Allied Warships

HMS Sunfish (N 81)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantN 81 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Mar 1935 
Laid down22 Jul 1935 
Launched30 Sep 1936 
Commissioned2 Jul 1937 
End service30 May 1944 
History

Decommissioned and transferred to Soviet Navy on 30 May 1944, commissioned by the Soviet Navy on 26 June 1944 as V-1.

Bombed in error by a RAF Coastal Command Liberator off Norway, during passage from Dundee to Murmansk on 27 July 1944. V-1 (Capt. 2nd Class Fisanovic) was in her assigned area but the aircraft was out of position and started an attack on the surfaced submarine thinking it was German. All crew including the British liaison staff were lost.

 
Career notesTo Soviet Union as V-1

Commands listed for HMS Sunfish (N 81)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Jack Etheridge Slaughter, RN25 Sep 193918 Sep 1940
2Lt. George Robson Colvin, RN18 Sep 1940

3Lt. Denis Woolnough Mills, DSC, RN30 Jun 1943Aug 1943

4Lt. Hilary John Bartlett, DSC, RN13 Oct 194330 May 1944

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Noteable events involving Sunfish include:


19 Feb 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) fired four torpedoes at German U-boat U-14 about 30 nautical miles north-west of Helgoland, Germany in position 54°28'N, 07°11'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

9 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Amasis (7129 GRT) in the Kattegat in position 58°13'N, 11°13'E.

10 Apr 1940
Around 2000 hours HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Antares (2593 GRT) in the Kattegat in position 58°03'N, 11°00'E.

Earlier that day, around 1150 hours she missed the German merchant Hanau (5892 GRT) with a torpedo and around 1520 hours she missed a German auxiliary patrol vessel with two torpedoes.

13 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German "Q-ship" Schiff 40 / Sch?rbeck in the Kattegat in position 58°01'N, 11°20'E.

14 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) torpedoed and sank the German Schiff 35 / Oldenburg (2312 GRT) in the Kattegat in position 57°42'N, 10°54'E.

5 Dec 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and sank the Finnish merchant Oscar Midling (2182 GRT) in Sildegapet, Norway in position 62°03'N, 05°06'E.

7 Dec 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Norwegian merchant Dixie (1715 GRT) off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°10'N, 05°05'E.

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Fatal Decisions

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