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HMS Umbra (P 35)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 35 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Mar 1940 
Laid down19 Jul 1940 
Launched15 Mar 1941 
Commissioned2 Sep 1941 
End service 
History

HMS Umbra is not listed as active unit in the July and October 1945 Navy Lists

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 9 July 1946 and scrapped at Blyth.

 

Commands listed for HMS Umbra (P 35)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Stephen Lynch Conway Maydon, RN7 Jul 19411 Aug 1942
2Lt. John Dennis Martin, RN1 Aug 194212 Aug 1942
3Lt. Stephen Lynch Conway Maydon, RN12 Aug 4219 May 1943
4Lt. Philip Henry May, RN19 May 194327 Dec 1943
5Lt. Ronald Alexander Alane Campbell Ward, DSC, RN27 Dec 1943???

6Lt. William David Stewart Scott, RN15 Aug 194429 Nov 1944
7Lt.Cdr. Basil Tremayne Simons, RN29 Nov 194421 Mar 1945
8T/Lt. Hubert Charles Parker, DSC, RNVR21 Mar 1945Apr 1945 ?

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1 Sep 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

2 Sep 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

24 Sep 1941
Upon completion of her work-up period HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

25 Sep 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to join the 9th Submarine Flotilla.

30 Sep 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) that was to proceed to Malta. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

1 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S exercises.

28 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Leicester City (Lt. F.A. Everett, RNR).

29 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Dundee.

30 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Equerry (T/Lt. H.C. Hutchinson, RNVR).

31 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

2 Nov 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Norwegian coast near Bergen.

19 Nov 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dundee.

7 Dec 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Gibraltar. She was escorted until Bishops Rock by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

20 Dec 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

27 Dec 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.

5 Jan 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Malta.

11 Jan 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol South of Lampedusa. Later she was ordered to patrol off Kerkenah and even later she was ordered to proceed Northwards and patrol off Sousse.

17 Jan 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian salvage vessel Rampino (301 GRT, built 1909) north-north-east of Sousse, Tunisia in position 35°59'N, 10°46'E.

Umbra picks up the Rampino's sole survivor.

(All times are zone -2)
0311 hours - A low dark shape was sighted ahead. It was thought to be a u-boat. Started attack.

0320 hours - In position 35°59'N, 10°46'E fired three torpedoes from 1500 yards. Dived on firing. One hit was obtained.

0330 hours - Heard HE of a small patrol vessel stopping and starting. This soon turned away and retired bearing 080° and HE soon faded.

0636 hours - Surfaced near the position of the attack.

0800 hours - Sighted a raft with one survivor. Picked him up. Another raft was seen but it was empty.

0839 hours - Dived in position 35°59'N, 10°48'E.

20 Jan 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) attacked two merchant ships in a convoy about 5 nautical miles North of Kuriat with four torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
2100 hours - Sighted many lights in the direction of Monastir. Closed.

2126 hours - The lights were seen to be ships.

2146 hours - Reduced to slow speed. Six ships fully illuminated were counted. Their course was 090°. It was estimated that this convoy must have been outside French territorial waters while crossing the Gulf of Monastir and would pass 2 to 3 miles North of Kuriat. They were proceeding to the Eastward and could only leave French territorial waters if they were not already outside them. If they were to turn to the South after rounding Kuriat they would cross latitude 35°46'N south of which they were open to attack irrespective of whether they were in French waters or not. It was therefore decided that if they were French they were proceeding or about to proceed illegitemately and that it was possible they were Italians masquerading as French. It was decided to attack.

2149 hours - In position 35°55'N, 11°02'E fired two torpedoes at the leading ship, the second largest. Range 4000 yards.

2150 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the second ship in line, the largest. Range 4000 yards.

2151 hours - Dived and altered course to Starboard. All torpedoes missed as the range was most likely underestimated. Set course to the North-East.

22 Jan 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

1 Feb 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Kuriat.

3 Feb 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Napoli (6142 GRT, built 1941) about 30 nautical miles east of Sousse, Tunisia. The ship was beached and destroyed by aircraft on the 11th.

(All times are zone -2)
1526 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of about 6000 tons anchored in position 35.30'N, 11.06'E.

1533 hours - Sighted an Italian torpedo boat of the Spica-class patrolling close inshore. Started attack on the merchant vessel.

