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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 (42)

1917: Destroyer Waters (DD 115)

1919: Destroyer Barry (DD 248)

1937: Submarine M-57 - Submarine M-96 - Submarine M-97

1939: Destroyer Napier (G 97) - Destroyer Nestor (G 02) - Destroyer Napier (G 97) - Destroyer Nerissa (G 65) - Destroyer Nestor (G 02) - Escort destroyer Quantock (L 58) - Destroyer Piorun (G 65)

1940: Minesweeper Kalgoorlie (J 192) - Submarine P 36 (P 36)

1941: Minesweeper BYMS 2019 (J 819) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 145 (LCT 145) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 317 (MTB 317) - Motor torpedo boat PT 59

1942: Tank landing ship LST 8 (LST 8) - Tank landing ship LST 9 (LST 9) - Landing craft tank LCT 410 (LCT 410) - Tank landing ship LST 8 (LST 8) - Tank landing ship LST 9 (LST 9) - Fleet tug Molala (AT 106)

1943: MS Trawler Ailsa Craig (T 377) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1009 (LCT 1009) - Destroyer Escort Koiner (DE 331) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-367 (LCI(L)-367) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-460 (LCI(L)-460) - Destroyer Escort Lloyd (DE 209) - Destroyer Meredith (ii) (DD 726) - Destroyer Escort Otter (DE 210) - Motor torpedo boat PT 441 - Destroyer Escort Wiseman (DE 667)

1944: MS Trawler Shillay (T 426) - High speed transport Burdo (APD 133) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1083 (LCI(L)-1083) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-802 (LCI(L)-802) - Landing craft tank LCT 1124 (LCT 1124) - Landing craft tank LCT 1200 (LCT 1200) - Medium landing ship LSM 335 (LSM 335) - Tank landing ship LST 726 (LST 726)

Launched (36)

1919: Oiler Patoka (AO 9)

1931: Patrol vessel Nilam (T 302)

1932: Submarine K XVII

1934: ASW Trawler Preston North End (FY 230)

1937: ASW Trawler Blackfly (FY 117) - ASW Whaler Kos XXII - ASW Whaler Kos XXIII

1941: Minesweeper Deloraine (J 232) - Corvette Weyburn (K 173) - Corvette Rockrose (K 51) - Corvette Protea (K 51) - Net tender Buckeye (AN 13) - Minesweeper Governor (AMc-82) - Anti-aircraft cruiser San Diego (CL 53)

1942: Landing craft tank LCT 405 (LCT 405) - Minesweeper Pioneer (AM 105) - Submarine chaser SC-1014 (SC-1014) - Submarine chaser SC-645 (SC-645)

1943: Frigate Antigua (K 501) - Frigate Bickerton (K 466) - Frigate Bligh (K 467) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 673 (LCT 673)

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1134 (LCT 1134) - Minesweeper Dipper (AM 357) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-711 (LCI(L)-711) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-783 (LCI(L)-783) - Landing craft tank LCT 1198 (LCT 1198) - Tank landing ship LST 589 (LST 589) - Tank landing ship LST 933 (LST 933) - Motor torpedo boat PT 627

1945: Boom defence vessel Barbastel (Z 276) - Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850) - Motor torpedo boat PT 718

1947: Submarine M-215 - Submarine M-216 - Submarine M-217

Commissioned (33)

1918: Destroyer Montgomery (DM 17)

1919: Destroyer Aulick (i) (DD 258) - Fleet tug Tatnuck (AT 27)

1920: Destroyer Branch (DD 197)

1938: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 11 (MTB 11)

1941: Anti-Aircraft ship Ulster Queen (F 118) - Net tender Chestnut (AN 11) - Motor torpedo boat PT 43

1942: Minesweeper Digby (J 267)

