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HMS Tally-Ho (P 317)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 317 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) : John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Nov 1940 
Laid down25 Mar 1942 
Launched23 Dec 1942 
Commissioned12 Apr 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales on 10 February 1967.

 
Former nameP 97

Commands listed for HMS Tally-Ho (P 317)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Leslie William Abel Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN25 Jan 1943Apr 1945 ?

2Lt. John Paton Fyfe, DSC, RN22 May 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Tally-Ho include:


27 May 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Lerwick.

29 May 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

31 May 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 1st war patrol (Work-up patrol). She is to patrol in the Norwegian Sea. This is an Anti-U-boat patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 1st war patrolclick here for bigger map

17 Jun 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She proceeded to Holy Loch a few hours later together with HMS Truculent escorted by armed yacht HMS Breda.

20 Jun 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

18 Jul 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay and proceed to Gibraltar afterwards. This is an Anti-U-boat patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 2nd war patrolclick here for bigger map

25 Jul 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) sighted two U-boats this day. Both could not be attacked.

(All times are zone -2)
0809 hours - Sighted the conning tower of a U-boat about 8000/9000 yards away. The U-boat was in position 45°50'N, 05°17'W The course of the U-boat was 60 to 90° (so she must be returning to base). Before Tally-Ho could turn on a firing course the U-boat had disappeared into the morning haze. (German U-boat U-667 was in this area and was returning to St. Nazaire, where she arrived the following day)

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1158 hours - Sighted a U-boat steering south-west in position 45°54'N, 05°18'W. Closed to start an attack.

1209 hours - The U-boat was now seen steering 230° at a speed of about 8 to 10 knots. The range was between 5000/6000 yards. Before the U-boat could be attacked it was seen to dive. (German U-boat U-404 that had left St. Nazaire for patrol the previous day and was most likely in this area (She was lost a few days later with all hands, so this can't be cross checked). Two other U-boats were also in transfer to their patrol areas, these were U-262 and U-760. They had left La Pallice the previous day but were a bit further south and west)

30 Jul 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) encounters, what is thought to be, a U-boat in position 45°05'N, 05°17'W.

(All times are zone -2)
0338 hours - The Port forward look-out reported a slight phosphorescent streak bearing Red 060°. A moment later he reported that he could see two wakes. The sea was then calm and rather patchy and the night was very dark. It took about two minutes before the Officer of the Watch and the Commanding Officer could see what the look-out had sighted although the latter kept his glasses firmly glued on his find. After chasing the wake for five minutes it disappeared. The engines were stopped and soon the Asdic operator reported HE bearing 110°. Tally-Ho set off in pursuit but nothing could be seen. A few minutes later the engines were again stopped. The HE could again be heard but was very faint.

0353 hours - The HE could no longer be heard. Abandoned the chase.

Around the time of this contact German U-boat U-455 was passing through this area while returning to St. Nazaire from patrol so she might have been the U-boat Tally-Ho had encountered.

7 Aug 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Gibraltar.

15 Aug 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Southern France.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map

20 Aug 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on two small motor vessels South of Toulon, France in position in position 43°02'N, 05°52'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
1338 hours - Sighted two small motor vessels.

1349 hours - Commenced attack.

1412 hours - Fired two torpedoes. Went to 200 feet.

1420 hours - Heard one loud bang.

No further details are known from the British side as there is no patrol report only the ships log

According to German sources this was convoy '5098' and was made up of the French passenger vessels Ville de Bastia (1336 GRT, built 1920) and Ville d'Ajaccio (2444 GRT, built 1929). They were escorted by UJ 6071 and Fla 14.

22 Aug 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on two ships to the South-East near Toulon, France in approximate position 42°55'N, 06°18'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
1215 hours - Sighted two ships. Started attack.

1233 hours - Fired three torpedoes and went to 200 feet. About 10 minutes later three explosions were heard, most likely en of run explosions of the torpedoes.

No further details from the British side are known as there is no patrol report only the ships log.

According to German sources the ships attacked were the German auxiliary minelayers Pommern and Brandenburg.

30 Aug 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

1 Sep 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Algiers bound for Port Said.

For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this passage see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho passage Algiers - Colomboclick here for bigger map

9 Sep 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

26 Sep 1943
After some repairs HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said bound for Aden.

5 Oct 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Aden bound for Colombo. Shortly before departing she is performs some A/S exercises with the British destroyer HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN).

