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HMS Tigris (N 63)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantN 63 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Dec 1937 
Laid down11 May 1938 
Launched31 Oct 1939 
Commissioned20 Jun 1940 
Lost10 Mar 1943 
History

HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. George Robson Colvin, DSC, RN) left Malta on 18 February 1943 to patrol south-west of Naples. She failed to return to Algiers on 10 March 1943 and was declared overdue on that date. Tigris was most likely sunk on 27 February by the German submarine chaser UJ-2210 6 nautical miles south-east of Capri Island, Italy.

 

Commands listed for HMS Tigris (N 63)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Howard Francis Bone, RN6 Mar 194019 Jan 1942
2Lt. Lennox William Napier, RN19 Jan 194215 Apr 1942
3Lt.Cdr. George Robson Colvin, RN15 Apr 194210 Mar 1943 (+)

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The history of HMS Tigris as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks (unfortunately not all logs are available) of HMS Tigris. Corrections and details regarding information from the enemy's side (for instance the composition of convoys attacked) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in January 2016.

Each year there is an annual Remembrance Service for the submarine and the crew lost at St Nicolas Church, Newbury, Berks, England on the Sunday nearest the 27 February.

HMS Tigris was adopted by the town of Newbury during World War II. Newbury held warship week from 7-14 Feb 1942 raising £431,243. Confirmation was received of the adoption and two plaques received in August 1942.

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9 May 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness. (2)

10 May 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Sheerness for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Pintail (Lt.Cdr. T.H. Hill-Walker, RN). (2)

11 May 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) arrived at Portsmouth for further outfitting. (2)

15 May 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) is docked at Portsmouth. (2)

4 Jun 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) is undocked.

23 Jun 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Fowey. (3)

24 Jun 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) arrived at Fowey for a period of training. (3)

28 Jun 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Fowey for Portland. She was escorted by HMS Warrior II (Capt. (retired) A.E. Johnston, RN). (3)

29 Jun 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) arrived at Portland for torpedo discharge trials. (3)

2 Jul 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth where she arrived later the same day. (4)

5 Jul 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS H 32 (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN). They were escorted by HMS Warrior II (Capt. (retired) A.E. Johnston, RN). (4)

8 Jul 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) arrived at Rothesay for further training. (4)

16 Jul 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Rothesay for her 1st war patrol, escorted by HMS Northern Spray (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR) until 2140/17. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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


View HMS Tigris 1st war patrol in a larger map (5)

2 Aug 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) arrived at Falmouth. (5)

3 Aug 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Falmouth for Holy Loch after having taken on board some engine spare parts that were sent over to Falmouth by Chatham Dockyard.. (5)

5 Aug 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rothesay. (5)

27 Aug 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Rothesay for her 2nd war patrol. She made the passage together with cable ship HMS Lasso (Capt. (retired) H.C.P. Pipon, RN). They were escorted by HMS Notts County (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.K. Pollock, RN) until 2130/29. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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


View HMS Tigris 2nd war patrol in a larger map (5)

2 Sep 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) attacks German U-boat U-58 with one torpedo in the Bay of Biscay about 30 nautical miles south-west of Lorient, France in position 47°29'N, 04°04'W. The torpedo however missed the target despite the claim of a hit. U-58 had departed Lorient that day.

(All times are BST, zone 0)
2231 hours - Sighted a submarine only 500 yards away. Started attack.

2234 hours - Fired one torpedo that was seen to hit 12 to 15 seconds after firing. As there were a lot of fishing vessels in the area that could pick up survivors made off to seaward at full speed. (5)

14 Sep 1940
At 0855 hours HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She departed Falmouth at 1759 hours for Holy Loch escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

16 Sep 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

29 Sep 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made togeter with HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

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


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2 Oct 1940
At 2140 hours HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) reports that she is missed by two torpedoes in the Bay of Biscay near position 46°40'N, 05°35'W. No German or Italian uboats carried out an attack on this day near this position so the attack appears to be bogus. (5)

5 Oct 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) attacked an Italian submarine with torpedoes in the Bay of Biscay off the Gironde estuary in position 45°39'N, 01°34'W.

