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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 (29)

1915: Aircraft Carrier Courageous (50)

1919: Patrol craft PE-57 (PE-57)

1920: Light cruiser Concord (CL 10)

1939: Minelayer Abdiel (M 39) - Motor torpedo boat PT 7

1940: Corvette Fennel (K 194) - Corvette Fennel (K 194) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 271 (MTB 271)

1941: Minesweeper Detector (AMc-75) - Motor torpedo boat PT 34

1942: Patrol craft PC-617 (PC-617)

1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 631 (LCT 631) - Submarine Tapir (P 335) - Destroyer Escort Bates (DE 68) - Patrol craft PC-1172 (PC-1172)

1944: Minesweeper Execute (AM 232) - Minesweeper Facility (AM 233) - Destroyer Gainard (DD 706) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1059 (LCI(L)-1059) - Landing craft tank LCT 1037 (LCT 1037) - Landing craft tank LCT 1038 (LCT 1038) - Landing craft tank LCT 684 (LCT 684) - Landing craft tank LCT 752 (LCT 752) - Medium landing ship LSM 315 (LSM 315) - Escort carrier Munda (CVE 104) - Patrol craft PCE-886 (PCE-886) - Minesweeper Tanager (AM 385)

1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 617 - Motor torpedo boat PT 792

Launched (36)

1913: Submarine A-3

1917: Minesweeper RD 16

1918: MS Trawler Antioch II (FY 1746) - Minesweeper Cardinal (AM 6)

1919: Patrol craft PE-38 (PE-38)

1931: Large destroyer Vauquelin - Submarine Ruggiero Settimo

1934: Destroyer Encounter (H 10) - Destroyer Escort (H 66)

1939: Escort carrier Audacity (D 10)

1941: MS Trawler Burra (T 158) - Corvette Narcissus (K 74) - MS Trawler Shapinsay (T 176) - Minesweeper Ostrich (AMc-51)

1943: Tank landing ship LST 22 (LST 22) - Tank landing ship LST 73 (LST 73) - Patrol craft PC-1137 (PC-1137)

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1085 (LCT 1085) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7050 (LCT 7050) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7078 (LCT 7078) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7091 (LCT 7091) - Net tender Corkwood (AN 44) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-584 (LCI(L)-584) - Landing craft tank LCT 1064 (LCT 1064) - Medium landing ship LSM 204 (LSM 204) - Tank landing ship LST 1010 (LST 1010) - Tank landing ship LST 1011 (LST 1011) - Tank landing ship LST 605 (LST 605) - Motor torpedo boat PT 439 - Escort carrier Windham Bay (CVE 92)

1945: Submarine Auriga (P 419) - Boom defence vessel Barkis (Z 277) - Repair Ship Girdle Ness (F 04) - Tank landing ship LST 3002 (LST 3002) - Frigate Tremadoc Bay (K 605) - Destroyer tender Shenandoah (AD 26)

Commissioned (38)

1901: Coastal defence ship Eidsvold

1919: Destroyer Kalk (i) (DD 170)

1926: Submarine K XIII

1935: Destroyer Forester (H 74)

1939: Destroyer Punjabi (F 21)

1941: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1009 (ML 1009) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1034 (ML 1034) - Submarine S-34

1942: Escort destroyer Belvoir (L 32) - Minesweeper Llandudno (J 67)

1943: Motor Launch ML 818 (ML 818) - Sloop Chanticleer (U 05) - Tank landing ship LST 63 (LST 63) - Rescue Tug Stormking (W 87) - Submarine Paddle (263) - Patrol craft PC-1080 (PC-1080) - Motor torpedo boat PT 228 - Motor torpedo boat PT 230 - Motor torpedo boat PT 258