14 Oct 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo.

26 Oct 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 4th war patrol (1st in the far east). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 4th war patrolclick here for bigger map

6 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) fires 5 torpedoes against a German U-boat that was seen leaving Penang. Position of the attack was 05°27'N, 100°04'E. The target was German U-boat U-178 that departed Penang bound for Singapore that day. Two torpedo tracks were sighted by the Germans.

All times are zone -6,5
1620 hours - Sighted a merchant ship (1500-2000 tons) steering to the southward (this was the German Quito (1230 GRT, built 1938, offsite link)). Tally-Ho went to full submerged speed. But by 1702 hours the attack was broken off as it was impossible to reach an attack position.

1714 hours - Sighted a German U-boat that had just left the harbour. Tally-Ho closed the target at full speed. The U-boat had a speed of only 3 knots. This was German U-boat U-178.

1730 hours - Fired 5 torpedoes from 1000 yards. One torpedo malfunctioned and ran down the port side. The others missed. About 4 minutes after firing a puff of smoke was sighted and the U-boat increased speed to 11 knots.

1805 hours - Tally-Ho surfaced and gave chase hoping to intercept the U-boat and small merchant ship but at 1912 hours a submarine chaser was sighted and had to be avoided spoiling the effort of catching up with the U-boat and small merchant.

8 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) is depth charged by a Japanese submarine chaser off Penang. In all 14 depth charges were dropped. No serious damage was done but it prevented Tally-Ho from attacking a merchant ship.

Later on the same day Tally-Ho attacks but missed a merchant ship in position 05°26.5'N, 100°06.5'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
While on patrol off Penang heavy Japanese A/S activity is noticed.

1100 hours - A submarine chaser is now 1000 yards on the Port beam of Tally-Ho. A little later it moved further inshore. Shortly before 1200 hours it moved closer and stopped about 300 to 400 yards on the Port quarter of Tally-Ho. It was now obvious that a submarines presence was suspected by the Japanese.

1205 hours - The submarine chaser moved towards. Went to 70 feet and proceeded at slow speed on both motors.

1215 hours - The enemy submarine chaser dropped eight depth charges in two patterns of four. The first pattern was rather close and damaged the depth gauge.

1225 hours - Two more patterns of three depth charges each were dropped between 1225 and 1258 hours.

(Note: The Japanese submarine chasers Ch-7, Ch-8 and Ch-20 were based at Penang at that time, all offsite links)

1236 hours - Came to periscope depth. Saw the submarine chaser now laying stopped 3000 yards astern.

1345 hours - Sighted a floatplane several miles to the South. It was felt that this heralded the approach of a target.

1350 hours - In position 05°30'N, 100°01'E Masts of a large ship were now sighted bearing 170°. The ship was steering 360° and was close inshore. Unfortunately the patrolling submarine chaser had forced Tally-Ho more to the seaward then intended and with the submarine chaser now also to the South this prevented Tally-Ho from closing the target at high speed. Started attack none the less but it was not possible to reach a favourable attack position so the attack was reluctantly broken off.

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1455 hours - While in position 05°29N, 100°03E sighted masts of a merchant ship bearing 085°. The enemy's course was estimated to be 235°. Altered speed and course to attack.

1506 hours - Range was 7000 yards. Enemy speed 7 knots. Increased to full speed for 6 minutes.

1521 hours - Range was now 2250 yards. Enemy speed still 7 knots.

1526 hours - In position 05°26.5'N, 100°06.5'E Fired two torpedoes set to 8 feet. Range was 700 yards. Both torpedoes missed. One was seen to run wild. Retired to the South-East.

10 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese water carrier Kisogawa Maru (1914 GRT, built 1940) in the northern part of Malacca-Strait in position 06°11'N, 99°35'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0525 hours - Dived in position 06°10'N, 99°30'E and shortly afterwards sighted smoke fine on the port bow. Several minutes elapsed before the vessel could be seen.

0555 hours - Commenced attack on 5000 tons merchant vessel steering 304° at 11 knots.

0626 hours - In position 06°11'N, 99°35'E fired five torpedoes from 2600 yards.

