Allied Warships

HMS Unbroken (P 42)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 42 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Aug 1940 
Laid down30 Dec 1940 
Launched4 Nov 1941 
Commissioned29 Jan 1942 
End service 
History

HMS Unbroken was transferred on loan to the Soviet Union on 26 June 1944. Renamed V-2 by the Soviets. Returned in 1949 and scrapped at Gateshead on 9 May 1950.

 
Career notesBecame the Soviet submarine V-2

Commands listed for HMS Unbroken (P 42)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Alastair Campbell Gillespie Mars, RN18 Nov 194112 Apr 1943
2Lt. Bruce John Bevis Andrew, DSC, RN14 Apr 19438 Jan 1944
3Lt. Peter Langley Langley-Smith, RN8 Jan 194426 Jun 1944

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Noteable events involving Unbroken include:


26 Apr 1942
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) damaged the Italian sailing vessel Vale Formoso II with gunfire off Bordighera, Liguria, Italy.

1 May 1942
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) fires her last two torpedoes at German U-boat U-74 (Oblt. K. Friedrich) about 30 nautical miles southeast of Almeria, Spain. Both torpedoes missed their target.

8 Aug 1942
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) fires two torpedoes at the Italian merchant Algerino (1370 GRT) off Capri. Both torpedoed missed their target.

13 Aug 1942
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian heavy cruiser Bolzano and the Italian light cruiser Muzio Attendolo in the Ionian Sea off the north coast of Sicily in position 38°43'N, 14°57'E.

19 Oct 1942
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Titania (5397 GRT) north-west of Tripoi, Libya in position 34°45'N 12°31'E. The Titania is taken in tow by the Italian destroyer Ascari. The Titania is sunk early the next day by HMS Safari (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) east of Tunisia in position 34°45'N, 12°31'E.

19 Jan 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Edda (6107 GRT) near Gerba, Tunisia in position 33°45'N, 11°12'E.

3 Apr 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, RN) attacked the German destroyer Hermes with torpedoes about 20 nautical miles south of Cape Saprtivento in position 37°46'N, 15°38'E. Unfortunately the torpedoes miss the target.

4 Apr 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German (former Norwegian) tanker Regina (9545 GRT) off Punta Stilo, Sicily, Italy in position 38°15'N, 16°30'E.

22 Apr 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No. 17/Milano (379 GRT) off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°11'N, 12°45'E.

19 May 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian pilot vessel F 20 / Enrica (269 GRT) 3 nautical miles bearing 260° off Pizzo Calabro in position 38°45'N, 16°00'E.

21 May 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Bologna (5439 GRT, former French Monaco) 8 nautical miles bearing 210 of Capo Vaticano in position 38°30'N, 16°00'E.

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Unbroken

Mars, Alastair, D.S.O, D.S.C. and bar.


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