Allied Warships

HMS Otus (N 92)

Submarine of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassO 
PennantN 92 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Dec 1926 
Laid down31 May 1927 
Launched31 Aug 1928 
Commissioned5 Jul 1929 
End service 
History

Used for A/S training from 1943 onwards. Sold in May 1946 and scuttled of South Africa. 

Commands listed for HMS Otus (N 92)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Edward Christian Frederic Nicolay, RN14 Jun 193921 Apr 1941
2Lt. John Frederick Beaufoy Brown, RN22 Apr 1941May 1941
3Lt. Richard Molyneux Favell, RNMay 194126 Apr 1942
4Lt. Robert Julian Clutterbuck, RN26 Apr 1942Oct 1942 ?
5Lt. Reginald Wilfred Lister, RNROct 1942 ?6 Apr 1943
6T/Lt. Percy Samuel Parmenter, RNR6 Apr 1943May 1943 ?
7Lt. John Philip Holroyde Oakley, DSC, RNMay 1943 ?3 Jun 1943
8Lt.Cdr. Walter Neal Eade, RNR3 Jun 19433 Jul 1943
9Lt. Hugo Rowland Barnwell Newton, DSC, RN3 Jul 194319 Jul 1943
10Lt. Robert Henry Hugh Brunner, RN19 Jul 1943Oct 1943
11Lt. Malcolm John Luxmoor Duff, DSC, RNOct 1943early 45 ?

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The history of HMS Otus as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine.

This page was last updated in August 2017.

2 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Singapore for Penang. (1)

3 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Penang. (1)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Penang. (1)

9 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Penang for Singapore. (1)

10 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Singapore. (1)

12 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Singapore. (1)

13 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was undocked. (1)

14 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (1)

19 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Leith (Cdr. G.R. Waymouth, RN). (1)

20 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Leith (Cdr. G.R. Waymouth, RN). (1)

28 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Singapore for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Sabang, Netherlands East Indies.

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

(1)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Singapore. (2)

24 Oct 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo.

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

(2)

30 Oct 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Colombo. (2)

1 Nov 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Colombo for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Cochin, India.

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

(3)

5 Nov 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Colombo. (3)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Colombo for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Chagos Archipaligo and the Maldives.

Shortly after sailing she returned with a major engine defect which was however quickly repaired.

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

(3)

8 Nov 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Colombo to resume her 3rd war patrol. (3)

5 Dec 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Colombo. (4)

9 Dec 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Colombo. (4)

21 Dec 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was undocked. (4)

1 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Colombo for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Indian Ocean.

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

(5)

7 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Mahé, Seychelles. (5)

8 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Mahé, Seychelles to resume her 4th war patrol. (5)

11 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Diego Saurez. (5)

12 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Diego Saurez to resume her 4th war patrol. (5)

13 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at the Farquhar Islands. She departed for the Agalega Islands later the same day. (5)

14 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) sets course for Astove Island. (5)

16 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived off Astove Island. (5)

17 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Astove Island to resume her 4th war patrol. She was to proceed to Mombasa. (5)

19 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Mombasa ending her 4th war patrol. (5)

25 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Mombasa for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Indian Ocean.

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

(5)

27 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at the Aldabra Atoll. She departed later the same day for the Glorieuses Islands. (5)

28 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at the Glorieuses Islands. She departed for Diego Saurez later the same day. (5)

29 Jan 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Diego Saurez. (5)

1 Feb 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Diego Saurez for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Indian Ocean together with the French sloop Rigault de Genouilly (Capitaine De Fregate (Cdr.) L.G.E. Frossard).

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

(6)

4 Feb 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Mahé, Seychelles. (6)

7 Feb 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Mahé, Seychelles to resume her 6th war patrol still with French sloop Rigault de Genouilly (Capitaine De Fregate (Cdr.) L.G.E. Frossard) in company. (6)

12 Feb 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Port Louis, Mauritius. (6)

20 Feb 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Diego Saurez for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Indian Ocean and to end this patrol at Colombo.

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

(6)

1 Mar 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Colombo. (7)

28 Mar 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Colombo. (7)

4 Apr 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was undocked. (8)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Colombo. (8)

16 Apr 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. HMS Otus was to proceed to Malta to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

For the daily position of HMS Otus during the passage Colombo - Malta see the map below.

(8)

24 Apr 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Aden. (8)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Aden for Port Said. (8)

1 May 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Port Said. (9)

2 May 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Port Said for Malta. (9)

7 May 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

9 May 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) is taken in hand for refit at Malta. (9)

20 May 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Malta. (9)

18 Sep 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was undocked. (10)

18 Oct 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Malta. She was undocked after only a few hours. (11)

28 Oct 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Malta for trials. (11)

30 Oct 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) returned to Malta. (11)

2 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Malta. She was undocked after only a few hours. (12)

3 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Malta for exercises. (12)

5 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) returned to Malta. (12)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Malta for exercises. (12)

12 Nov 1940
At 0700 hours, HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) broke off her exercises and set off for her 8th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Cape Colonne, Italy.