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1224 (LCT 1224) - Dock landing ship Oceanway (F 143) - Submarine Cobia (245) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-668 (LCI(L)-668) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-951 (LCI(L)-951) - Frigate Machias (PF-53) - Patrol craft PCS-1396 (PCS-1396) - Motor torpedo boat PT 462 - Oiler Sebec (AO 87)

1945: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1440 (ML 1440) - Tank landing ship LST 3006 (LST 3006) - Tank landing ship LST 3014 (LST 3014) - Medium landing ship LSM 476 (LSM 476) - Submarine Macabi (375) - Submarine Stickleback (415)

1946: Destroyer Hollister (DD 788) - Submarine S-21

1948: Submarine S-25 - Submarine S-26

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 29 March (1)


1946: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-4 (LCI(L)-4)

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General Events on 29 March


1940

Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Triton: HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Triton during this patrol see the map below. Ver HMS Triton 8th war patrol click here for bigger map

1941

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Dartmouth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. For the daily positions of HrMs O 9 during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Falmouth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. For the daily positions of HrMs O 10 during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Pandora: HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to provide escort for Fleet tanker RFA Cairndale. Cairndale was to provide fuel for the destroyers of Force H which was to patrol off the Bay fo Biscay in case the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were to break out in the Atlantic again. For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Greenway, RN) was ordered to proceed to Suda Bay where the British heavy cruiser HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) was damaged by two Italian explosive motor boats on the 26th. Rover was to supply electrical power during the salvage operations.

Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) parted company with convoy SC 26 and set course to return to Halifax.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: At 1649 hours, HMS Rorqual (Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, DSO, RN) missed with three torpedoes an unidentified westbound Italian merchant ship in position 38°17'N, 12°08'E (off Trapani). It was initially estimated at 4000 tons but later realised it was much smaller.

Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) arrived at Reykjavik.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. E.D. Norman, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Kerkennah, Tunisia and Tripoli, Libya. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Upright during this patrol see the map below. HMS Upright 9th war patrol click here for bigger map

Battleship HMS Prince of Wales: HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) conducted compass trials off Scapa Flow. During these trials she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN).

Corvette HMS Dianella: HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Germanic that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 south of Iceland in position 61°18'N, 22°05'W. HMS Dianella also picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Hylton that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 south of Iceland in position 61°22'N, 20°00'W.

Corvette HMS Kingcup: HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR) picks up two survivors from the Belgian merchant Limbourg that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by the German U-boat U-48 about 170 miles south of Reykjavik in position 61°18’N, 22°05’W.

1942

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HNoMS Honningsvaag, HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR), HMS Godetia (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) and HMS Portsdown (Lt. E.L. Donkin, RNR).

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), USS Bristol (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Wood, USN), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and FFS Roselys.

Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte. For HMS Thrasher daily (1200 hours) positions, sinkings and failed attacks during this patrol see the map below. HMS Thrasher 9th war patrol daily positionsclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Urge: During the night of 29 / 30 March 1942 HMS Urge (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, DSO and Bar, RN) landed a raiding party to wreck a train. This was succesful. An enemy ship was sighted shortly afterwards and attack with three torpedoes that all missed. A gun action followed in which three hits were obtained. As the enemy gunfire drew nearer the action had to be broken off. According to Italian sources this was the Italian merchant Pugliola (2974 GRT, built 1917) on passage from Messina to Naples; she was slightly damaged by a single shell and two rounds of MG fire. She returned fire with two rounds (not three as claimed by Tomkinson) and forced the submarine to submerge. Two patrol boats Angelini and Eolo were sent to hunt the submarine but they were not equipped with hydrophones and they soon abandoned the chase. 29 March 1942 2335 hours - Arrived to within half a mile of the shore just north of Pisciotta, Italy. The Folbot party of two (Lt. T.G.A. Walker of Hertforshire regiment and Sgt. H.M.V. Penn) cast off and arrived on the shore 15 minutes later. 30 March 1942 0032 hours - The Folbot party returned. They had successfully placed their charge under the railway line. 0055 hours - An electric train hit the charge. The engine blew up and came falling down the embankment. During the approach of the train a ship of about 3000 tons was sighted to the seaward. Enemy course was 320° and she was about 3 nautical miles from the land. 0056 hours - In position 40°04'N, 15°07'5"E fired three torpedoes from 3500 yards. All three torpedoes missed as the enemy most likely saw the tracks. The gun was now manned and a chase started. 0114 hours - Fire was opened at a range of 2000 to 2500 yards. 16 Rounds were fired for 3 hits. 0118 hours - The enemy meanwhile had also opened fire and was now straddling Urge so it was decided to break off the action and dive.

