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)

Please note that we're still working on this section.

CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Jack Etheridge Slaughter, RN25 Sep 193923 Sep 1940
2Lt. George Robson Colvin, RN23 Sep 1940Aug 1941

3Lt. Denis Woolnough Mills, DSC, RN30 Jun 194324 Jul 1943
4Lt. Thomas Frederick Jones, RNR24 Jul 194313 Oct 1943
5Lt. Hilary John Bartlett, DSC, RN13 Oct 194330 May 1944

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving Sunfish include:


The page for this submarine is currently (December 2015 and onwards) being updated.

7 Oct 1939
Nearing the end of her refit, HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN), was docked at the Chatham Dockyard.

Sunfish had been refitting and repairing at the Chatham Dockyard since early March 1939. (1)

9 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) was undocked. (1)

11 Oct 1939
With her refit completed, HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN), started a period of trials off Chatham. (1)

16 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness. (1)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Sheerness for Rosyth. She made the passage in convoy. (1)

22 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (1)

25 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (1)

26 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (1)

28 Oct 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Rosyth for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea near the Doggerbank. (1)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rosyth. (2)

12 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Rosyth for Sheerness. She made the passage together with HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN), HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN) and HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN). They were escorted by HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) until 0900/13 when HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) took over the escort. (2)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (2)

18 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) shifted from Sheerness to the Chatham Dockyard. (2)

22 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness. (2)

24 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Sheerness for Harwich. (2)

25 Nov 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) arrived at Harwich. She departed for her 2nd war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol near Lister, Norway. (2)

13 Dec 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 3rd war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol off the British east coast. (3)

14 Dec 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) was ordered to return to Harwich. (3)

15 Dec 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Harwich. (3)

26 Dec 1939
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (4)

3 Jan 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich. (4)

16 Jan 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands. (4)

23 Jan 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Harwich. (4)

31 Jan 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands. (4)

8 Feb 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Harwich. (4)

17 Feb 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the north of the Netherlands / Heligoland Bight. (5)

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.

0945 hours - Sighted a 250 tons U-boat in position 54°28'N, 07°11'E. Enemy course was 080 degrees, speed 12 knots, range was 2000 yards. Started attack.

0951 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained. (5)

27 Feb 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Lowestoft where she was immediately docked.

The date she was undocked is currently not known to us. (5)

10 Mar 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) shifted from Lowestoft to Harwich. (6)

12 Mar 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea to the north of the Netherlands. (5)

23 Mar 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Harwich. (5)

2 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (5)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) was ordered to patrol east of the Skaw, Denmark. (5)

9 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Amasis (7129 GRT, built 1923) south of Smögen, Sweden in position 58°13'N, 11°13'E.

1700 hours - Sighted a northbound merchant vessel approaching. She was of about 5000 tons. Closed to investigate. No neutral markings could be seen and when closer she was seen to fly the German ensign. Started attack.

When the tubes were ready fired two torpedoes. One hit and the ship started to settle by the stern. The crew started to abandon ship. Closed to indentify the target but had to go deep when an aircraft approached. (5)

10 Apr 1940
Around 2000 hours HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Antares (2593 GRT, built 1937) in the Kattegat in position 58°03'N, 11°00'E.

Earlier that day, around 1150 hours she (probably) missed the German merchant Hanau (5892 GRT, built 1921) with a torpedo.

1150 hours - Attacked but missed a 3000 tons northbound merchant vessel with one torpedo.

1520 hours - Attacked but missed a 3000 to 4000 tons northound German merchant vessel with two torpedoes (She was seen to fly the German ensign).

1720 hours - Sighted eight German A/S trawlers to the westward heading 350° in line ahead. Distance was about 7000 yards. Heard Asdic impulses but we were not hunted. They were possibly on passage.

1940 hours - Sighted a darkened merchant vessel, northbound. Closed to attack but the vessel zigged away. Another merchant vessel of about 3000 tons was sighted close astern and this was attacked at 2000 hours with one torpedo which hit. The enemy went slowly down by the stern in position 58°11'N, 11°17'E.

Six A/S trawlers were then seen to close the sinking ship.

2200 hours - Sunfish surfaced about a mile from the sinking wreck and managed to escape on the surface to the south and then to the west. The wreck was seen to sink at 2230 hours. (5)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) attacked but missed the German "Q-ship" Schiff 40 / Schürbeck in the Kattegat (near Maseskär, Sweden).

0415 hours - Sighted a merchant ship of about 4000 tons heading south. Closed and attacked. Asdic impulses were heard coming from this ship.

Just after firing a torpedo this ship made a large alteration of course and the torpedo missed. The ship finally made off the the northward. (5)

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

1200 hours - Came to periscope depth for routines. Sighted a 3000 tons southbound merchant vessel with no ensign or markings. She was giving out A/S impulses. Started attack.