0628 hours - A tremendous explosion was seen to blow the enemy to pieces. A torpedo was seen to run wild forcing Tally-Ho deep.

0629 hours - Surfaced and vacated the area at speed. An oil fire was seen to burn on the surface for over two hours. Most likely, at least part of, the cargo of the ship must have been benzene or aviation spirit.

0635 hours - Sighted a patrol vessel approaching the fire from the East.

0647 hours - Dived and retired to the South-East.

12 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) has two encounters with enemy submarines in the Northern end of the Malacca Straits. Unfortunately is not able to attack either.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0109 hours - While in position 05°30'N, 98°42'E a dim object was sighted on the Port bow. Altered course towards. The object appeared to be large and a long way away.

0118 hours - The range had now decreased to 6000 yards. It could now be seen that the contact was a ship. It looked like 'a cross Channel steamer of the Canterbury-class'. A minute later a smaller object was sighted astern. This was thought to be a submarine following the ship.

0120 hours - While Tally-Ho was trying to get into an attack position the ship challenged with an ordinary Aldis lamp. The challenge was 'G', followed by 'XE' and then 'MR'. Tally-Ho altered course away and increased speed. The ship was now seen to give chase.

0125 hours - Dived to 200 feet and altered course to 350°. Seven minutes later the enemy dropped a pattern of 4 depth charges.

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1440 hours - Sighted 'something' fine on the port bow. Dived to periscope depth.

1446 hours - Sighted submarine bearing 294° at maximum range. Started attack.

1516 hours - Broke off attack as we could not close to attack range. The target was thought to be a large Japanese submarine.

The Japanese submarine I-166 (offsite link) arrived at Penang the next day from patrol in the Indian Ocean. It is very likely this submarine that Tally-Ho had sighted.

17 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Colombo.

19 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Trincomalee.

21 Nov 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock at Trincomalee.

3 Dec 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 5th war patrol (2nd in the far east). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits and to perform a special mission.

For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map

7 Dec 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) develops problems with one of her periscopes. Repairs are attempted (also during the following days) but to no avail. None the less the patrol is continued.

11 Dec 1943
In the evening HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) performs a special mission. (details to follow)

Repairs to the defective periscope were still unsuccessful. Lt.Cdr. Bennington decided to abandon the patrol and to return to Trincomalee for repairs.

16 Dec 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Trincomalee.

28 Dec 1943
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 6th war patrol (3rd in the far east). She was ordered to perform a special operation, followed by a patrol in the Malacca Straits and later of the Nicobar Islands.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 6th war patrolclick here for bigger map

5 Jan 1944
In the evening HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) performs a special mission. (details to follow)

11 Jan 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese light cruiser Kuma (offsite link) about 10 nautical miles north-west of Penang, Malaya in position 05°26'N, 99°52'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0815 hours - Sighted a floatplane flying Westwards along the route which the cruiser that had been sighted on the 9th was to be expected. It was felt that this heralded the approach of the cruiser. Just before 0900 hours the Officer of the Watch sighted the masts of the cruiser fine on the Port bow. The enemy was seen steering 294° and had a destroyer as escort. Commenced attack. Position was 05°34'N, 100°03'E.

0913 hours - Fired seven torpedoes from 1900 yards. Two hits were obtained. Altered course and went to 80 feet. The destroyer counter attacked with 18 depth charges.

1013 hours - Returned to periscope depth. There was no sign of the cruiser. The destroyer was still searching some distance astern. Lt.Cdr. Bennington was under the impression that the cruiser had sunk.

15 Jan 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the sank Japanese army cargo ship Ryuko Maru (2963 GRT) south of Port Blair, Andaman Islands in position 10°03'N, 93°05'E.

(all times are zone -6.5)
After chasing a merchant ship and escort (this was the Japenese minesweeper W 7 (offsite link) for almost 10 hours at .....

...... 0054 hours - In position 10°03'N, 93°05'E fired six torpedoes from 5000 to 6000 yards. One hit was obtained. Went to 300 feet after firing.

0158 hours - Came to periscope depth. Found nothing in sight.

0225 hours - Surfaced in position 10°40'N, 93°00'E. Set course to the South.

