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 (21)
1916: Light cruiser Calypso (D 61)
1924: Submarine Calypso
1933: Light cruiser Ajax (22)
1941: Motor torpedo boat PT 30
1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1018 (LCI(L)-1018) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-419 (LCI(L)-419) - Landing craft tank LCT 654 (LCT 654) - Landing craft tank LCT 656 (LCT 656) - Landing craft tank LCT 771 (LCT 771) - Landing craft tank LCT 781 (LCT 781) - Landing craft tank LCT 817 (LCT 817) - Landing craft tank LCT 860 (LCT 860) - Tank landing ship LST 692 (LST 692) - Motor torpedo boat PT 542 - Escort carrier Salerno Bay (CVE 110) - Submarine Sea Owl (405)
1921: Submarine S-11 (116)
1934: Destroyer Exmouth (H 02)
1935: ASW Trawler Coral (T 07)
1938: Boom defence vessel Barricade (Z 83)
1939: Minesweeper Sphinx (J 69)
1941: Submarine K-55
1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 626 (LCT 626) - Tank landing ship LST 199 (LST 199) - Tank landing ship LST 347 (LST 347) - Tank landing ship LST 351 (LST 351) - Tank landing ship LST 352 (LST 352) - Rescue Tug Mindful (W 135) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1035 (FY 1035) - Motor minesweeper MMS 272 (J 772) - Fleet tug Carib (AT 82) - Tank landing ship LST 199 (LST 199) - Tank landing ship LST 347 (LST 347) - Tank landing ship LST 348 (LST 348) - Tank landing ship LST 349 (LST 349) - Tank landing ship LST 350 (LST 350) - Tank landing ship LST 351 (LST 351) - Tank landing ship LST 352 (LST 352)
1944: Motor minesweeper D 341 - Landing Craft Tank LCT 925 (LCT 925) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1069 (FY 1069) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-416 (LCI(L)-416) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-551 (LCI(L)-551) - Landing craft tank LCT 664 (LCT 664) - Landing craft tank LCT 974 (LCT 974) - Landing craft tank LCT 975 (LCT 975) - Tank landing ship LST 683 (LST 683) - Destroyer Escort Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416) - Motor torpedo boat PT 520 - Aircraft Carrier Ticonderoga (CV 14)
1901: Coastal defence ship Norge
1920: Fleet tug Pinola (AT 33)
1928: Submarine Caiman
1939: Submarine Sargo (188)
1944: Destroyer Algonquin (R 17) - Frigate Meon (K 269) - Frigate Hargood (K 582) - Frigate Sarawak (K 591) - Destroyer Escort Gandy (DE 764) - Repair ship Hector (AR 7) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-413 (LCI(L)-413) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-548 (LCI(L)-548) - Tank landing ship LST 295 (LST 295) - Tank landing ship LST 517 (LST 517) - Tank landing ship LST 60 (LST 60) - Motor torpedo boat PT 511
1946: Destroyer Bausell (DD 845)
1947: Submarine Aurochs (P 426)
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 7 February (5)
1945: Motor Gun Boat MGB 605 (MGB 605)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 7 February
Submarine HMS Unity: HMS Unity (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) departed Blyth for Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Mahé, Seychelles to resume her 6th war patrol still with French sloop Rigault de Genouilly (Capitaine De Fregate (Cdr.) L.G.E. Frossard) in company.
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 Pandora: HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN).
Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) carried out exercises off Hongkong.
Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) departed Singapore for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies.
Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN) conducted exercises off Portmouth and then proceeded to Yarmouth Roads [Isle of Wight].
Submarine HMS Triton: HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) conducts exercises with HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) and HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, RN).
Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland.
Sloop HMIS Indus: With her refit completed, HMIS Indus (Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN), departed Bombay for Aden where she was to join the Perim patrol.
Submarine USSR ShCh-311: Received the Red Banner Award (Orden Krasnogo Znameni)
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, DSO, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) was taken in hand at Blyth for repairs to her A/S dome.
Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol near the Kerkenah Bank, Tunisia. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unique during this patrol see the map below. HMS Unique 5th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine USS Spearfish: USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Pryce) leaves Surabaya for her 2nd war patrol. she was ordered to patrol in the Java and Flores Sea.
Submarine USS Pickerel (i): USS Pickerel (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Bacon, Jr) left Surabaya for her third war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Malaya.
Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) made a torpedo attack on the Italian merchant Bosforo (3648 GRT, built 1929), on passage from Tripoli to Palermo, escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Calliope. No hits were obtained though. According to Italian sources Calliope reported missed by one torpedo from a short distance ahead while Bosforo evaded two torpedoes. The torpedo boat combed the track and dropped depth charges but could not keep up the hunt as she had to rejoin the steamer. An escorting aircraft also dropped a bomb. As a precaution, Bosforo and Calliope proceeded to take refuge in Pantelleria. (All times are zone -1) 0920 hours - Off Kerkenah, in position 34°25'N, 11°52'E, sighted a merchant vessel of about 5000 tons escorted by a Partenope-class torpedo boat. Started attack. 1004 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3500 yards. No hits were obtained. 1014 hours - The escorted started a counter attack that lasted 20 minutes. 30 Depth charges were dropped all of which were rather close.
Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) and HMS Southwold (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN).
Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for her 2nd storage trip to Malta. For the daily positions of HMS Porpoise during this passage see the map below.
Destroyer HMS Ilex: HMS Ilex (Lt. G.R.P. Goodden, RN) arrived at Simonstown.
Corvette HMCS Camrose: HMCS Camrose (Lt L.R. Pavillard, RCNVR) picks up 72 survivors from the British merchant Empire Banner that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-77 west of Algiers in position 36°48'N, 01°32'E. HMCS Camrose also picks up 59 survivors from the British merchant Empire Webster that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-77 west of Algiers in position 36°47'N, 01°37'E.
Submarine HNMS K XII: HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) again tried to contact party's 'Tiger I' and 'Tiger II' at the Serang Bay but nothing was sighted.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) departed Colombo for her 16th war patrol (4th in the Far East). She was to land a party of seven on the North coast of Sumatra and then to patrol in the Malacca Straits. For the daily and attack positions of HrMs O 24 during this patrol see the map below. View HrMs O 24 16th war patrol in a larger map
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick.
Submarine USS Trout: USS Trout (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Nisshin Maru (16801 GRT) off Miri, Borneo in position 04°31'N, 114°52'E.
Submarine USS Growler: USS Growler is damaged by accidental ramming of the Japanese store ship Hayasaki and gunfire from the same vessel about 70 nautical miles northwest of Rabaul in position 03°34'S, 151°09'E. During this action, Growler's commanding officer, Cdr Howard Walter Gilmore, is mortally wounded and 2 others killed and 2 wounded. Rather than further hazard his ship, he orders Growler taken down. For his gallantry, Gilmore is awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously. Citation: For distinguished gallantry and valor above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Growler during her Fourth War Patrol in the Southwest Pacific from 10 January to 7 February 1943. Boldly striking at the enemy in spite of continuous hostile air and antisubmarine patrols, Comdr. Gilmore sank one Japanese freighter and damaged another by torpedo fire, successfully evading severe depth charges following each attack. In the darkness of night on 7 February, an enemy gunboat closed range and prepared to ram the Growler. Comdr. Gilmore daringly maneuvered to avoid the crash and rammed the attacker instead, ripping into her port side at 11 knots and bursting wide her plates. In the terrific fire of the sinking gunboat's heavy machineguns, Comdr. Gilmore calmly gave the order to clear the bridge, and refusing safety for himself, remained on deck while his men preceded him below. Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments, Comdr. Gilmore gave his last order to the officer of the deck, "Take her down." The Growler dived; seriously damaged but under control, she was brought safely to port by her well-trained crew inspired by the courageous fighting spirit of their dead captain. The XO (Lt.Cdr. Arnold Frederick Schade) takes over command and Growler is forced to terminate her patrol. She entered Brisbane on 17 February for repairs.
Submarine USS Wahoo: USS Wahoo (Lt.Cdr. D.W. Morton) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Gurnard: USS Gurnard (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Andrews) arrived at New London. She was now overhauled before being sent to the Pacific.
