Allied Warships

HMS Una (N 87)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantN 87 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down7 May 1940 
Launched10 Jun 1941 
Commissioned27 Sep 1941 
End service1 Dec 1945 
History

Used for A/S training after refitting in the U.K. from April to August 1943. Decommissioned and placed in reserve on 1 December 1945. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 11 April 1949 and scrapped at Llanelly.

 

Commands listed for HMS Una (N 87)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Desmond Samuel Royce Martin, RN7 Jul 194116 Feb 1942
2Lt. Compton Patrick Norman, RN16 Feb 1942Nov 1942
3Lt. John Dennis Martin, RNNov 194229 Apr 1943
4Lt. Thomas William Lancaster, RN29 Apr 194325 Jul 1943
5Lt. William Gordon Meeke, DSC, RN25 Jul 1943Oct 1943
6T/Lt. Paul Stamford Thirsk, RNROct 194315 Feb 1944
7Lt. Charles Alexander Jacomb Nicoll, RN15 Feb 194420 Jun 1944
8Lt. Arthur George Chandler, RNR20 Jun 194416 Aug 1944
9Lt. Francis Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, RN16 Aug 19449 Mar 1945
10T/Lt. Waldron Murrell Bennett, RNVR9 Mar 19454 May 1945
11Lt. Allan Miles Brittain Buxton, RN4 May 19451 Dec 1945

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The history of HMS Una as compiled on this page is extracted from this submarine's patrol reports and logbooks. Corrections and details regarding information from the enemy's side (for instance the composition of convoys attacked) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in February 2013.

8 Oct 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed her builders yard at Chatham for Sheerness where she arrived later the same day. (1)

9 Oct 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted trials of Sheerness. (1)

10 Oct 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Sheerness for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cottesmore (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN) towards Dungeness.

From Dungeness she proceeded unescorted to Lizard Head where she joined HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) for onward passage to Holy Loch. (1)

15 Oct 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (1)

3 Nov 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

7 Nov 1941
In the evening, a signal from Flag Officer (S) (1339A/7) was received indicating the presence of a U-boat and HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) steered to intercept in 47°10'N, 06°00'W. Nothing was seen. (2)

10 Nov 1941
At 0001 hours HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) proceeded to intercept in 45°45'N 04°23'W a U-boat reported by Flag Officer(S) 1711A . The area was reached at 0610 hours but again nothing was seen. (2)

18 Nov 1941
At 0740 hours HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) made rendez-vous off Trevose Head with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (2)

19 Nov 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rothesay. (2)

5 Dec 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay and to proceed to Gibraltar upon completion of the patrol to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla at Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

15 Dec 1941
At 1111 hrs, a torpedo track was seen in position 42°55'N, 10°31'W but this attack was apparently bogus. However following a B-Dienst intercept of 10 December that the submarine HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was to pass through German naval grid BF 7795 (or 43°03'N, 10°30'W, which was remarkably close to the 'attack'), Admiral Doenitz ordered U-105 and U-332 to intercept but they did not observe any submarine and did not carry out any attack. (3)

19 Dec 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Gibraltar. (3)

26 Dec 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this passage see the map below.


HMS Una passage Gibraltar - Malta click here for bigger map (4)

3 Jan 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) arrived at Malta. (4)

11 Jan 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Hammamet.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

13 Jan 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) was ordered to leave her patrol area and to proceed to a new patrol area in the Gulf of Taranto to provide cover for two convoy's from Alexandria to Malta. At 1330 hours, she was informed of a convoy of six merchant vessels and three destroyers off Kurka Bank and proceed to intercept but nothing was seen. (5)

20 Jan 1942
From 1400 hours, in position 39°27'N, 17°22'E, HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) stalked an A/S schooner for two and a half hours before giving up any attempt for an attack. (5)

23 Jan 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

9 Feb 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

No log is available for this period and also the patrol report does not mention daily positions so no map can be displayed. (5)

12 Feb 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Lucania (8106 GRT, built 1902) about 20 nautical miles north-east of Crotone, Calabria, Italy in position 39°20'N, 17°25'E.

