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 (38)
1919: Oiler Sapelo (AO 11)
1943: Destroyer escort Bracui (Be 4) - Minesweeper Assam (J 322) - Minesweeper Deccan (J 129) - Minesweeper Gondwana (J 321) - Minesweeper Malwa (J 55) - Minesweeper Sind (J 320) - Corvette Arbutus (K 403) - Corvette Arbutus (ii) (K 403) - Frigate Bickerton (K 466) - Minesweeper Frolic (J 406) - Submarine Upshot (P 82) - Destroyer Cushing (ii) (DD 797) - Escort carrier Kitkun Bay (CVE 71) - Destroyer Escort Micka (DE 176) - Patrol craft PC-1246 (PC-1246) - Destroyer Escort Reybold (DE 177) - Net tender Snowbell (AN 52)
1944: Minesweeper Welcome (J 386) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1066 (LCI(L)-1066) - Landing craft tank LCT 1141 (LCT 1141) - Landing craft tank LCT 1142 (LCT 1142) - Landing craft tank LCT 1143 (LCT 1143) - Landing craft tank LCT 697 (LCT 697) - Landing craft tank LCT 833 (LCT 833) - Tank landing ship LST 1002 (LST 1002) - Tank landing ship LST 1003 (LST 1003) - Tank landing ship LST 575 (LST 575) - Tank landing ship LST 576 (LST 576) - Tank landing ship LST 577 (LST 577) - Tank landing ship LST 633 (LST 633) - Tank landing ship LST 923 (LST 923) - Destroyer Escort McGinty (DE 365)
1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 796
1918: Destroyer Vanity (L 38)
1927: Heavy cruiser Suffren
1932: Destroyer Dainty (H 53)
1939: Boom defence vessel Signet (Z 10)
1943: Minesweeper Border Cities (J 344) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 292 (MTB 292) - Escort Carrier Empire Macandrew - Landing Craft Tank LCT 877 (LCT 877) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 292 (MTB 292) - Destroyer Colahan (DD 658) - Tank landing ship LST 30 (LST 30) - Submarine chaser SC-1070 (SC-1070) - Submarine chaser SC-1313 (SC-1313)
1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-607 (LCI(L)-607) - Landing craft tank LCT 1082 (LCT 1082) - Landing craft tank LCT 1140 (LCT 1140) - Landing craft tank LCT 694 (LCT 694) - Landing craft tank LCT 876 (LCT 876) - Tank landing ship LST 669 (LST 669) - Tank landing ship LST 915 (LST 915)
1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 599
1946: Submarine Corsair (435)
1927: Patrol vessel Tiger (WPC 152)
1937: Destroyer Icarus (D 03)
1938: Destroyer Afridi (F 07)
1939: Boom defence vessel Falconet (Z 19)
1941: Submarine P 32 (P 32)
1943: Rescue Tug Aspirant (W 134) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 121 (MGB 121) - Destroyer Escort Decker (DE 47) - Tank landing ship LST 168 (LST 168) - Tank landing ship LST 25 (LST 25) - Tank landing ship LST 480 (LST 480) - Tank landing ship LST 483 (LST 483) - Patrol craft PC-1198 (PC-1198) - Submarine chaser SC-1006 (SC-1006) - Submarine chaser SC-1007 (SC-1007) - Submarine chaser SC-1281 (SC-1281) - Submarine chaser SC-1291 (SC-1291) - Submarine chaser SC-1309 (SC-1309)
1944: MS Trawler Hannaray (T 389) - Aircraft Carrier Indefatigable (10) - Motor Torpedo Boat S 5 (MTB 424) - Destroyer Escort Carter (DE 112) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-680 (LCI(L)-680) - Escort carrier Windham Bay (CVE 92)
1946: Sloop Nereide (U 64)
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 May (9)
1943: Landing craft tank LCT 23 (LCT 23)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 3 May
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) departed Yarmouth for exercises with HMS Warrior II. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Otway returned to Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Malta.
Submarine HMS Oswald: HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Fraser, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)).
Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, RN) arrived at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Phoenix: HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Nowell, RN) arrived at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Pandora: HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Suez.
