Allied Warships

HMS Tactician (P 314)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 314 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Sep 1940 
Laid down13 Nov 1941 
Launched29 Jul 1942 
Commissioned29 Nov 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Newport on 6 December 1963.

 
Former nameP 94

Commands listed for HMS Tactician (P 314)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Edward Arthur Woodward, DSO, RN26 Oct 194212 Dec 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Anthony Foster Collett, DSC, RN12 Dec 19421 Oct 1944
3Lt. Charles Philip Bowers, RN1 Oct 194415 Nov 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Norman Limbury Auchinleck Jewell, DSC, RN15 Nov 194426 Apr 1945
5Lt. Barry Loraine Dudley Rowe, DSC, RN26 Apr 19453 May 1945
6Lt.Cdr. Norman Limbury Auchinleck Jewell, DSC, RN3 May 194518 Jun 1945
7Lt. William Hedley Kett, DSC, RNR18 Jun 19459 Nov 1945

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The history of HMS Tactician as compiled on this page is extracted from Tactician's patrol reports and logbooks. 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 June 2016.

27 Nov 1942
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. (1)

28 Nov 1942
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, DSO and Bar, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (1)

9 Jan 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage with HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) and HMS P 224 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSC, RN). They are escorted by They were escorted by HMS Qualicum (T/Lt. F.S. Tolliday, RNR). (2)

11 Jan 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick later on the same day for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway to provide cover for convoy operations to and from Northern Russia.

20 minutes after departing P 314 returned to Lerwick with a major defect to the Starboard main motor. (3)

18 Jan 1943
After repairs to her Starboard main motor HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick to resume her 1st war patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS P 314 during this patrol see the map below.


Ver HMS P 314 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

26 Jan 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Lerwick. (3)

29 Jan 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) was ordered to proceed to a patrol position North of Trondheim, Norway (64°35'N, 09°44'E). (3)

31 Jan 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) was ordered to proceed to a patrol position South of Trondheim, Norway (63°14'N, 06°46'E). (3)

6 Feb 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Lerwick. (3)

8 Feb 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

11 Feb 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) and HMS P 53 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, RN). They were escorted by HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (2)

14 Feb 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

19 Feb 1943
HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) is docked at Ardrossan. The date she is undocked is currently not known to us. (1)

7 Mar 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She is to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (3)

18 Mar 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (3)

28 Mar 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Southern France.

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


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

13 Apr 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

23 Apr 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Algiers for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol East of Corsica.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (3)

30 Apr 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) fired three torpedoes against the French passenger/cargo vessel Cap Corse (2444 GRT, built 1929) North-East of Bastia, Corsica. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0615 hours - While in position 067°, Cape Sagro, 3.5 nautical miles a French merchant vessel of approximately 2000 tons was sighted steering North at a speed of about 11 knots. Started attack.

0624 hours - Fired three torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

0630 hours - Withdrew to the South.

Cap Corse was on a trip from Bastia to Nice escorted by a seaplane of 146^Squadriglia. She reported being missed by three torpedoes. (3)

5 May 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V17 / Pia (385 GRT) with gunfire about 10 nautical miles west of Grosseto, Italy in position 42°34'N, 10°45'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1830 hours - In position 42°34'N, 10°45'E sighted a large three-masted schooner. Decided to attack with the 4" gun.

1911 hours - Surfaced at a range of 2500 yards and sank the schooner with gunfire. 29 Rounds were used.

1918 hours - Submerged as the target was now well ablaze from end to end.

1955 hours - The schooner was seen to sink. (3)

11 May 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

22 May 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Algiers for Malta.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (5)

28 May 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (4)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (3)

12 Jun 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) damaged the Italian motor schooner Bice (1098 GRT, built 1902) with gunfire 5 nautical miles north-east of the Bari lighthouse.

1220 hours (no time zone given in patrol report) - Tactician surfaced and engaged a large schooner with gunfire from 2200 yards. The schooner was escorted by an armed vessel that was approximately 4500 yards away.

The first round was fired only 24 seconds after Tactician passed 10 feet. The fourth and fifth round were a hits on the schooners hull. The crew of the schooner abandoned ship.

