Allied Warships

HMS Unshaken (P 54)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 54 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Aug 1940 
Laid down12 Jun 1941 
Launched17 Feb 1942 
Commissioned21 May 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Troon in March 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Unshaken (P 54)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Richard Gatehouse, DSC, RN18 Apr 194221 Jun 1942
2Lt. Charles Ernest Oxborrow, DSC, RN21 Jun 194225 Nov 1942 (+)
3S.Lt. Herbert Patrick Westmacott, RN25 Nov 194229 Nov 1942
4Lt. Jack Whitton, RN29 Nov 1942May 1944
5T/Lt. Derek John Palmer, RNVRMay 194417 Jul 1944
6Lt. Jack Seward Pearce, RNR17 Jul 1944

7Lt. William Gifford Woollam, RN8 Sep 1945Sep 1945

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24 Feb 1942
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for Gibraltar. She is to return to the U.K.

28 Feb 1942
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

3 Mar 1942
It is decided that HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) will remain in the Mediterranean.

20 May 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (former French) (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

21 May 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

22 Jun 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN).

24 Jun 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

25 Jun 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway to give cover for convoy operations PQ 17 and QP 13 to and from Northern Russia.

5 Jul 1942
Early in the evening, HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) spotted the German task force that was operating against convoy PQ 17 in position 71°40'N, 28°19'E. The German task force was made up of the battleship Tirpitz and heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper. They were escorted by a group of seven destroyers and two torpedo boats. P 54 was unable to attack but she made an enemy report on W/T.

P 54 was detected by an enemy aircraft that dropped three bombs. Following this she was depth charged by the German destroyer Z 27.

12 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

12 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

18 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

19 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.

1 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

2 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

4 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off southern Norway near Stavanger.

12 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Georg L.M. Russ (2890 GRT, built 1938) off southern Norway in position 58°37'N, 05°30'E. Another ship is missed in the same attack.

In position 58°37'N, 05°30'E sighted a convoy of three merchant vessels escorted by a trawler bearing 160°, range 4.5 nautical miles. Started attack.

1606 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the second and third merchant ships of 3000 and 5500 tons respectively. Range was about 2500 yards. Three loud explosions were heard after about two minutes.

1624 hours - At periscope depth. Sighted only one ship with the trawler. P 54 was then hunted by the trawler.

15 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick.

16 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

18 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.

31 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Tribune (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) and HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

1 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

2 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 3rd war patrol. She is to provide cover for convoy operations (PQ 18 and QP 14) to Northern Russia.

10 Sep 1942
In the afternoon, HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN), sighted the tops and masts of the German task force that was at sea to operate against the Allied convoys. P 54 was to far off to attack.

24 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick.

25 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFL Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) and HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

26 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.

28 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) is docked at Dundee.

7 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) is undocked.

11 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. Part of the passage was made together with FFL Junon (Cdr. J. Querville, RN) and HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

14 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

She departed for Gibraltar later the same day. During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). At Gibraltar P 54 was to join the 8th Submarine Flottilla temporarily for the upcoming Allied invasion of North Africa.

17 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) is ordered to take up a patrol position in the Bay of Biscay as German tankers are thought to try to break out into the Atlantic. The passage to Gibraltar now became her 4th war patrol.

18 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) is ordered to continue her passage to Gibraltar.

23 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Gibraltar.

1 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation (during operation Torch, landing beach marking off Oran). She carried only six torpedoes to make room for two folbots.

3 Nov 1942
During the night of 3/4 November 1942, HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN), launched a party with a folbot for a reconnaissance. The party left at 2315/3 and returned at 0006/4.

7 Nov 1942
During the night of 7/8 November 1942, HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) assisted in the landing off Oran. She launched the folbot and her party and also guided the convoy in, acting as beacon.

8 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) is ordered to patrol off San Antonio, Ibiza.

9 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) is ordered to return to Gibraltar.

12 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar.

20 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Genoa.

25 Nov 1942
Late in the afternoon HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) surfaced in the Gulf of Lyons in very heavy weather. P 54 then slid back to a depth of about 30 feet while the Commanding Officer and two lookouts were already on the bridge. They could not get below in time and were washed overboard. A search was made but they were not sighted again.

The 1st Lt., S.Lt. Westmacott, (a substitution for the proper 1st Lt. who remained at Gibraltar due to being sick) then took over command. It was decided to return to Gibraltar.