1222 hours - Fired two torpedoes. One hit was obtained forward. The crew abandoned ship and she drifted towards Grönskären rocks with her propeller still moving. The ship was not observed to sink but is undoubtedly a total loss. (5)

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°50'N, 11°15'E.

1945 hours - Sighted a large lightly laden merchant ship of about 6000 tons. She was zigging on a mean course of 290° and giving out A/S impulses. Attacked with two torpedoes. Both hit. The ship sank rapidly in position 57°50'N, 11°15'E (5)

19 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Harwich. (5)

28 Apr 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) departed Harwich for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (5)

15 May 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Harwich. (5)

26 May 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) departed Harwich for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (5)

2 Jun 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

10 Jun 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (7)

12 Jun 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) was undocked. (7)

18 Jun 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea north of the Dutch coast. (5)

27 Jun 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

4 Jul 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway. (5)

11 Jul 1940
At 1934 hours, while in position 58°58'N, 04°55'E, HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN), sighted an tanker of 8000 tons in ballast. She was escorted by two destroyers. An attack was started but had to be abandoned after a large alteration of course by the enemy.

At 2148 hours Sunfish surfaced in position 58°58'N, 04°48'E. An aircrat was sighted at 2152 hours and she dived again. When passing 30 feet a bomb exploded very close causing some damage to Sunfish. (5)

16 Jul 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

27 Jul 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Lister, Norway. (5)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

16 Aug 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) was docked at Grangemouth. (8)

1 Sep 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) was undocked at Grangemouth. She then returned to Rosyth. (9)

2 Sep 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the central North Sea. (5)

16 Sep 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

20 Sep 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (9)

26 Sep 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (9)

30 Sep 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Rosyth for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off south-west Norway. (5)

13 Oct 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

26 Oct 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Rosyth for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of the Shetland Islands for an anti-U boat patrol. (5)

8 Nov 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Rosyth for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (10)

11 Nov 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Blyth. (10)

27 Nov 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Blyth for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between Stadtlandet and Fro Havet, Norway. (5)

5 Dec 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and sank the Finnish merchant Oscar Midling (2182 GRT, built 1889) in Sildegapet, Norway in position 62°03'N, 05°06'E.

1448 hours - Sighted a suthbound merchant vessel of about 4000 tons, heavily laden, close inshore, enemy speed 9 knots. Range was 4500 yards. Started attack.

1509 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 4000 yards.

1513 hours - Heard a double explosion. Two large columns of water were observed near the ship. Two hits had been obtained.

1514 hours - Heard a second double explosion. These were two torpedoes hitting the land beyond the ship.

1515 hours - Nothing was seen of the target, it must have gone down very quickly. (5)

7 Dec 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Norwegian merchant Dixie (1715 GRT, built 1937, offsite link) off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°10'N, 05°05'E.

1501 hours - Sighted a tanker of about 4000 tons steering north (Dixie had the engine aft and bridge amidships, therefore Lt. Colvin thought the target was a tanker). Started attack. Range on sighting was 6000 yards.

1509 hours - Sighted a small vessel about half a mile astern of the tanker. Sighted a 3000 tons merchant vessel of about 3000 tons astern of this coaster. Continued the attack on the tanker, the best target.

1516 hours - In position 62°10'N, 05°05'E fired four torpedoes at the tanker from 3000 yards.

1521 hours - Observed the tanker to be listing but not sinking. All torpedoes had now been expended. The coaster remained near the tanker.

Set course to return to base. (5)

10 Dec 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 18th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

27 Dec 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Blyth for her 19th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between Fejeosen and the Buefjord, Norway. (5)

8 Jan 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 19th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

24 Jan 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Blyth for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (5)

27 Jan 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) landed a Norwegian agent near Lindesnes, Norway. (5)

30 Jan 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) attacked what is thought to be a tanker with four torpedoes near Kristiansand, Norway in position 58°11'N, 08°32'E. No hits were obtained.

1315 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 020°, range 6 nautical miles. Closed to investigate.

1328 hours - The contact was now seen to be a medium seized ship. Closed at high speed to attack.

1348 hours - The target was now seen to be a 4000 to 5000 tons tanker flying the Norwegian flag. Enemy course 220°, speed 12 knots.

1353 hours - In position 58°11'N, 08°32'E fired four torpedoes from 4000 yards. No hits were obtained. Two torpedoes exploded on hitting the coast beyond the target. (5)

2 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) attacked but missed the German merchant Hanau (5892 GRT, built 1921) with four torpedoes near Lister, Norway. Sunfish was then hunted by the German auxiliary minesweeper M 1108 but she mananged to escape without damage.

1120 hours - Sighted a 2000 tons merchant ship crossing astern on an easterly course. Started attack. Enemy course was 105°, speed 8 knots.

1131 hours - In position 58°02'N, 06°46'E fired four torpedoes from 1200 yards. The torpedoes must have been sighted as the enemy altered course. The first torpedoes narrowly missed her stern.