1637 hours - Fired one torpedo at the merchant vessel from 2600 yards. It missed.

1702 hours - Fired another torpedo at the merchant vessel from 2400 yards. It hit. The merchant vessel was seen to be down by the stern and listing to starboard afterwards.

1725 hours - The torpedo boat counter attacked. 8 Depth charges were dropped but these did no damage.

13 Feb 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

21 Feb 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the East of Tripoli, Libya to intercept an important enemy convoy.

23 Feb 1942
In the evening HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) is ordered to a new patrol position, South of the Strait of Messina.

28 Feb 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) attacked a medium seized merchant vessel with two torpedoes about 10 nautical miles South-East of Catania, Sicily in position 37°22'N, 15°16'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0917 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 190°. Set course to intercept.

1012 hours - In position 37°22'N, 15°16'E fired two torpedoes at a 2000 - 3000 tons merchant vessel. Range was 3800 yards. A loud explosion was heard and the torpedoes were not heard to run anymore. The target made a dense cloud of black funnel smoke and made for Catania at increased speed.

5 Mar 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

8 Mar 1942
While dived during daylight at Malta with half the crew on board, HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) has her pressure hull pierced forward by accident. The tube space flooded. She tried to surface but did not failed to do so. She was then raised a few hours later and was docked for repairs.

27 Mar 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Kerkenah and Lampedusa.

3 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN)

6 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel with two torpedoes about 20 nautical miles West-North-West of Lampedusa in position 35°37'N, 12°12'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times either zone -1 or -2)
1340 hours - Heard HE bearing 250°. Went to periscope depth and sighted masts on that bearing. Altered course to 200° to intercept and closed at full speed.

1414 hours - The target was seen to be a merchant ship escorted by a Spica class torpedo boat which was ahead of her. Turned to a 120 degree track and closed at full speed.

1430 hours - In position 35°37'N, 12°12'E fired two torpedoes from 3200 yards. Both missed. Went deep as aircraft were sighted and retired to the West.

9 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

14 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Kerkenah and Lampedusa.

18 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) attacked the Italian merchant Nino Bixio (7137 GRT, built 1941) about 40 nautical miles south-west of Lampedusa in position 35°05'N, 11°49'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

(All times are zone -1 or -2)
0630 hours - Sighted a 6000 tons merchant vessel escorted by two destroyers. Started attack.

0655 hours - In position 35°05'N, 11°49'E fired 3 torpedoes from 5800 yards. It as thouht one probable hit was obtained but this was not the case.

0704 hours - The first pattern of 4 depth charges was dropped. After this attack only 2 more depth charges were dropped. None caused any damage.

0734 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted the target bearing 338°.

According to Italian sources Nino Bixio was escorted by the Italian destroyers Antonio Pigafetta and Nicolo Zeno.

19 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Assunta De Gregori (4219 GRT, built 1914) about 20 nautical miles East-South-East of Mahdia, Tunisia in position 35°23'N, 11°23'E.

(All times are zone -1 or -2)
1550 hours - Sighted a merchant ship approaching from the Southward. Altered course to intercept.

1557 hours - Sighted a Spica class torpedo boat escorting the merchant vessel of about 4000 to 5000 tons. Also two aircraft were patrolling the area. Started attack.

1643 hours - In position 35°23'N, 11°23'E fired two torpedoes at the merchant vessel from 1100 yards. Both torpedoes hit the target. The torpedo boat dropped only 2 depth charges which caused no damage to P 35.

1730 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Saw the torpedo boat laying stopped to pick up the survivors of the merchant ship.

25 Apr 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

3 May 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation (details to follow).

However the operation had to be abandoned as P 35 developed engine defects.

6 May 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

10 May 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for passage to Alexandria.

19 May 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Alexandria.

6 Jun 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN)) departed Alexandria for her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to give cover during convoy operations to Malta and took position in a line with three other submsrines in the Ionian Sea. (HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN), HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) and HMS Una (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) (cover of Operation VIGOROUS)).

15 Jun 1942
At 0645 hours HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) fired torpedoes at the Italian battleship Littorio. The torpedoes however miss their target. Position 36°00'N, 19°06'E.

At 1151 hours HMS P 35 torpedoes and sank the Italian heavy cruiser Trento in position 35°55'N, 18°59'E. Trento was already damaged by a torpedo from a British Beaufort aircraft (217. Sqn. RAF based at Malta).

