Allied Warships

HNMS O 19 (N 54)

Submarine of the O 19 class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassO 19 
PennantN 54 
Built byWilton-Feijenoord (Schiedam, Holland) 
Ordered 
Laid down15 Jun 1936 
Launched22 Sep 1938 
Commissioned3 Jul 1939 
Lost10 Jul 1945 
Loss position8° 40'N, 111° 40'E
History

On 8 July 1945 HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) is stranded on the Ladd reef in the South China Sea in position 08º40'N, 111º40'E. After attempts by the U.S. submarine USS Cod failed O 19's crew was taken aboard the Cod on the 10th and the unfortunate Dutch submarine was scuttled.

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

 
Former nameK XIX

Commands listed for HNMS O 19 (N 54)

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Karel van Dongen, RNN3 Jul 193931 May 1941
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Frederik Johan Adolf Knoops, RNN31 May 194128 Dec 1941
3luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Hendrik Florentijn Bach Kolling, RNN(R)28 Dec 19414 Oct 1943
4luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Armand van Karnebeek, RNN4 Oct 194316 Dec 1944
5luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Jacob Frans Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN16 Dec 194410 Jul 1945

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Noteable events involving O 19 include:


4 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire of the west coast of Sumatra.

6 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek) sank a coaster with gunfire about 12 nautical miles southeast of Ipuh, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°09'S, 101°20'E.

10 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek) sank the Japanese merchant Korei Maru (599 GRT) with gunfire of the west coast of Sumatra some 70 nautical miles south-west of Enggano Island in position 05°59'S, 101°12'E.

16 Nov 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek) sank the Japanese coaster Kaishin Maru No.2 with gunfire in the Java Sea.

3 Jan 1945
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) lays 40 mines in the Bay of Bantam, east of Bawean Island in position 05°50'S, 106°16'E.

9 Jan 1945
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Shinko Maru No.1 (935 GRT) off Tandjung Puting, Borneo in position 03°41'S, 111°57'E. The O 19 however is heavily damaged by depth charges and forced to abandon her patrol.

10 Apr 1945
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Hosei Maru (676 GRT, former Dutch Poseidon) in the Java Sea in position 05°30'S, 106°40'E.

13 Apr 1945
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) lays 40 mines in the Bangka Strait in position 01°56'S, 105°04'E.

22 Apr 1945
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff) attacked the Japanese heavy cruiser Ashigara with a spread of four torpedoes about 30 nautical miles north of Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies in position 05°37'S, 106°55'E. Unfortunately all torpedoes miss their target although Ashigara was dry-docked at Singapore after this attack with her sonar dome missing.


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