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HMS Sturgeon (N 73)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantN 73 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Jul 1930 
Laid down3 Jan 1931 
Launched8 Jan 1932 
Commissioned27 Feb 1933 
End service 
History

Lent to the Royal Netherlands Navy while refitting at the Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) in April 1943. On 11 October 1943 she was commissioned in the Royal Netherlands Navy and renamed Zeehond. Decommissioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy at Dundee on 14 September 1945. Returned to Royal Navy control at Dundee on 17 November 1945. Scrapped at Granton, Scotland in 1947.

 
Career notesTo the Royal Netherlands Navy as HrMs Zeehond

Commands listed for HMS Sturgeon (N 73)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. George David Archibald Gregory, RN16 Dec 1938Nov 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Drummond St. Clair-Ford, RNNov 194012 Sep 1941
3Lt. Clifford Raymond Pelly, RN12 Sep 194131 Oct 1941
4Lt. Mervyn Robert George Wingfield, RN31 Oct 194125 Sep 1942
5Lt. Robert Henry Hugh Brunner, RN25 Sep 19425 Oct 1942
6Lt. Denis John Beckley, RN5 Oct 194219 Dec 1942
7Lt. Anthony Walter Langridge, RN19 Dec 1942mid 1943

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23 Aug 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) departed Portland for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Spearfish (Lt. J.H. Eaden, RN) and HMS Swordfish (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN). (1)

25 Aug 1939
At 0700 hours, HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN), left her sister ships and set course for her patrol area to the south-west of Stavanger, Norway. When the war with Germany commenced this became her 1st war patrol. (1)

4 Sep 1939
While on the return passage to Dundee HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) was bombed in error by a British aircraft at 1620 hours in position 56º34'N, 01º04'W. At 1642 hours the aircraft dropped another bomb much closer but fortunately Sturgeon was not damaged. (1)

5 Sep 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dundee. (1)

13 Sep 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the south-west of Stavanger, Norway. (1)

14 Sep 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) fired three torpedoes against wat was thought to be an enemy submarine but was in fact the British submarine HMS Swordfish (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) in the North Sea about 50 nautical miles east-south-east of Aberdeen, Scotland in position 56°22'N, 01°28'W. Fortunately all torpedoes missed.

0043 hours - In position 56°22'N, 01°28'W sighted an enemy submarine bearing 115°, range 1500 yards, enemy course 340°, enemy speed 12.5 knots. Started attack.

0055 hours - The enemy was seen to dive. Fired three torpedoes. The first passed over the stern of the enemy, the other two missed astern. (1)

21 Sep 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Dundee. (1)

8 Oct 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) departed Dundee for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (1)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) fired three torpedoes against German U-boat U-23 in the Skagerrak about 20 nautical miles west-north-west of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°49'N, 09°59'E. All torpedoes missed their target.

1435 hours - Sighted a vessel bearing 000°. Enemy course 110°. Range 4500 yards. Identified the target as a German submarine. Started attack.

1452 hours - Fired three torpedoes. Lost trim on firing and went deep to prevent Sturgeon from broaching.

1457 hours - Heard distinct explosion.

1501 hours - Heard two more explosions. Sturgeon meanwile had returned to periscope depth. The uboat was not seen again. (1)

16 Oct 1939
At 1910 hours, HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN), hit bottom at 60 feet damaging her Asdic dome. (1)

21 Oct 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

27 Oct 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (2)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) was undocked. (3)

11 Nov 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) departed Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Heligoland Bight. Later she patrolled off the west coast of Denmark. (1)

20 Nov 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) torpedoed and sank the German armed trawler V 209 / Gauleiter Telschow (428 GRT, built 1937) about 50 nautical miles north-west of Heligoland in position 54°34'N, 06°28'E. The second trawler was V 209 / R. Walther Darré.

1330 hours - Sighed a pair of armed trawlers bearing 070°, range 2.5 nautical miles. Position was 54°34'N, 06°28'E.

1400 hours - Started attack on these trawlers.

1555 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the first trawler.

1556 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the second trawler.

