Allied Warships

HMS Unseen (P 51)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 51 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Aug 1940 
Laid down30 Jul 1941 
Launched16 Apr 1942 
Commissioned2 Jul 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Hayle in September 1949.

 

Commands listed for HMS Unseen (P 51)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Michael Lindsay Coulton Crawford, DSC, RNJun 1942???

2T/Lt. Terence Douglas Wood, DSC, RNVR16 Apr 19445 Feb 1945
3Lt. John Arthur Cross, RCNVR5 Feb 194515 Sep 1945
4Lt. Ian Macfarlane Stoop, DSC, RN15 Sep 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Noteable events involving Unseen include:


16 Jan 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Zenobia Martini (1454 GRT) north of Gerba Island, Tunisia in position 33°56'N, 11°06'E.

18 Jan 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian naval auxiliary Sportivo (1598 GRT) 5 nautical miles bearing 20 of Zuara, Libya in position 33°00'N, 12°08'E.

4 Feb 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Le Tre Marie (1086 GRT) about 6 nautical miles south of Punta Alice, Italy in position 39°16'N, 17°11'E.

4 Mar 1943
While patrolling off Soussa, Tunisia HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) destroys the wreck of the German merchant Macedonia (2875 GRT) and a salvage barge.

24 Mar 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Saluzzo (3747 GRT, former French Tamara) about 30 nautical miles west-south-west of Isola Marettimo, Italy in position 37°52'N, 11°27'E. All torpedoes fired however missed their target.

18 Apr 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ-2205 (1168 GRT, former French Le Jacques Coeur) north-north-west of Isola di Femmine, Sicily, Italy in position 38°15'N, 13°13'E.

4 Aug 1943
While on patrol off Cape Rizzuto, Calabria, Italy, HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) fires four torpedoed against what is identified as an Italian Regolo-class light cruiser. All torpedoed fired however missed their target.

27 Aug 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Rastello (1550 GRT, former Greek Messaryas Nomikos) 48 nautical miles bearing 338 of Brindisi, Italy in position 41°30'N, 16°38'E.

28 Aug 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) sank the Italian sailing vessel Fabiola (103 GRT) with gunfire and scuttling charges 3 nautical miles bearing 250 of Saseno Island, Albania.

21 Sep 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the German minelayer Brandenburg (3895 GRT, former French Kita) and the German night fighter direction vessel Kreta (2600 GRT, former French Ile de Beaut?) about 7 nautical miles north-east of Isola di Capraia, Italy in position 43°08'N, 09°58'E.

22 Oct 1943
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the German barge F 541 (155 GRT) off Imperia, Liguria, Italy.


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