1943: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1282 (ML 1282) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1001 (FY 1001) - Motor minesweeper MMS 275 (J 775) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 694 (MTB 694) - ASW Trawler Pollock (T 347) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1198 (ML 1198) - Destroyer Escort Amick (DE 168) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-362 (LCI(L)-362) - Tank landing ship LST 34 (LST 34) - Patrol craft PC-1237 (PC-1237) - Minesweeper YMS-245 (YMS-245) - Minesweeper YMS-375 (YMS-375)

1944: Destroyer Escort Jaccard (DE 355) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-656 (LCI(L)-656) - Medium landing ship LSM 154 (LSM 154) - Medium landing ship LSM 155 (LSM 155)

1945: Repair Ship Buchan Ness (F 36) - Frigate Swale (K 217) - Motor Launch Drama - High speed transport Earhart (APD 113) - Tank landing ship LST 1136 (LST 1136) - Destroyer McCaffery (DD 860) - Destroyer Newman K. Perry (DD 883)

1949: Destroyer Basilone (DD 824)

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 26 July (2)


1944: Submarine Robalo (273)

1945: Minesweeper Vestal (J 215)

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General Events on 26 July


Heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire: While engaged in firing practice in the Aegean, off the island of Skhiatos, the left gun of "X" turret misfired. The breech operator did not realize it and opened the breech block, causing the charge inside the barrel to explode and also ignite the next one inside the turret; 17 men died in the mishap. Devonshire returned to England for repairs in August with "the turret swung 'round and the guns awry". As a result of this incident, a new interlock was fitted, which prevented the operator from opening the breech until it had been tripped by the gun firing or manually reset by another operator inside the turret.

1940

Submarine HNMS O 23: After a period of trials and training HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) departs Rothesay for Rosyth. She is escorted by the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 6 (Lt.Cdr. A.C. Lunbeck, RNN).

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Godetia (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR) and HMS Primrose (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Sanders, RNVR).

Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Aden for Suez.

Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Thames: HMS Thames (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Dunkerley, RN) torpedoed and sank the German torpedo boat Luchs in the North Sea in approximate position 58°27'N, 04°12'E. Luchs was part of the escort for the damaged German battlecruiser Gneisenau that was on passage from Trondheim, Norway to Kiel, Germany. The sinking of the Luchs is often credited to HMS Swordfish. See also this topic at warsailors.com.

Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) arrived at Rothesay for a period of training.

Sloop HMS Enchantress: HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, RN) picks up 79 survivors from the British passenger ship Accra that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-34 about 320 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 16°28'W.

Corvette HMS Clarkia: HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) picks up 45 survivors from the British passenger ship Accra that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-34 about 320 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 16°28'W. HMS Clarkia also picks up 32 survivors from the British merchant Vinemoor that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-34 about 320 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°43'N, 16°25'W. The Vinemoor sank the next day in position 55°25'N, 16°05'W.

1941

Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. R.M.T. Peacock, RN) departed Colombo for Singapore.

Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria. En-route she was ordered to a patrol position to the north-west of Benghazi, Libya to intercept an important Italian transport ship.

Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 23th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. For the daily positions of HMS Sturgeon during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Polyarnoe, Russia. She was escorted out by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). As no log is available no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Urge: HMS Urge (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) has to abandon her war patrol as Lt. Tomkinson is very ill. Course is set towards Malta.

1942

Corvette HMCS Dauphin: At 07.57 hours on 26 July 1942 German U-boat U-607 attacked convoy ON-113 about 300 nautical miles east of Cape Race and observed two hits on a freighter and heard one detonation further away. At 08.11 hours the same day German U-boat U-704 attacked the same convoy and saw one detonation. It seems that both U-boats had hit the British merchant Empire Rainbow. The master, 38 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Burnham (A/Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and landed at St. John's, Newfoundland.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) conducted torpedo firing trials in Loch Long with 45 cm torpedoes from the USN.