(All times are zone -3)
0540 hours - Heard HE bearing 320°.

0545 hours - Sighted two large vessels bearing 310°. Altered course to intercept and closed at full speed.

0555 hours - Started attack on two Littorio class battleships and two cruisers in line ahead. Enemy course was 175°, speed 26 knots.

0611 hours - Aircraft started a bombing attack. P 35 was about to fire torpedoes at a battleship. The Italians went all over the place and it was not possible to attack now.

0618 hours - The pandamonium had died down and two cruisers were seen approaching. Started attack on these.

0622 hours - The cruisers turned away.

0628 hours - The battleships were sighted again escorted by four destroyers.

0630 hours - It was thought that the cruisers were laying a smoke screen but it was now sighted that one of them was on fire. Started attack on the battleships.

0646 hours - In position 36°00'N, 19°06'E fired four torpedoes from 5000 - 6000 yards. After firing P 35 went deep. It was thought one hit was obtained but this was not the case.

0719 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find the battleships disappearing to the South in a haze of smoke. Sighted the burning cruiser bearing 263° with a destroyer on either side. Range was 5500 yards. The enemy was proceeding to the West at slow speed. Commenced reloading the torpedo tubes.

0816 hours - The destroyers came nearer forcing p 35 to go deep and to proceed to the North. This delayed reloading.

0915 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find the cruiser still on fire bearing 159°. The two destroyers were laying a smoke screen. The cruiser was a Trento class ship. Started attack.

1006 hours - In position 35°55'N, 18°59'E fired two torpedoes. Both hit. P 35 went deep. Seven depth charges were dropped close to P 35 but they caused no damage. The counter attack ended at 1040 hours. HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) was approaching from the South saw the cruiser break in two and sink in three minutes.

1058 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Only the two destroyers were in sight picking up the survivors. Range was 4 nautical miles. P 35 retired to the South.

27 Jun 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

29 Jun 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said.

30 Jun 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived at Port Said.

5 Jul 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) is docked at Port Said.

12 Jul 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) is undocked.

14 Jul 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Port Said for Haifa.

16 Jul 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed arrived at Haifa.

1 Aug 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Haifa for her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to proceed to Malta passing to the North of Crete en-route.

12 Aug 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

20 Aug 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Greece.

27 Aug 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and havily damaged the Italian transport ship Manfredo Campiero (5463 GRT, built 1925) West of the Antikithera Channel in position 35°41'N, 23°01'E. The ship was beyond salvage and was scuttled by the Italians.

Later the same day three torpedoes were fired against a large escorted merchant vessel near the aame position. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0720 hours - Sighted two merchant ships escorted by a Navigatori class destroyer and a Spica class torpedo boat bearing 025°. Enemy course was 245°, speed 10 knots. Started attack.

0737 hours - Sighted two more destroyers / torpedo boats hull down to the North-East.

0742 hours - Sighted two aircraft over the convoy.

0748 hours - In position 35°39'N, 23°05'E fired four torpedoes at the nearer of the two merchant vessels. Range was 3000 yards. One, possibly two hit(s) was / were obtained. The second torpedo fired did not run.

0757 hours - Depth charging started.

0821 hours - The last depth charges were dropped. 29 In all were counted but no damage was done to P 35 which was at 180 feet.

0850 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted one of the Merchants down by the stern and burning fiercely. She was circled by a Spica class torpedo boat.

0900 hours - Commenced reloading. No.2 tube still contained its torpedo although it had been fired. No.2 tube was now out of action.

1235 hours - The merchant ship blew up and sank. The torpedo boat was seen to proceed to the North-East. [According to Italian sources the convoy was made up of the above mentioned Manfredo Campiero and the Italian merchant Tergestea (5890 GRT, built 1926). They were escorted by the Italian destroyer Nicoloso da Recco and the Italian torpedo boats Climene and Polluce. Manfredo Campiero was beyond salvage and was sunk by Polluce with gunfire.]

1410 hours - Sighted a large 10000 tons merchant vessel, with a single funnel and of modern design escorted by two destroyers / torpedo boats of the Navigatori / Partenope classes. Enemy course was 270°, speed 12 to 14 knots. Started attack.