29 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (S.Lt. H.P. Westmacott, RN) made rendez-vous with the British corvette HMS HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR) that had the spare Commanding Officer of the 8th Submarine Flotilla on board. Lt. J. Whitton then took command of HMS P 54 while at sea. She then continued her return passage to Gibraltar.

1 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar.

9 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Marseilles and Genoa.

14 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked a large escorted merchant vessel with four torpedoes south of Cassis, southern France. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1412 hours - In position 43°08'N, 05°33'E sighted a merchant vessel of 7500 tons escorted by two trawlers. Started attack. Range was about 9 nautical miles.

1524 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2000 yards. No hits were obtained. The torpedoes were heard to exlode about three minutes after firing.

19 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked but missed an escorted merchant vessel with three torpedoes. Position was about 5 nautical miles to the south-east of Loano, Savona, Italy.

(All times are zone -1)
1329 hours - In position 44°05'N, 08°20'E sighted a 3500 tons merchant vessel in ballast escorted by two MA/SB's. Started attack. Range on sighting was about three nautical miles.

1349 hours - Fired three torpedoes from a range of 5200 yards. No hits were obtained. The escorted dropped about ten depth charges but none were close.

1450 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target was out of sight.

20 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacks the French merchant Oasis (1327 GRT, built 1938) with gunfire off Genoa, Italy. No damage is inflicted.

(All times are zone -1)
0053 hours - In position 43°37'N, 07°58'E sighted a darkened merchant vessel of about 4000 tons bearing 163°, range 6 nautical miles. Enemy course 273 hours, speed 8 knots. Started attack.

0110 hours - Dived to complete the attack from submerged.

0117 hours - Fired the last remaining torpedo from 800 yards. It passed under the target.

0119 hours - Surfaced for gun action. Fired 14 rounds for 5 hits.

0130 hours - HE reported on the port quarter. Submerged.

0150 hours - No more HE was heard. Surfaced and re-engaged the target.

0222 hours - Broke off the action after having fired another 52 rounds for 6 hits. Set course to return to Algiers.

23 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

3 Jan 1943
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for her 8th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the north of the Strait of Messina.

12 Jan 1943
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacks the Italian merchant Campania (5247 GRT, built 1918) north-west of Marettimo Island, Italy. All four torpedoes fired missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
1205 hours - In position 38°12'N, 14°59'E sighted a tanker in ballast. She was identified as the Campania. Range was four nautical miles, enemy course 070°, enemy speed 6 knots. Started attack.

1227 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1500 yards. No hits were obtained. Most likely the speed of the enemy was underestimated.

21 Jan 1943
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

3 Feb 1943
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for her 9th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the North of Sicily.

19 Feb 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

7 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Gibraltar to return to Algiers. It had been decided to retain Unshaken in the Mediterranean for a longer period.

11 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Algiers.

14 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for Malta.

17 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked the German submarine U-431 with four torpedoes south of Sardinia in position 38°05'N, 08°27'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0014 hours - In position 38°05'N, 08°27'E sighted a submarine bearing 120°. Range was 6 nautical miles. Enemy course 285° (main course, the submarine was zig-zagging), speed 9,5 knots.

0017 hours - Dived to close.

0047 hours - Surfaced after having lost the target.

0102 hours - Fired 4 torpedoes from long range, 8000 yards. No hits were obtained.

0124 hours - Proceeded on passage.

20 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Malta where she joined the 10th submarine flotilla.

25 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was docked at Malta.

29 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was undocked.

2 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in / off the Gulf of Hammamet.

7 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) damaged a schooner with gunfire off Nabeul, Tunisia.

(All times are zone -1)
1842 hours - Surfaced and opened fire on a two masted schooner off Nabeul Jetty. Fired ten rounds from a range of 1100 yards for six hits.

1847 hours - Broke off the action as the target caught fire forward. Dived. The schooner was hauled up on the beach in a serviceable condition.

8 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Foggia (1227 GRT, built 1905, former French Mont Saint Clair) about 10 nautical miles to the north-east of Sousse, Tunisia in position 35°54'N, 10°46'E.

(All times are zone -1)
0424 hours - In position 35°54'N, 10°46'E sighted a darkened ship bearing 320°. Closed to attack.

0438 hours - Fired three torpedoes at a medium sized merchant vessel, three Island type. Range was 2500 yards. One hit in the engineroom was obtained 1m 38sec after firing.