About 5 minutes into the action the armed vessel opened fire on Tactician which now shifted target. Several hits were obtained on this vessel with one of the hits knocking out it's gun. The enemy vessel eventually fled towards Bari harbour.

Target was now shifted back to the schooner again that soon started to settle after several more hits.

1234 hours - Tactician was taken under fire by shore batteries forcing Lt.Cdr. Collett to dive and break off the action.

1320 hours - 23 Depth charges were dropped but these caused no damage.

According to Italian sources the above mentioned Bice was on a trip from Durazzo to Bari and was being led in by the pilot vessel Letizia (F.122). The latter opened fire on the submarine with a small gun. Bice was only slightly damaged but he crew had abandoned ship and Letizia had a hit on the balustrade holding the compass causing only minor damage but several shells fell very close to her. By this time coastal batteries had opened fire on the submarine which submerged. Letizia followed up and dropped four depth-charges then the crew boarded back Bice and, towed by the pilot vessel, she reached Bari at 1600 hrs. Marina Bari had immediately ordered the torpedo-boat Giuseppe Missori, the auxiliary minesweeper S.Nicola I (B.296) and the motorboat 23 to hunt the submarine. (3)

14 Jun 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Rosandra (8035 GRT, built 1921) off the coast of Albania in position 40°14'N, 19°28'E. The ship sank the following day.

1610 hours (no time zone given in patrol report) - Tactician was in position 15 nautical miles bearing 155 Cape Linguetta, a northbound merchant vessel of 7600 tons was sighted close inshore.

1641 hours - Four torpedoes were fired when range was closed to 2200 yards. Although no escort was seen during the setup of the attack there was one that closed Tactician and forced her deep shortly after firing the torpedoes.

Before the last torpedo exploded a depth charge was dropped that was very close. Within 10 minutes 16 more depth charges were dropped with three of them even closer then the first one. No real damage was done and the escort lost contact soon after.

According to Italian sources Rosandra was on a trip from Prevesa to Valona escorted by the auxiliary Rovigno. She was hit by two torpedoes and taken in tow by the minesweeper Monfalcone but the ship sank the following day. Six were killed, Rovigno picked up 173 survivors. (3)

18 Jun 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

3 Jul 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Taranto as part of a patrol line of five submarines to provide cover during Operation Husky, the Allied landings on Sicily.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (3)

10 Jul 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. (3)

16 Jul 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) fires six torpedoes against the Italian submarine Luigi Settembrini that was about to enter Brindisi harbour. No hits were obtained.

Later on this day she set course to return to the Gulf of Taranto as ordered by Captain S.10.

(All times are most likely zone -1)
1300 hours - Sighted a trawler leaving Brindisi and proceeding up to swept channel.

1350 hours - The trawler was seen to proceed back towards Brindisi.

1356 hours - It was now seen that a submarine was following the trawler up the swept channel. Started attack.

1403 hours - Fired six torpedoes. No hits were obtained. Tactician now set course to retire from the Adriatic.

According to Italian sources Settembrini was on passage from Pola to Brindisi. The Italian submarine observed two torpedo tracks astern, one at about 200 meters and another just only 15 meters. (3)

22 Jul 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) was ordered to proceed to Beirut. (3)

25 Jul 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. (3)

8 Aug 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Beirut for Port Said.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (4)

10 Aug 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (4)

12 Aug 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) is docked at Port Said. (6)

17 Aug 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) is undocked. (6)

18 Aug 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean and to perform a special operation. (3)

26 Aug 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carries out special operation ' Bromfield '. At 2330 hours, the submarine landed three Greek agents on the north side of Karalades Bay (Euboa). (3)

5 Sep 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. (3)

19 Sep 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Beirut for Port Said. Tactician is to proceed to Colombo to join the Eastern Fleet to fight against the Japanese. (4)

20 Sep 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (4)

21 Sep 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) transits the Suez Canal and proceeds towards Aden.

As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed. (4)

26 Sep 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. (4)

30 Sep 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Aden bound for Colombo.

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


Ver HMS Tactician passage Aden - Colombo click here for bigger map (4)

12 Oct 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo. (7)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Penang, Malaya. She is also to carry out a special operation.

