Allied Warships

HMS Syrtis (P 241)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 241 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jan 1941 
Laid down14 Oct 1941 
Launched4 Feb 1943 
Commissioned23 Apr 1943 
LostMar 1944 
History

HMS Syrtis (Lt. Michael Hugh Jupp, DSC, RN) left Lerwick, Shetland Islands on 16 March 1944 for a patrol off the Norwegian coast near Kya. On 20 March she was ordered to an area near Bodø, northern Norway. She was most likey lost in a German minefield on or after 22 March 1944.  

Commands listed for HMS Syrtis (P 241)

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Notable events involving Syrtis include:


21 Apr 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Birkenhead, Liverpool for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (1)

22 Apr 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training off the Scottish west coast. (1)

20 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde area for Scapa Flow. She made the passage North through the Minches together with the Soviet submarine L-15. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (2)

21 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S and attack exercises. (2)

24 May 1943
In the morning HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN). During the evening she conductd attack exercises on the ‘battlefleet’. (2)

27 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) carried out attack exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

28 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

29 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

31 May 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

2 Jun 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Matchless (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, DSO, RN) and HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, RN). (3)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Ledbury (Lt. D.R.N. Murdoch, RN). (3)

5 Jun 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage South through the Minches together with HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) and HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)

6 Jun 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

30 Jun 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is docked at Kames Bay. (3)

1 Jul 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is undocked. (4)

3 Jul 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN). (4)

5 Jul 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (4)

6 Jul 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea on an anti-Uboat patrol.

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


HMS Syrtis 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

7 Jul 1943
In the early evening HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) sighted a German U-boat in position 62°42'N, 03°07'E. An attack was started but the range could not be closed so the attack had to be broken off. The enemy submarine sighted was most likely the U-269. (5)

20 Jul 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

She departed later the same day for Holy Loch escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

22 Jul 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

3 Aug 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay for an anti-Uboat patrol.

Passage South through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) and HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) until 1250/5. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

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


HMS Syrtis 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

17 Aug 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) boarded a French fishing vessel in the Bay of Biscay in approximate position 46°41'N, 06°45'W.

(All times are zone -1)
0318 hours - Sighted a darkened small tuna fishing vessel. Sent over the boarding party. The vessel was the Therese de l'enfant Jesus of Île d'Yeu. The French crew of 5 were sent off in their small boat. It was the intention to use the fishing vessel during the day for reconnaisance purposes but as there was no wind this idea was abandoned. The boarding party was taken off and they also took the ships books with them.
(5)

19 Aug 1943
At 0655 hours HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) made rendez-vous with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) and their escort HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) A.L. Sanders, RN). (5)

20 Aug 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

31 Aug 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Loch Loch Cairnbawn (Port H.H.Z.). She made the passage together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN), HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) and HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, DSC, RN). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (6)

1 Sep 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Port H.H.Z. for a period of exercises with midget submarines. (7)

11 Sep 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Port H.H.Z. for her 3rd war patrol. She is to tow midget submarine X 9 to the entrance to the Alten Fjord in Northern Norway.

Syrtis and X-9 are part of Operation Source. An attack by six midget submarines on the German battleship Tirpitz.

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


HMS Syrtis 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map (8)

16 Sep 1943
In the early moring hours of HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) lost her tow, midget submarine X-9 (T/S.Lt. E. Kearan, RNVR). This was not disconvered until 0900 hours. Syrtis then turned round and began a search but X-9 was not found. It is not known wat happened to her and her crew. (8)

5 Oct 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Holy Loch.

She departed later the same day for Holy Loch together with HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (5)

7 Oct 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (9)

21 Oct 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN ) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Stubborn (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (9)

23 Oct 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (9)

25 Oct 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway.

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


HMS Syrtis 4th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

12 Nov 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

14 Nov 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (10)

16 Nov 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (10)

22 Nov 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (10)

26 Nov 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is undocked. (10)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage North through the Minches together with HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) and HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (11)

12 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in exercises. (11)

13 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises together with HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN). (11)

14 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises together with the Free French battleship Richelieu. (11)

15 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises together with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN). (11)

16 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises together with HMS Black Prince (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN). (11)

17 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises together with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN). (11)

18 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises together with HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN). (11)

20 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. (11)

21 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (11)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to provide cover for convoy operations to Russia (JW 55 / RA 55). Later in this patrol she was to perform an anti-Uboat patrol.

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


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

6 Jan 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

8 Jan 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HNoMS Narvik until 1200 hours when escort was taken over HMS Regal (A/Skr.Lt. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR) (12)

10 Jan 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (12)

13 Jan 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is docked at Greenock. (13)

18 Jan 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is undocked and returned to Holy Loch. (12)

2 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Kames Bay with midget submarine X-22 in tow. (14)

7 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

While near Scapa Flow she lost her Officer Of the Watch, Lt. C. Blythe, RNR, overboard. Syrtis turned immediately and collided with her tow, midget submarine X-22, which sank with the loss of 4 men. Lt. Blythe was not found. Position was 58°43'42"N, 03°18'00"W. (14)

8 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. (15)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (15)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol the Stadlandet area.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this passage see the map below.


HMS Syrtis 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

17 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) attacked the Norwegian merchant Sirius (938 GRT, built 1941, offsite link) with three torpedoes off Stadlandet. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0815 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of the Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab. She was thought to be of about 1500 tons. Started attack.

0825 hours - In position 62°13'N, 05°12'E fired three torpedoes from 1500 to 2000 yards. No hits were obtained. Two torpedoes were heard to explode on the shore. The attack appears to be unobserved. It was later seen that the target was the Sirius of about 900 tons. It is thought the torpedoes might have run under. (5)

21 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is ordered to leave patrol. (5)

22 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. Off Scapa Flow she was joined by HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) and FFL Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). They were escorted by HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).

25 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (5)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (15)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (15)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol the Kya area. (5)

20 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) is ordered to patrol the Bodø area. (5)

22 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) sank the Norwegian merchant Narvik (241 GRT, built 1895, offsite link) with gunfire near Svinvær, Rødøy, Helgeland in position 66°45'N, 13°11'E.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18158
  2. ADM 173/18159
  3. ADM 173/18160
  4. ADM 173/18161
  5. ADM 199/1842
  6. ADM 173/18162
  7. ADM 173/18163
  8. ADM 199/888
  9. ADM 173/18164
  10. ADM 173/18165
  11. ADM 173/18166
  12. ADM 173/18910
  13. ADM 173/18910
  14. ADM 199/1385
  15. ADM 199/2571

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


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