(All times are BST, zone 0)
0658 hours - Sighted three Italian submarines at a range of 6000 to 8000 yards. Started attack with the second and third submarines as targets.

0708 hours - Sighted two escort vessel proceeding at high speed towards Tigris.

0710 hours - Decided to concentrate on the third submarine.

0716 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2500 yards. Two explosions were heard after 2 minutes and 4 seconds and 2 minutes and 11 seconds giving a running range of 2800 yards. Only two submarines were seen shortly afterwards so a sinking was claimed.

0725 to 0802 hours - The escort vessels dropped 11 depth charges. None were close.

According to Italian sources these were the Italian submarines Maggiore Baracca and Reginaldo Giuliani (offsite links) that both arrived at Bordeaux the following day. They were escorted by M-9 and M-13. It appears that Giuliani was the target of the attack. (Note that there were only two submarines present and not three as claimed by Lt.Cdr. Bone.) (5)

16 Oct 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) sank the French (in German service) coaster Cimcour (250 GRT, built 1931) with gunfire in the Bay of Biscay about 120 nautical miles West of the Gironde estuary in position 45°44'N, 03°45'W.

(All times are BST, zone 0)
0155 hours - Sighted a darkened ship bearing 355°. Closed. The contact was thought to be a trawler. As it closed to about 1000 yards it turned towards and it was thought it was trying to ram Tigris so fire was opened with the 4" gun. Two rounds hit her amidships and she appeared to settle. Ceased fire and cleared the area leaving it to a nearby trawler to pick up the survivors.
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18 Oct 1940
At 0825 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN) also joined for the passage. (5)

19 Oct 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

25 Oct 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) is docked at Ardrossan. (6)

28 Oct 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) is undocked at Ardrossan and proceeded back to Holy Loch. (6)

6 Nov 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Holy Loch in company with HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) and escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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


View HMS Tigris 4th war patrol in a larger map (5)

7 Nov 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) developed engine problems and has to proceed to Milford Haven for repairs. (5)

8 Nov 1940
With repairs to her Starboard engine completed HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Milford Haven escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) to resume her 4th war patrol. (5)

13 Nov 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) sank the French fishing vessel Charles Edmond (301 GRT) with gunfire about 70 nautical miles west of the Gironde estuary in position 45°41'N, 02°57'W.

(All times are BST, zone 0)
2340 hours / 12th - Sighted barque on a course of 110°. Closed to investigate. There appeared to be a small vessel following astern and thought that this might be the damaged U-boat Tigris had been warned about. Started attack.

0110 hours / 13th - In attack position. The vessel following astern could no longer be seen. The weather was to bad for a gun attack so at ......

0122 hours - Fired one torpedo from 800 yards which appeared to run under. Proceeded down wind and sea, manned the gun and opened slow and deliberate fire with High Explosive (HE) shells. The crew was seen to abandon ship. Due to the rough sea very few hits were obtained despite the close range. Decided to fire a second torpedo at the now stopped ship.

0211 hours - Fired a second torpedo from 600 yards. This exploded at the correct interval but nothing happened and it was thought it had exploded on the bottom. As Tigris closed the target was seen to be on fire below and it was decided not to waste any more ammunition.

According to French sources the second torpedo did hit the target. (5)

27 Nov 1940
At 0732, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Surprise (Capt.(ret) E.Stubbs, RN). (5)

29 Nov 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch escorted by HMS Stella Polaris (Skr.Lt. S.J. Ward, DSC, RD, RNR) for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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


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10 Jan 1941
At 0840, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

11 Jan 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

3 Feb 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch, escorted by the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse, for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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


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12 Feb 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the French merchant Jacobsen (523 GRT, built 1923) in the Bay of Biscay about 5 nautical miles North-East of Biarritz, France in position 43°32'N, 01°42'W.