Submarine HMS Saracen: HMS P 247 (Lt. M.G.R. Lumby, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Genoa. En-route she was also to carry out a special operation off the West coast of Corsica. For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 247 during this patrol see the map below. HMS P 247 8th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) fired two rounds at the Spanish submarine General Sanjuro, one hit the forward hydroplane causing slight damage, the two submarines later collided, Torbay getting a small dent. All times are zone -1) 1345 hours - While dived sighted a 1500 ton Spanish ship at 2000 yards coming straight towards. Went to 80 feet until she passed Torbay. 1405 hours - Returned to periscope depth 38°18'N, 00°06'E. The ship was sighted to the South-West and on the same bearing a submarine was sighted steering 180° at 4000 yards. It was first thought that the submarine was escorted by the merchant vessel. Examination of Janes Fighting ships (1940 edition) showed no Spanish submarine resembling the one sighted, which could be seen to have two guns and large periscope standards and resemble the Italian Archimede class. There was no report of a Spanish submarine in this area just an intelligence report of the General Sanjuro that was on passage from Almeria to presumably Cartagena escorted by Torpedo Boat nr. 7. None of these conditions were fulfilled and when it was seen that the submarines course was diverting from the merchant vessel it was decided (at 1420 hours) to give chase on the surface. 1600 hours - Torbay now had the range closed to 6000 yards and it was intended to open fire as Lt. Clutterbuck was confident it was an Italian submarine unable to dive. This belief was strengthened by the fact she appeared to be listing to port and was down by the stern. This was afterwards found to be an optical delusion. It was a mystery why she had not opened fire with her after gun and this was thought to be because morale on the Italian submarine to be very low. Lt. Clutterbuck ordered to submarine to stop by Aldis lamp but this had no effect. At 1610 hours the submarine set course to 310° without decreasing speed. Lt. Clutterbuck took this as an effort to place her in the sun and bring both guns to bear. On Torbay the tubes were brought to the ready and at 1615 hours the order open fire was given. The first round fired hit her the hydroplanes but then the gun malfunctioned. The second round was not fired until one and a half minute later and went over. It was then seen that a large number of men were on the bridge of the submarine which enhanced Lt. Clutterbuck's belief that it was an Italian submarine about to surrender so fire was ceased. Torbay closed and prepared to board. It was then seen that Spanish colours were painted on the conning tower so the sub was asked (by Aldis lamp) for her name. No good form of communication could be established so Torbay continued to close end on. The submarines were now very close and the Spanish submarine now drifted towards Torbay hitting Torbay's bow with her after casing but no damage was done other than a small dent. The identity of the submarine was now established. 1615 hours - Torbay now proceeded to the eastward to clear the area.
Submarine HMS Turbulent: HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) bombards a train at Sant' Ambrogio station. Later this day Turbulent was detected and depth charged by two Motor Torpedo Boats. Some minor damage was caused. (All times are zone -1) 1253 hours - Surfaced to bombard a train at Sant' Ambrogio station. Range was 2100 yards. 6 hits were obtained including one on the engine. According to Italian sources the locomotive was hit as well as six wagons, one person was killed and two were seriously wounded but the railway line itself was undamaged. 1301 hours - Dived as an aircraft was seen to approach. Later this was seen to be a transport plane.
Submarine HMS Truculent: HMS P 315 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) left dock.
Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO, RN) departed Gibraltar for the U.K. For the daily positions of HMS P 35 during this passage see the map below.
Submarine HMS Unison: HMS P 43 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) attacked a lighter at the Hammamet anchorage with one torpedo. The torpedo most likely got stuck in the bottom. (All times are zone -1) 1440 hours - In position 36°27'N, 10°38'E sighted the bridge of a motor barge bearing 240°. Enemy course was 020°. She was hugging the coast. P 43 followed the barge towards Hammamet anchorage. Several more vessels were sighted there. It was decided to fire a torpedo at a lighter. 1744 hours - Fired one torpedo from nr.1 tube. The torpedo was set to 2 feet and was heard to run for 30 seconds but no track could be seen through the periscope. It is thought the torpedo got stuck in the bottom.
Corvette HMS Campanula: HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMS Mignonette (Lt H.H. Brown, RNR) together pick up the 37 survivors from the British merchant Afrika that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°16'N, 26°31'W.
Corvette HMS Mignonette: HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMS Mignonette (Lt H.H. Brown, RNR) together pick up the 37 survivors from the British merchant Afrika that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°16'N, 26°31'W. HMS Mignonette also picks up 42 survivors from the American merchant the Robert E. Hopkins that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°13'N, 26°22'W.
Submarine USSR K-22: K-22 was mined off the Kongsfjord after a communication session with K-3 around 1900 hours this day. All hands lost.
MS Trawler HMS Tervani: Tervani was assigned to patrol and minesweeping duties in the North African theatre. In the late evening of 7 February, she was towing the French water tanker Moy Mazout under escort of the RN trawlers Achroite and Arnold Bennett when she was torpedoed off Cap Bougaroun (Algeria) by the Platino (Lt. Vittorio Patrelli-Campagnano).Tervani sank quickly, leaving only 2 survivors. The initial belief this sinking was the work of submarine Acciaio has been superseded by the archival research indicating Acciaio's target was the fast minelayer Abdiel, which reported being missed by 2 torpedoes at 2330 hrs in 37°28'N, 06°20'E.