This was most regrettable as Lucania had obtained a safe conduct from the British government as she was carrying Italian nationals from Eritrea and should not have been molested. The Italians were understandably quite angry and initiated an intense A/S search which resulted in the sinking of HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN). At the time Lt. Martin had developed pneumonia and had a 104°F (40° C) temperature and did not realise the mistake he had made.

(All times are zone -2)
1440 hours - Sighted a large Southbound tanker in ballast. Started attack.

1513 hours - In position 39°20'N, 17°25'E fired three torpedoes from 2000 yards and obtained one hit. The tanker was seen to catch fire and was abandoned by the crew. (5)

13 Feb 1942
Lt. Martin developed an ever higher temperature and the patrol had to be abandoned and course was set towards Malta. (5)

16 Feb 1942
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

16 Feb 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) had barely been in harbour for a few hours when she sailed again from Malta for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to form a patrol line with HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) and HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) in the eastern approaches of Tripoli, to intercept an important convoy.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 5th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

23 Feb 1942
While searching for a convoy, depth charges were dropped near HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) between 1000-1130 hours. In all about 70 were dropped with a range verying between 200 yards and 3 nautical miles. No damage was caused except for a few broken lights. (5)

25 Feb 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

5 Mar 1942
While at Malta HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) was straddled by two bombs. No damage was caused. (6)

7 Mar 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Kerkenah, Tunisia.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

10 Mar 1942
While attempting to attack an escorted merchant ship HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) is detected and depth charged by one of the escorts.

(All times are zone -2)
1140 hours - Near position 35°24'N, 11°39'E sighted a medium seized merchant vessel bearing 225°. Range was 5000 yards. Enemy course 005°. Started attack.

1145 hours - The target was seen to be escorted by two destroyers and two armed trawlers. Also 2 aircraft were overhead.

1152 hours - The target zigged towards placing Una in a very favourable attack position.

1154 hours - The target was seen to turn away and one of the trawlers was seen to hoist a red flag and turned towards.

1155 hours - The trawler was still aproaching and Lt. Norman was forced to break off the attack as Una had been detected. Una now went deep.

1159 hours - The counter attack started.

1233 hours - Between 1159 and 1233 hours 16 depth charges were dropped but none were close. Una meanwhile withdraw to the South. (5)

13 Mar 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) sank the Italian fishing vessel Maria Immacolata (248 GRT) with gunfire 7.8 nautical miles bearing 135° off Mahedia, Tunisia. A second schooner, Maria Camali, was in company at a distance but was not seen by the submarine.

(All times are zone -2)
1140 hours - Sighted a 3-masts schooner bearing 040°, range 6000 yards, enemy course 130°.

1145 hours - Gave chase to this schooner.

1218 hours - Surfaced in position 35°26'N, 11°11'E, 60° on the Port bow of the schooner at a range of 600 yards. Engaged with the gun but it misfired.

1222 hours - The schooner turned away towards the coast. Gave chase and engaged it with the Lewis gun.

1223 hours - The crew of the schooner abandoned ship after firing one round with a rifle. The defect on the 12pdr. gun was made good and fire was opened from 80 yards.

1243 hours - The schooner sank in position 135°, Mahedia Light, 7.8 nautical miles. Closed the survivors in their boat. They were not picked up and ordered to make for the coast 8 nautical miles away.

1255 hours - Dived and withdrew to the East. During the action 30 round were fired with the 12pdr. gun and 500 with the Lewis gun. (5)

14 Mar 1942
At 1223 hours, in 35°29'N, 12°15'E (off Lampedusa), HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) fired three torpedoes from a distance 5-6000 yds at a merchant vessel of 4000 tons escorted by a destroyer. This was the German merchant Trapani (1855 GRT, built 1926) escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Cantore on passage from Tripoli to Trapani. The transport sighted four torpedo tracks (only three had been fired) and took evasive action while a Savoia 79 bomber dropped a green smoke float to mark the position of the submarine. Cantore rushed to the position and dropped ten depth, the first two set at 25 meters and the remainder at 50 meters charges (in Una only eight explosions were heard so probably two failed to explode). By precaution, Trapani was directed to Pantelleria before resuming her passage. (5)

21 Mar 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

31 Mar 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol South of the Strait of Messina.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 7th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

5 Apr 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Ninetto G. (5355 GRT, built 1913) about 12 nautical miles south of Capo dell'Armi in position 37°45'N, 15°41'E.