0441 hours - Dived. Heard breaking up noises for two minutes.

Foggia was en-route from Sousse to Pantelleria.

10 Apr 1943
At 1819 hours (zone -1), HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), surfaced and shelled a suspension bridge near Korba, Tunisia. Fire was opened from 3000 yards. Range decreased to 2300 yard during the action. In all 15 rounds were fired and several hits were obtained.

14 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

26 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol north of Sicily.

28 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was attacked, in error, by two British destroyers. Unshaken was forunately not damaged in the encounter and dived to safety.

Later the same day Unshaken torpedoed and sank the Italian torpedo boat Climene (652 tons, built 1936) about 25 nautical miles south-west of Marettimo Island, Sicily, Italy in position 37°45'N, 11°33'E, 53 of the crew of Climene died during the attack. Climene was escorting the German transports KT 5 (834 GRT, built 1943) and KT 14 (834 GRT, built 1943) from Tunis to Trapani.

(All times are zone -1)
In position 37°24'N, 11°34'E sighted two destroyers coming straight towards Unshaken at high speed. The destroyers were in line ahead and were seen to be a Tribal-class and P-class. Unshaken altered course to avoid being rammed and dived. The P-class destroyer opened fire on Unshaken with pom-poms and machine guns. The British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN), HMS Paladin (Lt.Cdr. L.St.G. Rich, RN) and HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN) were at sea for operations and were most likely the destroyers encountered by Unshaken.

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0823 hours - In position 37°45'N, 11°33'E sighted a Dardo-class destroyer and two small ferries to the north-east, range six nautical miles. Started attack.

0935 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the destroyer from 1800 yards. One hit was heard 1m 3sec after firing. This was followed by popping and breaking up noises about five minutes later.

29 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) fires four torpedoes against the French passenger/cargo ship Cap Corse (2444 GRT, built 1929) off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°21'N, 12°38'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
0242 hours - In position 38°21'N, 12°38'E sighted a merchant vessel escorted by a destroyer bearing 050°, distance 2 nautical miles. They were in line ahead. Started attack.

0248 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the merchant vessel. She was of medium size and was loaded. Range on firing was 1300 yards. No hits were obtained. The first torpedo fired ran on the surface and ran 25 degrees to starboard. If this had not been the case this torpedo most likely would have hit the target.

4 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

18 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to conduct a periscope reconnaissance of some beaches on Pantellaria to aid in the planning for 'Operation Corkscrew' (the upcoming attack on Pantellaria).

21 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

24 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation. A commando party of 2 officers and 6 other ranks was to be landed on Pantelleria with the object to capture a sentry.

28 May 1943
At 2208 hours (zone -1), HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), launched the raiding party. They successfully landed and also captured a sentry but he could not be silenced quickly enough and was able to raise the alarm. Four other Italian then came rushing out and they were all killed but not before one of the British was severly wounded. He had to be left behind. The leader of the party now ordered a retreat taking the Italian sentry with them. He however resisted being taken and it proved to be impossible to get him down the steep cliffs and had to be left behind. The British raiding party then returned, empty handed, to Unshaken at 0221/29.

30 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

4 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation. Again a commando party was to be landed on Pantelleria with the object to capture a sentry.

9 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. She had not been able to land the commando party due to bad weather and the dropping of aircraft flares leading to Unshaken being illuminated.

16 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the east of Sicily.

22 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian schooner Giovanni G. (35 GRT) off Augusta, Sicily, Italy.

(All times are zone -2)
1202 hours - While in position 6.5 nautical miles bearing 302° Cape Murro di Porco a two masted schooner was sighted about 4 nautical miles away. Closed to attack.

1236 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2400 yards. One and a half minute later the schooner was seen to disintegrate in a red flash and a large column of black smoke which give the impression that her cargo was of inflammable nature.

Later the same day Unshaken carried out a torpedo attack with four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Marconi (1191 GRT, built 1919). No hits were obtained. Unshaken sustained some minor damage during the counter attack by the escorts.

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1631 hours - In position 37°03'N, 15°22'E a merchant ship of about 5000 tons escorted by three torpedo boats was sighted, an attack on the merchant was commenced.

1656 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3200 yards but none of these hit the target that was zig-zagging wildly. A short counter attack followed that caused some minor damage to Unshaken.