(All times are BST, zone 0)
0445 hours - Sighted a lighted merchant vessel enter San Sebastian and another vessel, taken to be a fisherman, was also seen. After a while this 'fisherman' was seen to be much larger than first thought. It looked like a laden tanker of about 1500 tons. Started attack.

0620 hours - Fired two torpedoes from about 2500 yards. One hit was obtained amidships and a huge column of water rose up into the air. Tigris surfaced to clear the area after the ship had sunk. (5)

19 Feb 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the French merchant Guilvinec (3273 GRT, built 1920) about 90 nautical miles south-west of the mouth of the Gironde estuary in position 44°48'N, 03°01'W.

(All times are BST, zone 0)
0045 hours - In position 44°47'N, 02°50´W sighted a single white light bearing 030°. It was first thought to be a fishing vessel but later it was seen to be a merchant vessel. Started attack.

0308 hours - In position 44°48'N, 03°01'W fired six torpedoes from the internal bow tubes (tubes 1 to 6). Two hits were obtained. The ships lights went out and she was seen to settle immediately by the stern. (5)

23 Feb 1941
At 0730 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse. (5)

24 Feb 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

12 Mar 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Ardrossan. (7)

14 Mar 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked. (7)

17 Mar 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch, with HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) escorted by the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse, for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. She is also to carry out a special operation.

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


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30 Mar 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) carries out special operation ' European ' (SOE operation SAVANNA). Captain Appleyard (SOE), Capitaine Bergé, Adjutant Forman and Sergeant Le Tac are landed near St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. They are to attack the personnel of the German fire raising Squadron at Vannes. (5)

3 Apr 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoes and sank the German tanker Thorn (5486 GRT, built 1932, former Norwegian Ruth) about 75 nautical miles South-West of St. Nazaire in position 46°36'N, 03°38'W.

(All times are zone -1)
2235 hours - Sighted a darkened ship bearing 235°. This soon proved to be a large tanker of 10000 to 12000 tons. Closed to attack with torpedoes.

2247 hours (2nd) - Fired four torpedoes from 2500 yards. Shortly after firing the enemy made a large alteration towards, almost certainly a zig-zag. The result was of course that all four torpedoes missed.

2250 hours (2nd) - Fired two more torpedoes from 1500 yards. Both missed. Manned the gun and gave chase.

2254 hours (2nd) - Opened fire with flash less HE shells from a range of 750 yards. Several hits were obtained. During the next 1.5 hours a running gun battle followed until the enemy's guns were knocked out be direct hits. The enemy made four attempts to ram Tigris, all were dodged.

0020 hours (3rd) - After hits on the waterline the tanker began to list heavily and when he lay stopped Lt.Cdr. Bone opened the range and fired a torpedo to finish the enemy off. One torpedo was fired that hit the enemy amidships. As the enemy was now considered a total loss Tigris cleared the area. (5)

3 Apr 1941
During the night of 3 / 4 April 1941 HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) picks up the agents that had been landed on 30 March. They are all recovered except Sergeant Le Tac who does not show up at the rendezvous. The mission was unsuccessful as it was based on obsolete information but valuable information was obtained. (5)

13 Apr 1941
At 0530 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) also joined company for the passage north. (5)

14 Apr 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

12 May 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch, escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (former French) (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. She is also to carry out special operation 'Explore'.

As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed. (5)

18 May 1941
During the night of 18 / 19 May 1941 HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) closes the shore south of Arcachon to carry out Operation Explore, the pick up of French agents who had been sent to sabotage the electric transformer station at Pessac (SOE operation Josehine B.). No agent showed up at the rendezvous and the operation was abandoned. (5)

25 May 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) was ordered to 47°17' N, 08°10' W to form a patrol line to intercept the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen believed to be heading for Brest. Nothing was seen as Bismarck was sunk 400 miles west of Brest. (5)

27 May 1941
When it was learnt that Bismarck was sunk, the patrol line was altered and HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) was ordered to in 46°25' N, 05°48' W to intercept Prinz Eugen but the latter managed to slip by and arrived at Brest on 1 June. (5)

31 May 1941
At 0530 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

1 Jun 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Holy Loch.

18 Jun 1941
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch, escorted by the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse, for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed. (5)

5 Jul 1941
The Italian submarine Michele Bianchi (offsite link) is most likely torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay about 150 nautical miles West-South-West of the Gironde estuary in approximate position 45°03'N, 04°01'W by the British submarine HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN).