1420 hours - The enemy altered course away.

1424 hours - Enemy course was now seen to be 225°.

1429 hours - In position 35°35'N, 23°03'E started firing a salvo of three torpedoes (Tube 2 was out of action). Just as the second torpedo was fired the target was seen to alter course. The third torpedo was fired regardless in the hope it was just a zig. It was not a zig and the target steadied on a course of 170°. No hits were obtained.

1 Sep 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

11 Sep 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Greece.

12 Sep 1942
Late in the evening developed a serious engine defect forcing her to abandon her patrol. Course was set to return to Malta.

13 Sep 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived back at Malta.

14 Sep 1942
After repairs HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta to resume her 11th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean).

16 Sep 1942
Shortly after midnight HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) again developed engine problems. These could not be repaired on board and once again course was set to return to Malta.

18 Sep 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) arrived back at Malta.

23 Sep 1942
After repairs HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) again departed Malta to resume her 11th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean).

27 Sep 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Francesco Barbaro (6343 GRT, built 1940) about 35 nautical miles south of Cape Marathia, Zakynthos Island, Greece in position 37°04'N, 20°36'E. The enemy later sank some 50 nautical miles south-west of Cape Marathia, Zakynthos Island, Greece in position 37°15'N, 19°55'E after a second attack by HMS Umbra. [Position as per Italian sources].

(All times are zone -2)
27 September 1942
1540 hours - Sighted aircraft circling bearing 280°, range about 8 nautical miles. Assumed this to be part of the escort of the expected convoy. Increased to full speed to get into that area.

1602 hours - Sighted 2 large merchant vessels escorted by 5 destroyers / torpedo boats and aircraft bearing 285°. Started attack.

1630 hours - The nearest mercant vessel was chosen as the target. She was 8000 to 10000 tons in size. Range was estimated as being 6000 yards. It was thought that six destroyers / torpedo boats were escorting this convoy. Enemy course was 150°, speed 14 knots.

1633 hours - In position 37°04'N, 20°36'E fired four torpedoes from 8000 - 9000 yards. One hit was obtained. After firing Umbra went deep, changed course to 300° and made a burst at full speed for 5 minutes.

1643 hours - A bomb exploded fairly close. Altered course to 270°. More aircraft bombs, aboit 10 in total, followed up to 1757 hours.

1706 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target was seen bearing 176°. She was making much black smoke and slightly down by the stern. She appeared to be stopped with a destroyer nearby. As aircraft were all around went to 50 feet and proceeded on course 200°.

1713 hours - Started reloading the torpedo tubes.

1733 hours - The target was no longer smoking. Altered course to 240°.

1734 hours - A serious counter attack was started bythe enemy. P 35 went to 200 feet and took evasive action.

1752 hours - Target was now bearing 155°.

1757 hours - Three destroyers / torpedo boats were now within 4000 yards.

1825 hours - Returned to periscope depth. One destroyer / torpedo boat was 1500 yards astern and coming towards. Went to 200 feet again. 11 Depth charges were dropped quite close causing some minor damage.

1903 hours - Six depth charges were dropped very close.

1936 hours - Altered course to 250° to get to the Westward in order to have advantage of the rising moon. Completed the reload of two torpedo tubes.

2006 hours - Surfaced in position 37°06'N, 20°28'E. The target was still afloat laying stopped bearing 070°, range about 4 nautical miles. Three destroyers / torpedo boats were circling her about 2 miles off. P 35 kept within visual range to attack during the night if possible.

2225 hours - After having closed on the surface, dived to attack again.

2230 hours - In position 37°09'N, 20.27'E fired two torpedoes from 6000 to 8000 yards at the stationary target. Upon firing P 35 went to 120 feet and altered course hard to Starboard. One explosion was heard after almost 10 minutes giving a much greater range.

2252 hours - The three destroyers / torpedo boats were seen to the North-East about 5 miles away.

2310 hours - Ships were sighted bearing 079°, 073°, 067° and 061°. The last was the target. Reloaded the other two torpedo tubes.

28 September 1942
0034 hours - Altered course to 360° to get down moon again.

0045 hours - Sighted two destroyers / torpedo boats bearing 044° and 058°.