Corvette FFL Lobelia: Lobelia picks up eleven survivors from the British merchant Harmala that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-614 in the North Atlantic in position 55°14'N, 26°37'W. Lobelia also picks up 39 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Daghild that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°25'N, 26°12'W.
Submarine IT Platino: At 23.27 hours, the British auxiliary minesweeping trawler HMS Tervani (Lt.Skipper Frederick George Blockwell, RNR) was sunk off Cape Bougaroni, Algeria in position 37°22'N, 06°14'E by the Italian submarine Platino (Lt.Cdr. Patrelli Campagnano).
Cutter USCGC Bibb: USCGC Bibb picks up 202 survivors from the American troop transport Henry R. Mallory and 33 survivors from the Greek merchant Kalliopi that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in convoy SC-118 about 600 nautical miles south-southwest of Iceland.
Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Capt. K.G. Hensel) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Aspro: USS Aspro (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Stevenson, USN) refuels at Midway. She departed for her patrol area after a few hours.
Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) is undocked.
Submarine HMS Stonehenge: During the night of 7 / 8 February 1944 HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) carried out operation 'Slug'. A party was landed at Lem Hua Krung Yai, Siam (about 80 miles North of Phuket).
Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) arrived at Aden.
Submarine HMS Syrtis: HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. While near Scapa Flow she lost her Officer Of the Watch, Lt. C. Blythe, RNR, overboard. Syrtis turned immediately and collided with her tow, midget submarine X-22, which sank with the loss of 4 men. Lt. Blythe was not found. Position was 58°43'42"N, 03°18'00"W.
Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RD, RNR).
Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Rheinhausen (6298 GRT, built 1912) in position 59°07'N, 05°37'E. (All times are zone -1) 1010 hours - Sighted a Northbound convoy. Went to full submerged speed for 8 minutes to get into a firing position. 1024 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3500 yards and went to 80 feet. 40 Seconds after firing the first torpedo an explosion was heard, most likely a premature. 2 Minutes and 24 seconds after firing the first torpedo another explosion was heard. 15 Depth charges were dropped by the escort but these were not close and Taku was never detected. 1124 hours - Came to periscope depth. Two trawlers and one aircraft were seen about two mile away. The target was seen to be stopped and on fire and with her boats away. Ten minutes later it was seen that the bow rose high out of the water. Five minutes later she had sunk and breaking up noises were heard. It was now seen that the convoy was made up of a 6000 ton ship (that was sunk), a 4000 ton ship, four 3000 tonners. Two escorts were seen but there were probably more. Taku reloaded and withdraw to the seaward. According to German sources the Rheinhausen was carrying 9000 tons of coal, the other vessels in convoy were the German merchants Isle Fritzen (5099 GRT, built 1922) and Wachtel (992 GRT, built 1924), the Norwegian merchants Maurita (1569 GRT, built 1925), Roald Jarl (1404 GRT, built 1913) and the Swedish merchant Vega (1073 GRT, built 1913). They were escorted by NS-22, NS-09, NS-24 and V-5110. The whole crew of the Rheinhausen (including two wounded) was saved by NS-22.
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) ended her 22th war patrol at Beirut.
Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) arrived at Liverpool.
Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. N.J. Sampson) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for the Hunters Point Navy yard.
Destroyer USS Harry E. Hubbard: USS Hubbard (Cdr A.W. Purdy) departed from San Diego bound for Pearl Harbor.
Destroyer USS Purdy: With her shakedown completed USS Purdy departed from Trinidad bound for San Diego, California.