(All times are zone -1)
0941 hours - The officer of the watch, Lt. N.J. Coe, RNR, sighted what he thought was a surface vessel escorted by two trawlers. Cdr. Bone was called to the control room. Three minutes later the target was identified as an Italian submarine. The masts thought to be of two trawlers were actually the two radio antennas of the submarine. Tigris turned to close the target at high speed.

0958 hours - Six torpedoes were fired from 3000 yards. After nearly three minutes two hits were heard.

1014 hours - Cdr. Bone wanted to surface to investigate the area for survivors but a Ju-88 aircraft was seen to approach. Cdr. Bone took Tigris deep.

No hits were observed. It is quite possible that Bianchi was indeed hit and sunk but there is no definite proof.

9 Jul 1941
At 0343 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (5)

10 Jul 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

26 Jul 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Polyarnoe, Russia. She was escorted out by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

As no log is available no map can be displayed. (8)

4 Aug 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Polyarnoe. (9)

11 Aug 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway.

As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed. (5)

17 Aug 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian passenger / cargo ship Haakon Jarl (1492 BRT, built 1904, offsite link) near Svaerholt, Norway in position 71°03'N, 26°43'E.

Three were killed and thirteen survivors were later picked up.

(All times are most likely zone -3)
0735 hours - In position 71°02'N, 26°46'E sighted a merchant vessel of about 3000 tons. Started attack.

0812 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 4500 yards. One hit was obtained and the ship was seen to sink after 90 seconds. (5)

24 Aug 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO. DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Polyarnoe. She was escorted in by the Russian destroyer Uritsky. (5)

3 Sep 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway.

As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed. (5)

13 Sep 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian passenger ship Richard With (905 BRT, built 1909) off the Rolvsoy Fjord about 11 nautical miles north-east of Hammerfest, Norway in position 70°50'N, 23°57'E.

Of the crew of 26 and 71 passengers only thirteen survived.

(All times are most likely zone -3)
1115 hours - Sighted a Southbound ship of about 2000 tons near Breisund. Started attack.

1203 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards. One hit was obtained and the ship sank immediately. Survivors were seen on four rafts and these were seen to be picked up by a fishing vessel that was in the area. Tigris retired to the seaward. (5)

17 Sep 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against the German passenger/cargo ship Bessheim (1774 GRT, 1912) off the Kv?nangen Fjord in position 70°21'N, 21°10'E. All torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are most likely zone -3)
1200 hours - Sighted a HE-115 aircraft patrolling. This most likely indicated the arrival of a convoy.

1304 hours - Caught a glimpse of a merchant ship of about 3000 tons. This was Northbound. Tigris turned on a firing course but there was no time to take ranges. Four torpedoes were fired and one possible hit was claimed. The ship was in convoy with one other ship and they were escorted by one Motor Torpedo Boat.

According to German sources the above mentioned Bessheim was in convoy with the Norwegian passenger/cargo ship (in German service) Kong Ring (2034 GRT, built 1929). Escorts were the Motor Minesweepers R-152 and R-154. (5)

21 Sep 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (5)

6 Oct 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway.

As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed. (5)

11 Oct 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) attacked a German convoy made up of three small merchants escorted by four trawlers. Four torpedoes were fired at the two rear ships of the convoy. No hits were obtained.

(All times are most likely zone -3)
0800 hours - Sighted an Eastbound convoy of 3 small merchant vessels escorted by four trawlers, started attack.

0921 hours - Fired four torpedoes against the rear merchant ships. Due to the bad weather range could not be taken but was estimated at about 3000 yards. Shortly after firing trim was lost so the result was not observed.