(All imes are zone -1)
1140 hours - Sighed smoke bearing 040°.

1155 hours - Sighted two merchant ships in single line ahead. Started attack.

1210 hours- Sighted that the merchant vessels were escorted by two yachts.

1254 hours - In position 37°45'N, 15°41'E fired four torpedoes at the 2nd ship of the line from 3000 yards. This ship was thought o be a merchant ship of 7000-8000 tons. Two hits were obtained.

1304 hours - The ship was heard to sink.

1315 hours - The counter attack started. Una meanwhile withdrew to the Souh-East.

1318 hours - A depth charge exploded quite close causing some minor damage.

1330 hours - The counter attack ended. In all 14 depth charges were dropped.

According to Italian sources the above mentioned Ninetto G. was in convoy together with the Italian merchant Veloce (5437 GRT, built 1911). They were proceeding from Taranto to Messina escorted by auxiliary Morosini and the auxiliary submarine chaser Ciprus.

The torpedo boat Orsa equipped with S-Gerät (sonar) was ordered to the scene and hunted the submarine in the evening, dropping two pattern of nine depth charges, followed by two more. A large oil slick was observed and the submarine was believed destroyed. Orsa remained on the scene until the next afternoon when she dropped two more depth charges before leaving the scene on the morning of the 7th as she was relieved by the torpedo boat Circe. (5)

7 Apr 1942
At 1955 hours, HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) was off Cape Spartivento when a merchant ship escorted by a destroyer were sighted at a distance of 4-5 nautical miles. She could not close to less than 3 miles and had to abandon the attack. (5)

12 Apr 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

18 Apr 1942
While laying on he bottom of the harbour at Malta HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) is near missed by a bomb causing many minor defects, most could by repaired quickly. (7)

19 Apr 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the East coast of Tunisia and west of Tripoli. The patrol was uneventful.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 8th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

30 Apr 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

4 May 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria.

Due to the heavy bombing of Malta the 10th Submarine Fotilla was evacuated from Malta to Alexandria. Una carried 14 passengers and stores.

No log is available so no map can be displayed. (8)

13 May 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) arrived at Alexandria.

It is likely that during May 1942 Una was docked but no log of this month is available so we can not be sure. (8)

6 Jun 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Alexandria for her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to give cover during convoy operations to Malta and took position in 35°37'N, 18°44'E, the southernmost point of a patrol line (bearing 050° at 12 miles intervals) with HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN), HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) and HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) (cover of Operation VIGOROUS). The patrol was uneventful.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 9th war patrol click here for bigger map (8)

28 Jun 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (8)

29 Jun 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. (9)

30 Jun 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) arrived at Port Said. (9)

3 Jul 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) was docked at Port Said. (10)

5 Jul 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) was undocked. (10)

8 Jul 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Port Said for Haifa. (10)

10 Jul 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) arrived at Haifa. (10)

21 Jul 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) departed Haifa for her 10th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to proceed to Malta and to patrol North of Crete en-route.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (10)

2 Aug 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (11)

9 Aug 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to carry out a special operation and to patrol East of Sicily.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 11th war patrol click here for bigger map (8)

11 Aug 1942
During the night of 11/12 August 1942 HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) carried out special operation 'Why Not'. A group of 6 men were landed near Catania, Sicily, Italy to attack the local airfield. It was intended to land 9 men but one of the Folbots used in the landing was damaged by the heavy swell and three men returned to Una.

Una waited for the landing party to return but they failed to show up. (8)

19 Aug 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

30 Aug 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol West of Crete.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 12th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

10 Sep 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) fired torpedoes against the Italian armed merchant cruiser Brioni (1987 GRT, built 1931) about 10 nautical miles west of Paleochora, Crete, Greece in position 35°12'N, 23°29'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target despite the British claim to have sunk the vessel.

