Allied Warships

HMS Taciturn (P 334)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 334 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) : Bellis & Morcom (Ladywood, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Dec 1941 
Laid down9 Mar 1943 
Launched7 Jun 1944 
Commissioned8 Oct 1944 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales on 8 August 1971.  

Commands listed for HMS Taciturn (P 334)

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1Lt. Edward Talbot Stanley, DSO, DSC, RNmid/late4428 Feb 1946

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Noteable events involving Taciturn include:


5 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch.

6 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training.

6 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from the Clyde for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Scythian (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) and HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne). They are escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

7 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

8 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Devonshire (Capt. D.K. Bain, DSO, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Bardsey (T/Lt. H. Fritzen, RNR).

9 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with two other ships.

13 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Mendip (Lt. P.D. Davey, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Peake, RN).

14 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN).

15 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS ??? (can't read the name in Taciturn's log).

16 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Onslaught (Cdr. The Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with ships from the local defence.

17 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN).

18 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. V.D. Ravenscroft, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zephyr (Capt. J.H. Allison, DSO and Bar, RN).

22 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She is escorted by HMS Lord Lloyd (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Flaaten, RNR).

23 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

24 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Barrow.

25 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Barrow. She returns to her builders yard for some repairs.

11 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch.

12 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for another period of training.

9 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.

10 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock.

20 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage with HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR).

22 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) remained at Scapa Flow. HMS Taciturn and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) departed later this day for Lerwick. They were now escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR).

23 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed after a few hours for her 1st war patrol. This was a work-up patrol in the North Sea.

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


HMS Taciturn 1st war patrolclick here for bigger map

30 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

2 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for Holy Loch.

The next day, off Scapa Flow, Taciturn is joined by with HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

4 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

8 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.

12 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock.

21 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This is the first leg of the passage to the Far East.

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


HMS Taciturn passage Holy Loch, U.K. - Fremantle, Australiaclick here for bigger map

28 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

1 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta.

5 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.

9 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Malta.

12 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock.

13 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for Port Said.

17 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

18 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) transits the Suez Canal.

19 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Suez for Aden.

23 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden.

24 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Colombo.

1 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo.

2 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for Trincomalee.

4 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

9 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for Fremantle.

23 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Fremantle.

9 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle.

10 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put back into the water.

13 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Java and South China Sea in company with HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR).

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


HMS Taciturn 2nd war patrolclick here for bigger map

19 May 1945
After exercising with HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) en-route, HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sets course for position 08°58'S, 117°50'E (South of Sumbawa, Netherlands East Indies). From this position she makes a sweep (close inshore) to Lombok Strait. Nothing however is sighted.

22 May 1945
At 2030 hours (time zone -9) HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) makes rendezvous with HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) in position 09°01'S, 116°12'E. Both submarines now make the passage of Lombok Strait on the surface together.

29 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) attacks a Japanese 'submarine chaser' with three torpedoes off the North coast of Java in position 06°35'S, 111°34'E. No hits were obtained and Taciturn was depth charged following this attack. Minor damage was done to Taciturn.

(All times are zone -9)
0920 hours - Sighted a vessel approaching from the Eastward. Started attack. Soon afterwards the contact was identified as a submarine chaser.

0942 hours - Fired three stern torpedoes which most likely ran under.

0945 hours - The enemy was quick to counter attack although he only dropped seven depth charges in two patterns (the first of three and the second of four). These were not close but despite that Taciturn was shaken rather surprisingly much, most likely because the water was so shallow. Minor damage was caused.

1036 hours - No more HE of the enemy was heard.

1050 hours - Came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight so resumed submerged patrol.

3 Jun 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) stopped a small schooner about 50 nautical miles North of Kuantan, Malaya near position 04°32'N, 103°32'E. After inspection she is allowed to proceed.

(All times are zone -9)
0815 hours - Sighted schooner on a Southerly course, close inshore.

0913 hours - Surfaced and put two rounds of 4" across her bows. The schooner anchored abruptly. Closed to inspect her. One of the 18 on board spoke English. When coming closer she was much smaller than first thought and as she was only carrying rice to Kuantan allowed her to proceed.

16 Jun 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a Japanese air warning picket hulk (this was the hulk of the salvaged former Dutch submarine K-XVIII) and the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 105 (130 tons) with gunfire in the Madoera Strait to the north of Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies. Also an accommodation hulk was sunk in shallower water with a torpedo.

(All times are zone -9)
1740 hours - Sighted a 150 tons ' sugar dog ' to the Southward proceeding on a North-Easterly course. Closed.

1750 hours - Sighted further vessels to the Southard. These could not yet be identified due to the mirage.

1800 hours - Surfaced and engaged the sugar dog with 4" gunfire. The other vessels could now be identified. There was a K-16 class Dutch submarine covered with yellow lead and rust, she was very high in the water. About 2 nautical miles to the South there was a hulk of what might have once been a large river steamer about 350 feet in length, she was roofed over and several promenade decks were visible. There was also a submarine chaser that appeared to be towing the hulk.