Submarine HMS Grampus: HMS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rowe, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Narwhal: The German auxiliary minesweeper M 1102 / H.A.W. Müller is slightly damaged when ship hit a mine laid by the British submarine HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Burch, RN) on 1 May 1940 in the Skagerrak south of Cape Skagen in position 57°30'N, 10°43'E.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, RN) arrived at Colombo. She departed for Aden later the same day.
Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) arrived at the Devonport Dockyard.
Submarine HNMS O 23: At 1607 hours (GMT), in position 45°25'N, 20°44'W, HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) spots convoy OG 60 that she now joined to escort it towards Gibraltar.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) was docked at Gibraltar.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted R.D.F. trials off Holyhead with HMS Radiant (Cdr. (retired) J.W. Hoskyns, RN).
Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. Nothing of interest had occured except that an unidentified aircraft was sighted on 26 April with Unbeaten diving as a precaution.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, DSO, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Blyth.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) conducts A/S exercises with ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Renard, HMCS St Croix (Cdr. H. Kingsley, RCN) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN)
Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V 136 / Tugnin F. (425 GRT, built 1919) with gunfire off Marsa el Brega, Libya in position in position 30°27'N, 19°32'E. (All times are zone -3) 1128 hours - Surfaced to close two schooners sighted before. One of them was now seen to be a wreck so it was decided to attack the other one with gunfire. 1202 hours - Opened fire from 2500 yards. After firing 5 rounds it was seen that this schooner was also a wreck so fire was ceased at 1205 hours. 1225 hours - Sighted masts of a small coaster ahead. Closed to attack. 1248 hours - Opened fire but ceased fire two minutes later as the crew of the vessel had meanwhile was abandoning ship. Closed the boats and two of the crew were taken prisoner. Now closed and boarded the coaster and took some charts and papers. Returned the two crew to their boats and opened fire on the coaster at 1357 hours. The coaster was seen to be hit but did not sink before Triumph was forced to dive for an approaching aircraft. 1426 hours - Surfaced to finish off the damaged coaster. 1428 hours - Dived for an approaching aircraft. Did not surface again as at 1435 hours the coaster was seen to sink.
Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) arrived at Dundee where she joined the 9th Submarine Flotilla.
Submarine HMS P 32: HMS P 32 (Lt. D.A.B. Abdy, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.
Submarine HMS Undaunted (i): A Tripoli-based Cant Z.501 (piloted by S.T.V. Arnaldo Panaria of 188/3 Squadriglia) dropped bombs on an oil slick off Zuara and the torpedo boat Pleiadi was summoned to the scene and dropped 11 depth charges. There was no confirmed sinking and later it was believed that it was oil seeping from the wreck of Persiano (sunk by HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.M.T. Peacock, RN) on 12 April 1941). The tanker Luisiana escorted by the torpedo boat Giuseppe La Farina sailed from Tripoli at 0644/3 for Trapani. At 1055 hours, the tanker sighted what was believed to be a torpedo track and took evasive action. An underwater explosion was felt followed by bubbles. It is possible that Undaunted had carried out an attack. La Farina was sunk apparently by a mine at 1030 hours the following day in position 34°55'N, 11°50'E. Undaunted may have been mined north of Tripoli as the destroyers Alvise da Mosto and Giovanni da Verrazzano had just laid four minefields there on 1 May. At 1410 hours on 9 May, the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, RN) attacked a contact in 34°59'N, 14°42'E and just before the attack heard what appeared to be an SS/T transmission. Could this have been HMS Undaunted? She ought to have passed 15 miles east of this position on her way back but this meant she might have left her patrol earlier than expected. The mystery of her disappearance is still unsolved. She was overdue at Malta on 13 May.
Destroyer ORP Piorun: The convoy reached the Clyde without losses. Piorun was sent for repairs which lasted to 20 May 1941.