(All times are zone -2)
1055 hours - Sighed a 4000 tons motor vessel escorted by a destroyer and an aircraft. Enemy course was 340°, speed 8 knots, range approximately 3000 yards. The target was difficult to see due to the heavy sea and spray. Started attack.

1106 hours - In position 35°12'N, 23°29'E fired four torpedoes from 1600 yards.

1107 hours - Heard one explosion thought to be a hit on the target. HE of the target ceased. The destroyer was heard starting and stopping for the next 30 minutes but did not drop any depth charges.

1145 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

According to Italian sources the above mentioned Brioni was en route from Tobruk to Brindisi. She was escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Calliope. Two torpedo tracks were observed by an escorting aircraft but Brioni and Calliope did not see anything and we must assume the torpedoes were quite wide of the mark. (2)

14 Sep 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (2)

25 Sep 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol East of Tunisia.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 13th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

3 Oct 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) fired two torpedoes against the small Italian merchant vessel Doris Ursino (890 GRT, built 1886) inside Lampedusa harbour. The torpedoes however hit the rocks.

(All times are zone -2)
1700 hours - Una was now four nautical miles South-West of Lampedusa harbour. Masts and funnels were sighted inside the harbour. Closed to investigate.

1720 hours - The harbour was seen to contain the following:
- 1 800 to 1000 tons motor vessel,
- 2 small tugs,
- 1 probable Motor torpedo boat,
- Several schooners.

1745 hours - Fired one torpedo at the merchant vessel from 2200 yards. No explosion followed. It appeared the torpedo had failed to run.

1749 hours - Fired another torpedo from 1800 yards. This torpedo was heard to run.

1750 hours - 500 yards to the right of the harbour entrance the torpedo hit the rocks. This torpedo had failed to run straight. Una now retired to the South-East.

1800 hours - Small calibre shells from shore batteries were heard to hit the water.

1820 hours - High speed HE was heard astern. Shut off for a depth charge attack.

1845 hours - One depth charge was heard to explode.

1910 hours - Two depth charges were heard to explode.

1940 hours - All HE faded.

According to Italian sources four Italian MAS boats came out to hunt the submarine (MAS 533, 557, 560 and 564). MAS 557 and 564 dropped 12 depth charges and claimed to have sunk the submarine (which was incorrect) seven miles south of Lampedusa. Note that a few Italian documents refer to MAS 537 instead of MAS 557 but they are in error. (2)

4 Oct 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (2)

12 Oct 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol East of Sicily / South of Calabria and to carry out a special operation.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 14th war patrol click here for bigger map (12)

14 Oct 1942
During the evening of 14 October 1942 HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) carried out special operation 'Wash Leather'. A party was landed near Stazzo, Sicily. (12)

18 Oct 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) while trying to attack the Italian tanker Panuco (7750 GRT, built 1941) off Cape Spartivento, Italy Una is detected and depth charged by the escort. The attack had to be abandoned. No damage was inflicted to Una by the depth charges.

(All times are zone -1)
1250 hours - Near position 38°26'N, 16°41'E sighted smoke bearing 220°. Started attack.

1330 hours - Identified the convoy as a tanker of 10000 tons escorted by three destroyers. Enemy course was 040°. Una was in an excellent position to attack.

1356 hours - About 5 minutes before firing Una was detected by the enemy and forced to go deep and break off the attack. She was hunted by the destroyers.

1433 hours - A destroyer astern was in contact and came in to attack.

1435 hours - The destroyer went overhead and dropped a pattern of three depth charges very close. No damage was caused.

1440 hours - All three destroyers were still hunting. Abandoned the attack and withdrew to the South-East.

1520 hours - By now the enemy had lost contact. Two of the destroyers left to rejoin the tanker. The thrid remained in the vicinity for another 45 minutes before making off to the East. (12)

23 Oct 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (12)

3 Nov 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol South of the Messina Strait.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 15th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

10 Nov 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) fired four torpedoes at an enemy force of three light cruisers escorted by six destroyers. No hits were obtained.

