damaged as was the gun. As fuel supply was also very low by now course was set to return to Surabaya.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) is undocked.
Submarine USS Grampus (i): USS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. Edward Shilington Hutchinson) arrived at Pearl Harbor from the US east coast.
Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Ponta Delgada for Philadelphia.
Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Absirtea (4170 GRT, built 1913) about 4.4 nautical miles bearing 291° of Cape Dukato, Greece in position 38°35'N, 20°27'E. (All times are zone -2) 1030 hours - In position 291° Cape Dukato Light 4.4 nautical miles sighted, in poor visibility, a convoy of two merchant ships escorted by two destroyers. Range was 4200 yards, enemy course was 130°. Manouvered into an attack position inside the screen. 1043 hours - Fired a salvo of 3 torpedoes from 1000 yards. Thunderbolt remained at periscope depth to attack the other merchant. One of the torpedoes was seen to hit the target between the stern and the mainmast. The other merchant immediately went hard to starboard making an attack impossible so Lt.Cdr. Crouch took Thunderbolt deep. 21 Depth charges were dropped following the attack. The first few were close causing minor damage. 1335 hours - Took a look at the ship that was about a mile away. It sank shortly afterwards. According to Italian sources the Absirtea was in convoy with the German merchant Macedonia (2875 GRT, built 1922) They were on passage from Brindisi to Corfu and Patras. They were escorted by the Italian destroyers Turbine and Euro. The latter picked up her survivors.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo bound for Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies. For the daily positions of HMS Truant during this passage see the map below. HMS Truant passage Colombo - Surabaya click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. M. Willmott, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. Talisman started her refit at Troon early March. The refit was completed in early July. After a short work-up period Talisman was to return to the Mediterranean.
Submarine HMS Tempest: HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta. (As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map.)
Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 25th war patrol (23th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol North of Sicily. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Upholder during this patrol see the map below. HMS Upholder 25th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) ended her 23th war patrol (21th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Urge: HMS Urge (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, DSO and Bar, RN) attacked an enemy convoy off Capo dell Armi, Calabria, Italy in position 37°56'N, 15°42'E. A hit is claimed but in fact all torpedoes missed the target. According to Italian sources the target was the German Trapani (1855 GRT, in convoy with the Italian Rondine (6077 GRT, 1924) escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Aretusa and Dezza. Aretusa dropped depth charges and claimed to have seriously damaged the submarine. (All times are zone -2) 1015 hours - Heard a distant depth charge. 1025 hours - Another distant depth charge was heard. Also sighted a flying boat to the Eastward. Looked like something was coming towards Urge. 1027 hours - Sighted the upperworks of a ship that was hugging the coast. Shortly afterwards it was seen to be a convoy of a 3500 tons merchant vessel and two small merchant vessel of about 1000 tons escorted by three destroyers. Started attack. 1053 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 7000 yards at the 3500 tons merchant vessel. 1057 hours - Heard one hit. 1058 hours - Heard one torpedo hitting the rocks. A counter attack with 29 depth charges now followed. 1130 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find one destroyer circling round to position where the target had been hit. No other ships were in sight. Withdrew to the South-East and reloaded the torpedo tubes.
Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Kuriat. As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this patrol.
Corvette HMS Gardenia: The civil parish of Llangan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, adopted HMS Gardenia during Warship Week. This was presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, February 1942
Submarine USSR ShCh-421: At 1247 hours, ShCh-421 attacked the German minelayer Brummer escorted by the German auxiliary minesweepers M 1501 and M 1502 with two torpedoes in the Porsangenfjord in position 70°55'N, 26°05'E. Both torpedoes failed to hit Brummer.
Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise: 64 planes from USS Enterprise attacked Japanese installations and vessels at Wotje, Makin and Mili islands. One cruiser and minelayer were damaged in this action. Japanese aircraft conducted an counterattack and lightly damaged US carrier. Six American aircraft were lost in this action.
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) arrived at Diego Saurez.
Submarine USS Tarpon: USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Fushimi Maru (10935 GRT) about 20 nautical miles south of Omai Zaki in position 34°08'N, 138°11'E.