Corvette HMCS Alberni: HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMCS Alberni (T/Lt. A.W. Ford, RCNR) together pick up 46 survivors from the British tanker British Workman that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-455 south-south-east of Cape Race in position 44°07'N, 51°53'W.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Colombo for her 5th war patrol. She was to carry out a special operation. Lt. Wijnmalen was to be landed to the South of Padang. He was to gather information and was then to be picked up again on 24 May. In the meantime K XV was to patrol off the West coast of Sumatra. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this patrol see the map below. HrMs K XV 5th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). At Scapa Flow she is to participate in A/S exercises.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Quadrille (T/Lt. N.T. Chetwood, RNVR).
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.S. Deveson, RNR).
Submarine USS Spearfish: USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) evacuated 27 people from the beleaguered fortress Corregidor.
Submarine USS Salmon: USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) left Fremantle for her third war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.
Submarine USS Finback: USS Finback (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Hull, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.
Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) arrived at Malta.
Submarine HMS Proteus: At 1320 hours (zone -3) HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) was detected at periscope depth by an ememy aircraft and bombed. Two bombs were dropped but they caused no damage. Position of the attack was to the north-west of Levkas Island.
Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS P 222: HMS P 222 (Lt. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.
Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Blyth for Plymouth where she is to refit at the Devonport Dockyard. She made the passage together with HMS Utmost (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN). They were escorted by HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. C.A. Grimmer, RNR). Off Dundee they were joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) that was on passage to Scapa Flow. The next day HrMs O 14 and HMS Scalby Wyke proceeded to Scapa Flow while HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN) took over the escort of HMS Utmost and HMS Thunderbolt.
Submarine HMS Turbulent: HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) is docked at Port Said.
Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Blyth for passage to Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN). They were escorted by HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. C.A. Grimmer, RNR). Off Dundee they were joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) that was on passage to Scapa Flow. The next day HrMs O 14 and HMS Scalby Wyke proceeded to Scapa Flow while HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN) took over the escort of HMS Utmost and HMS Thunderbolt.
Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation on the NW coast of Sicily and if her object was not achieved to spend 24 hours on the Palermo-San Vito route to attack shipping. We do not know the exact details of her mission. However the operation had to be abandoned as P 35 developed engine defects and had to turn back. As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this patrol.
Destroyer HMCS Assiniboine: HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMCS Alberni (T/Lt. A.W. Ford, RCNR) together pick up 46 survivors from the British tanker British Workman that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-455 south-south-east of Cape Race in position 44°07'N, 51°53'W.
Patrol craft USS PC-490: USS PC-490 picks up 52 survivors from the American tanker Mobiloil that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-108 about 350 miles northeast of Turks Island in position 25°35'N, 66°18'W. The Mobiloil was hit further and finally sank in position 26°10'N, 66°15'W.
Submarine HNMS K XII: In the early hours of 3 May 1943 HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) landed party 'Tiger IV' (only one person) at the Pang Pang Bay.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with ML's.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) arrived at Lerwick.
Submarine USS Trout: USS Trout (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) ended her 8th war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Seawolf: USS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Gross) ended her 8th war patrol at Midway.
Submarine USS Tinosa: USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Kyushu, Japan.
Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the South-East and South of Sardinia. For the daily positions of HMS Sibyl during this patrol see the map below. HMS Sibyl 9th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) is docked at Algiers for repairs to her Asdic dome cover plate and to repair a defect to one of the ballast tanks.
Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. S.A. Porter, RN) departed from Algiers for Gibraltar. She is to proceed back to the U.K. For the daily positions of HMS Tribune during this passage see the map below. HMS Tribune passage Algiers - Portsmouthclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Truculent: HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick again after a few hours for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the North of Iceland. For the daily positions of HMS Truculent during this patrol see the map below. HMS Truculent 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) conducted attack exercises off Scapa Flow. Practice attacks were made on HMS Malaya and HMS Suffolk (Capt. R. Shelley, CBE, RN).
Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.
Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RD, RNR) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR).
Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Bermuda.
Submarine USS S-17: USS S-17 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.
Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. N.J. Sampson) depart from New York bound for Norfolk. She arrived there the following day and served for the next two months as training ship for prospective destroyer crews.
Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff, RNN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle.
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt. F.J. Kroesen, RNN) was undocked.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN).