Later the same day Una attacked but missed an Italian submarine with one torpedo.

(All times are zone -1)
0610 hours - In position 37°11'N, 15°30'E sighted the enemy cruiser force Una was informed about by signal. They were sighted at bearing 100° at a distance of 5 nautical miles. Enemy speed was very high, 25 knots. The cruiser force consisted of three light cruisers escorted by six destroyers, three one each wing. Started attack.

0618 hours - The rear ship of the line was now chosen as targe as Una had not been able to turn quickly enough to attack the two first cruisers.

0625 hours - Fired a salvo of four torpedoes at a range of 4000 yards.

0633 hours - Heard two torpedo explosions which might have been hits a 8000 to 10000 yards. Una meanwhile withdrew at 80 feet to the East-North-East.

The enemy force was made up of the light cruisers Giuseppe Garibaldi, Luigi di Savoia Duca Delgi Abruzzi and Duca d'Aosta. They were escorted by the destroyers Alpino, Bersagliere, Camicia Nera, Fuciliere, Granatiere and . This force was on the way from Navarino, Greece to Augusta, Sicily, Italy.

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1202 hours - Heard HE bearing 110°.

1203 hours - Sighted the conning tower of a submarine. Torpedo reload had not been carried out so now one tube was reloaded in 7.5 minutes.

1221 hours - In position 37°25'N, 15°35'E fired one torpedo that at first ran straight for the enemy but then diverged slightly passing up her Starboard side. It appears the attack was not noticed by the enemy.

Accoding to Italian sources the submarine was the Italian Volframio (T.V. Giovanni Manunta) who reported the torpedo missing her by 50 metres and fired three rounds in the direction of Una. (2)

13 Nov 1942
HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (2)

20 Nov 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Malta for her 16th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Tunis.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 16th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

27 Nov 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) attacked an enemy convoy with three torpedoes north of the Gulf of Tunis in position 37°34'N, 10°33'E. All torpedoes missed their intended target despite the cliam for a hit.

Later on the same day Una made another attack on a single escorted merchant vessel. Four torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0004 hours - Sighted two merchant vessels and one destroyer bearing 235°. Altered course to close.

0006 hours - Dived, the enemy meanwhile changed course to 185°. Stared attack.

0047 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 1500 yards. 50 Seconds after firing a very loud explosion was heard which broke numerous glass fittings in Una. As this gave a running range of 1200 yards it is thought that this was a torpedo hitting the target. The intended fouth torpedo of the salvo was now not fired. Evasive action was taken but Una was not counter attacked.

The convoy attacked by Una was most likely made up of the Italian merchants Honestas (4932 GRT, built 1920), Sant'Antioco (4994 GRT, built 1919) and the German barge FP 477. They were escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Procione, Ciclone and Ardente. They heard two underwater explosions.

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1128 hours - Observed three destroyers circling about three nautical miles to the North.

1132 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of 3000 to 4000 tons steering about 240°. Una was right ahead at a range of about 8000 yards. It was assumed that Una was at the place of a rendez-vous. Started attack.

1226 hours - Near position in position 37°34'N, 10°47'E fired four torpedoes from 1200 yards. Una went deep upon firing. No sounds of a hit were heard.

1236 hours - Retured to periscope depth. The target was seen to proceed to the South-West with one of the destroyers. The other two destroyers were proceeding to the North.

According to Italian sources these were the transports Monginevro (5324 GRT, built 1940), and Sestriere (7992 GRT, built 1942) escorted by destroyers Maestrale, Grecale, Ascari and Camicia Nera proceeding to Bizerta. (2)

28 Nov 1942
While on passage back from her patrol area to Malta and South of Sicily, at 2213 hours (zone -1) HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) was attacked by enemy Motor torpedo boats. Two torpedoes were evaded, one of which should otherwise have been a certain hit. (2)

1 Dec 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta where she was immediately docked. (2)

10 Dec 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) was undocked. (13)

12 Dec 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Malta for her 17th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Tunisia.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 17th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

20 Dec 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) made a torpedo attack on a small merchant vessel near Kuriat, Tunisia. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0913 hours - While patrolling South-East of Kuriat sighted a Southbound merchant ship of about 2000 tons. She was escored by two aircraft. Started attack.