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

(13)

19 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) is ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto. (13)

22 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed her patrol area to return to Malta. (13)

25 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (13)

29 Nov 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria.

For the daily position of HMS Otus during this passage see the map below.

(12)

5 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (14)

14 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria with HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(ret.) M.B. Sherwood, RN). (14)

19 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Alexandria for passage to Gibraltar where she was to join the newly established 8th Submarine Flotilla.

For the daily positions of HMS Otus during the passage from Alexandria to Malta see the map below.

(14)

20 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) is ordered to return to Alexandria. (14)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Alexandria. She departed again for Gibraltar (via Malta) later the same day. (14)

24 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) encountered the Italian submarine Luigi Settembrini north of Derna, Libya. Settembrini fired one torpedo which missed Otus. Otus was unable to attack the Italian submarine.

(All times are zone -2)
0530 hours - In position 33°20'N, 22°43'E sighted an Italian submarine, thought to be of the Mameli-class, right ahead stearing a course of 124° at close range. Otus was steering 299 degrees with a heavy head sea and the moon fine on the port quarter. Both submarines dived. Otus altered course to starboard to 055° and went to 55 feet.

0532 hours - Obtained Asdic contact bearing 135° at a range of 2000 yards.

0545 hours - Heard a loud explosion which seemed some way off. It was thought the enemy might have fired a torpedo. Otus went to periscope depth in the hope the enemy might surface but the enemy was not seen.

Otus was indeed attacked by an Italian submarine. This was Luigi Settembrini which had fired one torpedo. (13)

28 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Malta. (14)

29 Dec 1940
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to make a short patrol in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea before proceeding to Gibraltar.

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

(14)

10 Jan 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (15)

17 Jan 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Azores.

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

(13)

12 Feb 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Portsmouth. At Portsmouth repairs were made and a new loop aerial was fitted. (13)

5 Mar 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth. (16)

6 Mar 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Dartmouth for a training period as most of her crew had been changed. (16)

13 Mar 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Dartmouth for Gibraltar.

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

(16)

19 Mar 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. Otus had a defective armature on her starboard engine, only her port main engine was operational. (16)

1 Apr 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (17)

2 Apr 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (17)

3 Apr 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 11th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Oran as it is thought that the Vichy-French battleship Dunkerque might be leaving that port.

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

(13)

5 Apr 1941
Her patrol off Oran is cancelled, HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) is ordered to return to Gibraltar. (13)

7 Apr 1941
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. Otus was now out of action with engine defects for a while. (13)

11 Jun 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was docked at Gibraltar. (18)

13 Jun 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was undocked. (18)

3 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (19)

4 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (19)

5 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (19)

6 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (19)

12 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. This was her 1st storage trip.

Otus was not to return to Gibraltar but to proceed to Alexandria where she was to join the 1st Submarine Flotilla.

For the daily positions of HMS Otus during this storage trip to Malta see the map below.

(19)

20 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) arrived at Malta. (19)

21 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was docked at Malta. (19)

22 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was undocked. (19)

24 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi and to proceed to Alexandria upon completion of this patrol.

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

(20)

25 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) is ordered to proceed direct to Alexandria. (20)

27 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) is ordered to proceed to position 34°25'N, 19°40'E to intercept a southbound Italian convoy (troop transports Neptunia (19475 GRT, built 1932), Oceania (19507 GRT, built 1933) and Marco Polo (12567 GRT, built 1912), escorted by the Italian destroyers Aviere, Geniere, Camicia Nera, Vincenzo Gioberti and Alfredo Oriani). The convoy was not sighted an late in the evening passage to Alexandria was resumed. (20)

31 Jul 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (20)

9 Aug 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted engine trials off Alexandria. (21)

13 Aug 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta. This was her 2nd storage trip.

The cargo she had on board was:
3 wardroom passengers
15 other passengers
21760 gallons of 100 octane petrol
10800 gallons of kerosine
6.5 tons of surgical dressings
0,5 ton Army kit and baggage
1 Ursula-class generator
12 small boxes, Ursula-class electrical spares
90 bags of mail and
the baggage of the passengers.

For the daily positions of HMS Otus during this storage trip to Malta and the return passage to Alexandria see the map below.