Submarine USS Cachalot: USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Lewis) ended her 2nd war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

Submarine HMS P 222: HMS P 222 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) intercepts the Vichy French merchant Mitidja (3286 GRT, built 1906) off Cape Palos, Spain. The ship is boarded. Later she was escorted to Gibraltar by HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon DSC, RN). (All times are zone -2) 26 July 1942 1309 hours - Received F.O.C.N.A.'s (Flag Officer Commanding, North Atlantic) signal reporting the position, course and speed of the Mitidja. 1718 hours - In position 36°58'N, 00°31'W sighted topmasts of a Northbound vessel bearing 180 degrees, range 8 nautical miles. Dived to await the Mitidja. 1903 hours - Surfaced 500 yards on the port beam of Mitidja and fired two rounds across her bow. Then closed to 50 yards and ordered her to stop and cease W/T transmissions. As W/T transmissions continued fired another two rounds close over the ship amidships. One round hit the funnel. W/T transmissions then ceased but Radio Oran had received Mitidja's call for assistance. 1928 hours - Sent over the boarding party of one officer and seven ratings. 2000 hours - The boardng party reported that it was not possible to inspect all cargo. Mitidja was then ordered to proceed to Gibraltar but her master refused to obey. The boarding party therefore remained on board to enforce this. 2227 hours - Sent a signal to F.O.C.N.A. to report the situation. 27 July 1942 0053 hours - Received F.O.C.N.A.'s signal ordering the removal of the boarding party so closed to do so. The master of the Mitidja now agreed to steer for Gibraltar when given the choice between this or immediate sinking. Her W/T set had been put out of action by the boarding party. 0304 hours - Received a signal from F.O.C.N.A. not to sink the Mitidja because HMS Wrestler had been sent to escort her to Gibraltar. Wrestler was to arrive around 0930 hours. 0445 hours - Sighted a French destroyer closing. Dived. 0503 hours - The destroyer passed without having sighted the Mitidja so surfaced. 0701 hours - Sighted the destroyer approaching again. Mitidja now made off towards this destroyer at her best speed. 0705 hours - Sent signal reporting the situation to F.O.C.N.A., dived. 0814 hours - Surfaced to shadow the French ships at full speed. 0842 hours - The French ships were now close inshore and could no longer be seen due to fog. 0900 hours - Sighted and spoke HMS Wrestler. 1307 hours - Received signal from F.O.C.N.A.'s ordering Wrestler and P 222 to shadow Mitidja. 1357 hours - - Received signal from F.O.C.N.A.'s ordering P 222 to return to Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Thorn: The small German merchant vessel Ostia (359 GRT, built 1905, former Spanish Nere-a-Metza) reported being missed with two torpedoes close to Bardia. If this is a genuine attack then the culprit must have been HMS Thorn (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, DSO, RN).

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO, RN) departed Port Said for patrol. Almost immediately after departure she is bombed in error by a British Swordfish aircraft. She returned to Port Said and is under repair for about a month due to the damage sustained.

Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) arrived at Portsmouth.

Destroyer HMS Burnham: At 07.57 hours on 26 July 1942 German U-boat U-607 attacked convoy ON-113 about 300 nautical miles east of Cape Race and observed two hits on a freighter and heard one detonation further away. At 08.11 hours the same day German U-boat U-704 attacked the same convoy and saw one detonation. It seems that both U-boats had hit the British merchant Empire Rainbow. The master, 38 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Burnham (A/Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and landed at St. John's, Newfoundland.

1943

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardishaig together with ML's.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).

Submarine USS Snapper: With her overhaul completed USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. Merrill Kinsell Clementson) left Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Guam.

Submarine USS Plunger: USS Plunger (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bass) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

Submarine USS Blackfish: USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. E. Olsen) arrived at New London.

Submarine USS Drum: USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) ended her 6th war patrol at Brisbane.

Submarine USS Gurnard: USS Gurnard (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Andrews) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Scorpion: USS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Wylie) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) was docked at Kames Bay.