0938 hours - Near position 35°38'N, 11°13'E fired four torpedoes from 2800 yards. No explosions followed however. This was the German Dora (584 GRT, built 1898) on passage from Sousse to Tripoli. (2)

24 Dec 1942
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) ended her 17th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (2)

4 Jan 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Malta for her 18th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol North of Sicily.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 18th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

10 Jan 1943
At 1705 hours, west of Cape Gallo, HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) was detected by the Italian torpedo boat Pallade escorting the Italian tanker Saturno (5029 GRT, built 1914) with the torpedo boat Sirio and the corvettes Antilope, Artemide and Gabbiano. Pallade carried out a depth charge attack which was reported by the submarine as 'fairly close' but did not detect the convoy. (2)

19 Jan 1943
While on the return passage to Malta after a blank patrol, HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) at 1841 hours (zone -1) surfaced and bombarded a shed at Linosa Island. 20 Rounds were fired and the shed was destroyed. Una was taken under fire by four machine guns but was not hit. (2)

20 Jan 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) ended her 18th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (2)

30 Jan 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Malta for her 19th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Hammamet, Tunisia.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 19th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

1 Feb 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) damaged two Italian schooners with gunfire in the Gulf of Hammamet, Tunisia in position 36°26'N, 10°43'E. Una had to break of the attack due to gunfire from shore batteries

(All times are zone -1)
1210 hours - Surfaced and gunned two 250 tons 2-masted Italian motor schooners anchored off Nabeul jetty. Opening range was 1500 yards bu this was closed to 500 yards. 40 Rounds were fired with the 12-pdr. gun. Two hits were obtained on one schooner and at least 6 on the other. Una was under fire from shore during the whole action. At first this fire from the shore was inaccurate but when an anti-tank gun joined in Una was soon hit twice and one of the gun crew was injured by splinters. When Una dived she grounded at 10 feet and it was necessary to surface and run to seaward for about 10 minutes. During this time she sustained two more hits.

According to Italian sources the two schooners were L’Angelo Raffaele (74 GRT) and Nicolo’ Lo Porto (71 GRT). (2)

2 Feb 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) is recalled to Malta to land the injured crew member. (2)

3 Feb 1943
At 1115 hours HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) arrived at Malta to land the injured crew member and to effect small repairs.

At 1600 hours Una departed Malta to resume her patrol. She was now ordered to patrol South of the Strait of Messina and off the East coast of Calabria.

10 Feb 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Cosala (4294 GRT, former Yugoslavian Serafin Topic, built 1913) near position 38°30'N, 16°40'E.

The damaged Italian ship is grounded, declared a total loss and sank during a storm.

(All times are zone -1)
1455 hours - Sighted a Northbound unladen 4000 tons merchant vessel escorted by one aircraft. Started attack.

1551 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1000 yards. One hit was obtained after just over a minute.

1556 hours - Sighted the target down by the stern. Una meanwhile withdrew to seaward to reload the torpedo tubes. (2)

15 Feb 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) torpedoed and sank the (already damaged and grounded) Italian merchant Petrarca (3329 GRT, built 1910) about 10 nautical miles north of Crotone, Calabria, Italy in position 39°16'N, 17°08'E.

(All times are zone -1)
0545 hours - Dived in position 39°03'N, 17°19'E and started to close the beached vessel. The area was patrolled by an aircraft, an A/S schooner, an A/S brigantine and an armed yacht. Salvage operations were seen to be in progress. As the sea was flat calm Una was very visible from the air a periscope depth. It was decided to wait to attack after sunset.

1700 hours - Closed the target while dived.