Submarine USS Blackfish: USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Davidson) departed from Rosneath, Scotland for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) damaged two Italian schooners with gunfire in the Gulf of Hammamet, Tunisia in position 36°26'N, 10°43'E. Una had to break of the attack due to gunfire from shore batteries (All times are zone -1) 1210 hours - Surfaced and gunned two 250 tons 2-masted Italian motor schooners anchored off Nabeul jetty. Opening range was 1500 yards bu this was closed to 500 yards. 40 Rounds were fired with the 12-pdr. gun. Two hits were obtained on one schooner and at least 6 on the other. Una was under fire from shore during the whole action. At first this fire from the shore was inaccurate but when an anti-tank gun joined in Una was soon hit twice and one of the gun crew was injured by splinters. When Una dived she grounded at 10 feet and it was necessary to surface and run to seaward for about 10 minutes. During this time she sustained two more hits. According to Italian sources the two schooners were L’Angelo Raffaele (74 GRT) and Nicolo’ Lo Porto (71 GRT).
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Westray (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Rhind, RNZNVR) and HMS Hunda (T/Lt. W.B. Brown, RNVR).
Submarine HMS Turbulent: HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Pozzuoli (5345 GRT, built 1920) off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°13'N, 12°50'E. An Italian armed merchant cruiser was missed during an attack nearly an hour later. (All times are zone -1) 1104 hours - Sighted a merchant ship of about 5000 tons coming up the swept channel near Cape San Vito. The ship was not escorted despite it being laden. It set course for Palermo. 1211 hours - In position 38°13'N, 12°50'E fired two torpedoes from 950 yards. Both were seen to hit. The ship was seen to sink within a minute. 1310 hours - Sighted another ship coming up the swept channel. This one also set course to Palermo. Shortly afterwards it turned North most likely upon seeing the survivors of previous attack but after a short time it turned to the East again and started dropping depth charges. It was seen to be a Armed Merchant Cruiser of the Ramb-class. 1408 hours - While the target was stopped (most likely to pick up survivors) No. 11 (stern) tube was fired at it. But after 1.5 minute it went ahead again and the torpedo missed astern.
Submarine HMS United: HMS P 44 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (also 12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Tunisia between 35'N and 36'N.
Submarine HMS Usurper: HMS P 56 (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a training period.
Destroyer HMCS Columbia: HMCS Columbia (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, RCNR) started a refit at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Photographs taken by Charles James Sadler RCNVR, Stoker, Service NO. V-4963 HMCS Columbia / HMCS Avalon / HMCS Joliette
Escort destroyer HMS Tetcott: HMS Tetcott and HMS Belvoir pick up 118 survivors from the British minelayer HMS Welshman that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-617 about 45 miles east-north-east of Tobruk in position 32°12'N, 24°52'E.
Escort destroyer HMS Belvoir: HMS Belvoir and HMS Tetcott pick up 118 survivors from the British minelayer HMS Welshman that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-617 about 45 miles east-north-east of Tobruk in position 32°12'N, 24°52'E.
Submarine USSR L-20: L-20 torpedoed and sank the German transport ship Othmarschen (7077 GRT, former French Ville de Metz) off the Porsangerfjord in position 71°07'N, 27°30'E.
Submarine USSR M-172: M-172 torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary patrol vessel V 6115/Ostwind (560 GRT) off Kiberg, Norway in position 70°25'N, 31°02'E.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Colombo for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South-West coast of Sumatra, in the Sunda Strait, to reconnoitre Christmas Island and then to proceed towards Fremantle, Australia. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this patrol see the map below. HrMs K XV 6th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) was docked again at Dundee for a short refit.
Submarine USS Guardfish: USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. N.G. Ward) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Umikaze (offsite link) off the southern entrance to Truk Atoll in position 07°11'N, 151°44'E.
Submarine USS Hake: USS Hake (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Broach) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nanka Maru (4065 GRT) and the Japanese troop transport Tacoma Maru (5772 GRT) off the northeast coast of Halmahera in position 01°32'N, 128°50'E.
Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. V.C. Turner) attacked 2 small freighters with her deck gun, off the northeast point of Borneo, claiming one sunk (estimated at 1000 GRT) and the other damaged (estimated at 900 GRT). There is no confirmation of the claim from Japanese sources.
Submarine USS Seahorse: USS Seahorse (Lt.Cdr. S.D. Cutter) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Toei Maru (4004 GRT) about 175 nautical miles south of Woleai in position 04°24'N, 143°15'E.
Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) attacks a Japanese convoy about 60 nautical miles East-South-East of Saipan in position 14°40'N, 146°42'E. Two ships are claimed sunk. Nothing can be found in Japanese records substantiating this claim. (All times are zone K, -10) 1907 hours (31 January) - SJ Radar contact bearing 317 hours, range 28000 yards. It was first thought to be land but it developed into a 6 ship convoy on a base course of 115°. As the moon was bright decided to track the convoy from about 16000 yards. 0005 hours (1 February) - The moon had set now and rain squalls made a dark night. Went to battle stations and commenced approach. The convoy was observed to be made up of 2 columns of 3 ships each. There were 3 escorts present. 0120 hours - Commenced approach from the port bow. The leading ship of the port column was observed to be a large ship. It was the plan to fire 3 torpedoes at the leading ship, 3 at the second, then swing round and fire 2 stern torpedoes at any target available. 0146 hours - In position 14°40'N, 146°42'E fired 3 torpedoes at the leading ship of the port column. Range was 2600 yards. Shortly before firing the convoy had zigged towards so Apogon had to retire at speed as not to be sighted. 0147 hours - The first torpedo was seen to hit the target resulting in a tremendous explosion. Apogon meanwhile passed 1000 yards ahead of the port escort. Swung around to put the second target astern. 0153 hours - Fired 4 stern torpedoes at the second ship of the port column. Range was 2700 yards. Apogon now went to flank speed to clear the area. One of the escorts dropped 14 depth charges in Apogons wake. 3 Minutes after firing the target fired a red flare. About 20 minutes later a tremendous explosion was seen in the area of this target. 0200 hours - One of the lookouts reported that the stern of the first target was sticking out of the water at a sharp angle. Lt.Cdr. Schoeni decided to track the convoy for a while and to attack submerged at dawn. 0530 hours - Dived and commenced approach. 0620 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 277°. 0644 hours - Sighted 3 merchant vessels and 3 escorts. 0730 hours - The leading escort was seen to hoist a 2 letter signal and gave zero angle on the bow. It appeared we had been sighted. Range was 2000 yards. Prepared 3 torpedoes for a down the throat shot on this escort, thought to be an Otori class torpedo boat. 0732 hours - Raised the periscope to find out that nothing could be seen due to the rain. When the rain cleared 10 minutes later it was seen that the convoy had turned away. The escort was seen 4000 yards away and was no longer in contact.
Submarine HMS Sceptre: Near Namsos HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) attacked a convoy made up of the Norwegian merchant Bera (771 GRT, built 1925) and the Finnish merhant Motto (1173 GRT, built 1903) escorted by the German patrol boats ND 01 and ND 08. (All times are zone -1) 1015 hours - In position 64°31'N, 10°34'E, sighted a Northbound convoy of 2 merchant vessels (2000 and 1500 tons) escorted by 3 trawlers. Started attack. 1041 hours - In position 64°35'N, 10°43'E fired 4 torpedoes on the second merchant vessel (1500 tons) from 1900 yards. No hits were obtained and no counter attack with depth charges followed, although two of the trawlers remained in the area to hunt the attacker. Explosions were heard after 3 minutes 53 seconds, 3 minutes 57 seconds, 4 minutes 55 seconds, 5 minutes 00 seconds.
Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) departed Beirut for her 16th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Sibyl during this patrol see the map below. HMS Sibyl 16th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Stonehenge: HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Strait. She was also to carry out a special operation. Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Paladin (Lt. E.A.S. Bailey DSC, MBE, RN) and HMS Pathfinder (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Hallifax, RN).
Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) departed Suez for Aden.
Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) was docked at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(retired) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 12th war patrol. This is a work-up (anti-U-boat) patrol in the Norwegian Sea. For the daily positions of HMS Trusty during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Trusty 12th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 9th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She is to perform a special mission and to patrol of the West coast of Burma and off the Nicobar Islands. For the daily positions of HMS Trespasser during this patrol see the map below. HMS Trespasser 9th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena.
Destroyer USS Gainard: USS Gainard departed from New York bound for the Pacific.
Destroyer USS Soley: With her shakedown completed USS Soley (Cdr. J.S. Lewis) returns to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Submarine USS Tautog: USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) ended her patrol at Midway Island. She was now retired from front line service and assigned to training duties.
Submarine USS Blackfish: USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Sellars) sank three Japanese sampans with gunfire in the South China Sea in position 21°58'N, 115°39'E.
Submarine USS Kingfish: USS Kingfish (Cdr. T.E. Harper) ended her 10th war patrol at Guam.