According to German sources the composition of this convoy was the German merchants Sonnenfelde (865 GRT, built 1922) and Andromeda (658 GRT, built 1910) and the Norwegian merchant (in German service Kaupanger (1584 GRT, built 1930). They were escorted by the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ-1211 and UJ-1416 and the patrol boat Nordlicht. (5)

14 Oct 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) attacked a German convoy off Svaerholt, Norway. During the attack one torpedo was fired to early by accident. The attack was broken off.

Later on the same day Tigris attacks another convoy off the Laksfjord in position 71°03'N, 27°10'E. Tigris fired five torpedoes but missed the Norwegian merchants Tugela (5559 GRT, built 1921) and Havbris (1316 GRT, built 1919) (all offsite links).

(All times are most likely zone -3)
0755 hours - Sighted a convoy of two merchant vessel, one of 3000 tons and one of 8000 tons. They were escorted by one destroyer and two M-class minesweepers. Started attack.

Loss of trim resulted in Cdr. Bone missing his D.A. (director angle). Port rudder was ordered to get the D.A. on again. The rating at the torpedo order instruments put the switch to 'Fire' by mistake when Cdr. Bone gave the final 'Standby' order. After realising his mistake the rating at once put the switch to 'Stop' and then to 'Off'. This was however to late and one torpedo was fired. When Cdr. Bone sighted the torpedo track through the periscope he immediately ordered 'Stop firing'. It was by then too late to shoot a fresh salvo of torpedoes. The torpedo fired off course did not hit anything nor did it explode at the end of its run.

According to German sources the composition of this convoy was as follows; German merchants Hartmut (2713 GRT, built 1938) and Mar del Plata (7340 GRT, built 1938, former Belgian). Escort was provided by the German destroyer Z20 / Karl Galster and the minesweepers M-18 and M-22.

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1040 hours - Sighted three medium seized merchant vessel escorted by four trawlers. Two HE-115 aircraft were approaching from the Eastward. Started attack.

1103 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the 2nd ship (range 1500 yards) and two torpedoes at the 3rd ship (range 4000 yards). The second ship was hit before firing at the 3rd. Tigris went deep immediately after firing the last two torpedoes as the escorting trawlers counter-attacked immediately. Their hunt lasted for two hours but was ineffective. Only 8 single depth charges were dropped.

The composition of this convoy was as follows; the above mentioned Norwegian merchants (in German service) Tugela, Havbris as well as the Mimona (1147 GRT, built 1919). They were escorted by the German auxiliary submarine chasers Nordlicht, UJ-1211 and UJ1416. No hits were obtained despite that Cdr. Bone claimed to have hit and sunk the second ship. (5)

16 Oct 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (5)

20 Oct 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe for Holy Loch.

As no log is available no map can be displayed. (9)

28 Oct 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. She was escorted in by HMS Breda (Capt.(retired) A.E. Johnston, RN). (8)

10 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR). (8)

12 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow for a few days of W/T exercises. (8)

16 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for her 13th war patrol. She is to patrol of Northern Norway to cover the Lofoten raids (Operation Anklet).

As no log is available and the patrol report holds no daily positions no map can be displayed. (5)

17 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is recalled to Scapa Flow. Tigris reversed course and arrived back at Scapa Flow later this day. (5)

19 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow to resume her 13th war patrol. (5)

25 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) acted as beacon for Operation 'Anklet' (raid on the Lofotens) from 2330 hrs to 0130 hrs on the 26th. (5)

10 Jan 1942
At 1230, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (5)

12 Jan 1942
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Holy Loch. (5)

30 Jan 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Central Norway (Trondheim area) as the German battleship Tirpitz had moved from the Baltic to Norway.

She was escorted out by HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR) until 1600/1. (5)

15 Feb 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed later this day for Holy Loch together with HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN). They are escorted by HMS Beaumaris (Lt.Cdr. D.S. Campbell, RNVR). (10)

18 Feb 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (9)

20 Feb 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Plymouth. She was escorted by the British corvette HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR). Trident was to refit at the Devonport Dockyard. (10)

22 Feb 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) arrived at Plymouth to refit. (9)

21 Jul 1942
With her refit completed HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

23 Jul 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (9)

27 Aug 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) is docked at Ardrossan. She was undocked later the same day. (9)

31 Aug 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage together with HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) and HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN).