Submarine HMS Safari: HMS Safari (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSO, DSC, RN) attacked a 5000 tons merchant vessel with 3 torpedoes off Piombino, Toscane, Italy. All torpedoes missed. This was the Italian Saluzzo (ex-French Tamara, 3747 GRT, built 1936) escorted by the torpedo boats Ardito and Animoso on passage from Naples to La Maddalena. The submarine Ambra had been in company but had left hem 20 minutes before the attack. Shortly afterwards Safari fires three torpedoes at the French (German controlled) tanker Champagne (9946 GRT, built 1938). Again all torpedoes missed their target. She was on passage from Bastia to Leghorn escorted by SG 11. (All times are zone -1) 1815 hours - Sighted a 5000 tons merchant vessel escorted by 3 Climene-class torpedo boats and 1 MA/SB approaching from astern. Enemy course was 270°. Started attack. 1855 hours - In position 42°55'N, 10°25'E fired 3 torpedoes from 750 yards. All missed. Took avoiding action upon firing but there was no counter attack so returned to periscope depth and noticed that the target and one of the torpedo boats had turned 180° and made for Porto Vecchio di Piombino. 2 Torpedo boats were searching in the area. The MA/SB was not sighted. According to Italian sources the torpedo boat Ardito was detached to hunt the submarine but without success. 1910 hours - The first proper all round look revealed the surprising sight of another 5000 tons merchant vessel and an 8000 tons tanker steering 080°. Range was about 4000 yards. Started attack. Both were against the land and difficult to pick out. An aircraft flew overhead. 1918 hours - In position 42°54'N, 10°25'E fired 3 torpedoes from 1500 yards. Again all missed. Took avoiding action upon firing. 1925 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target could no longer be seen but one torpedo boat passed at 2500 yards doing 20 knots on an opposite course. Over a period of 95 seconds it dropped 14 depth charges. Safari meanwhile retired to the North-West. Two torpedo tracks were observed from Champagne and avoided.

Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Stonehenge: HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Upstart: With her repairs completed HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) shifted from Elderslie back to Holy Loch.

Submarine USS S-31: USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 5th offensive war patrol at Noumea.

Submarine USSR L-23: L-23 lays a minefield off Feodosia, Bulgaria.

1944

Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff, RNN) departed Darwin for Fremantle.

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bamborough Castle (T/Lt. M.S. Work, DSC and Bar, RNR).

Submarine USS Angler: The US submarines USS Angler (Lt.Cdr. Franklin Grant Hess), USS Flasher (Cmdr Reuben Thornton Whitaker) and USS Crevalle (Lt.Cdr. Francis David Walker, jr.), attack a convoy in the South China Sea, east of Luzon. Based on the firing sequences of the 3 subs, it is believed Angler scored a torpedo hit on the seaplane carrier Kiyokawa Maru (6863 GRT, offsite link), in position 18°30'N, 117°57'E. The ship made port with moderate damage. The matter is conjectural, since there is no possible way of determining actual hits obtained.

Submarine USS Flasher: While attacking a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, USS Flasher (Cdr. R.T. Whitaker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Otorisan Maru (5280 GRT) in position 17°56'N, 118°07'E, and teams with USS Crevalle to sink the Japanese army cargo ship Tosan Maru (8666 GRT) in position 18°24'N, 118°02'E, the submarine shared this 'kill'. The US submarines USS Angler (Lt.Cdr. F.G. Hess), USS Flasher (Cdr. R.T. Whitaker) and USS Crevalle (Lt.Cdr. F.D. Walker), attack a convoy in the South China Sea, east of Luzon. Based on the firing sequences of the 3 subs, it is believed Angler scored a torpedo hit on the seaplane carrier Kiyokawa Maru (6863 GRT, offsite link) in position 18°30'N, 117°57'E. The ship made port with moderate damage. The matter is conjectural, since there is no possible way of determining actual hits obtained. A mere 10 seconds error in the logbook recordkeeping would necessitate a complete reassessment of the credits.