Submarine USS Tautog: USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Fushimi Maru (4935 GRT) south off Urup Island, Kuril Islands in position 45°28'N, 149°56'E.
Submarine USS Halibut: USS Halibut (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin) sank a large Japanese sampan with gunfire in position 27°00'N, 128°22'E.
Submarine USS Whale: USS Whale (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Grady) ended her 7th war patrol at Majuro in the Marshall Islands.
Submarine USS Angler: USS Angler (Lt.Cdr. R.I. Olsen) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java and South China Sea.
Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Whitaker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Teisen Maru (5050 GRT) in the South China Sea about 300 nautical miles east of Cape Varella, French Indochina in position 12°54'N, 114°07'E.
Submarine USS Gunnel: USS Gunnel (Cdr. J.S. McCain, Jr.) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.
Submarine USS Harder: USS Harder (Cdr. S.D. Dealey) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.
Submarine USS Tinosa: USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank Japanese merchant cargo ship Toyohi Maru (6436 GRT) west of the Bashi Channel between Formosa and Luzon in position 20°51'N, 118°02'E.
Submarine USS Golet: USS Golet (Cdr. P.H. Ross) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.
Submarine USS Sand Lance: USS Sand Lance (Lt.Cdr. M.E. Garrison) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Kenan Maru (3129 GRT) about 15 nautical miles north-west of Saipan in position 15°20'N, 145°34'E.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) arrived at Tobermory to participate in A/S exercises.
Submarine HMS Sportsman: During the afternoon HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) was depth charged while trying to attack an enemy convoy. A pattern of 8 depth charged was dropped very close causing some minor damage. Several more depth charge patterns were dropped during the next hour but no more damage was caused by these. This was a convoy formed by Gertrud (1960 GRT, built 1930, former Danish Gerda Toft) and Susanne (552 GRT, buit 1919, former Spanish San Juan II) escorted by UJ 2101, UJ 2105, UJ 2106, UJ 2110 and R 210 and had sailed from Heraklion to Piraeus (they were initially also escorted by GK 61 and GK 92 but they may have turned back by then). At 1324 hours, UJ 2106 detected the submarine with sonar then spotted a periscope, she was detached from the convoy to hunt the submarine and expended all her depth charges in the process [Note: the date recorded in Sportsman’s patrol report for this action is 2 May but her log and the German reports are in accord that is was 3 May]
Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Amagi Maru (3165 GRT, built 1924) about 40 nautical miles south of Port Blair, Andaman Islands in position 11°00'N, 92°00'E. (all times are zone -6.5) 1 May 1944 0528 hours - In position 06°21'N, 97°33'E. Morning sights have just been taken and when about to dive one of the lookouts sighted a puff of smoke on the horizon. Tantalus turned towards and increased speed. More smoke was sighted a few minutes later. 0650 hours - Now sighted the two masts of one ship with a lot of smoke from a second ship behind it. 0740 hours - Both ships were lost out of sight due to a rainstorm. 0825 hours - Both ships emerged suddenly from the rainstorm. Range was about 8 nautical miles. The ships masts were kept just above the horizon as Tantalus worked her way around to get into a position of attack although this would take most of the day. During the day the ships were identified as a merchant and an escort. The escort produced a lot of smoke making it rather easy to keep contact. 1625 hours - Dived in position 07°59'N, 95°47'E and commenced attack on the merchant ship that was laden and of about 3500-4500 tons. The escort was identified as a minesweeper. 1748 hours - Four torpedoes were fired but these all missed or went under. The escort dropped four depth charges but these did no damage. 1901 hours - Surfaced in position 08°01'N, 95°46'E and gave chase. 2 May 1944 0418 hours - The enemy was sighted again about 5 nautical miles away. Tantalus manoeuvred for attack. 0719 hours - In position 09°25'N, 94°20'E sighted a seaplane about 12 nautical miles away. Tantalus slowed down so the wake would not be so visible as Tantalus was also right up sun. 0721 hours - The aircraft was seen to alter course directly towards. 0722 hours - Dived 0900 hours - The aircraft was no longer in sight. 