Submarine HMS P 36: HMS P 36 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Submarine USSR M-171: M-171 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a submarine in position 70°20'N, 31°25'E. Both torpedoes missed their target. The attack was most likely against U-585 that had departed Kirkenes the previous day.

Destroyer ORP Piorun: Piorun meets another tanker. This time it was a British vessel which was also ordered to join the convoy.

1943

Frigate HMS Spey: The British merchant Empire Whale is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-662 about 425 nautical miles north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 46°44'N, 16°38'W. HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RNR) picks up 10 survivors.

Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) was undocked. She then shifted to Gravesend Bay where she anchored.

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) ended her 17th war patrol at Colombo.

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).

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) shifted from Ardishaig to Campbeltown.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Tobermory for Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Lancer (A/Skr.Lt. A. Robinson, DSC, RNR).

Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Egle (1143 GRT, built 1893) off Cavoli Island, Sardinia. She was travelling from Cagliari to La Maddalena. (All times are zone -1) 0840 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of 4000-5000 tons escorted by one RD-class minesweeper. Started attack. 0912 hours - Fired a salvo of three torpedoes. Obtained one hit in the engine room. 0915 hours - The target had a starboard list of 20°. 0919 hours - Had another look through the periscope. The target was no longer sighted. The minesweeper however was quite near so went deep but no counter-attack developed.

Submarine USS Tarpon: USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left base for her 7th war patrol.

Submarine USS Gato: USS Gato (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Foley) lands an Australian Intelligence party at Toep, Bougainville. She takes on board 39 women and children and transferred them to the US submarine chaser USS SC-531 off Ramos, Florida Island 2 days later.

Submarine USS Wahoo: USS Wahoo (Cdr. D.W. Morton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary cable ship Yamabato Maru (2256 GRT) south of Kyushu, Japan in position 30°26'N, 129°41'E.

Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Port Said for Beirut.

Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel about 20 nautical miles west of the entrance to the Dardanelles. Four torpedoes were fired at this ship but no hits were obtained. In the same attack two torpedoes were fired at one of the escorts thought to be a sloop. These torpedoes also missed. The target was Alba Julia (5700 GRT, built 1922) escorted by the German minelayer Drache, the Italian torpedo boat Castelfidardo, and the auxiliaries GL 54, Aethos and Seeadler. The alarm was given by an escorting aircraft allowing the convoy to take avoiding action. (All times are zone -2) 0923 hours - In position 39°59'N, 25°43'E sighted a merchant vessel of 2000 - 3000 tons. She was escorted by a destroyer, a sloop, an armed tug and four motor boats. Also three aircraft were patrolling overhead. Started attack. In the attack two stern torpedoes were fired at the sloop and four bow torpedoes were fired at the merchant ship. No hits were obtained. Parthian went deep on firing and was hunted but the patrol report makes no mention of depth charges being dropped.

Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) is undocked.

Submarine HMS Uproar: In the evening HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol in position 45°10'N, 12°50'W. For the next two days Uproar is ordered several times to take up patrol other positions.

Submarine HMS Unbending: At 0834 hours, the periscope of HMS Unbending (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) was spotted by a shore battery at Sousse and came under fire. The submarine moved away.