18 Jan 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Trincomalee.

3 Feb 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 7th war patrol (4th in the far east). She was ordered to perform patrol in the Malacca Straits. She is also to perform several special operations (details to follow). Shortly before departing she is performs some A/S exercises with the British destroyers HMS Rocket (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Acworth, OBE, RN) and HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 7th war patrolclick here for bigger map

15 Feb 1944
German U-boat UIT-23 was sunk in the Straits of Malacca south of Penang, in position 04°27'N, 100°11'E, by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN).

(All times are zone -6.5)
0515 hours - While in position 04°25'N, 100°09'E sighted an object fine on the Starboard bow bearing 135°. Changed course and reduced speed. About a minute later the object disappeared from view.

0519 hours - The object re-appeared ahead of Tally-Ho and was identified as a large submarine, probably Japanese. The enemy's estimated course was 360°, speed 14 knots, range was 3000/3500 yards. Started attack. While getting into attack position another object was sighted thought to be another submarine broad on the Port bow (this later turned out to be a junk).

0522 hours - Fired three torpedoes against the first submarine. 2min25sec after firing the third torpedo an torpedo explosion was heard. HE stopped almost immediately. A few minutes later periscope observation showed nothing in sight. It is considered that the submarine had sunk.

18 Feb 1944
On this day HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) sighted a 2000 tons merchant ship and escorting minelayer. A little later a Japanese seaplane tender and another escorting minelayer was sighted. Tally-Ho at that moment was engaged in a special operation and was not allowed to attack. (To the disgust of Lt.Cdr. Bennington).

21 Feb 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Daigen Maru No.6 (510 GRT, built 1935) in the Strait of Malacca in position 03°52'N, 100°40'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1410 hours - Sighted a merchant ship approaching from the South-East. Commenced attack. The vessel was judged to be about 2000/2500 tons. It was steering 304° at an estimated speed of 7 knots, range was 8000 yards.

1447 hours - In position 03°52'N, 100°40'E fired 5 torpedoes from 1300 yards. There was one hit and the ship sank in 4 minutes. Tally-Ho retired to the South-East.

24 Feb 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) is rammed by the Japanese torpedo boat Kari (offsite link) in the Malacca Straits in position 03°42'N, 100°09'E. Tally-Ho is heavily damaged but managed to escape.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0251 hours - The Officer of the Watch Lt. P.D.C. Bennett, RN reported two wakes ahead of the submarine crossing the bow from Port to Starboard, true bearing 358°. Lt.Cdr. Bennington, who was asleep on the bridge, stood up to look. The night was pitch dark and a great many phosphorescent wakes from large fish had been sighted. Lt. Bennett was of the opinion that the two wakes he sighted were larger. Before Lt.Cdr. Bennington could see the two wakes Lt. Bennett reported that he now could see only one. A moment later he again sighted both wakes and this time reported that the direction had changed and that both wakes were now moving from Starboard to Port. It soon became apparent that the wakes belonged to a vessel that was very close to Tally-Ho and that it was moving at speed. A challenge was made as it was thought possible that it was either HMS Tactician or HMS Truculent. Suddenly the enemy charged in from the Starboard quarter and started dropping depth charges.

Lt.Cdr. Bennington decided not to dive as it would make Tally-Ho a perfect target for ramming and depth charging. The wheel was put hard a Port. The enemy crossed the stern from Starboard to Port and attempted to ram from the side. The wheel was now put hard a Starboard and the enemy tore along the Port side, ripping open the Port main ballast tanks, still dropping depth charges and firing a gun. Position was 03°42'N, 100°09'E.

The collision caused Tally-Ho to take a very heavy list to Port. Despite this Tally-Ho dived to 120 feet without much trouble as soon as the enemy was clear. In all probability the enemy was also damaged (this proved to be correct). Only two more depth charges were dropped, although the enemy remained in the vicinity, apparently proceeding at slow speed for over an hour. It was thought to be a torpedo boat of the Hayabusa-class (this was also a correct assumption).

0547 hours - Altered course to 300° and started to make for Trincomalee. The forward hydroplanes had also been damaged, but Tally-Ho was kept at quite a steady depth without them.

0630 hours - Came to periscope depth. A torpedo boat of destroyer was seen searching on the Starboard quarter. Went to 80 feet. HE from the enemy was heard for an hour and a half but at no time it came close.

1825 hours - Surfaced in position 03°58'N, 99°39'E. Upon surfacing the list was about 15°. It proved possible to reduce the list to 12°. It could be seen that all the Port ballast tanks were heavily damaged. Speed was limited to 9.5 knots.