1558 hours - Heard a loud explosion. The result was not observed. (1)

29 Nov 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

13 Dec 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) departed Blyth for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the British east coast. (1)

15 Dec 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Blyth after having been recalled. (1)

17 Dec 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) departed Blyth for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the west coast of Denmark. (1)

20 Dec 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (1)

21 Dec 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) was ordered to return to her original patrol area. (1)

30 Dec 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

21 Jan 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (1)

23 Jan 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was ordered to patrol off north-west Denmark. (1)

31 Jan 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

12 Feb 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) shifted from Blyth to Wallsend where she was to refit. (4)

26 Feb 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was docked at Wallsend. (4)

14 Apr 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was undocked. (5)

24 Apr 1940
With her refit completed HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) shifted from Wallsend to Blyth. (5)

30 Apr 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the south-west of Stavanger, Norway. (1)

6 May 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was ordered to a new patrol area, to the north-west of Terschelling, Netherlands. (1)

11 May 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

22 May 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the north-west of Terschelling, Netherlands. (1)

5 Jun 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

9 Jun 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered perform a local patrol as it was feared that German warships might perform a raid along the British east coast. (1)

10 Jun 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Blyth after having been recalled. (1)

26 Jun 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, The Netherlands. (1)

30 Jun 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) hit bottom at 50 feet sustaining some damage. (1)

11 Jul 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Blyth. Later the same day was docked. (6)

14 Jul 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was undocked. (6)

27 Jul 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, The Netherlands. (1)

4 Aug 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) attacked the German auxiliary patrol vessel V 811 / Hugo Homann in tow of tug Memmert. They were escorted by two auxiliary AA vessels FL 21 and FL 24. V 811 had been mined and damaged on 5 May 1940 and was towed to Den Helder, Netherlands for repairs. No torpedo hits were obtained.

1239 hours - In position 53°15'N, 04°36'E fired six torpedoes at two small merchant vessels (three torpedoes at each). Enemy course was 210°, speed 8 knots. Range on firing was 1200 yards. No hits were obtained.

The convoy was in line ahead in the order merchant vessel, tug and towed merchant vessel with the escort of three 'armed tugs' disposed on either bow of the leading ship and astern.

Following the attack the escort dropped six depth charges of which two were close. The hunt by the escorts lasted for about 30 minutes. (1)

9 Aug 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

27 Aug 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (1)

2 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the German troop transport Pionier (3264 GRT, built 1934) about 15 nautical miles north of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°56'N, 10°46'E.

1953 hours - In position 57°56'N, 10°46'E fired two torpedoes at a 10000 tons transport ship escorted by two torpedo-boats and one float plane. Range was 6000 yards. Enemy course 360°, speed 15 knots. Shortly before fring a concentration of smaller merchant vessels was seen beyond the large transport. Lt. Gregory decided to fire the remaining four torpedoes of the salvo at these ships.

1958 hours - An explosion was heard and a dense column of black smoke was seen to rise from the target. Soon afterwards she was seen to be on fire.

The smaller merchant vessels wereseen to scatter and in the end no torpedoes were fired at these ships. (1)

10 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against German U-boat U-43. All torpedoes missed their target although the British thought to have obtained one hit and that they had sunk the submarine. Position of the attack was 57°14'N, 06°04'E.

1333 hours - Heard faint HE bearing 055°. Came to 22 feet and at ...

1335 hours - Sighted a large German u-boat on the surface. Range was 5000 yards. Started attack.

1348 hours - In position 57°14'N, 06°04'E fired six torpedoes from 7000 yards.

1354 hours - Heard a loud explosion. HE of the submarine ceased.

1355 hours - No sign of the submarine. The remaining five torpedoes were heard to explode at the end of their run. (1)

13 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

14 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was docked at Blyth. (7)

21 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was undocked. (7)

29 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the western entrance to the Skagerrak. (1)

9 Oct 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was ordered to patrol off Lister, Norway. (1)

14 Oct 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

26 Oct 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak to the east of 08°E. (1)

3 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) attacked a merchant vessel with three torpedoes near Larvik Norway. No hits were obtained. Shortly afterwards another merchant vessel was sighted and attacked. in the attack Sturgeon torpedoed and sank the Danish merchant Sigrun (1337 GRT, built 1904) about 10 nautical miles east-south-east of Larvik, Norway in position 58°59'N, 10°22'E. Sigrun was on passage from Oslo to Porsgrunn.

