Allied Warships

HMS Telemachus (P 321)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 321 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered3 Aug 1941 
Laid down25 Aug 1942 
Launched19 Jun 1943 
Commissioned25 Oct 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Charlestown on 28 August 1961.

 

Commands listed for HMS Telemachus (P 321)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. William Donald Aelian King, DSO, DSC, RN21 Jul 194320 Aug 1945
2Lt. Paul Charles Chapman, DSO, DSC, RN20 Aug 1945Oct 1945 ?
3Lt.Cdr. Denis Woolnough Mills, DSC, RN 1951 1952

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Noteable events involving Telemachus include:


13 Jan 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. This was a work-up patrol in the Norwegian Sea to the West-North-West of Trondheim, Norway.

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


HMS Telemachus 1st war patrolclick here for bigger map

26 Jan 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. Nothing of interest was sighted during this work-up patrol.

17 Apr 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for the Far East. The first leg of the trip is to Gibraltar. (No positions are mentioned in the log of Telemachus nor have we found a passage report, therefore no map can be made.)

29 Apr 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

6 May 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for Malta.

11 May 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.

13 May 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta bound for Port Said.

18 May 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

27 May 1944
After a short docking period at Port Said HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) passes the Suez Canal.

29 May 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Suez bound for Aden.

3 Jun 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden.

8 Jun 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Aden bound for Colombo. While on passage she was ordered to proceed to Trincomalee instead of Colombo.

28 Jun 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

5 Jul 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in Far Eastern waters). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits.

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


HMS Telemachus 2nd war patrolclick here for bigger map

17 Jul 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-166 (1635 tons, built 1932, offsite link) in the Strait of Malacca in position 01°10'N, 103°45'E.

29 Jul 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in Far Eastern waters) at Trincomalee.

21 Aug 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for passage to Fremantle, Australia.

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


HMS Telemachus passage Trincomalee-Fremantleclick here for bigger map

6 Sep 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Fremantle, Australia.

14 Sep 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. (2nd in Far Eastern waters). She was ordered to perform a special operation in the Singapore area.

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


HMS Telemachus 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map

17 Sep 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf to top off with fuel and some days training for her special mission.

21 Sep 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Exmouth Gulf.

27 Oct 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol. (2nd in Far Eastern waters) at Fremantle.

4 Dec 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. (3rd in Far Eastern waters). She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

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


HMS Telemachus 4th war patrolclick here for bigger map

8 Dec 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf to top off with fuel and some repairs to one of the engines. She departed from for patrol the next day. Telemachus is not routed through Lombok Strait due to increased Japanese activity there.

20 Jan 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol. (3rd in Far Eastern waters) at Fremantle.

24 Feb 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. (4th in Far Eastern waters). She was ordered to patrol in the Java and South China Seas.

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


HMS Telemachus 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map

28 Feb 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf to top off with fuel. She departed from the next day.

23 Mar 1945
The Engineer Officer of HMS Telemachus is badly injured. His hand was nearly severed at the wrist. The next day a signal was sent to request a rendezvous with an aircraft in the Flores sea to enable the Engineer Officer to return to Australia for medical treatment.

27 Mar 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at the rendezvous position (09°40'S, 123°08'E). The Engineer Officer was transferred to a Catalina flying boat. Later this day Telemachus was ordered to abandon the patrol due to the continues mechanical problems. Telemachus was ordered to proceed to Port Darwin.

30 Mar 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Darwin. Before she could proceed to Trincomalee engine repairs must be made. Also a new Engineer Officer was flown in.

3 Apr 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Port Darwin bound for Trincomalee. She is to proceed to the U.K. for refit.

16 Apr 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol. (4th in Far Eastern waters) at Trincomalee.

8 May 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee bound for Aden.

For HMS Telemachus daily positions during the passage from the far east to the U.K. see the map below.


HMS Telemachus passage Trincomalee - Plymouthclick here for bigger map

17 May 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden.

18 May 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Aden bound for Port Said.

23 May 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

31 May 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said bound for Malta.

4 Jun 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.

9 Jun 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Malta bound for Gibraltar.

13 Jun 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

15 Jun 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound Plymouth.

21 Jun 1945
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth. She is to undergo a refit at Devonport Dockyard

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