1704 hours - Fired three torpedoes from about 3000 yards. The torpedoes were seen to run straight to the target but the result could not be seen as depth control was lost soon afterwards. A hit was heard given a running range of 2700 yards. (2)

19 Feb 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) ended her 19th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (2)

1 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) depared Malta for the U.K. where she was to refit.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this passage see the map below.


HMS Una passage Malta - Gibraltar click here for bigger map (2)

10 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (2)

13 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) depared Gibraltar for Holy Loch.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this passage see the map below.


HMS Una passage Gibraltar - Holy Loch click here for bigger map (2)

26 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (2)

28 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) until 0915/30 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (2)

31 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) arrived at Blyth to refit. (2)

5 Aug 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) ended her refit at Blyth. (14)

11 Aug 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN), HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) and HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS ML 300 (T/Lt. F.C.R. Piesse, RNVR) until Dundee where HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (14)

14 Aug 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. Una was to be used for training from now on. (14)

18 Aug 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Fishguard. She made the passage in company with HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) that was on passage to West Africa. The submarines were escorted by HMS Blade (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). (14)

19 Aug 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) arrived at Fishguard where she was to participate in exercises with aircraft. (14)

10 Sep 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) shifted from Fishguard to Milford Haven. (15)

14 Sep 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) shifted from Milford Haven to Fishguard. (15)

6 Oct 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) departed Fishguard for Rothesay escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (16)

7 Oct 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (16)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Heysham. (16)

19 Oct 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Heysham for a period of training and exercises with FAA aircraft in the Irish Sea. (16)

28 Oct 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) returned to Rothesay. (16)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Heysham. She was escorted by HMS Ambuscade (Lt. H. Hutchinson, RN). (17)

21 Nov 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Heysham for a period of training and exercises with FAA aircraft in the Irish Sea. (17)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Heysham for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Brighton (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.H. Foulds, DSC, RNVR). (18)

1 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. (18)

4 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) was docked at Kames Bay. (18)

6 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) was undocked and returned to Rothesay. (18)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown to participate in A/S exercises. (18)

19 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) returned to Rothesay. (18)

20 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. (18)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Stornoway to participate in A/S exercises. (18)

17 Feb 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Stornoway for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). The next day, off Tobermory, they were joined by HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) and later that day, off Magilligan Point, they were joined by HMS H 43 (T/Lt. G.L. Davies, RNVR). (19)

19 Feb 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. (19)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbelown to participate in A/S exercises from that port. (19)

9 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) shifted from Campbelown to Ardrishaig to participate in A/S exercises with Motor Launches out off that small port. (20)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) shifted from Ardrishaig to Rothesay. (20)

12 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbelown to participate in A/S exercises from that port. (20)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) is recalled from Campbeltown to Rothesay to take on board fuel and provisions as she is sent on patrol off Norway as the British think that the German batleship Tirpitz is going to leave Northern Norway for repairs in Germany.

Una depared for Lerwick at 0830 hours togeher with HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). At 1300 hours, off Sanda Island, they were joined by their escort, the corvette HMCS Camrose (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.R. Pavillard, RCNR). (2)

18 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) arrived at Lerwick for fuel, after a few hours in port she departed for 20th her war patrol. Patrol area was the South-West coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Una during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Una 20th war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

21 Mar 1944
As it has become clear that the German battleship Tirpitz is not on the move back to Germany, HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) is recalled from patrol. (2)

23 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) departed Lerwick for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN), HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by the British minesweepers HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (2)

27 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (2)

10 Apr 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) was docked at Rothesay. (21)

26 Apr 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) was undocked. (21)

2 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) depared Rothesay for Tobermory. (22)

3 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) arrived at Tobermory to participate in A/S exercises. (22)

4 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR). (22)

5 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR), HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR), HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (22)

6 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (22)

7 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (22)

10 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR), HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HNoMS Tunsberg Castle and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (22)

11 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR), HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HNoMS Tunsberg Castle and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (22)

12 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR), HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) and HNoMS Tunsberg Castle. (22)

15 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR). (22)

16 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR), HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR), HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) and HNoMS Tunsberg Castle. (22)