0946 hours - In position 58°59'N, 10°23'E fired three torpedoes at a merchant vessel of 2000 tons from 4000 yards. No hits were obtained. All torpedoes were heard to explode 7 to 8 minutes after firing.

0952 hours - Sighted another 2000 tons merchant vessel. Started attack.

1010 hours - In position 58°59'N, 10°22'E fired the three remaining torpedoes in the tubes from 4000 yards. One hit was obtained. The other two torpedoes were heard to explode after about 7 minutes.

1014 hours - The vessel was seen to be down by the bow and a lot of smoke was hanging around her.

1021 hours - The vessel was not seen anymore. She must have gone down. Two A/S trawler now were seen coming towards the area of the attack from the eastward. A counter attack was then started in which 32 depth charges were dropped. The hunt lasted for 1 hour and 15 minutes. No damage was done by this counter attack. (1)

4 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) attacked the Norwegian merchant vessel Ulv (938 GRT, built 1921, offsite link) with two torpedoes about 5 nautical miles south-east of Risør, Norway in position 58°41'N, 09°21'E. No hits were obtained.

Sturgeon than proceeded to a new patrol area, between Lister and Obrestad.

1527 hours - In position 58°41'N, 09°21'E fired two torpedoes at the Norwegian merchant Ulv from 1000 yards. No hits were obtained.

1530 hours - The target was observed to have turned away. One torpedo was heard to detonate on hitting the land. (1)

6 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Delfinus (1294 GRT, built 1912, offsite link) south-west of Varhaug, Norway in position 58°34'N, 05°37'E.

1455 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the Norwegian merchant Delfinus from 1000 yards. On hit was obtained.

1502 hours - Only 10 feet of the stern of the target remained out of the water.

1506 hours - The target had sunk. (1)

9 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

28 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Blyth for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Bergen, Norway. (1)

11 Dec 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

31 Dec 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Blyth for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Bud / Stadlandet, Norway. (1)

13 Jan 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

6 Feb 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Blyth for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Lister, Norway. (1)

12 Feb 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was ordered to patrol off Bergen. (1)

23 Feb 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 18th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

25 Feb 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was docked at Blyth. (8)

5 Mar 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was undocked. (9)

11 Mar 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Blyth for her 19th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Stadtlandet / Bud area, Norway. Later she was ordered to patrol off Obrestad and even later off Lister. (1)

20 Mar 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) attacked a southbound merchant vessel with two torpedoes near Obrestad, Norway. No hits were obtained.

1405 hours - Sighted a southbound merhant vessel. Started attack.

1410 hours - Visibility decreased, abandoned attack.

1510 hours - Sighted merchant vessel of about 3000 tons bearing 058°, range 3 nautical miles. Enemy course was 140°. Started attack.

1529 hours - In position 58°35'N, 05°23'E, fired two torpedoes from 4500 yards. No hits were obtained. The torpedoes were heard to explode after 8 minutes when they most likely hit the shore. (1)

25 Mar 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 19th war patrol at Blyth. (1)

4 Apr 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Blyth for Portsmouth. Passage was made in coastal convoys. (10)

9 Apr 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (10)

12 Apr 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

30 Apr 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

2 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (11)

4 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was undocked. (11)

14 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (11)

16 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (11)

17 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. En-route A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, DSO, RN). (11)

18 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dartmouth. (11)

19 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dartmouth with HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, DSO, RN). (11)

20 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) conducted exercises off Dartmouth. (11)

22 May 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

10 Jun 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

24 Jun 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 22th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

25 Jun 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) developed a crack in the pressure hull. She then returned to Portsmouth abandoning her 22th war patrol. (1)

