Allied Warships

HMS Spiteful (P 227)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 227 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered2 Sep 1940 
Laid down19 Sep 1941 
Launched5 Jun 1943 
Commissioned6 Oct 1943 
End service 
History

Loaned to the French Navy and served as Sirene from 25 Janaury 1952 until returned in November 1958. Scrapped on 15 July 1963.  

Former nameP 77

Commands listed for HMS Spiteful (P 227)

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1Lt.Cdr. Frederick Henry Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR21 Jul 194324 Jul 1946

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12 Oct 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

1 Nov 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage North together with the Dutch submarine HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (2)

3 Nov 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S exercises. (2)

17 Nov 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

19 Nov 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Holy Loch. (2)

27 Dec 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (3)

29 Dec 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Lerwick. She departed later the same day on her 1st war patrol. An anti-uboat patrol to the North-East of the Shetlands.

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


HMS Spiteful 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

12 Jan 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

13 Jan 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN). (4)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

28 Jan 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) shifted from Holy Loch to Ardrossan where repairs were to be carried out. Also a new battery was fitted. (4)

11 Feb 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) returned to Holy Loch. (5)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was docked at Holy Loch. (5)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was undocked. (5)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) returned to her builders yard for more repairs. (5)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) returned to Holy Loch. (5)

29 Feb 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This was later changed to Casablanca.

This was the first leg of her trip to the Far East.

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


HMS Spiteful passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee click here for bigger map (5)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Casablanca for Gibraltar. (6)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

17 Mar 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (6)

22 Mar 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Malta. (6)

25 Mar 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Malta for Port Said. (6)

30 Mar 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Port Said. (6)

3 Apr 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) transited the Suez Canal Southbound. (7)

4 Apr 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Suez for Aden. (7)

10 Apr 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Aden. (7)

13 Apr 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Aden. (7)

14 Apr 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Aden bound for Colombo. She was later ordered to proceed to Trincomalee. (7)

26 Apr 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Trincomalee. (7)

6 May 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (8)

11 May 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (8)

13 May 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (8)

14 May 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Port Blair.

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


HMS Spiteful 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

1 Jun 1944
At 1547 hours (zone -6.5) HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) surfaced off Port Blair to 'shoot up' the Governor's Residence. Range was 2000 yards. 9 rounds were fired off which 8 fell in the target area. The gun jammed when the 10th round was fired. At 1550 hours the action was ended and Spiteful dived and cleared the area. (3)

5 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

6 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was docked at Trincomalee. (9)

8 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was undocked. (9)

20 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (9)

21 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Strait.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Spiteful during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Spiteful 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

29 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) attacked a convoy of coasters with 3 torpedoes in the Malacca Strait. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1045 hours - In position 04°22'N, 98°20'E sighted the same convoy of 7 coasters as sighted yesterday. Also 19 small motor sampans, launches, etc. were present. An air escort of 2 Kates was patrolling the area. Started a torpedo attack on the coasters.

1150 hours - Fired 3 torpedoes at the 3rd coaster in line. No hits were obtained. No counter attack followed. (3)

30 Jun 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) attacked the same convoy as was attacked yesterday, but this time with gunfire. Only two shots could be fired before an aircraft forced Spiteful to break off the action and dive to safety.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0643 hours - Sighted the convoy of 7 coasters again in position 04°45'N, 98°01'E. Closed submerged at speed.

0835 hours - Surfaced for gun action. Range was 7000 yards. Two rounds were fired at the same coaster that was missed by torpedoes yesterday before an aircraft was detected.

0837 hours - Dived.

0838 hours - One loud explosion very close causing minor damage.

0840 hours - One loud explosion further away. Retired to the seaward and deeper water. (3)

2 Jul 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait in position 04°36'N, 99°00'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1449 hours - Surfaced in position 04°36'N, 99°00'E 500 yards on the Port quarter of junk Sulee Thye (registered in Singapore, No. 950). She had three masts and was heavily laden. A shot with the deck gun was put through the sail before the crew of 6 abandoned ship and approached the submarine in their small boat. The Captain was taken prisoner and the others were given provisions and a direction for land. The junk was then sunk with 22 rounds.
(3)

15 Jul 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

1 Aug 1944
During 1 and 2 August 1944 HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee, these included night exercises. (10)

5 Aug 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Trincomalee for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off North-West Sumatra and to proceed to Fremantle, Australia upon completion of this short patrol.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Spiteful during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Spiteful 4th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) left her patrol area to proceed to Fremantle. (3)

19 Aug 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) is ordered to reconnoitre Christmas Island. (3)

22 Aug 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) bombarded oil storage tanks at Christmas Island.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0929 hours - Dived in position 10°11'S, 105°38'E and closed Christmas Island.

1230 hours - No shipping was seen in Flying Fish Cove. Three oil storage tanks were seen and selected as target for a gun action.

1734 hours - Surfaced for gun action. 5 Rounds were fired for 2 or 3 hits. The enemy also opened fire with three guns and machine guns.