0955 hours - Surfaced in position 09°28'N, 94°15'E and continued the chase 1843 hours - Dived in position 10°55'N, 93°00'E, later a small escort joined the small convoy from the northward. 2008 hours - Fired the first of a salvo of six torpedoes (tubes 1 to 6) from 4000 yards away. Three and a half minutes after firing the first torpedo one explosion was heard and all HE off the target stopped. Tantalus went deep and retired to the southward. The escorts dropped eleven depth charges but these were way off. 2100 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Spotted one escort about a mile astern and the target laying stopped about three miles away to the north-east. Tantalus went deep and started to close the target 2230 hours - Came to periscope depth again. The target was still laying stopped. The minesweeper was patrolling about a mile away to the westward with the smaller escort further off on the same bearing. The ballast pump had to be run to maintain trim at periscope depth and this was probably heard by the minesweeper as it speeded up and between 2247 and 2257 hours dropped eight depth charges but none were close. Tantalus went deep again and continued to close the target. Between 2325 and 2327 hours another nine depth charges were dropped but one again not close 2345 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target was now to the south a bit further off then hoped but still laying stopped. It appeared to be slightly down by the stern 2357 hours - Fired no 11. tube from 3000-4000 yards 2400 hours - The torpedo hit the target and it went down in a few minutes. Tantalus went deep and retired to the eastward. 3 May 1944 0008 hours - 8 depth charges dropped but once again not close. 0113 hours - Surfaced in position 11°02'N, 93°05'E. Both escorts were visible about five miles away and there was no sign of the target. Tantalus retired stern on the escorts. 0544 hours - Dived in position 10°06'N, 93°49'E 1852 hours - Surfaced in position 10°00'N, 93°27'E and set a course for Trincomalee. Note: The Amagi Maru had left Singapore on 28 April 1944 bound for Port Blair. She carried 600 Japanese troops. Escort was provided by the minelayer Hatsutaka (offsite link) and the auxiliary minesweeper Keinan Maru No.5. On 2 May Keinan Maru No.5 was detached and auxiliary minesweeper Kyo Maru No.1 replaced her.
Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at La Maddalena. A few hours before arriving a periscope was sighted. A signal was sent and an A/S hunt was started in that area.
Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena.
Submarine HMS Unswerving: HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) is detected and depth charged while trying to attack an enemy convoy off Anti-Milos, Greece. This convoy was formed by Gertrud (1960 GRT, built 1930, former Danish Gerda Toft) and Susanne (552 GRT, buit 1919, former Spanish San Juan II) escorted by UJ 2101, UJ 2105, UJ 2106, UJ 2110 and R 210 and were en-route from Heraklion to Piraeus. Late in the evening Unswerving sank the Greek caique NAF 8 / Agios Nikolaos (45 GRT) with gunfire in position 37°07'N, 23°10'E (All times are zone -1) 1340 hours - Heard distant explosions. 1435 hours - More distant explosions. Looks like HMS Sportsman, to our south was being hunted and depth charged. 1545/1727 hours - Numerous aircraft kept coming and going from a southerly direction. Looks like the expected convoy from the south was coming our way. 1747 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 154°. Estimated enemy course was 332°, speed 7 knots. 1752 hours - Masts were now visible. 1800 hours - Started attack. 1900 hours - The whole convoy was now in sight. Position was 37°13'N, 23°43'E. 1918 hours - An escort vessel turned towards. 1931 hours - Went to 60 feet. 1948 hours - Raised periscope in the final stages of the attack. The port wing escort was seen to turn towards under full helm. The periscope must have been sighted. 1949 hours - Went to 60 feet. Attempted to fire torpedoes by Asdic but the HE of the target could not be picked up because of the noise of the escorts. 1951 hours - Went to 120 feet. Three escorts were in contact with their Asdics. One escort then attacked. 11 Depth charges were dropped quite close. 2015 hours - HE faded. 2029 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. 2052 hours - Surfaced in position 37°11'N, 23°43'E. ------------------------------------------ 2330 hours - In position 37°07'N, 23°10'E attacked and sank by gunfire two medium seized caiques proceeding from the Moravian coast in the direction of Petsai Strait, course 020°.
Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) attacked what is thought to be a German R-boat off Île Saint-Honorat, France. One torpedo was fired from close range but ran under. The attack appears to have been unobserved. (All times are zone -2) 2015 hours - Sighted an R-boat and a Chasseur leaving Cannes. 2104 hours - Started attack on these ships. 2135 hours - Fired one torpedo at the R-boat from 400 yards. The torpedo ran under.
Submarine USSR M-62: M-62 fires two torpedoes against the German tug Junak south-west of Cape Kherson, Crimea in position 44°33'N, 32°13'E. Both torpedoes missed their target.
Submarine USSR A-5: A-5 fires two torpedoes at a German convoy south-west of the Crimea in position 44°30'N, 32°00'E. The torpedoes don't hit any targets.
Submarine USS Pipefish: With her trials and initial training completed USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Destroyer USS Aaron Ward (iii): While operating of Okinawa USS Aaron Ward is hit by several kamikaze aircraft in position 26°24'N, 126°15'E resulting in massive damage. Through barely afloat Aaron Ward was towed to Kerama Retto where she arrived the following day for temporary repairs.
Destroyer USS Haynsworth: USS Haynsworth (Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr.) arrived at the Mare Island Navy Yard.
Destroyer USS Thomas E. Fraser: USS Thomas E. Fraser arrived at Guam.
Submarine HNMS O 21: After repairs HrMs O 21 (Lt. F.J. Kroesen, RNN) arrived at Melbourne.
Submarine USS Balao: USS Balao (Lt.Cdr. R.K. Worthington, USN) departed from Guam for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea in a coordinated attack group together with USS Dragonet, USS Shad and USS Spikefish. For the daily and attack positions of USS Balao during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine USS Crevalle: USS Crevalle (Cdr. E.H. Steinmetz) ended her 6th war patrol at Guam.
Submarine USS Hammerhead: USS Hammerhead (Cdr. F.M. Smith) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.
Submarine USS Spikefish: USS Spikefish (Cmdr Robert R. Manahgan) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol east of Formosa.
Submarine USS Springer: USS Springer (Cdr. R. Kefauver) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 25 (745 tons, offsite link) in the Yellow Sea in position 34°56'N, 122°49'E.
Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. At Trincomalee she was to dock as this was not possible at Colombo. Also her air-conditioning would be removed. For the daily positions of HMS Shakespeare during this passage see the map below. HMS Shakespeare passage Colombo - Trincomalee click here for bigger maps
Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) departed Trincomalee for Aden.
Submarine HMS Spark: During 3 and 4 May 1945 HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted exercises off Fremantle. These included night exercises.
Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.
Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) arrived at Port Said.
Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East). She is to patrol in the Java Sea. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Terrapin during this patrol see the map below. HMS Terrapin 7th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) attacks a Japanese coaster with four torpedoes in position 05°16'S, 106°10'E. All torpedoes missed their target. (All times are zone -9) 1548 hours - In position 05°13'S, 106°18'E sighted smoke and a seaplane bearing 168°. At first it was thought that this vessel would pass Tradewind to the East. Tradewind turned to close. It became however soon apparent that the target was going to pass to the West. Turned to course 250° at full speed. 1604 hours - Sighted more smoke and mast tops bearing 187°. Continued to close. 1619 hours - The after hydroplanes temporarily stuck resulting in Tradewind plugging into the mud at 78 feet. After getting loose Tradewind continued to close. The target was identified as a 7000 tons tanker on a course of 320°. The target passed ahead at a range of 10000 yards and was seen to be escorted by a Chidori class torpedo boat. Two other vessels, coasters of about 700 tons were also in the area. Decided to attack the second coaster in order to close the range as much as possible. 1805 hours - In position 05°16'S, 106°10'E fired four torpedoes against the second of the two coasters that were in line ahead. Range was 1200 yards. It was intended to fire six torpedoes but the 5th torpedo misfired and the order to fire the 6th was not heard. All torpedoes fired missed their target. Following this attack two depth charges were dropped by the first coaster but these were not close. Tradewind manoeuvred to escape from the area.