0050 hours - Surfaced in position 37°07'N, 20°21'E. The target was still afloat but was enveloped in a veil of smoke. The escorts were still circling her. P 35 remained in the area. Shortly before 0500 hours a ship was heard sinking. When P 35 returned to periscope depth shortly after 0600 hours nothing was in sight.

[The convoy attacked by P 35 was made up of the above mentioned Francesco Barbaro as well as the Italian merchant Unione (6070 GRT, built 1942). They were escorted by the Italian destroyers Giovanni da Verazzano and Lampo as well as the Italian torpedoes boats Partenope, Clio, Lince and Aretusa. When Francesco Barbaro was torpedoed Unione made off escorted by Da Verazzano, Clio and Aretusa. Lampo, Partenope and Lince remained with Barbaro.]

1 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

7 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Southern Adriatic.

P 35 first patrolled in the Cape Dukato - Corfu area and only went North through the Otranto Straits on the 12th after HMS P 211 left the Adriatic.

10 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO, RN) attacked the Italian destroyer Nicolo Zeno with three torpedoes in the Ionian Sea. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0739 hours - Sighted a vessel thought to be a cruiser bearing 085°, estimated enemy course was 285°. Asdic reported enemy revolutions as 170. Altered course to intercept and increased speed to 8 knots.

0748 hours - Enemy bearing 081°, range 7800 yards. Enemy course was now seen to be 260°. Altered course to port to attack from the enemy's starboard bow.

0755 hours - The enemy was identified as a Navigatori class destroyer still doing 170 revolutions. She was making no bow wave and speed was thought to be 12 knots.

0802 hours - The target appeared to be increasing speed as a bow wave was now sighted. In position 37°53'N, 18°54'E fired three torpedoes. All missed astern as it was later calculated that the destroyer was doing around 20 knots. The target was out of sight 25 minutes later.

19 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

21 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to destroy a damaged and grounded enemy ship off Khoms, Libya.

23 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and destroys the grounded German supply ship Amsterdam (8673 GRT, built 1921) off Khoms, near Tripoli, Libya. She also sank the Italian tug Pronta (182 GRT, built 1913) that is trying to salvage the Amsterdam. The Amsterdam was grounded after being hit by a torpedo during an air attack.

(All times are zone -1)
0651 hours - Fixed our position as 32°44'N, 14°16'E. Closed Khoms roads.

0720 hours - Observed the situation in Khoms roads as follows. The 8500 tons merchant ships was seen anchored and aground in position 093 degrees, Khoms Cemetary Lighthouse, 7.1 cables. A small tug was nearby. An armed trawler of about 500 tons was anchored about 4 cables to the Eastward. The merchant ships was unloading her cargo in lighters.

0832 hours - P 35 now retired to the North. It was intended to return just before dark to make a final reconnaisance. Then to withdraw on the surface to charge. Then to return after midnight making use of the 'sinking' moon.

1406 hours - As the weather was getting worse it was decided to close submerged and attack with torpedoes at once.

1433 hours - In position 32°39'5"N, 14°18'5"E fired no. 2 tube at a salvage tug at anchor. The torpedo had either missed or ran under.

1439 hours - Fired tubes 3 and 4 at the merchant ship. Both hit. The ship settled further but did not sink or catch fire. The small craft alongside were demolished.

1440 hours - Proceeded out of Khmos Bay at periscope depth. An aircraft then started machine gunning P 35 so went to 40 feet and changed course.

1505 hours - Some small bombs were dropped. Went to 80 feet and proceeded on course 360° at 5 knots.

25 Oct 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

2 Nov 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the North of Sicily to provide cover during the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation Torch). She departed Malta together with HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) and HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN). They were escorted out by HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN).

12 Nov 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) attacked an Italian battleship of the Littorio class to the West of Cape Vaticano in position 38°39'5"N, 15°44'5"E with four torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1556 hours - Sighted a vessel bearing 190°. Started attack.

1602 hours - Identified the enemy as two battleships of the Littorio class screened by at least 12 destroyers. Three aircraft were seen overhead. Enemy course was estimated as 335°.

1619 hours - In position 38°39'5"N, 15°44'5"E fired 4 torpedoes at the second battleship in the line. Went to 120 feet after firing. No hits were obtained and no counter attack followed.

