Allied Warships

HMS Odin (N 84)

Submarine of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassO 
PennantN 84 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.): 
Ordered30 Nov 1926 
Laid down23 Jul 1927 
Launched5 May 1928 
Commissioned21 Dec 1929 
Lost14 Jun 1940 
Loss position39° 30'N, 17° 30'E
History

HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Maciver Woods, RN) was sunk in the Gulf of Taranto about 17 nautical miles east-north-east of Punta Alice, Crotone, Italy in position 39º30'N, 17º30'E by the Italian destroyers Strale and Baleno on 14 June 1940.

 

Commands listed for HMS Odin (N 84)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Ronald William Moir, RN24 Aug 19396 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Maciver Woods, RN6 Jan 194014 Jun 1940 (+)

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2 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) departed Singapore for Penang. (1)

3 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) arrived at Penang. (1)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) conducted exercises off Penang. (1)

9 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) departed Penang for Singapore. (1)

10 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) arrived at Singapore. (1)

20 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) conducted exercises off Penang together with HMS Leith (Cdr. G.R. Waymouth, RN). (1)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) departed Singapore for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sunda Strait. (1)

19 Oct 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Singapore. (2)

24 Oct 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo. (2)

30 Oct 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) arrived at Colombo. (2)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) departed Colombo for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Malidives. (3)

22 Nov 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Colombo. (3)

28 Nov 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) departed Colombo for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Chagos Archipelago. (3)

25 Dec 1939
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Colombo. (4)

5 Jan 1940
HMS Odin (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) is docked at Colombo for a short refit. (5)

1 Feb 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) is undocked. (6)

5 Feb 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Colombo for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Indian Ocean.

18 Feb 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Mauritius. (6)

22 Feb 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Mauritius to continue her 4th war patrol towards the Seychelles. (6)

27 Feb 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Mahé, Seychelles. (6)

28 Feb 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Mahé, Seychelles to continue her patrol. (6)

4 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Diego Saurez. (7)

8 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Diego Saurez to continue her patrol. (7)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Mahé, Seychelles. (7)

16 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Mahé, Seychelles to continue her patrol. (7)

17 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) made rendez-vous with the French sloop Rigault de Genouilly (Capitaine De Fregate (Cdr.) L.G.E. Frossard). They then proceeded to patrol together until the 19th. (7)

21 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Diego Saurez. (7)

23 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Diego Saurez for Colombo. (7)

31 Mar 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Colombo. (7)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (8)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Aden. (8)

15 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Aden for Suez. (8)

20 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Suez. She then transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said. (8)

21 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Port Said for Malta. (8)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) arrived at Malta. (8)

29 Apr 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) is docked at Malta. The date of undocking is currently not known to us. (8)

4 Jun 1940
HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was to take up a defensive position off Malta.

We are not sure of the exact date of her sailing for this patrol. Most likely it was the 4th. (9)

10 Jun 1940
When the war with Italy started, HMS Odin (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN) was on patrol to the south-east of Malta. Late in the evening she was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Taranto. She acknowledged this signal at 0035/11. This was the last that was heard of Odin. (9)

12 Jun 1940
The Italian First Cruiser Division, made up of Zara, Gorizia and Fiume, reported being missed by torpedoes at 1435 and 1640 hours. If this is correct the attacker must have been HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Woods, RN).

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15814
  2. ADM 173/15815
  3. ADM 173/15816
  4. ADM 173/15817
  5. ADM 173/16351
  6. ADM 173/16352
  7. ADM 173/16353
  8. ADM 173/16354
  9. ADM 199/1115

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


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