1134 hours - Sighted an A/S trawler approaching from the eastward at high speed.

1136 hours - The trawler started dropping depth charges but Sunfish managed to escape without damage. (5)

5 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

7 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) was taken in hand at Blyth for repairs to her A/S dome. (6)

10 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) was docked at Blyth. (11)

13 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) was undocked. (11)

23 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Blyth for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Mollusc (Lt.Cdr. (retired) R.H. Aldworth, RN) until 0440/24 when HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) took over the escort. (11)

24 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow after conducting W/T trails with HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN). (11)

25 Feb 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Vestfjord, Norway to participate in a raid on the Lofoten Islands (Operation Claymore). (5)

3 Mar 1941
In the evening, HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), acted as beacon to guide in the ships participating in operation Claymore. (5)

11 Mar 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

23 Mar 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Blyth for Harwich. She made the passage together with HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN). Off Blyth they made rendez-vous with HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki) coming from Dundee. Escort was provided by HMS Leda (Cdr. R.C.V. Ross, DSO, RN). (12)

24 Mar 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Harwich. (12)

25 Mar 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Harwich for Portsmouth. Again she made the passage with HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN), HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki). Escort was now provided by HMS Sheldrake (Cdr. (retired) E.H. Hopkinson, RN). (12)

26 Mar 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. She departed later the same day for her 22th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (5)

14 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 22th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

18 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Portsmouth for passage to Sheerness. She made the passage in convoy CE 31 together with HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN). The latter however was forced to return to Portsmouth shortly after departure with engine defects. (13)

19 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (13)

20 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Sheerness for passage to Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) in convoy FN 56. (13)

21 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Blyth. (13)

24 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) shifted from Blyth to Wallsend-on-Tyne where she was to refit at the Swan Hunters shipyard. (13)

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. (6)

4 Nov 1941
HMS Sunfish departed the Tyne in tow of HMS Champion for Harwich. Passage was made in convoy FS 38. (11)

6 Nov 1941
HMS Sunfish arrived at Harwich. (11)

9 Nov 1941
HMS Sunfish was towed from Harwich to Sheerness by HMS Stalwart. (11)

13 Nov 1941
HMS Sunfish departed Sheerness for Portsmouth still in tow of HMS Stalwart. They were escorted by HMS Holderness (Cdr. F.J.C. Halahan, DSC, RN). (11)

14 Nov 1941
HMS Sunfish arrived at Portsmouth where she was paid off into dockyard control for repairs. It was estimated that repairs would take 9 / 10 months. In the end it would take nearly two years to complete due to other priorities. (6)

11 Nov 1943
With repairs, refit and trials finally completed, HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN), departed the Yarmouth roads for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted initially by the Vichy French submarine chaser Chasseur 5. HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) later took over the escort for onwards passage northwards through the Irish Sea. (14)

12 Nov 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was ordered to proceed to Fishguard to aid HMS Umbra (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) who had engine trouble. (14)

18 Nov 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) shifted from Fishguard to Milford Haven. (14)

4 Dec 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Milford Haven for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (15)

5 Dec 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. She was assigned to training duties. (15)

6 Dec 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was docked at Port Bannatyne. (15)

8 Dec 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was undocked at Port Bannatyne. She immediately returned to Rothesay. (15)

12 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Larne for Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (16)

14 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (16)

15 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Matchless (Lt. W.D. Shaw, RN). (16)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow with HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN).

17 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (16)

18 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (16)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Vox. They were escorted by HMS Sicyon (T/Lt. J. Bruce, RNVR). (16)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (16)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Dundee. She made part of the passage together with HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) (en-route to Blyth) and HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) (en-route to Scapa Flow). They are escorted by Norwegian patrol vessel Narvik. (17)

4 Mar 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (17)

3 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. (18)

6 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) returned to Dundee. (18)

7 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was docked at Dundee. (18)

10 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was undocked. (18)

19 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. (18)

20 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (18)

29 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. (18)

30 Apr 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (18)

6 May 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. At Rosyth the new Russian crews were trained in how to operate the boat. (19)

24 May 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (19)

27 May 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was undocked. (19)

30 May 1944
At Rosyth, HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN), is decommissioned by the Royal Navy and transferred to the Soviet Union. (19)

Media links


Fatal Decisions

Blandford, Edmund

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16157
  2. ADM 173/16158
  3. ADM 173/16159
  4. ADM 199/1842
  5. ADM 199/1927
  6. ADM 199/2571
  7. ADM 173/16561
  8. ADM 173/16563
  9. ADM 173/16564
  10. ADM 173/16566
  11. ADM 199/400
  12. ADM 173/17000
  13. ADM 173/17001
  14. ADM 173/18146
  15. ADM 173/18147
  16. ADM 173/18885
  17. ADM 173/18887
  18. ADM 173/18888
  19. ADM 173/18889

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


Return to the Allied Warships section