(20)

14 Aug 1941
HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. M. Willmott, RN) attacks a submarine with torpedoes about 140 nautical miles north-west of Alexandria in position 32°41'N, 27°35'E. All torpedoes fired fortunately missed their target as the submarine attacked later turned out to be HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN). (20)

20 Aug 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) arrived at Malta. She arrived with engine defects. (20)

1 Sep 1941
With most of the engine defects repaired, HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN), departed Malta for Alexandria for the return trip of her 2nd storing trip.

The cargo she had on board was: 1 wardroom passenger
14 other passengers
2.25 tons of 4.5" HE ammunition
1.75 tons of 6" BE ammunition (HE)
12 crates of armament stores
1.5 tons of RAF stores
2 crates of personal gear
28 bags of mail and
the baggage of the passengers. (20)

2 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) is ordered to position 33°50'N, 18°00'E to intercept an enemy convoy from the Strait of Messina to Tripoli. The position Otus was to take up was altered twice during the day, first to 34°42'N, 17°50'E and later to 35°40'N, 18°16'E. Early the next morning this position was changed, for the last time to 35°40'N, 18°08'E. (20)

3 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) fires a torpedo at ' what is identified as ' an enemy armed merchant cruiser of 4000 tons in the central Mediterranean about 175 nautical miles east of Valetta, Malta in position 35°40'N, 18°07'E. The torpedo misses its target.

The convoy attacked was made up of the Italian transports Rialto (6099 GRT, built 1927), Vettor Pisani (6339 GRT, built 1939) and Sebastiano Venier (6311 GRT, built 1940). They were escorted by the Italian destroyers Nicoloso da Recco, Folgore and Strale. The convoy had departed Naples at 2200/1 bound for Tripoli via Messina. The target of the attack appears to have been Rialto.

(All times are zone -3)
1345 hours - Sighted two aircraft to the northward, circling round and round, obviously over a convoy. Went to diving stations, blew up the tubes.

1412 hours - Heard HE on the starboard quarter.

1415 hours - Sighted a convoy of three ships in two columns, escorted by three destroyers. Started attack on the leading ship of the starboard column.

Fired four torpedoes at the selected target (thought to be a RAMB-class transport or auxiliary cruiser) from 2000 yards. Two faint dull thuds were heard 1,5 minutes after firing. Went deep on firing and took avoiding action, 16 depth charges followed the attack. Depth charging ceased at 1500 hours.

1600 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

1630 hours - Surfaced to pass an enemy report. On surfacing sighted, to our surprise, a ship sinking about 6 nautical miles away with a destroyer in attendance. Crash dived immediately and started to reload the torpedo tubes.

1800 hours - Periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

2042 hours - Surfaced in position 35°49'N, 18°27'E and passed an enemy report.

(20)

11 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) arrived at Alexandria. Otus suffered from problems with her main engine clutches which required major repairs. Otus was not fit for operational use and was assigned to exercises duty. (20)

18 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (22)

24 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (22)

25 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (22)

26 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. (22)

27 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) arrived at Port Said for repairs. (22)

30 Sep 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was docked at Port Said. (22)

14 Oct 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was undocked. (23)

12 Nov 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was docked at Port Said. (24)

27 Dec 1941
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) was undocked. (25)

2 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (26)

3 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (26)

14 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, RN) and HrMs Isaac Sweers (kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) W. Harmsen, RNN). (26)

15 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, DSC, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN). (26)

19 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (26)

20 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) and HMS Southwold (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN). (26)

22 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Cumbrae (T/Lt. C.E. Midwinter, RNR) and FFS Vikings. (26)

23 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison DSO, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSO, DSC, RN). (26)

28 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Farndale (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) and HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSC, RN). (26)

31 Jan 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Griffin (Capt. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt. N.H.G. Austen, RN). (26)

5 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (27)

7 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) and HMS Southwold (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN). (27)

9 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. F.A. Yeomans, RNR) and HMS Thorgrim (Lt. J.B. Sparkes, RNR). (27)

13 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Romeo (T/Skr. W.R.H. Stewart, RNR) and HMSAS Southern Sea (T/Lt A. Thomas, DSC, SANF(V)). (27)

17 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS HDML 1005 and HMS HDML 1007. (27)

18 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (27)

19 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (27)

20 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Zulu (Cdr. H.R. Graham, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN). (27)

24 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. F.A. Yeomans, RNR) and HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR). (27)

26 Feb 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (27)

3 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

4 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

5 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Heythrop (Lt.Cdr R.S. Stafford, RN) and RHS Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, RHN). (28)

6 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) and HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN). (28)

7 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Hyacinth (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, DSC, RNR). (28)

9 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) and HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSC, RN). (28)

10 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR) and HMS Kingston Crystal (Skr. R. Armstrong, RNR). (28)