The sugar dog opened fire on Taciturn with a machine gun (probably 13mm). The remainder of the ships were stopped in the water and these fired periodically with various light weapons. Fire was then shifted to the hulk and the chaser (that appeared to be alongside). Several hits were obtained and the hulk was seen listing shortly afterwards. Meanwhile the Oerlikon had taken over from the 4" gun with engaging the sugar dog. Range was 2000 yards but the sugar dog opened up the range and fled from the scene and made off to the Westward. It was reluctantly decided to let her go as the 4" gun had to engage the submarine chaser that was now seen to come towards. She abandoned her efforts after a few hits so target was now shifted to the rusty submarine hulk whose machine gun fire became annoying as the range closed. A considerable number of 4" rounds were fired against her before she was seen to be sinking in position 06°52'S, 112°48'E. One of the hits was a direct hit on her gun. Range was then closed with the submarine chaser. She took a great many hits but refused to catch fire. A machine gun crew of her kept on firing until just before she was seen to sink in position 06°53'S, 112°48'E. Now the large hulk became the target again but as she was seen to be close inshore she could not be closed enough to finish her off with gunfire. Therefore a torpedo was fired at her but this ran to the right and missed astern. Another torpedo was fired that hit and the vessel sank in position 06°54'S, 112°48'E on the mud with only the upper works still showing. In all 205 rounds of 4" were fired in this action.

17 Jun 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a schooner north of Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -9)
1715 hours - Taciturn sighted a 'Sugar Dog'. An enemy report was passed to HMS Thorough.

1731 hours - Taciturn surfaced and opened fire at 4000 yards range. 10 rounds were fired when three minutes later Thorough surfaced right ahead of the fleeing target and quickly disposed of him. Taciturn hold her fire soon after Thorough surfaced.

1736 hours - Submerged and resumed patrol.

2018 hours - Taciturn surfaced. Thorough surfaced soon after and both submarines headed to a position where Thorough could transfer 50 4" shells to Taciturn.

2150 hours - Taciturn stopped as Thorough closed for the transfer. Soon afterwards two vessels were sighted. At 2200 hours Thorough and Taciturn worked to get ahead of the two vessels, that were now identified as two southbound topsail schooners, it was decided that each submarine would investigate one of the schooners. Position was 06°37'S, 112°47'E.

2225 hours - Taciturn opened fire on 'her' schooner. When the target lowered her sails cease fire was ordered. At 2245 hours the schooner of about 70 tons was boarded. She was bound from Makassar to Surabaya. Cargo was found to consist of coal dust, shoes and rice. Two of the crew were selected to be taken on board the submarine for interrogation. The rest was allowed to make off in their canoe. A demolition charge was placed that went off at 2315 hours. The schooner sank soon afterwards.

Thorough had disposed of 'her' schooner in a similar way now closed for the transfer of the ammunition. Thorough set course for Australia and Taciturn resumed patrol.

27 Jun 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Fremantle.

17 Jul 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. She is put back in the water later the same day.

24 Jul 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. She is put back in the water later the same day.

25 Jul 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

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


HMS Taciturn 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map

1 Aug 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sank two Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire off the North coast of Bali about 10 nautical miles East of Buleleng. She then makes a raid on Buleleng Roads together with HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR).

(All times are zone -9)
0004 hours - Sighted a schooner. Closed.

0020 hours - The schooner was seen to be of about 40 tons. Placed the boarding party on board. It was decided, as she was not very big, to throw the cargo overboard. This was easy with the 12 cases of tobacco but the remainder of the cargo proved to be very heavy bags of sugar. As this would take way too long it was decided to scuttle the small schooner after all so placed a demolition charge and ordered the crew to their canoe. Two of the crew of the schooner could not be placed in the small canoe so they were taken on board Taciturn.

0100 hours - Drew clear and resumed patrol.

0420 hours - Closed another schooner but decided to let her go when a larger schooner was sighted.

0455 hours - Boarded this schooner of about 80 tons. The cargo was once again sugar so the crew were ordered to their canoe (that later overturned, the crew were left in the water to swim to the nearby shore). Placed a demolition charge.

0526 hours - Proceeded clear. Fired the demolition charge and the schooner sank quickly. Resumed patrol.

0640 hours - Dived in position 08°04'S, 115°18'E. Established communication with HMS Thorough and proceeded Westward along the coast in company three miles apart. During the morning information was received from HMS Stubborn that she had bombarded some lighters in Buleleng Roads but that she had been forced to dive by a shore gun after damaging the lighters. It was decided if two submarines could do more damage. Accordingly, both submarines proceeded past the anchorage to reconnoitre.

1400 hours - HMS Taciturn and HMS Thorough now turned back to the East and took up their firing positions. It had been decided that Thorough would take the barges and a possible aircraft hangar under fire and the Taciturn would concentrate on the shore guns and a small vessel to the Westward of the anchorage.

1610 hours - Surfaced. The shore gun was not yet positively identified and after three minutes Lt.Cdr. Stanley's patience gave out so the small vessel to the West was closed. This proved however to be smaller than anticipated and already aground and dismasted. Fire was therefore opened on what looked like a shipbuilding slip.

Shortly afterwards the enemy shore gun opened fire but they used an excellent flash less cordite and could not be located. As Thorough meanwhile had destroyed her targets it was time to get out so at .....

1616 hours - Dived and proceeded Eastward together with HMS Thorough that meanwhile had also dived.

1730 hours - An aircraft was seen patrolling the area.

2006 hours - Surfaced in position 07°59'S, 115°08'E.

15 Aug 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Fremantle.

21 Aug 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Fremantle.

5 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) secures at the foot of the slipway to be hauled up. Due to an electrical failure ashore it is not possible to be hauled up and after a few hours Taciturn proceeds back towards HMS Adamant.

6 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle.

7 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put back in the water.

14 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle to visit Port Lincoln, South Australia. The ship will be open to visitors during this goodwill tour.

20 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Lincoln.

22 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Port Lincoln for Adelaide.

23 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Adelaide.

29 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Adelaide to return to Fremantle.

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