Submarine USS Sawfish: USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-29 (2198 tons, offsite link) in Balintang Channel, Luzon Strait in position 20°10'N, 121°55'E.

Submarine USS Balao: In the afternoon, USS Balao (Cdr. M.R. de Arellano, USN), picked up a crashed US aviator off Palau.

Submarine USS Crevalle: While attacking a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, USS Flasher (Cmdr Reuben Thornton Whitaker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Otorisan Maru (5280 GRT) in position 17°56'N, 118°07'E, and teams with USS Crevalle to sink the Japanese army cargo ship Tosan Maru (8666 GRT) in position 18°24'N, 118°02'E, both submarines shared the credit for this sinking. The US submarines USS Angler (Lt.Cdr. Franklin Grant Hess), USS Flasher (Cmdr Reuben Thornton Whitaker) and USS Crevalle (Lt.Cdr. Francis David Walker, Jr.), attack a convoy in the South China Sea, east of Luzon. Based on the firing sequences of the 3 subs, it is believed Angler scored a torpedo hit on the seaplane carrier Kiyokawa Maru (6863 GRT, offsite link), in position 18°30'N, 117°57'E. The ship made port with moderate damage.

Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was escorted in by USS PC 1080. She then underwent battle damage repairs at the Pearl Harbour Navy Yard as of July 30th.

Submarine USS Atule: With her torpedo trials completed, USS Atule (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Maurer, USN), arrived at New London, Connecticut to continue her training programme.

Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Sceptre: HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Port HHZ (Loch Cairnbawn). She was escorted by HMS Alecto (A/Capt. (retired) A.L. Sanders, RN).

Submarine HMS Sirdar: In the afternoon, while trying to attack a small convoy of coasters escorted by ML's off Phuket HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) is detected and depth charged. Eight depth charges were dropped, two of which were close. No damage was sustained by HMS Sirdar but the attack was spoiled.

Submarine HMS Strongbow: HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden.

Submarine HMS Spirit: While at Trincomalee HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) had a small fire in No.1 battery.

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) conducted trials off North Berwick. Upon completion of these trials she returned to Leith.

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) was docked at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) conducts attack exercises for the Commanding Officer Qualifying Course with HMS Indefatigable (Capt. Q.D. Graham, CBE, DSO, RN).

Submarine HMS Truculent: HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) is docked at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt. R.F. Park, RN) arrived at Bermuda where she was assigned to training duties.

Submarine HMS Upstart: While trying to attack an enemy tanker near Cape Cepet, HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN), was detected and depth charged by it's escort. The attack had to be broken off. (All times are zone -2) 2005 hours - Sighted a 'Fantasque-class' destroyer. 2010 hours - Sighted a motor vessel of 2500 tons. She was heavily armed. he was soon seen to be an escort vessel. 2012 hours - Sighted a tanker with another escort vessel astern of her. They were following the destroyer and other escort vessel. Stsrted attack on the tanker. Range was now 6000 yards. 2016 hours - The destroyer was seen to come towards. 2019 hours - The destroyer was still coming towards. Went to 50 feet. 2022 hours - The destroyer passed close ahead. Another vessel was approaching from the starboard side. 2023 hours - Returned to periscope depth. One of the escort vessel was rapidly approaching. The tanker could at this moment no longer be attacked. Decided to attack this escort vessel. 2026 hours - About half a minute before firing she went hard to port and now came straight towards. Our periscope must have been sighted. Went deep. On reaching 65 feet the escort vessel went overhead and dropped a pattern of 14 depth charges close astern causing some minor damage. A short hunt followed by two escorts and later one escort. 2041 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The escort we wanted to attack was still searching astern but she soon made off to re-join the convoy.

Submarine HMS Virtue: HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) fires four torpedoes at the German sailing vessel Doxa (504 GRT) off Suda Bay, Crete. All torpedoes missed their target.