Submarine HMS Unison: At 2223 hours (zone -1), HMS Unison (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN), sighted an enemy submarine in position 37°07'N, 15°51'E. Enemy course was 045°. Started attack but soon the enemy turned away at speed and dived.

Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 2201 (1375 GRT, built 1940, former French Bois Rose) and UJ 2204 (1188 GRT, built 1927, former French Boréal) off Palermo, Sicily near position 38°06'N, 13°26'E. UJ 2201 was hit in the bow and sank in shallow waters, five men were killed. UJ 2204 was then hit and sunk, three men were killed. (All times are zone -1) 1230 hours - Sighted a 3000 tons and a 6000 tons merchant vessel anchored off Palermo in positions 38°06'1"N, 13°26'5"E and 38°06'2"N, 13°26'1"E. Later several F-lighters were seen to proceed to these ships. 1250 hours - Manoeuvered to get into an attacking position. 1414 hours - Fired one torpedo at the smaller of the merchant vessels from 600 yards. It hit and the ship quickly sank. The second merchant vessel went ahead immediately and altered course to comb possible torpedoes hoping to drag his anchor. 1417 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 800 yards at the larger vessel. The first torpedo hit but the result was not seen. Unrivalled had gone deep and retired to seaward. 1430 - 1510 hours - A fairly heavy counter attack took place in which a total of 51 depth charges were dropped. It is thought the counter attack was carried out mainly by E-boats. 1530 hours - Drew clear to the north-eastward.

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Usurper: HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Jamaica (Capt. Capt. J.L. Storey, RN), HMS Newcastle (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, DSO, RN), HMS Stevenstone (Lt. P.B.N. Lewis, DSC, RN), HMCS Athabascan (Cdr. G.R. Miles, DSO, OBE, RCN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. D.C. Beatty, RN).

Submarine HMS Untamed: HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed the Tyne for Blyth where she arrived later the same day.

Submarine USS S-32: USS S-32 (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Schmidt) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 5th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Attu.

Submarine USS S-43: USS S-43 arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt. W.B. Parham, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USSR M-122: M-122 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 6000 tons off Kiberg, Norway. Both torpedoes missed their target.

Submarine USSR S-55: S-55 possibly torpedoed and sank the German merchant Ajax (2297 GRT) off the Kongsfjord in position 70°49'N, 29°30'E. I have also seen this ship listed as being sunk by S-101.

Submarine USSR S-101: S-101 possibly torpedoed and sank the German merchant Ajax (2297 GRT) off the Kongsfjord in position 70°49'N, 29°30'E. I have also seen this ship listed as being sunk by S-55.

Submarine USS O-6: USS O-6 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.

1944

Submarine HNMS K XIV: In the morning HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff, RNN) bombarded oil storage tanks off Padang, Sumatra. 13 Rounds were fired from 4300 yards before the action had to be broken off due to fire from shore batteries. The oil storage tanks were on fire and at least one was seen to have collapsed.

Submarine USS Drum: With her overhaul completed USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) returns to Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Haddo: USS Haddo (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Nimitz, Jr.) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Nichian Maru (6197 GRT) in the South China Sea in position 17°42'N, 109°57'E.

Submarine USS Peto: USS Peto (Lt.Cdr. P. Van Leunen, Jr.) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Scamp: USS Scamp (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hollingsworth) enters Langemak Bay to make repairs to her TDC (torpedo data computer).

Submarine USS Tunny: USS Tunny (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Scott) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese battleship Musashi (offsite link) off Palau in position 07°30'N, 134°30'E.

Submarine USS Tinosa: USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea south of Formosa.

Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) returned to Pearl Harbour. Later the same day she departed again for the exercise area.

Submarine USS Parche: USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

Submarine USS Bang: USS Bang (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait together with USS Tinosa and USS Parche. For the daily and attack positions of USS Bang during this patrol see the map below. As no deck log is available (for the moment) positions were taken from the patrol report. Unfortunately the patrol report does not give daily noon positions.

