Allied Warships

HNMS K XIV (N 22)

Submarine of the K XIV class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassK XIV 
PennantN 22 
Built byRotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, (Rotterdam , Holland) 
Ordered30 May 1929 
Laid down31 May 1930 
Launched11 Jul 1931 
Commissioned6 Jul 1933 
End service23 Apr 1946 
History

Decommissioned on 23 April 1946.

For the complete service history of this ship see this website (offsite link).

 

Commands listed for HNMS K XIV (N 22)

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Frederik Johan Adolf Knoops, RNN2 Sep 193913 Dec 1939
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Andréa Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN16 Dec 19392 Jan 1940

3luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Andréa Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN11 May 194015 Dec 1941
4luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Carel Adrianus Johannes van Well Groeneveld, DSO, RNN15 Dec 19414 Jan 1942
5luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Theodoor Brunsting, RNN4 Jan 194212 Feb 1942
6luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Andréa Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN12 Feb 19421 Apr 1942
7luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Johan Hendrik Geijs, RNN1 Apr 194220 Jul 1943
8luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Jacob Frans Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN20 Jul 194316 Dec 1944
9luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Jan Smith, RNN(R)16 Dec 194428 Feb 1946

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Noteable events involving K XIV include:


18 Nov 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) departed Surabaya for Tarakan together with HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN) (this is the 3rd Dutch submarine division). They arrived in the Tarakan area on 22 November 1941.

8 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and the other submarines of the 3rd Dutch submarine division HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN)) patrolled in the Northern entrance to the Makassar Strait.

K XIV was however ordered to patrol off Manado, Celebes. This patrol now had become HrMs K XIV's 1st war patrol.

9 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) arrived at Manado but nothing was sighted.

11 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and the other submarines of the 3rd Dutch submarine division HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN)) are ordered to proceed towards the Java Sea. This was later changed to the South China Sea.

13 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and the other submarines of the 3rd Dutch submarine division HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN)) are ordered to return to Surabaya first for fuel and supplies (and small repairs if needed).

15 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) ended her 1st war patrol at Surabaya. The Commanding Officer was sick and was replaced by Lt.Cdr. C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld, RNN as his own boat was still refitting. Also fuel and provisions were taken on board and small defects were made good.

She departed Surabaya later the same day for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

23 Dec 1941
In the morning a Dutch scout plane had spotted a Japanese convoy about 150 nautical miles to the North of Kuching, Borneo. HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld, RNN) was then guided to this convoy by the aircraft.

In the evening K XIV attacked the transport ships, that were now at anchor off Kuching, in multiple attacks expending all her torpedoes and torpedo reloads. Four ships were hit Hiyoshi Maru (4943 GRT, built 1941), Katori Maru (10513 GRT, built 1913), Hokkai Maru (8416 GRT, built 1933), Tonan Maru No.3 (19210 GRT, built 1938). The last ship was damaged. The other three were sunk (although Hokkai Maru was salvaged in September 1942 and repaired). A torpedo had also been fired against a destroyer but this missed its target. During the attack a destroyer dropped two depth charges near to K XIV but she was not damaged.

Out of torpedoes K XIV then set course to return to Singapore.

27 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld, RNN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Surabaya. It seems likely that K XIV was docked at Surabaya for repairs as she had touched ground during the attacks on the Japanese convoy on the 23th.

6 Jan 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt. T. Brunsting, RNN) departed Surabaya for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Western part of the Java Sea.

20 Nov 1942
While en route to the USA to be refitted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Geijs) attacked German U-boat U-552 south of the Cape Verde Islands in position 13°05'N, 25°50'W.
At a distance of around 900 meters K XIV launched four torpedo?s. The old torpedo?s from the Netherlands East Indies ran close to the surface and were detected by the Germans an missed their target as the U-boat turned away.

20 Jun 1944
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese minelayer Tsugaru (4400 tons, offsite link) off Sanana, Soela islands in position 01°00'S, 130°35'E.

23 Jun 1944
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) sank a Japanese landing craft with gunfire off Ceram.

10 May 1945
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J. Smith) sank a small vessel with gunfire in the Java Sea.

9 Jun 1945
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J. Smith) sank two small vessels with gunfire in the Java Sea


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