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


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

26 Oct 1943
From 26 to 28 October 1943 HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carries out special operation MISSIVE I.

[so far no details about the operation, the first appears to have been a reconnaissance of the NW coast of Pulo Langkawi, the second may have been a contact with a sampan but it is just a guess]. (3)

7 Nov 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Colombo. (3)

13 Nov 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) is docked at Colombo. (8)

15 Nov 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) left dock. (8)

27 Nov 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 8th war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Siam. She is also to carry out two special operations.

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


Ver HMS Tactician 8th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

4 Dec 1943
From 4 to 7 December HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) tries to carry out the first (Operation ' Missive II ') of the two special operation she was to carry out during this patrol. The special operation was not a success and had to be abandoned.

During 5 and 7 December Tactician waited for a junk with several secret agents to show up off Langkawi. The junk however did not show up at the rendezvous.

On 6 December a junk was boarded off Pulau Rebak. After taking off the papers the junk was released. (3)

9 Dec 1943
From 9 to 16 December HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) tries to carry out the second of the two special operatives she was to carry out during this patrol. Like the first special operation this one was also not a success and had to be abandoned late on 16 December (details to follow).

Attempted to make contact with agent Luang Pradit without success about 30 nautical miles North of Phuket, Siam (Operation ' Pritchard '. Nothing of the agent was however sighted. at 2200 hours on the 12th a group of two were landed to make a shore reconnaissance. They also sighted nothing and were back on board Tactician after four hours. (3)

20 Dec 1943
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

5 Jan 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 9th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) after carrying out exercices with the Italian sloop Eritrea. She was ordered to patrol off the North coast of Sumatra. She is also to carry out a special operation.

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


Ver HMS Tactician 9th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

9 Jan 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) encounters a submarine about 40 nautical miles South-East of Great Nicobar Island in position 06°21'N, 93°22'E. It was not possible to identify the submarine. As it might have been a British submarine returning to Trincomalee it was not attacked.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0030 hours - In position 06°21'N, 93°22'E the Officer of the Watch dived for a submarine 3000 yards ahead. The submarine was easily picked up in the high power periscope. All bow tubes were brought to the ready. It was however not possible to positively identify the submarine as enemy. It appeared she had a large conning tower or tower and gun combined and a rising bow, just like the 'T-class'. The submarine was therefore not attacked.

No British submarine was in this area at the given time. The Japanese submarine

I-165 (offsite link) had departed Penang on 7 January 1944 and it is quite likely that she was the submarine Tactician encountered. (3)

12 Jan 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) conducts special operation VERSATILE. At 2210 hours Tactician landed three agents in two 'Recce' boats North-West of the Bedagei River (near position 03°36.4'N, 99°18.6'E). (3)

17 Jan 1944
At 0530 hours, in position 05°29'N, 96°30'E, HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) first detected with her hydrophones and later sighted an unescorted seaplane tender of the Kagu Maru class but she passed out of range. (3)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

10 Feb 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 10th war patrol (4th in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits. She is also to carry out a special operation.

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


Ver HMS Tactician 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

16 Feb 1944
During the afternoon HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carries out periscope reconnaissance of the West and North coasts of Pulau Butang and Pulau Rawi. A suitable landing spot was sighted. (3)

17 Feb 1944
During 17 and 18 February 1944 HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) tried to intercept a suitable junk that could be used for special operation 'Mullet'. She however failed to intercept one. (3)

20 Feb 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) attacks a Japanese submarine South of Langkawi in position 05°53'5N, 99°46'2E. Five torpedoes were fired but these missed.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0725 hours - Tactician spotted a Japanese submarine on the surface steering course 125.

0729 hours - Five torpedoes were fired from 5000-6000 yards. All five torpedoes missed the target. It was intended to fire eight torpedoes but when the 5th torpedo was fired it was realised that the targets speed was underestimated.