2204 hours - Sighted an object fine on the Starboard bow. Changed course to 295°. It was thought to be a patrol vessel but it gradually faded.

The next day the list was reduced to 8°while Tally-Ho proceeded to Trincomalee.

1 Mar 1944
The heavily damaged and listing HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Trincomalee.

4 Mar 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from to Colombo for repairs.

6 Mar 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo.

7 Mar 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Colombo.

27 Apr 1944
With her repairs completed HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left dock.

29 Apr 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo bound for Trincomalee.

1 May 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived back at Trincomalee.

9 May 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 8th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits. She is also to perform a mine laying mission.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 8th war patrolclick here for bigger map

14 May 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) lays mines in the Strait of Malacca near position 03°42'N, 99°04'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1634 hours - Tally-Ho was now about three-quarters of a mile due North of position 03°42'N, 99°04'E. Commenced mine laying. The first line of four mines was laid on course of 240° and the spacing was one cable. The depth of the water at the beginning of the line was 9 fathoms and at the end 7.5 fathoms.

On completion altered course to 170° and proceeded three cables into this direction. Then bottomed to reload. The next four mines were also laid one cable apart, on a course of 170° and commenced from the bottoming position. The depth of the water was 7 to 7.5 fathoms.

After the second lay course was altered to 080°. Tally-Ho was grounded for reload. After dark Tally-Ho surfaced and laid the last four mines on a course of 080° once again one cable apart. Depth of the water was 6 to 7 fathoms.

17 May 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) attacks German U-boat U-532 in position 03°27'N, 100°56'E. First 5 torpedoes were fired, all missed. Then 1 torpedo was fired which also missed.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1439 hours - Sighted a floatplane bearing 350°. From its movements it seemed probable that it was escorting something.

1445 hours - While in position 03°27'N, 100°56'E sighted a submarine bearing 350°. The submarine was inshore of Tally-Ho and its estimated course was 155°, speed 12 knots.

1459 hours - Fired 5 torpedoes from 1200 yards. All missed.

1509 hours - Fired the last remaining bow torpedo but this one also missed. The enemy aircraft was now seen to fly along the track of this torpedo. Went deep.

Although the submarine attacked is listed as being Japanese in Tally-Ho's patrol report it was German U-boat U-532 that had departed Penang that day bound for Singapore. She was escorted by a German Arado floatplane.

18 May 1944
The Japanese merchant tanker Nichiyoku Maru (1945 GRT, built 1943) is damaged when she hits a mine laid on 14 May 1944 by the British submarine HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) in the Malacca Strait in position 03°41'N, 99°04'E.

3 Jun 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Trincomalee.

24 Jun 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 9th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits.

For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 9th war patrolclick here for bigger map

18 Jul 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Trincomalee.

6 Aug 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 10th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 10th war patrolclick here for bigger map

22 Aug 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank a Japanese coaster with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca in position 05°51'N, 100°03'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1721 hours - Sighted a small coaster to the North-West bearing 140°, speed about 8 knots. Started attack. The enemy was seen to be a motor vessel about 300 tons in size.

1748 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the 4" gun from 2000 yards. During the action the range was rapidly reduced. In all 66 rounds were fired for a great many hits and the enemy caught fire. At a range of only 100 yards fire was ceased. The enemy was left ablaze and sank half an hour later in position 05°51'N, 100°03'E.

24 Aug 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank three small Japanese junks with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca. One in position 04°29'N, 99°57'E and two in position 04°38'N, 100°21'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0630 hours - Sighted a junk ahead.

0747 hours - Sank a two masted auxiliary junk of about 60 tons with three rounds of 4". Position was 04°29'N, 99°57'E.

1000 hours - Altered course towards the coast.

1045 hours - Sighted a number of junks to the Eastward. Closed at full speed.

1145 hours - Sank a two masted junk of approximately 50 tons with two rounds of 4". This vessel was heavily laden with what looked like a cargo of tin ore.

1149 hours - Sank a large three masted junk with three rounds of 4". It was of about 150 tons and was loaded with bales of some sort. Position of the last two sinkings was 04°38'N, 100°21'E.