Submarine USS Pilotfish: USS Pilotfish (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Close) departed from New London bound for Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Pintado: USS Pintado conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Submarine HMS Satyr: HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee.

Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) was docked at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (Lt. C.R. Pelly, DSC, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Yarmouth (Isle of Wight).

Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) was docked at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) departed from Trincomalee bound for Colombo. This is the first leg of her trip home for refit. For the daily positions of HMS Trespasser during this patrol see the map below. HMS Trespasser passage Trincomalee - U.K.click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Uproar: In the morning, while on patrol off Toulon, HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) was hunted by German A/S vessels. No depth charges were dropped however.

Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway together with HMS Rifleman (Lt. C.L. Carroll, DSC, RNR), HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. P.W. Arnold, RNVR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. S. Hearne, RNR). Later the same day she departed Stornoway for Tobermory.

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Sloop HMS Starling: German U-boat U-961 was sunk east of Iceland, in position 64°31'N, 03°19'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN).

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted trials off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS Pipefish: USS Pipefish arrived at Key West, Florida for duty with the Fleet Sound School.

1945

Submarine HNMS O 19: HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle.

Submarine USS Bluegill: USS Bluegill (Cdr. E.L. Barr, Jr.) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Honan Maru (5542 GRT, former British fleet tanker War Sirdar) off Cape Varella, French Indo-China in position 12°39'N, 109°27'E.

Submarine USS Besugo: In the evening USS Besugo (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Miller, USN) made the northbound passage of Lombok Strait.

Submarine USS Cabezon: USS Cabezon (Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, USN) departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

Submarine USS Capitaine: USS Capitaine (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Friedrick, USN) departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

Submarine USS Carbonero: USS Carbonero (Cdr. C.L. Murphy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS Hammerhead: USS Hammerhead (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Smith) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 84 (740 tons, built 1944) (offsite link) about 115 nautical miles north of Cape Varella, French Indo-China in position 14°44'N, 109°16'E.

Submarine USS Thornback: USS Thornback (Cdr. E.P. Abrahamson, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) was docked at Fremantle.

Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) conducted exercises off New London.

Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) sank a coaster with gunfire in the Flores Sea in position 07°07'S, 120°09'E. (All times are zone -8) 0600 hours - Sighted a ship bearing 315°. 0605 hours - Started attack on what was now seen to be a coaster of about 600 tons. 0635 hours - In position 07°07'S, 120°09'E fired 4 torpedoes set to 2 feet. No hits were obtained. 0638 hours - The target dropped one small depth charge, increased speed and opened fire at the discharge splash. At this moment the attack periscope got jammed in it's well. As Lt. Kent now knew the target was armed with a 20mm machine gun he decided to run accross the targets stern and surface on the targets Port quarter hoping that his armament would be trained to Starboard. Meanwhile repairs could be carried out to the periscope. 0708 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. 0737 hours - Considered that the target was sinking so ceased fire. 0745 hours - The target was seen to sink.

Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (T/Lt. F.A. Wicker, RNVR) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 4th in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle, Australia.

Submarine HMS Stygian: In the early morning hours HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) detected by a Japanese escort vessel (possibly fitted with radar) while trying to attack an enemy convoy on the surface. Stygian is shelled and forced to dive. She is then attacked with 14 depth charges but these did no damage.

Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Sleuth: HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) is put back in the water.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) proceeds from Rothesay to Ardrossan for the replacement of a part of the battery.

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Giffard (T/Lt. G.H. Matheson, RCNR) and HMCS Morden (T/Lt. F.R. Spidler, RCNVR).

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. R.D. McWenthy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. M. Abrahams, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

Frigate HMS Duckworth: German U-boat U-1169 was sunk in the English Channel south of Lizard Point, in position 49°58'N, 05°25'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Duckworth (Lt. D. Jermain, DSC and Bar, RN).

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