23 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Pomo (1425 GRT, built 1906, former Yugoslavian Niko Matkovic) off Syracuse, Sicily, Italy in position 37°09'N, 15°15'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1416 hours - Started attack on a convoy of two merchants escorted by two destroyers / torpedo boats.

1454 hours - Fired two torpedoes at a merchant of 3000 tons. One hit was obtained. Unshaken went to 120 feet on firing.

25 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

3 Jul 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 16th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Taranto as part of a patrol line of five submarines to provide cover during Operation Husky, the Allied landings on Sicily.

14 Jul 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel (schooner) No 265 / Cesena (105 GRT) with gunfire off the southern coast of Calabria, Italy in position 39°16'N, 17°13'E.

(All times are zone -2)
1530 hours - In position 39°16'N, 17°13'E sighted two schooners bearing 000°, range 6 nautical miles. Closed. The schooners were soon seen to be auxiliary patrol vessels.

1554 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the largest schooner. Range was 600 yards. One hit was obtained and the schooner disintegrated.

19 Jul 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

3 Aug 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 17th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic.

10 Aug 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) torpedoed and heavily damaged (she sank the next day) the Italian troop transport Asmara (7192 GRT, built 1915) 3 nautical miles east of Brindisi, Italy in position 40°44'N, 18°03'E. Asmara was escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Francesco Stocco and was en-route from Taranto to Bari. Asmara was beached but she foundered the next day.

(All times are zone -2)
1748 hours - In position 40°44'N, 18°03'E sighted a medium sized merchant vessel of about 7000 tons escorted by a Generali-class torpedo boat bearing 176°, range 6.5 nautical miles. Started closing the harbour entrance.

1812 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 6000 yards at a merchant vessel which was correctly thought to be Asmara. One hit was obtained. A counter attack then followed in which 20 depth charges were dropped during the next hour and a quarter but none was close.

1955 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Saw the target stopped, listing and on fire aft. Withdrew to reload.

The target was finally seen to sink at 1429 hours the next day.

13 Aug 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked the German submarine U-453 with four torpedoes in the Strait of Otranto. No hits were obtained. U-453 was returning from patrol and was en-route to Pola.

(All times are zone -2)
0059 hours - In position 40°24'N, 18°53'E sighted a U-boat bearing 200°, range 3000 yards. Enemy course was 040°.

0101 hours - The U-boat zigged to port on a course of 330°.

0105 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the U-boat from 800 yards. The torpedo fired from tube no.4 jumped out of the water and was seen to drift off to starboard. The tracks were sighted by the enemy and they were able to comb the tracks.

0106 hours - Dived.

17 Aug 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 17th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

29 Aug 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 18th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Brindisi.

5 Sep 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian tanker Dora C. (5843 GRT, built 1922) about 10 nautical miles south-east of Brindisi, Italy. Dora C. was escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Giuseppe Cesare Abba and the corvettes Sibilla and Scimitarra and was en-route from Bari to Valona. The damaged Dora C. was towed to Brindisi.

(All times are zone -2)
1400 hours - In position 40°36'N, 18°08'E sighted the funnel and bridge of a ship bearing 320°, range 8 to 9 nautical miles. Enemy course was thought to be 100°.

1402 hours - The target altered course to 145°. She changed course several times more during the attack.

1442 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2500 yards. One hit was obtained. A counter attack followed that lasted until 1620 hours but no damage was caused to Unshaken.

9 Sep 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) encountered the Italian submarine Ciro Menotti in the Straits of Otranto. A boarding party was placed on board the Italian submarine and they then both proceeded towards Malta.

(All times are zone -2)
1825 hours - In position 39°51'N, 19°04'E sighted a U-boat bearing 180°, range 5 nautical miles. Enemy course 340°. Closed to attack.

1850 hours - The submarine was now seen to be not German but Italian (Unshaken had received a signal to cease hostilities against Italy at 2231/8).

1900 hours - Surfaced and fired one round across submarine's bows to stop her. The Italian submarine answered with a burst of machine gun fire. Unshaken then altered course as to fire torpedoes, the machine gun fire then stopped. Closed the Italian to hailing distance. The Italians then stated they were making for Brindisi for orders. We then told him to turn round and make for Malta but they refused but when we pointed our gun towards him and when Lt. Swanston had explained the details of surrender the Italian Commanding Officer changed his mind. It was then found out that the submarine was the Ciro Menotti.