1737 hours - Dived and set course for Australia. (3)

26 Aug 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) took on board fuel at Exmouth Gulf. (3)

30 Aug 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) at Fremantle, Australia. (3)

14 Sep 1944
During 14 and 15 September 1944 HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Fremantle, these included night exercises. (11)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol in the Sunda Strait.

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


HMS Spiteful 5th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

26 Sep 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) topped off with fuel at Exmouth Gulf before proceeding to her patrol area. (3)

27 Sep 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Exmouth Gulf only after some engine repairs that delayed her 24 hours. (3)

1 Oct 1944
While en-route to the Sunda Strait HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) made a reconnaissance of Christmas Island. Nothing of interest was sighted. (3)

25 Oct 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle. The patrol had been uneventful. (3)

4 Nov 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was put on the slipway at Fremantle. (12)

6 Nov 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was put back in the water. (12)

9 Nov 1944
During 9 and 10 November 1944 HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Fremantle, these included night exercises. (12)

12 Nov 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) was docked at Fremantle. She was undocked later the same day. (12)

16 Nov 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East and 2nd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Boni. Later she was ordered to patrol in Makassar Strait.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Spiteful during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Spiteful 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Darwin to top off fuel and provisions and to land an injured crewmember and take on board a replacement that had been flown in from Fremantle. (3)

25 Nov 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Darwin for her patrol area. (3)

14 Dec 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) took of one crewmember of a small sailing vessel. The vessel was then allowed to proceed. (3)

14 Dec 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) sank a coaster with gunfire in the Java Sea, South of Makassar Strait.

(All times are zone -8)
1730 hours - In position 05°11S, 117°13'E sighted the mast of a ship to the Southward. Closed to investigate. This soon was seen to be a 150-200 tons coaster with a diesel engine. Altered course to get ahead of her and dived to close submerged however the coaster had sighted Spiteful and made off to the South-East. Set off in pursuit on the surface.

1824 hours - Opened fire from 4500 yards. The 6th round was a hit. In all 118 rounds were fired and at least 80 hits were obtained before she sank at 1855 hours in position 05°23'S, 117°20'E. No survivors were seen. (3)

15 Dec 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) attacked a Japanese merchant vessel with a salvo of 6 torpedoes in the Java Sea to the East of the Kangean Islands. No hits were obtained. Spiteful was depth charged but sustained no damage.

(All times are zone -8)
0938 hours - Sighted a mast bearing 260°. This proved to be a destroyer weaving ahead of a merchant ship. Enemy course was 080°. Further inspection showed that the merchant vessel was a mineweeper. The masts of a third ship were seen astern. This was thought to be a merchant vessel so started an attack on this ship. However this later proved to be a small escort. A Rufe aircraft was also patrolling the area. Target was now shifted to the 2nd ship again but the most favourable attack position was now gone.

1035 hours - In position 07°12'S, 116°15'E fired 6 torpedoes at the merchant vessel (first thought to be a minesweeper) from 4000 yards. All missed.

1039 hours - A counter attack followed. 18 Depth charges were dropped but none were close.

1250 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight except for a Rufe aircraft that was patrolling the area. (3)

16 Dec 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) passed Lombok Strait Southbound submerged during daylight hours. (3)

23 Dec 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East and 2nd in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle. (3)

9 Jan 1945
During 9 and 10 January 1945 HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted exercises off Fremantle, these included night exercises. (13)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol off Singapore. She was also to perform air/sea rescue duties in that area.

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


HMS Spiteful 7th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

16 Jan 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) topped off with fuel at Exmouth Gulf before proceeding to her patrol area. (3)

20 Jan 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) passed Lombok Strait Northbound. Most of the passage was made submerged and the last part on the surface after sunset. (3)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) passed Lombok Strait Southbound submerged during daylight hours. (3)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle. The patrol had been uneventful. (3)

16 Mar 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for Trincomalee. This is the first leg of the trip back to the U.K. where she was to refit.

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


HMS Spiteful passage Fremantle - Plymouth click here for bigger map (14)

30 Mar 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Trincomalee. (14)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Trincomalee for Aden. (15)

20 Apr 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Aden. (15)

26 Apr 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Aden for Port Said. She returned after a few hours with engine problems that needed repairs before she could continue the passage to the U.K. (15)

29 Apr 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Aden for Port Said. (15)

4 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Port Said. (16)

7 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Port Said for Malta. (16)

11 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Malta. (16)

13 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Malta for Gibraltar. (16)

17 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Gibraltar. (16)

25 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Gibraltar for Plymouth. (16)

31 May 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Plymouth where she was to refit at the Devonport Dockyard. (16)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18095
  2. ADM 173/18096
  3. ADM 199/1870
  4. ADM 173/18792
  5. ADM 173/18793
  6. ADM 173/18794
  7. ADM 173/18795
  8. ADM 173/18796
  9. ADM 173/18797
  10. ADM 173/18799
  11. ADM 173/18800
  12. ADM 173/18802
  13. ADM 173/19704
  14. ADM 173/19706
  15. ADM 173/19707
  16. ADM 173/19708

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


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