30 Aug 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Trincomalee.

18 Sep 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 11th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 11th war patrolclick here for bigger map

30 Sep 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) attacks a convoy of three 500 tons coasters escorted by three escorts in the Malacca Strait in position 03°08.5'N, 99°58'E. One torpedo is fired but no hit is obtained.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0730 hours - Sighted three columns of smoke to the South-East. Soon afterwards sighted two aircraft in that direction.

0845 hours - It was now sighted that it was a convoy of three coasters escorted by three submarine chasers and two aircraft.

0900 hours - Commenced attack. The coasters had been steering 315° and were then seen to alter course in succession about 30° to Port for a few minutes. Then they altered course back to Starboard and steadied on 310°.

At that time there was no reason to attach any particular significance to this alteration of course. A few days later an anti-torpedo fence which stretches between and along the line of fishing stacks in this vicinity was discovered. Presumably it was at this point that the enemy turned inshore to take refuge behind the fence.

Tally-Ho closed to attack until the water became too shallow to proceed any further. The coasters were seen to be of about 500 tons each.

0921 hours - In position 03°08.5'N, 99°58'E fired one torpedo at one of the coasters from 1200 yards. The torpedo exploded 1min12sec after firing. It may have been deflected or exploded when it struck the anti-torpedo fence. Tally-Ho made off for deeper water.

4 Oct 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) attacks a Japanese coaster with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca in position 03°09'N, 99°55'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1215 hours - Sighted a small coaster close inshore to the West.

1247 hours - Surfaced in position 03°09'N, 99°55'E and opened fire with the 4" gun at a range of 4500 yards.

The coaster, estimated at 200 tons, ran inshore ad ran aground. It was escorted by a Motor Torpedo Boat. Both the coaster and the MTB opened fire with small automatic weapons but their fire was very inaccurate posing little threat. The 4" fire from Tally-Ho was very erratic as both the gun layer and trainer complained that they could not see the target against the background. Fire was ceased in order not to waste ammunition. 34 Rounds had been fire but no hits were obtained.

1256 hours - Tally-Ho made off for deeper water. A few minutes later the MTB was seen to turn towards and was thought to have launched a torpedo against Tally-Ho. Cdr. Bennington changed course but no torpedo track was sighted.

6 Oct 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 2 (130 tons) about 110 nautical miles south-west of Penang, Malaya in position 04°20'N, 98°24'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1034 hours - Surfaced to engage a Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser. The enemy was on the Starboard beam, coming straight towards Tally-Ho at speed. Tally-Ho's opened fire with the 4" gun and the Oerlikon but the last one soon jammed. Also a floatplane was seen approaching from astern. Meanwhile the submarine chaser was also firing on Tally-Ho. At this time the Gunnery Officer was mortally wounded and it took some time before Cdr. Bennington himself gave some spotting corrections to the gun crew. After another correction five consecutive hits struck the submarine chaser. In all 19 rounds were fired.

The aircraft was now seen approaching and was taken under fire with a Vickers gun. Several hits were obtained and the aircraft was right over the submarine chaser when the last one blew up. Meanwhile Tally-Ho was diving to 80 feet. On the way down an explosion was heard thought to be the aircraft crashing.

The gunnery officer (Lt. Dennis John Adams, RN) died later that day of his wounds. His body was committed to the deep during the night.

11 Oct 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Trincomalee.

29 Oct 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 12th war patrol (9th in the far east). She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits and to perform a special operation.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho 12th war patrolclick here for bigger map

9 Nov 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) performs her special operation (details to follow).

16 Nov 1944
While on patrol to the North-West of Penang HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) attacks a Japanese submarine with first five than one torpedo. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0928 hours - While in position 05°46.5'N, 100°02.5'E sighted small object on the Port quarter.

0925 hours - The object was identified as the top of a conning tower of a small submarine. The enemy appeared to be steering 128° at 12 knots and the range must have been over 10000 yards. Started attack.

0943 hours - Fired five torpedoes from about 7000 yards. Five minutes after firing the enemy turned away and combed the tracks. The submarine steadied end on to, and exactly ahead of Tally-Ho, who was still steering the firing course. As soon as it was clear the enemy was steady, a sixth torpedo was fired. Three minutes later the enemy turned to Starboard an resumed on approximately the original course. Altered course to seaward as an aircraft appeared that started a search. 1017 hours - Steadied on a course of 310° and went to 50 feet as the aircraft appeared to have a fairly good idea of the position of Tally-Ho.