The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (10)

2 Sep 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick later the same day for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway to provide cover for Convoy PQ-18 to northern Russia. (5)

10 Sep 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) fires five torpedoes against the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper (thought to be battleship Tirpitz) in approximate position 69°12'N, 15°18'E. All torpedoes fired missed the target.

(All times are zone -1)
1330 hours - While in position 034°, Anda Lighthouse, 9.8 nautical miles (approximately 69°12'N, 15°18'E) sighted a HE-115 aircraft flying across the entrance to Gavl Fjord. Shortly afterwards she was seen to fly to the South until out of sight.

1340 hours - Sighted the fore-top of a German heavy ship bearing 190°, range about 9 to 10 nautical miles. One HE-115 aircraft was seen to fly overhead. Started overhead. 1345 hours - It was now seen that the enemy force consisted of three heavy ships. The masts of several destroyers were now also visible. The very calm sea made the use of the periscope restricted to the absolute minimum.

The single HE-115 aircraft was circling ahead of the ships and was now getting very close so at 1346 hours went to 40 feet.

1349 hours - Returned to periscope depth. It was seen that the enemy main units were in line abreast.

1351 hours - The HE-115 aircraft was now almost directly overhead so went to 40 feet again.

1354 hours - The aircraft had now gone past. It was not seen again. Continued the attack.

1414 hours - Fired five torpedoes against the Tirpitz (this was actually the Admiral Hipper) from 7000 yards. Enemy speed was 28 knots. No hits were obtained. One of the torpedoes exploded shortly after firing (most likely when the pistol was armed). The four other exploded in the wake of the German task force.

The enemy force consisted of heavy cruisers Admiral Hipper and Admiral Scheer, light cruiser Koln. They were escorted by the destroyers Z-4 / Richard Beitzen, Z-23, Z-27, Z-29 and Z-30. (5)

1 Oct 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Methil later on the same day escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (5)

3 Oct 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Methil. (9)

4 Oct 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Methil for Sheerness. She made thepasage in convoy FS 25. (10)

6 Oct 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Sheerness. She then proceeded to Chatham Dockyard for repairs and the fitting of RDF (radar). (9)

6 Nov 1942
With her repairs completed HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed from Sheerness for Portsmouth. (10)

7 Nov 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. She departed for Gibraltar later on the same day. En-route she is diverted for a short patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept a German blockade breaker but she sights nothing. (10)

15 Nov 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (9)

25 Nov 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 16th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She is to perform an anti-U-boat patrol to the South-West of Sardinia. (5)

5 Dec 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) was ordered to shift to a patrol position off Naples, Italy. (5)

6 Dec 1942
The Italian submarine Porfido (built 1942) was torpedoed and sunk about 90 nautical miles north-north-east off Bone (Annaba), Algeria in position 38°10'N, 08°35'E by the British submarine HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN).

(All times are zone -1)
0143 hours - In position 38°10'N, 08°35'E the Officer of the Watch (Lt. R.G. Sampson, RN) sighted a vessel broad on the Port bow. This he instantly and correctly judged to be a submarine end-on. Lieutenant Sampson immediately swung Tigris towards under full helm(she was doing 12.5 knots), gave the alarm and reduced speed. At the moment Lt.Cdr. Colvin arrived on the bridge the two submarines were practically head on, range about 1200 yards. It was obvious that the other vessel was a submarine steering towards. As P 219 was known to be returning from patrol and might very well be the submarine encountered an immediate attack was out of the question.

0145 hours - Stopped both engines and when about to make the challenge when the other submarine altered course to port. Range was 600 yards and Lt.Cdr. Colvin was now able to identify the submarine as enemy. She closely resembled a German type 7 u-boat.

