HMS Sunfish (N 81)
Submarine of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Chatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.)|
|Ordered||1 Mar 1935|
|Laid down||22 Jul 1935|
|Launched||30 Sep 1936|
|Commissioned||2 Jul 1937|
|End service||30 May 1944|
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 notes||To Soviet Union as V-1|
Commands listed for HMS Sunfish (N 81)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Jack Etheridge Slaughter, RN||25 Sep 1939||18 Sep 1940|
|2||Lt. George Robson Colvin, RN||18 Sep 1940||Aug 1941|
|3||Lt. Denis Woolnough Mills, DSC, RN||30 Jun 1943||24 Jul 1943|
|4||Lt. Thomas Frederick Jones, RNR||24 Jul 1943||13 Oct 1943|
|5||Lt. Hilary John Bartlett, DSC, RN||13 Oct 1943||30 May 1944|
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Notable 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.
30 Sep 1941
While completing her refit HMS Sunfish is heavily damaged by near misses during a German air raid on the Tyne area. In November she was towed to Portsmouth for repairs. Repairs were only completed in October 1943.