Submarine USS Gurnard: USS Gurnard (Cdr. N.D. Gage) ended her 8th war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Razorback: USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.
Submarine USS Segundo: USS Segundo (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Fulp, Jr.) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.
Submarine USS Sea Cat: USS Sea Cat (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bowers) departed from Guam for her 2nd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.
Submarine USS Threadfin: USS Threadfin (Cdr. J.J. Foote) possibly sank the Japanese guard boat Nanshin Maru No.26 (81 GRT) south of Japan.
Submarine HMS Turpin: HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She made the passage together with HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN). They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN).
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) ended her 31th war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Spark: While on patrol off the Northern coast of Java HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) sank a Japanese coaster and a barge that this coaster was towing. Also a tug was sunk. A large coaster was forced ashore on Panjang Island. Another coaster was finally destroyed on the beach and left as a total loss. (All times are zone -8) 1415 hours - In position 06°41'S, 110°32'E sighted a coaster towing a lighter. The coaster had a Japanese flag painted on her side and was thought to be of about 700 tons. 1419 hours - Started attack. 1440 hours - Fired four torpedoes. No hits were obtained. Only one was seen to run and it was thought that three of the torpedoes hit the bottom and failed to run. There should have been 10 fathoms of water but Spark grounded shortly afterwards in only 37 feet of water so at .......... 1504 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. On surfacing a larger vessel of about 1100 tons was sighted about 5 nautical miles to the Northward. Lt. Kent decided to attack the coaster and the barge first and then go off in pursuit of the larger vessel. 1523 hours - The coaster and the barge sank so went in pursuit of the larger vessel that was making off at all speed towards Panjang Island. 1534 hours - A small craft of about 150 to 200 tons was seen heading straight for Spark. This was thought to be an escort of the larger vessel so at ........ 1542 hours - Fire was opened on it. As the range was closed it was seen to be a tug laden with stores. 1552 hours - The tug turned over and sank in position 06°38'S, 110°34'E. Meanwhile the 1100 tons ship was beached off Panjang Island. 1601 hours - In position 06°37'S, 110°35'E Fired on torpedo at the beached ship. It missed and exploded on the beach 150 yards ahead of the ship. As destroying it by gunfire would take a lot of time and ammunition in the heavily patrolled waters it was decided to leave her as a mast was seen to be approaching from the Northward. This was soon seen to be from a 500 tons coaster. As Spark approached the coaster beached itself on Tanjong Piring. 1648 hours - In position 06°35'S, 110°34'E fire was opened on this coaster and after 58 rounds she was considered to be a total loss. 1658 hours - Spark now cleared the area and made for deeper water. 1706 hours - A twin engined bomber was seen coming in from behind the hills to the Eastward. Spark dived. 1707 hours - Two bombs were dropped close on the Port side when Spark passed 35 feet. No damage was caused.
Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) sank a sailing vessel with demolition charges between Langkawi and Phuket. (All times are zone -6.5) 1920 hours - In position 07°00'N, 98°59'E sank a 20 tons junk with demolition charges. She was carrying a cargo of oil. Took of 4 Chinese crew members. They were transferred to a sampan the next day.
Submarine HMS Sea Scout: During 1 and 2 February 1945 HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises.
Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) sank a Japanese tug and three lighters in the southern part of the South China Sea in position 01°31'S, 105°29'E. (all times are zone -8) Continued to search for the airman but now in the direction of Banka Island 1020 hours - In position 01°31'S, 105°29'E sighted an eastbound tug towing four large lighters four nautical miles to the south-east. The tug of about 50 tons, one coal laden wooden lighter and one empty iron lighter were sunk by gunfire. One other coal laden wooden lighter was sunk by demolition charges. These three lighters were all of 100 tons. The fourth lighter, an empty wooden one, was left for the survivors. While all this was being accomplished a small motor launch was sighted approaching from the eastward, it was also towing a lighter, and shortly after mid-day it was closed and hailed and eventually persuaded to come alongside. The crew of the tug was Malay and there were no Japanese on board. The 10 Chinese survivors were then put on board this tug. Tantalus then continued the search for the airman during the afternoon 2320 hours - Sent a signal to base of the intention to patrol 10 more days and with a request to join HMS Tradewind that was patrolling to the North of Singapore. Permission for this was signalled to Tantalus the next day.
Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She made the passage together with HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN). They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN).
Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar was swamped by floods while in dry dock at the naval dockyard at Sheerness, Kent, and later sank.