0146 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 600 yards. The first torpedo ran under the stern of the enemy the second torpedo hit between the conning tower and the stern. Tigris closed the scene and rescued one Italian officer and three ratings. (5)

16 Dec 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (5)

27 Dec 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed from Algiers for Malta. (9)

2 Jan 1943
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. At Malta Tigris is docked before she proceeded on her next patrol. (9)

14 Jan 1943
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 17th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Greece and the lower Adriatic. (5)

21 Jan 1943
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Citta di Genova (5413 GRT, built 1930) in the Strait of Otranto about 25 nautical miles west of Saseno Island in position 40°32'N, 18°45'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1250 hours - Sighted a medium seized merchant vessel bearing 116°. Distance was about 5 nautical miles. Started attack.

1313 hours - In position in position 40°32'N, 18°45'E fired four torpedoes from 1200 yards. One torpedo was seen to hit the ship under the funnel 63 seconds after firing the first torpedo. The ship swung 90° to Starboard and lost way. Boats were lowered very promptly and the target was seen to settle down slightly on an even keel with no list.

1315 hours - Tigris turned to port to retire.

1320 hours - The target appeared not to be settling any deeper so decided to finish her off with another torpedo.

1325 hours - Fired the stern tube. The target was hit 78 seconds later and she immediately dipped sharply by the bows. The whole after part lifted clear of the water. She went down in a vertical dive 90 seconds later.

According to Italian sources Citta di Genova was carrying 200 military personnel and 158 Greek PoWs. 173 men are killed or missing, the survivors are picked up by the auxiliary Eolo and a fishing vessel. (5)

24 Jan 1943
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against the Italian water tanker Cassala (1771 GRT, built 1902) near Ulcinj, Montenegro, Yugoslavia in position 41°55'N, 19°08'E. All torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
1057 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of about 2500 tons, escorted by a Partenope class destroyer approaching from the South-East. Range was about 6000 yards. Started attack.

1113 hours - In position 41°55'N, 19°08'E fired four torpedoes from 3000 yards. All missed as it appeared the targets speed was overestimated. Tigris went to 80 feet after firing. Tigris was hunted by the destroyer for about half an hour in which 14 depth charges were dropped single or in pairs.

1330 hours - Came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. Went deep again and retired to seaward.

According to Italian sources Cassala was escorted by the torpedo boat T 1 proceeding from Durazzo to Teodo. The torpedo boat combed the tracks and dropped all her sixteen depth charges in three runs, claiming the submarine sunk. (5)

4 Feb 1943
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) ended her 17th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (5)

18 Feb 1943
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 18th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Naples, Italy. (11)

22 Feb 1943
At 2330 hours, the Italian merchant Teramo (1599 GRT, built 1920, former French Marie-Therese le Borgne) reports being attacked by a submarine with gunfire and torpedoes in 41°21'N, 12°53'E (near Cape Circeo). The torpedo boat Cigno sails from Naples to her assistance. This was almost certainly Tigris.

27 Feb 1943
UJ 2201 (Flotilla leader) is towing to Naples UJ 2209, damaged by air attack, in company with UJ 2210 when, at 1047/27 February, in Quadrat CJ 6782 (south of Capri), UJ 2201 detects a submarine echo at over 3,000 meters. UJ 2210 (Lt. Z. S. Pollmann) is ordered to investigate. At 1053, the submarine chaser obtains a good echo at a distance of 2400 meters bearing 110° and turns sharply to starboard. The echo is clear at it appears the submarine is trying to take evasive action at 6 knots. Contact is lost at a distance of 180 meters but at 1114, UJ 2210 drops a first pattern of five depth charges set at 70, 70, 90, 120 and 120 meters. More depth charges will follow and contact will be renewed and finally after a last pattern of 15 depth charges dropped at 1234, an oil slick is observed. The hunt is finally ended at 1530 with no more contact heard. It is believed that this attack accounted for HMS Tigris. Six officers and 56 ratings are missing.

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Sources

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  5. ADM 199/1845
  6. ADM 173/16608
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  8. ADM 199/400
  9. ADM 199/2572
  10. ADM 199/424
  11. ADM 199/1925

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