This was possibly the Japanese submarine RO-111 (offsite link) that returned to Penang from patrol in the Indian Ocean on 23 February 1944. (3)

20 Feb 1944
At 0130 hours HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) boards a junk near Langkawi. The junk however proved to be useless for the special operation. The crew was so frightened of the Japanese that they refused to co-operate with the British. The junk was released. The next day Tactician was ordered to patrol elsewhere. (9)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) lands the 'Mullet' party. The party were sighted by local fishermen and decided to return to Tactician. As it was becoming light they had to wait till after dark before they could return.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0330 hours - The 'Mullet' party left Tactician in two folbots to land on Langkawi. They were equipped with stores for six days. As they landed they ran into a group of local fishermen. They endeavoured to return to Tactician but there was insufficient time before daylight so they landed after all. They hoisted a signal that they were returning after dusk so Tactician remained in the area.

Shortly after dark the party departed the beach for Tactician but in the dark they missed the submarine. Only after Tactician sounded her siren they realised they were to the seaward of the submarine. They finally returned at 2230 hours.

Tactician was later ordered by signal to abandon the operation. (9)

29 Feb 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) sank a small merchant vessel with gunfire and a torpedo in the Malacca Straits in position 03°03'N, 100°18'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1315 hours (28th) - In position 02°49'N, 100°22'E sighted a small merchant vessel steaming North.

1430 hours (28th) - Tactician surfaced astern of the target and opened fire from 1200 yards. A gun on the stern of the enemy was immediately put out of action. A large number of men, thought to be passengers, were seen to jump overboard. Fire was checked to give them the chance to abandon ship but the enemy sent over a hail of machine gun fire so fire was reopened. The engines were put out of action and the enemy ship stopped. Tactician then altered course to get to the front of the enemy to hole her forward. This unfortunately opened up the arcs of the enemy's forward gun. A further 15 rounds were fired nearly all scoring hits. The enemy's fire was now becoming more accurate. Tactician now went under the enemy's stern again. After firing more rounds resulting in more hits the enemy still did not appear to be sinking so it was decided to dive to open the range and finish the ship off from out of range from her gun.

1502 hours (28th) - Sighted smoke approaching from the North-East, which soon proved to be a Northbound tanker of about 800 tons. Course was immediately altered to intercept. Meanwhile the original target had settled aft, it's engine room was obviously completely flooded and it was hoped she would sink without further persuasion.

1800 hours (28th) - The tanker was now out of sight.

1830 hours (28th) - Surfaced to intercept. Proceeded northwards. The tanker was however not seen again. Proceeded back to the area of the original action.

Before dawn the next day (29th) the scene of the action was approached with caution. The target was seen to be still afloat and stopped. Dived at 0509 hours (29th) and commenced a submerged approach. As the periscope was seen and being fired upon it was decided to attack with a torpedo from 700 yards at 0730 hours (29th). It however ran under. A second torpedo was therefore fired that hit the target just forward of the bridge and the ship sank immediately in position 03°03'N, 100°18'E. (3)

7 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (4th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for Colombo. (10)

15 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo. (10)

17 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) is docked at Colombo. (10)

25 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) left dock. (10)

27 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for Trincomalee. (10)

29 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (10)

31 Mar 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 11th war patrol (5th in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol near Phuket on the West coast of Siam. She is also to carry out a special operation.

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


Ver HMS Tactician 11th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

5 Apr 1944
From 5 to 9 April 1944 HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carries out her special operation Corton II. (3)

6 Apr 1944
At 0100 hours off Elphinstone Island, contact was made with the Corton I party (Captain Green) who came on board HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN). At 0230 hours the Corton II party (Captain Maitland) and Green left the submarine in four folbots.

At 2200 hours the submarine returned to pick up Captain Green who made a report and the remaining stores were landed. (3)

8 Apr 1944
Captain Green reported all the stores safely ashore and at 0001 hours 9 April, HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) resumed her patrol. (3)

16 Apr 1944
While en-route from the Phuket area to the Sabang area for air/sea rescue duties during 'Operation Cockpit', as ordered by signal, HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) encounters HMS Taurus in position 06°37'N, 96°18'E. (3)

19 Apr 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) picks up an Allied fighter pilot that was shot down off Sabang. Tactician was providing air/sea rescue duties during 'Operation Cockpit'.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0530 hours - Tactician was in position 06°00'N, 95°10'E and remained, as ordered, patrolling on the surface.

0645 hours - Several formations of aircraft were seen approaching Sabang. The next 20 minutes all hell broke loose in Sabang. Large fires were seen.