27 Jun 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was docked for repairs at Portsmouth. (12)

21 Jul 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was undocked. (13)

26 Jul 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 23th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

9 Aug 1941
At 0715 hours HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) made rendez-vous with her escort HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). They then proceeded north through the Irish Sea towards the Clyde. (1)

11 Aug 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 23th war patrol at Holy Loch. (1)

15 Aug 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Troon where she was immediately docked to be taken in hand for a refit. (14)

11 Dec 1941
With her refit completed, HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN), shifted from Troon to Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (15)

27 Dec 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (15)

29 Dec 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (15)

1 Jan 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Polyarny, northern Russia. (16)

11 Jan 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Polyarny, northern Russia. (16)

27 Jan 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Polyarny for her 24th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Trondheim area, Norway. (1)

13 Feb 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 24th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

15 Feb 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Beaumaris (Lt.Cdr. D.S. Campbell, RNVR). (17)

18 Feb 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (17)

16 Mar 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Plymouth. She made the passage south through the Irish Sea together with HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) that is to proceed to the Far East. They were escorted by the British destroyer HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) that is en-route to Portsmouth for a refit.

During the passage through the Irish Sea extreme thick fog is encountered and the ships were delayed as they had to anchor bacause of the low visibility. (18)

19 Mar 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (18)

20 Mar 1942
During the night of 20/21 March 1942, HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN), conducted exercises off Plymouth together with MGB's. (18)

23 Mar 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Plymouth for her 25th war patrol. She was ordered to act as a beacon during Operation Chariot (offsite link), the British raid on St. Nazaire. (1)

27 Mar 1942
In the evening HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) succesfully accomplished her beacon duties. (1)

3 Apr 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 25th war patrol at Holy Loch. (1)

18 Apr 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (19)

20 Apr 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (19)

24 Apr 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for her 26th war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Seidisfjord, Iceland. She was to act as close escort for convoy PQ 15. (1)

27 Apr 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Seidisfjord. (1)

28 Apr 1942
Early in the morning HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Seidisfjord together with HMS Ledbury (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, RN), HMS Ulster Queen and a tanker to join convoy PQ 15. In the evening they joined convoy PQ 15 but not before Sturgeon was attacked by a friendly aircraft receiving some bullet hits on her bridge. (1)

1 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) left convoy PQ 15 to take up a patrol position off northern Norway. (1)

6 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 26th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

8 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (20)

10 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (20)

11 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Elderslie for repairs to her main battery. (20)

23 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) shifted from Elderslie to Holy Loch. (20)

27 May 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was docked at Rothesay. (20)

1 Jun 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was undocked at Rothesay. She then returned to Holy Loch. (21)

22 Jun 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (21)

24 Jun 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (21)

25 Jun 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for her 27th war patrol. She was ordered to provide cover during passage of convoy PQ 17. (1)

12 Jul 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 27th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

20 Jul 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch together with HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (22)

22 Jul 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (22)

1 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). On 3 August HMS Stella Pegasi (T/Lt. F.S. Howell, RNR) took over the escort. (23)

3 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (23)

4 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for her 28th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Lister, Norway. (1)

12 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Boltenhagen (3335 GRT, built 1912) off southern Norway in position 58°07'N, 06°21'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1515 hours - Sighted masts and barrage balloon of a merchant ship of about 3500 tons. Shortly afterwards an A/S trawler was seen escorting her. Also another small merchant was present. Started attack.

1548 hours - In position 58°07'N, 06°21'E fired three torpedoes from 1600 yards at the largest merchant vessel. One hit was obtained. Following this attack the A/S trawler counter-attacked with 5 depth charges between 1602 - 1609 hours, but none of these were close. (1)

16 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 28th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for Holy Loch escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (1)

2 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for her 29th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the approaches to Narvik. (1)

3 Sep 1942
At 0610 hours (zone -1), HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN), sighted a U-boat on the surface bearing 160 degrees. Position was 62°15'N, 01°05'E. Enemy course was 260°, range 7000 yards. An attack was started but the range could not be closed. This was most likely the German U-216 that was en-route to the Atlantic for her 1st war patrol. (1)