Submarine USSR ShCh-209: At 0650 hours ShCh-209 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a sailing vessel west-north-west of the Bosporus in position 41°35'N, 28°33'E. Both torpedoes missed their target. Immediately after this attack ShCh-209 attacked and damaged a sailing vessel with gunfire.

Frigate HMS Cooke: German U-boat U-214 was sunk in the English Channel south of Start Point, in position 49°58'N, 03°30'W by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR).

Submarine USS Plaice: USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

1945

Heavy cruiser HMS Sussex: Her Task Force was attacked by 2 "Val" suicides (Mitsubishi type 99 dive-bombers): one was shot down by escort carrier Ameer and the second by Sussex. However, this latter one bounced on the surface of the sea and impacted the cruiser's hull above the waterline, causing a 2? metre dent. Later in the same day Sussex downed another aircraft.

Destroyer USS Hyman: USS Hyman had her repairs at Mare Island Navy Yard completed.

Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted exercises off Dundee.

Submarine USS Barb: USS Barb (Cdr. E.B. Fluckey) shells a Japanese shipyard and destroys 35 Japanese sampans under construction of the East coast of Hokkaido in position 44°20'N, 146°01'E. Later she also sank a Japanese trawler with gunfire in position 44°21'N, 145°52'E.

Submarine USS Cod: USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank 2 Japanese sampans with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°32'N, 103°33'E.

Submarine USS Ling: USS Ling (Cdr. G.G. Molumphy, USN) departed the the Portsmouth Navy Yard and arrived at the Boston Navy Yard.

Submarine USS Charr: USS Charr (Cdr. F.D. Boyle) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

Submarine USS Bugara: While on her 3rd war patrol and operating along the Malay coast USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade) sank five small Japanese vessels with gunfire. One in position 06°51'N, 102°08'E, one in position 06°52'N, 01°42'E, one in position 06°19'N, 102°17'E, one in position 06°19'N, 102°24'E and finally one in position 06°14'N, 102°20'E.

Submarine USS Lamprey: USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) departed from Subic Bay for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

Submarine USS Pomfret: USS Pomfret (Cdr. J.B. Hess) sank two small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 33°47'N, 126°50'E.

Submarine USS Ronquil: USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Submarine USS Sea Poacher: While on her 4th war patrol USS Sea Poacher (Lt.Cdr C.F. Leigh) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the Tsugaru Strait, Japan in position 42°06'N, 142°50'E.

Submarine USS Springer: USS Springer (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Bauer) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam.

Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) sank a sailing vessel with demolition charges in the Strait of Malacca, near Cape Rachado, Malaya. (All times are zone -6.5) 2300 hours - Sighted a dark object on the Starboard bow which soon was seen to be a junk. The boarding party was sent over. The crew of 6 Chinese then was put on board Seadog before the junk, which had a cargo of food for the Japanese army on board, was sunk with 2 demolition charges.

Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) arrived at Brunei Bay. There she takes midget submarine XE 1 in tow and departed for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East and 4th in the South-West Pacific area). She is to tow XE 1 to Singapore where the midget submarine was to attack the Japanese heavy cruiser Myoko (offsite link). This was part of 'Operation Struggle' (offsite link). For the daily positions of HMS Spark during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Spark 6th war patrol in a larger map

Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) arrived at Brunei Bay. There she takes midget submarine XE 1 in tow and departed for her 8th war patrol (7th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area). She is to tow XE 3 to Singapore where the midget submarine was to attack the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao (offsite link). This was part of 'Operation Struggle' (offsite link). For the daily positions of HMS Stygian during this patrol see the map below. HMS Stygian 8th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Saga: HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch to continue her work-up program. When the war with Japan ended she was still working-up.

Submarine HMS Spearhead: HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) arrived at Brunei Bay.

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Brunsbüttel for Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) is put back in the water. At the end of the war with Japan Taurus was still at Fremantle.

Submarine HMS Totem: HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Fremantle.

Submarine HMS Talent (iii): HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. R.P. Fitzgerald, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Portsmputh.

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