HMS Splendid (P 228)
Submarine of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Chatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.)|
|Ordered||14 Oct 1940|
|Laid down||7 Mar 1941|
|Launched||19 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||8 Aug 1942|
|Lost||21 Apr 1943|
|Loss position||40.30N, 14.15E|
HMS Splendid (Lt. Ian Lachlan Mackay McGeogh, DSO, RN) was sunk south of Isola di Capri, Italy in position 40º30'N, 14º15'E by depth charges from the German destroyer ZG-3/Hermes. Five officers, including the Commanding Officer, and 25 ratings were picked up by the destroyer, 18 men were lost with the ship. During the attack by Hermes, Splendid fired a torpedo but missed.
|Former name||P 78|
Commands listed for HMS Splendid (P 228)
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|1||Lt. Ian Lachlan Mackay McGeoch, RN||19 May 1942||21 Apr 1943|
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Noteable events involving Splendid include:
16 Nov 1942
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary submarine chaser San Paolo (209 GRT) about 15 nautical miles north-west of Isola di Gorgona, Italy in position 43°34'N, 09°37'E. (see map)
21 Nov 1942
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian destroyer Velite about 18 nautical miles south-west of Isola d'Ischia, Italy in position 40°30'N, 13°33'E. (see map)
23 Nov 1942
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) sank the Italian merchant Luigi Favorita (3576 GRT) with gunfire about 80 nautical miles bearing 90 from Capo Carbonara, Sardinia, Italy in position 39°00'N, 11°11'E. (see map)
17 Dec 1942
HMS Splendid (Lt.Cdr I.L.M. McGeogh) torpedoed and sank the Italian destroyer Aviere about 35 nautical miles north-north-east of Bizerte, Tunisia in position 37°53'N, 10°05E. Aviere and her sister ship Camicia Nera were escorting the German transport ship Ankara. HMS Splendid misses the Ankara during the same attack. (see map)
15 Jan 1943
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Emma (7931 GRT) about 15 nautical miles south-west of Isola di Capri, Italy in position 40°25'N, 13°56'E. The Emma was escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Groppo, Uragano and Clio. Despite this heavy escort Lt.Cdr McGeoch managed to sink the merchant. (see map)
19 Jan 1943
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) torpedoed and sank the small Italian merchant Commercio (766 GRT) south-east of Capo Sferracavallo, Sardinia, Italy in position 39°41'N, 09°43'E.
She also sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No. 107 / Cleopatra (72 GRT) with gunfire in the same position. (see map)
17 Feb 1943
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) sank the Italian merchant XXI Aprile (4787 GRT) about 3 nautical miles north of Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°13'N, 12°43'E.
The German merchant Sienna (2147 GRT, former French Astr?e) is missed in the same attack. (see map)
17 Mar 1943
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Devoli (3006 GRT) 6 nautical miles bearing 245° of Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
21 Mar 1943
HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Giorgio (4887 GRT) about 8 nautical miles east-north-east of Cefal?, Sicily, Italy in position 38°05'N, 14°10'E. (see map)