6 Sep 1942
On board HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) the after hydroplanes malfunctioned. It was not possible to dive safely and the patrol had to be abandoned. Course was set to return to Lerwick. (1)

10 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 29th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

14 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for Methill. She was to proceed to the Chatham Dockyard for repairs to her after hydroplanes. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (24)

15 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to effect more temporary repairs. (24)

16 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Sheerness. She made the passage south together with HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) that was to proceed to Blyth. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (24)

17 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) joined southbound convoy FS 10 off Methil. (24)

19 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (24)

21 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) shifted from Sheerness to Chatham. (24)

25 Sep 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was docked at Chatham. (24)

16 Oct 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) was undocked. (25)

23 Oct 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) shifted from Chatham to Sheerness. (25)

24 Oct 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She made the passage together with HMS H 33 (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Guillemot (Lt. H.I.S. White, RNR). (25)

25 Oct 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (25)

26 Oct 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (25)

27 Oct 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. She was to join the 8th submarine flotilla in the Mediterranean temporarily during the invasion of North Africa. (1)

6 Nov 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Before arriving at Gibraltar she was attacked in error by a British Hudson aircraft which dropped three depth charges. Position of the attack was 36°02'N, 06°33'W. Fortunately no damage was done to Sturgeon. (1)

10 Nov 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 30th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Toulon, southern France. (1)

15 Nov 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) was ordered to patrol off Naples, Italy. (1)

2 Dec 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) ended her 30th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (1)

20 Dec 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Gibraltar for Algiers. Upon departing A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Wivern (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, RN). (26)

24 Dec 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Algiers. (26)

12 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Algiers for Mers el Kebir. She made the passage in a convoy of Tank Landing Ships. (27)

14 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Mers el Kebir. (27)

16 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Eskimo (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN). (27)

17 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Tartar (Cdr. St J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN). (27)

18 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with ORP Blyscawica (Lt.Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski, ORP) and HMS Puckeridge (Lt. J.C. Cartwright, DSC, RN). (27)

19 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, RN) and HMS Panther (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Jocelyn, RN). (27)

20 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN) and HMS Haydon (Lt. R.C. Watkin, RN). (27)

23 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Tartar (Cdr. St J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN). (27)

24 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Haydon (Lt. R.C. Watkin, RN) and HMS Puckeridge (Lt. J.C. Cartwright, DSC, RN). (27)

25 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN). (27)

26 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with ORP Blyscawica (Lt.Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski, ORP) and HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN). (27)

27 Jan 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN). (27)

1 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Westray (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Rhind, RNZNVR) and HMS Hunda (T/Lt. W.B. Brown, RNVR). (28)

2 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Shiant (T/Lt. A.C. Elton, RNR) and HMS Inchmarnock (T/Lt. C.G.V. Corneby, RNR). (28)

3 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Eskimo (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN). (28)

4 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with ORP Blyscawica (Lt.Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski, ORP) and HMS Puckeridge (Lt. J.C. Cartwright, DSC, RN). (28)

5 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Haydon (Lt. R.C. Watkin, RN). (28)

14 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Eskimo (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN). (28)

15 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Mers el Kebir with HMS Tartar (Cdr. St J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN). (28)

16 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Mers el Kebir for Algiers. She made the passage in convoy KMS 9. (28)

18 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Algiers. (28)

21 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Algiers for Gibraltar. (28)

25 Feb 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (28)

6 Mar 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (29)

10 Mar 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with three ML's. (29)

11 Mar 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN) and HMS Lookout (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, RN). (29)

3 Apr 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) was docked at Gibraltar. (30)

6 Apr 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) was undocked. (30)

8 Apr 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (30)

12 Apr 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. (1)

23 Apr 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Portland. (1)

24 Apr 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. (1)

13 May 1943
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Plymouth where she was to refit at the Devonport Dockyard. Before the completion of her refit she was transferred on loan to the Royal Netherlands Navy. (31)

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  7. ADM 173/16555
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  21. ADM 173/17576
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