Allied Warships

HMS Unruly (P 49)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 49 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Aug 1940 
Laid down19 Nov 1941 
Launched28 Jul 1942 
Commissioned3 Nov 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Inverkeithing in February 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Unruly (P 49)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Paton Fyfe, RNSep 194220 Oct 1944
2T/Lt. Derek John Palmer, RNVR20 Oct 19448 Sep 1945
3Lt. Laurence Douglas Hamlyn, RN8 Sep 1945Oct 1945 ?

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1 Nov 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch.

2 Nov 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

4 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was docked at Kames Bay.

5 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay and then returned to Holy Loch.

7 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

9 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises.

21 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was docked at Scapa Flow.

22 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was undocked. She departed for Lerwick later the same day.

23 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was to patrol off Northern Norway to provide cover for convoys JW 51 / RA 51.

4 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is ordered to return to Lerwick.

6 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is ordered to patrol off Vestfjord, Norway in anticipation of a possible move northwards of the German battleship Tirpitz.

13 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is ordered to return to Lerwick.

16 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN), HMS P 55 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

18 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

21 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was docked at Govan.

26 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was undocked at Govan and returned to Holy Loch.

5 Feb 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) went aground at Holy Loch during a gale.

15 Feb 1943
The sailing of HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) for the Mediterranean was delayed due to defects. She was taken in hand for repairs on the 21th.

7 Mar 1943
The completion of repairs to HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was delayed for another three days due to salt water in the battery tanks.

11 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) finally completed her repairs and returned to Holy Loch.

14 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

27 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

5 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol near the Spanish / French border, Port Vendres area.

11 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires two torpedoes against a (Spanish) merchant off Port Vendres, southern France. Both torpedoes missed their target.

12 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the French merchant St Lucien (1256 GRT) off Port Vendres, southern France in position 42°31'N, 03°07'E.

19 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

16 May 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Nicolo Tommaseo (4573 GRT) about 5 nautical miles north-north-east of Catania, Sicily, Italy in position 37°35'N, 15°17'E.

The damaged Nicolo Tommaseo was sunk by Allied aircraft at Catania on 26 July 1943.

14 Jun 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Valentino Coda (4485 GRT, built 1924) 19 nautical miles bearing 309° of Cape Vaticano, Italy in position 38°52'N, 15°27'E.

At 0140 hours (time zone -2) Unruly sighted a merchant vessel of about 5000 tons escorted by 'what is identified as' a destroyer. Range was 10000 yards. An attack was commenced.

At 0200 hours four torpedoes were fired at a range of 3500 yards, about 2.5 minutes later two explosions were heard.

At 0204 hours Unruly dived. Ten minutes later 6 depth charges were dropped but these were a long way off.

13 Jul 1943
Shortly before 2100hours on 13 July 1943 HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian submarine Acciaio (630 tons, built 1942, offsite link) off Cape Vaticano near Messina, Sicily, Italy in position 38°35'N, 15°49'E.

At 2022 hours (time zone -3) a southbound Italian submarine was sighted. Unruly closed for a torpedo attack.

At 2049 hours four torpedoes were fired from 3000 yards. The first torpedo hit the target two minutes after firing. The other three torpedoes hit the coast and exploded.

15 Aug 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian tanker Cesco (6161 BRT) off Brindisi, Italy.

8 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the German minelayer Bulgaria (1108 GRT) but misses the minelayer Drache south off Amorgos Island, Greece in position 36°46'N, 25°51'E. The Bulgaria was loaded with supplies for the island of Kos.

2 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire of Levitha island, Greece.

13 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires two torpedoes against the German auxiliary minelayer Drache off Samos, Greece. Both torpedoes missed their target.

8 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire off Cape Doro, Andros Island, Greece.

11 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank four sailing vessels with gunfire off Andros Island and Tinos Island, Greece. The last two were sunk in position 37°39'N, 25°05'E.

12 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire north of Syros Island, Greece in position 37°38'N, 24°54'E.

15 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Aghios Giorgios (20 GRT) with gunfire north of Syros Island, Greece.

16 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires four torpedoes against the German Brunhilde (1810 GRT) about 25 nautical miles north of Lemnos, Greece. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

19 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank two sailing vessels with gunfire and scuttling charges in the Gulf of Izmir, Turkey

21 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank a sailing vessel with scuttling charges north of Chios Island, Greece.

30 May 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank a sailing vessel with scuttling charges off Suda Bay, Crete, Greece.

3 Jul 1944
At 0140 hours HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires three torpedoed at the German merchants Erpel and Pelikan north-east of Mykonos. The torpedoes however miss their target

11 Jul 1944
At 0422 hours HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires four torpedoes at the German merchant Pelikan south-west of Kos, Greece. The torpedoes however miss their target


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