0705 hours - An aircraft was seen to crash bearing 100 about 5 nautical miles away. Tactician immediately closed the position at full speed.

0725 hours - A Japanese Chidori class torpedo boat was seen to leave Sabang harbour and proceed along the coast to the North-East for the next 20 minutes.

The torpedo boat steadily got closer until he was only 11000 yards away. It appeared that he was going to beat us in the race towards the crash position. Shortly afterwards the torpedo boat was attacked by Allied aircraft and changed course to the South-East.

0740 hours - Tactician arrived at the crash position to look for the pilot.

0822 hours - The pilot was spotted and picked up from the water. Meanwhile Tactician had been taken under fire by a shore battery. The shells landed very close and Tactician was hit by shrapnel.

0824 hours - Dived and proceeded to the North-West. (3)

23 Apr 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (5th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

10 May 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 12th war patrol (6th in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Northern entrance to the Malacca Straits and to lay a minefield.

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


Ver HMS Tactician 12th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

16 May 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) lays 12 mines to the North-East off Langkawi near position 06°29'N, 99°52'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1341 hours - Commenced laying the first row of four mines.
Position of 1st mine:
06°29'08"N, 99°53'10"E.
Position of 4th mine:
06°28'50"N, 99°52'47"E.

1445 hours - Commenced laying the second row of four mines.
Position of 1st mine:
06°29'55"N, 99°53'05"E.
Position of 4th mine:
06°30'16"N, 99°53'23"E.

1540 hours - Commenced laying the third and last row of four mines.
Position of 1st mine:
06°29'52"N, 99°51'57"E.
Position of 4th mine:
06°29'32"N, 99°52'10"E.
(3)

28 May 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) sank two sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam, to the North-West of Langkawi.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1815 hours - Surfaced and closed two junks sighted shortly before. Boarded both junks and took eight prisoners (Chinese). The junks were sunk with scuttling charges near position 06°43'N, 99°29'E.
(3)

3 Jun 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (6th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (3)

20 Jun 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for the U.K. where she is to refit. The first leg of the trip is to Aden. (4)

2 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Aden. (4)

5 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Port Said. (4)

10 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Port Said. (4)

13 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said for Malta. (4)

17 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Malta. (4)

24 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for Gibraltar. She makes the passage in convoy MKS-56. (4)

29 Jul 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed later the same day for passage to Holy Loch. She makes the passage in the same convoy she joined at Malta. (Convoy MKS-56 joined with convoy SL-165 off Gibraltar). (3)

9 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

11 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (11)

13 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She departed for Dundee later the same day togeher with They were escorted by HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR) and HMS Tuna (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (4)

14 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Dundee. (4)

15 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Sheerness. (4)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (4)

25 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) starts her refit at Chatham Dockyard. (4)

13 Feb 1945
With her refit completed HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) departed from Chatham for Sheerness where she arrived later the same day. (12)

16 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) departed from Sheerness for Dundee. She returns shortly after leaving due to thick fog. (12)

20 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) departed from Sheerness for Holy Loch. (12)

22 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) is joined off the Firth of Forth by HrMs O 23 for onward passage to Holy Loch. The submarines are escorted by HMS Loch Monteith. (12)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) and HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) arrive at Loch Alsh on the West coast of Scotland. They have to wait for their escort to Holy Loch, HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (12)

26 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN), HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN), HMS Spearhead depart from Loch Alsh for Holy Loch. They are escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (12)

27 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (12)

19 May 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (13)

23 May 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) left dock. (13)

9 Jun 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Blyth. (14)

11 Jun 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) arrived at Blyth. (14)

18 Jun 1945
At Blyth the crew departed from HMS Tactician as the crew of HMS Taku takes her over.

HMS Tactician is assigned to training duties while based at Blyth. (14)

26 Aug 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) arrived at Portsmouth. (15)

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Sources

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  5. ADM 199/1919
  6. ADM 199/1916
  7. ADM 173/18167
  8. ADM 173/18168
  9. ADM 199/1885
  10. ADM 173/18913
  11. ADM 199/1385
  12. ADM 173/19795
  13. ADM 173/19798
  14. ADM 173/19899
  15. ADM 173/19801

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


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