14 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

16 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Delphinium (Cdr. (retired) R.L. Spalding, RN) and HMS Hyacinth (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, DSC, RNR). (28)

17 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS MA/SB 2 and HMS HDML 1007. (28)

18 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

20 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

26 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

28 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (28)

31 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(ret.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN). (28)

1 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with RHS Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, RHN) and HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN). (29)

3 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (29)

4 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Klo (Lt. M.C. English, RNR) and HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR). (29)

6 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, DSO, DSC, RN). (29)

7 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (29)

8 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Delphinium (Cdr. (retired) R.L. Spalding, RN). (29)

10 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) and HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN). (29)

11 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. J.A. Cornelius, RNR) and an HDML. (29)

14 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(ret.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Gloxinia (Lt. A.F. Harkness, DSC, RNR), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN), HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN), HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR) and HMS Klo (Lt. M.C. English, RNR). HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) (29)

15 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR) and HMS HDML 1004. (29)

16 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO, DSC, RN) and two destroyers. (29)

17 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. J.A. Cornelius, RNR) and HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR). (29)

20 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Sikh (Lt. D.E. Cole-Hamilton, DSC, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. N.H.G. Austen, RN). (29)

22 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (29)

4 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN) and HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN). (30)

5 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN). (30)

7 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. J.A. Cornelius, RNR) and HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR). (30)

9 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN). (30)

21 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN) and HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN). (30)

22 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. J.A. Cornelius, RNR) and HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR). (30)

26 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR) and another vessel who's name is unreadable in the log of HMS Otus. (30)

27 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN).

No logs are available for HMS Otus from June 1942 to April 1943 so her exact movements (on a day to day basis) are currently unknown to us). (30)

30 Jun 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Alexandria for Haifa. The exact date she arrived at Alexandria is currently unknown to us. Her orders were to arrived at Haifa at 0530 on 5 July 1942.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed.

27 Jul 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Haifa for her 3rd storage trip to Malta. Following this she was to proceed to the U.K. to refit.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (13)

7 Aug 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) arrived at Malta. (13)

10 Aug 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (13)

20 Aug 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. Upon arriving at Gibraltar she hit the north mole damaging her stem. (13)

1 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Gibraltar for Holy Loch.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (31)

10 Sep 1942
At 0530 hours, HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN), off Trevose Head. They then proceeded northwards through the Irish Sea. (31)

11 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (31)

13 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Holy Loch together with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). They were to proceed northwards through the Minches. HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) was also in company during the passage north as she was to proceed to Lerwick.

Escort was taken over at 0800/16 by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). During passage south along the Scottish east coast HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was also in company. (31)

17 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) arrived at Blyth. (31)

21 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) shifted from Blyth to Newcastle upon Tyne where she was to refit. (32)

20 May 1943
With her refit completed, HMS Otus (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) shifted from the Tyne to Blyth. (33)

22 May 1943
With her refit completed, HMS Otus (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (33)

25 May 1943
With her refit completed, HMS Otus (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (33)

26 May 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. An unknown vessel escorted her until 1900 hours, when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort.

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

(33)

29 May 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. She was assigned to training duties with the 7th Submarine Flotilla. (33)

26 Jul 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) was docked at Kames Bay. (34)

29 Jul 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) was undocked. (34)

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

For the daily positions of HMS Otus during the passage from Rothesay to Simonstown, South Africa see the map below.

As no log is available for August 1943 only positions from 1 September 1943 onwards can be displayed.

(35)

9 Sep 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) arrived at Freetown. (36)

15 Sep 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) departed Freetown for Simonstown. (36)

29 Sep 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) arrived at Simonstown. In South-Africa she was to aid in A/S training based at Durban where she arrived in late October. (32)

Sources

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  5. ADM 173/16376
  6. ADM 173/16377
  7. ADM 173/16378
  8. ADM 173/16379
  9. ADM 173/16380
  10. ADM 173/16384
  11. ADM 173/16385
  12. ADM 173/16386
  13. ADM 199/1831
  14. ADM 173/16387
  15. ADM 173/16843
  16. ADM 173/16845
  17. ADM 173/16846
  18. ADM 173/16847
  19. ADM 173/16848
  20. ADM 199/1150
  21. ADM 173/16849
  22. ADM 173/16850
  23. ADM 173/16851
  24. ADM 173/16852
  25. ADM 173/16853
  26. ADM 173/17327
  27. ADM 173/17328
  28. ADM 173/17329
  29. ADM 173/17330
  30. ADM 173/17331
  31. ADM 199/1223
  32. ADM 199/2564
  33. ADM 173/17884
  34. ADM 173/17886
  35. ADM 199/627
  36. ADM 173/17887

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


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