17 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HNoMS Tunsberg Castle and HMCS Orangeville (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR). (22)

20 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR) and HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN). (22)

21 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN). (22)

22 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMCS Orangeville (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR). (22)

24 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Stork (Cdr. (retired) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN) and HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN). (22)

25 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Stork (Cdr. (retired) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN), HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR). (22)

26 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Stork (Cdr. (retired) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN), HMS Duncan (Lt. D.G.D. Hall-Wright, RN) and HMCS Orangeville (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR). (22)

27 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR), HMS Duncan (Lt. D.G.D. Hall-Wright, RN) and HMCS Orangeville (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR). (22)

30 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR) and HMS Duncan (Lt. D.G.D. Hall-Wright, RN). (22)

31 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Duncan (Lt. D.G.D. Hall-Wright, RN) and HMS Halladale (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR). (22)

1 Jun 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Duncan (Lt. D.G.D. Hall-Wright, RN) and HMS Halladale (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR). (23)

2 Jun 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban. (23)

4 Jun 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) shifted from Oban to Tobermory. (23)

6 Jun 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Walker, RN) and HMS Halladale (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR). (23)

9 Jun 1944
HMS Una shifted from Tobermory to Oban. (23)

10 Jun 1944
HMS Una shifted from Oban to Rothesay. (23)

26 Jun 1944
HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted gunnery exercises off Rothesay together with HMS Unseen (T/Lt. T.D. Wood, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Unruffled (Lt. R.F. Park, RN).

During late June 1944 Una conducted independent exercises out of Rothesay. No log for July 1944 is available so Una's exact movemens during this months are unknown to us. On 1 August Una was operating out of Campbeltown. (23)

1 Aug 1944
HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RD, RNR) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RNR). (24)

2 Aug 1944
HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bamborough Castle (T/Lt. M.S. Work, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMCS Arnprior (T/Lt. S.D. Thom, DSC, RCNVR). (24)

6 Aug 1944
HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) shifted from Campbeltown to Larne. (24)

11 Aug 1944
HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) shifted from Larne to Rothesay escorted by HMS ML 230 (T/Lt. W.C.E. Bacon, RNVR). (24)

15 Aug 1944
HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (24)

17 Aug 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Larne. (24)

13 Sep 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Larne to Rothesay. (25)

17 Oct 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (26)

20 Oct 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (26)

23 Oct 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) was docked at Kames Bay. (26)

25 Oct 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) was undocked and proceeded from Kames Bay to Rothesay. (26)

29 Oct 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. (26)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban. (27)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Oban to Tobermory. (27)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Rothesay. (27)

14 Jan 1945
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (28)

27 Jan 1945
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (28)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She made the passage together with HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN). They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN). (29)

3 Feb 1945
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) arrived at Plymouth for a refit by the Devonport Dockyard. (29)

11 Jul 1945
With her refit completed HMS Una (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) departed the Devonport Dockyard for Rothesay. (30)

13 Jul 1945
HMS Una (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) arrived at Rothesay.

In September Una departed for Halifax, Canada to serve as A/S target. In November she returned to the U.K. where she was placed in reserve on 1 December 1945. (30)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17103
  2. ADM 199/1817
  3. ADM 199/1119
  4. ADM 173/17105
  5. ADM 199/1224
  6. ADM 173/17690
  7. ADM 173/17691
  8. ADM 199/1225
  9. ADM 173/17692
  10. ADM 173/17693
  11. ADM 173/17694
  12. ADM 199/1226
  13. ADM 173/17698
  14. ADM 173/18338
  15. ADM 173/18339
  16. ADM 173/18340
  17. ADM 173/18341
  18. ADM 173/18342
  19. ADM 173/19189
  20. ADM 173/19190
  21. ADM 173/19191
  22. ADM 173/19192
  23. ADM 173/19193
  24. ADM 173/19194
  25. ADM 173/19195
  26. ADM 173/19196
  27. ADM 173/19198
  28. ADM 173/20107
  29. ADM 173/20108
  30. ADM 173/20113

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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