1029 hours - Heard on loud explosion fairly close. Probably a bomb.

1112 hours - Returned to periscope depth to see two aircraft now searching very close. Went to 60 feet.

1142 hours - Another loud explosion was heard. Most likely another bomb.

1230 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Saw an aircraft turning towards at very close range. Went to 60 feet again and changed course to 290°.

The Japanese submarines RO 113 and RO 115 (both offsite links) were based at Penang at this time. The target was most likely one of these two submarines.

17 Nov 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank seven Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca near Langkawi.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0230 hours - Started a search for coastal traffic in the direction of Langkawi.

0552 hours - Sank a 30 ton junk by gunfire in position 05°54'N, 99°28'E.

0604 hours - Dived in position 05°56'N, 99°29'E and patrolled of the Southern tip of Langkawi.

1425 hours - Surfaced and commenced a junk hunt between Langkawi and Butang.

1515 hours - Sank a junk of 25 tons with gunfire in position 06°15'N, 99°32'E.

1630 hours - Sank four junks, each of about 20 tons, by gunfire in position 06°15'N, 99°39'E. These vessels were all heavily laden and sailed towards Penang. A fifth vessel, that was smaller, was left to pick up the survivors.

1810 hours - Sank another junk of about 50 tons by gunfire in position 05°57'N, 99°36'E. Now shifted patrol to the Southern part of the area.

18 Nov 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca to the South of Penang.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0547 hours - Dived and closed the Malayan coast between Penang and the Dindings.

1426 hours - Surfaced and searched inshore for another junk hunt.

1445 hours - Sank a junk of about 45 tons by gunfire in position 04°44'N, 100°14'E.

1537 hours - Sighted two large junks further inshore. Gave chase.

1647 hours - Sank a tonkang of 91 tons and a heavily laden three masted junk of about 100 tons by gunfire in position 04°37'N, 100°21'E. Seven Chinese who formed the crew of the Tongkang were picked up.

20 Nov 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) sank the Japanese auxiliary minelayer Ma 4 (215 tons, built 1941) about 30 nautical miles east of the southern tip of Great Nicobar Island in position 06°55'N, 94°15'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1120 hours - Sighted a small coaster and escort vessel that had been sighted and hunted earlier in the day. Later also sighted an MTB. Commenced attack on the coaster.

1150 hours - As the range decreased it became clear that the escort was a far better target and that the coaster was hardly big enough to make a torpedo target. So shifted target to the escort.

1207 hours - Fired three torpedoes set to six feet resulting in three !!! hits. A very heavy explosion followed almost at once. Most likely this was the magazine or depth charges exploding. Both the coaster and MTB were now seen to alter course directly towards Tally-Ho at very close range. Increased depth and altered course at full speed.

1215 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find both the coaster and MTB on the Starboard quarter about 400 yards away. Again both turned towards Tally-Ho so went deep again and altered course. The MTB remained nearby until after 1300 hours.

1309 hours - Came to periscope depth. The MTB could be seen searching astern. The coaster could be seen steering to the South or South-West.

1348 hours - Both vessels were out of sight. Surfaced and searched for them but could not find them again, most likely they had changed course.

23 Nov 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (9th in the far east) at Trincomalee.

3 Dec 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee bound for the U.K. where she is to refit. The first leg of the trip is to Aden.

For the daily positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this passage see the map below.


HMS Tally-Ho passage Trincomalee-Adenclick here for bigger map

14 Dec 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Aden.

15 Dec 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Aden bound for Port Said.

20 Dec 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) passes the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said.

27 Dec 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Port Said bound for Malta.

31 Dec 1944
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Malta.

2 Jan 1945
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Malta bound for Gibraltar.

7 Jan 1945
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

10 Jan 1945
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for Plymouth.

15 Jan 1945
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Plymouth.

19 Jan 1945
HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. Tally-Ho is later sent to the Tyne where she is to refit at Swan Hunters, refit is completed in late July 1945. After a work-up period Tally-Ho is sent to Hong Kong where she arrived in December 1945.

Media links


The Hunting Submarine

Trenowden, Ian


The T-class Submarine

Kemp, Paul J.


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