1652 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

15 Nov 1942
In the early hours of 15 November 1942 HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) landed a party of 2 in a folbot to destroy a railway to the North of Pizzo, Italy. They succesfully landed but enemy defences prevented them from reaching the railway line and they abandoned the attempt.

17 Nov 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian troop transport Piemonte (15209 GRT, built 1918) 4 nautical miles bearing 310 of Capo Rasocolmo, Sicily, Italy in position 38°21'N, 15°28'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1207 hours - While in position 38°23'N, 15°28'E sighted a large columnn of black smoke bearing 250°. Closed to investigate.

1240 hours - The smoke was now seen to come from a two-funnelled passenger ship thought to be of 7000 tons. She was escorted by a Generale class torpedo boat and a flying boat. Enemy course was 078°. Started attack.

1316 hours - In position 38°21'N, 15°28'E fired two torpedoes from 3000 yards. Went to 120 feet after firing. After 2 minutes and 35 seconds a torpedo explosion was heard and HE of the target ceased. A counter attack with 2 bombs and 20 depth charges followed. The bombs were rather close but caused no damage. The depth charges were further away.

1334 hours - Heard faint HE, possibly the target under way again.

1428 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted the torpedo boat bearing 189° about 4 nautical miles off. Two aircraft were also patrolling the area. P 35 went deep again and cleared the area to the North.

21 Nov 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

30 Nov 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Tunisian coast between Hammamet and Kerkenah.

2 Dec 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Sacro Cuore (1097 GRT, built 1899) about 15 nautical miles east of Mahdia, Tunisia in position 35°27'N, 11°22'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1621 hours - Sighted funnel and masts with smoke bearing 250°. Increased speed to close.

1727 hours - Surfaced in position 35°23'N, 11°32'E to close the small merchant vessel. Enemy course was estimated as 330°, speed 7 knots.

1826 hours - Closed the enemy's starboard quarter and turned to a parallel course while overtaking. Position was now 35°27'N, 11°22'E.

1830 hours - Opened fire from 300 yards with the 12 pdr. gun. The target was soon stopped and on fire aft. When a boat was seen abandoning ship fire was checked. 11 Rounds had now been fired.

1838 hours - Started picking up survivors. They turned out to be Italians and German Luftwaffe men. The Luftwaffe men were retained on board as well as one other German. 10 Germans in all were taken prisoner.

1919 hours - Fired 10 rounds into the waterline of the ship to finish her off. She was left on fire and settling in the water.

1923 hours - Proceeded to get clear of the area. Set course to Malta to land the German survivors shortly afterwards.

4 Dec 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

5 Dec 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 16th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Tunisian coast.

9 Dec 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Sullberg (1663 GRT, built 1912) south of Hammamet, Tunisia in position 36°14'N, 10°32'E.

(All times are zone -1)
0930 hours - Sighted a small merchant vessel, estimated to be 2000 to 3000 tons, bearing 342°. She was proceeding close inshore south of Hammamet. Estimated enemy course was 250°. Altered course and went to full submerged speed to intercept further South on the coast.

0945 hours - Enemy course was now seen to be 235°, speed was 9 knots. The target was keeping very close inshore. P 35 proceeded to the South-West at full speed.

1057 hours - Turned to a firing course.

1100 hours - In position 36°14'N, 10°32'E fired 3 torpedoes from 4500 yards. A very heavy explosion followed after about 4 minutes. Another very slight explosions followed about 15 seconds after the heavy explosion.

1109 hours - Returned to periscope depth. All that was left of the target was a magnificent column of orange and white smoke rising to about 1000 feet in the air.

11 Dec 1942
At 0835 hours (zone -1) HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) picked up two German airmen from a dinghy in position 35°29'N, 12°03'E.

13 Dec 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German troop transport Macedonia (2875 BRT) about 5 nautical miles north of Sousse, Tunisia in position 35°54'N, 10°39'E. The damaged German ship is beached and abandoned.

15 Dec 1942
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

9 Jan 1943
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Emilio Morandi (1523 GRT) about 35 nautical miles east-north-east of Sousse, Tunisia in position 35°59'N, 11°22'E.

11 Jan 1943
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO, RN) attacked the Italian sailing vessels Nuovo Domenico and (25 GRT) and Concetta Falco (152 GRT) with gunfire in the Gulf of Hammamet in position 36°24'N, 10°33'E. The Nuovo Domenico is damaged during the attack.


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