Submarine HNMS Zwaardvisch: While passing through the Java Sea en-route to her patrol area HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) attacks a Japanese convoy in position 06°08'S, 114°42'E. torpedoes were fired against an escorting destroyer but none hit their target. A possible hit on the merchant vessel of the convoy is claimed. Zwaardvisch is depth charged following this attack. A few hours later Zwaardvisch encounters a strange vessel that is also attacked in position 06°12'S, 114°37'E. This vessel is thought to be a Q-ship and Zwaardvisch is once again depth charged. Once again Zwaardvisch escapes. (all times are zone -8) 1131 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 195°. Set course to investigate. 1158 hours - Sighted the tops of masts. Dived to attack. 1218 hours - Sighted a patrolling Jake aircraft between Zwaardvisch and the target(s). 1245 hours - Sighted the tops of masts of several ships. 1300 hours - It was now noticed that the masts visible are of four ships. 1310 hours - It looked that a convoy was being formed. The ships were seen to be a merchant vessel (estimated at 5000 tons), a destroyer (thought to be of the Minekaze-class) and two smaller vessels (thought to be escort vessels). Lt.Cdr. Goossens decided to attack the merchant ship. 1413 hours - When at periscope depth it was seen that the destroyer was coming straight towards at high speed. Lt.Cdr. Goossens altered course towards the destroyer and at ..... ..... 1423 hours fired three torpedoes ' in a down the throat shot' against the destroyer from 1500 yards in position 06°08'S, 114°42'E. The merchant vessel was also more or less in line with the destroyer so if the destroyer was missed a 'lucky' hit on the merchant was still possible. The range to the merchant was 4500 yards. Upon firing Zwaardvisch went deep to 180 feet. 2 Minutes and 23 seconds after firing the first torpedo a muffled explosion was heard. This would mean a running range of 5000 yards at 45 knots so it was possible that the 'lucky' hit on the merchant had been obtained. Soon afterwards the first depth charges started to explode. These were quite close. Zwaardvisch was now hunted and depth charged for more than an hour but no damage was done. 1640 hours - No HE could be heard so at ..... ..... 1725 hours - Came to periscope depth. No ships were seen but the aircraft was still visible. Went deep again to reload the torpedo tubes. 1838 hours - Returned to periscope depth and sighted, in the already fading light, bearing 135°, a strange boxlike ship, which looked like an aircraft carrier, but was rather too small to be one. It was thought to be a self-propelled dock. Started attack. 1912 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards in position 06°12'S, 114°37'E but shortly after firing the strange vessel slowed down. During the subsequent movements it became apparent that the strange vessel was most likely a Q-ship. Lt.Cdr. Goossens decided therefore not to surface and attack with the gun but go to 180 feet. 2024 hours - Nine depth charged exploded rather close causing minor damage. After this attack the hunter was shaken off.
Submarine USS Bergall: USS Bergall (Cdr. J.M. Hyde) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 53 (745 tons, offsite link) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Toho Maru (10238 GRT) off Cam Ranh Bay, French Indo-China in position 11°56'N, 109°18'E.
Submarine USS Guavina: USS Guavina (Cdr. R.H. Lockwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Taigyo Maru (6892 GRT) about 250 nautical miles south of Saigon, French Indo-China in position 06°45'N, 106°00'E.
Submarine USS Lagarto: USS Lagarto (Cmdr Frank Devere Latta) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.
Submarine USS Parche: USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Okinoyama Maru (984 GRT) off the Ryukyu Islands in position 29°09'N, 129°45'E.
Submarine USS Ronquil: USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Kuretake Maru (1924 GRT) off the Bonin Islands in position 31°46'N, 140°17'E.
Submarine USS Sea Devil: USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.
Submarine USS Sennet: USS Sennet (Cdr. G.E. Porter) departed from Saipan for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off southern Honshu, Japan.
Submarine USS Tench: USS Tench (Cdr. W.B. Sieglaff) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas. She is to call at Saipan before heading to her patrol area.
Submarine HMS Turpin: HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left dock.
Submarine HMS Satyr: HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN).
Submarine HMS Sceptre: HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.
Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (A/Lt.Cdr. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Shalimar: HMS Shalimar (A/Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo where she will be refitted to make good various defects.
Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) possibly torpedoed and sank one or more coaster(s) North-West of Sabang in position 06°28'N, 94°55'E. (All times are zone -6.5) 1745 hours - Sighted a convoy of six 400 tons coasters escorted by two armed trawlers. Decided not to attack with the gun because of the two trailers. 1859 hours - The last four ships of the convoy formed an unbroken target so fired six torpedoes from 2000 yards. Three explosions were heard at the correct running range. The results could not be observed as Subtle went to 300 feet upon firing. One of the escorts dropped three depth charges but these were way off.
Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) arrived at Sheerness where she started a refit at the Sheerness Dockyard.
Submarine USSR L-3: The German icebreaker Pollux (4191 GRT) is mined and heavily damaged when she hits a mine 7 nautical mines south-west of Pillau. The mine was laid on 2 February 1945 by the Soviet submarine L-3. The Pollux is beached to prevent her from sinking.