1900 hours - Sent over a boarding party of four with Lt. Swanston in command and took one Italian officer and three ratings as hostages.

2000 hours - Proceeded on passage to Malta with Menotti in front.

11 Sep 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 18th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

26 Sep 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for her 19th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol near Elba, Italy.

Passage throught the Sicilian war channel was made together with HMS Unruffled (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS BYMS 2028 (Skr. J.R. Clark, RNR).

1 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked a German 'F' lighter with one torpedo to the west of Elba. The torpedo missed the target.

(All times are zone -1)
1050 hours - In position 42°44'N, 10°03'E sighted a German 'F' lighter bearing 266°. Started attack.

1111 hours - Fired one torpedo from 500 yards, it missed close to starboard of the 'F' lighter.

2 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2210 (former French Marcella, built 1933) with two torpedoes north of Elba in position 42°51'N, 10°19'E. No hits were obtained.

Late in the evening Unshaken attacked a German 'F' lighter with machine gun fire but the action had to be broken off when fire was returned.

(All times are zone -1)
1338 hours - In position 42°51'N, 10°19'E sighted a small German coaster of about 1000 tons leaving Portoferraio on a course of 035°, speed 9 knots. She was loaded with a large number of personnel on deck.

1346 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1600 yards. Both torpedoes missed, most likely they were sighted in the fairly calm sea. A short counter attack followed but this caused no damage to Unshaken.

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2335 hours - In position 42°48'N, 09°54'E sighted an eastbound 'F' lighter. Closed and engaged with MG fire but dived when fire was returned which caused some superficial damage to the conning tower casing.

3 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) fires a torpedo against the Italian merchant Nina (2212 GRT, built 1919) off Porto Longone, Elba. The torpedo missed but the jetty and ship were damaged by the explosion.

(All times are zone -1)
1245 hours - Observed a motor vessel alongside the jetty at Porto Longone.

1340 hours - Fired a torpedo at the forepart of this 3000 tons ship from 1900 yards. The torpedo missed but the ship and jetty were later seen to be damaged when the torpedo exploded.

7 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked a German convoy made up of tanker Pallas (5260 GRT, built 1925, former French) and the cargo/passenger vessel Filippo Grimani (3431 GRT, built 1928) escorted by the German R-boats R 162 and R 192. Three torpedoes were fired against Pallas but they all missed. A short counter attack was carried out by R 162 in which she dropped five depth charges.

(All times are zone -1)
0653 hours - In position 44°05'N, 09°30'E sighted two ships close inshore bearing 095°, range 6-7 nautical miles. Started attack.

0737 hours - The targets were identified as a 6000 tons tanker followed by a 3000 tons merchant vessel. They were escorted by two or three E-boats.

0748 hours - Fired the last three remaining torpedoes at the tanker from 2500 yards. No hits were obtained. A short counter attack followed by the E-boat escort but this caused no damage to Unshaken.

11 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 19th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

25 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for her 20th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Genoa.

11 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 20th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar.

23 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Gibraltar for the U.K. where she was to refit.

4 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She (and HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN)) were escorted in by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN) with which they had made rendez-vous the previous day of Bishops Rock.

6 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Falmouth for Tobermory. She made te passage together with HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN)). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). Off the Scillies they were joined by HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN).

9 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Tobermory. She departed for the east coast later the same day. Passage was made still with HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) and HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) in company. HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) had now taken over the escort.

11 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Dundee where she was to refit. She was taken in hand for refit on 7 January 1944.

26 Jan 1944
The refit of HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was postponed and she was made fit for service with the 9th Submarine Flotilla as two submarines attached to this flotilla were damaged and needed to be docked for repairs.

4 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee.

9 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick.

10 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

12 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Lerwick for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Bodø, Norway.

14 Feb 1944
In the morning, HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), developed a leak in the battery which resulted in the release of chlorine gas. Course was set to return to Lerwick.

16 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Lerwick.

She departed for Dundee later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN). They were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR).

18 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Dundee.

14 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was docked at Dundee.

16 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was undocked.

28 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee.

29 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee.

30 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee.

1 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

2 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

3 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Lerwick for her 22th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between Skudesnes and Lister, Norway.

7 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Asien (3894 GRT, built 1905) off Lister, Norway in position 58°08'N, 06°32'E.

Later the same day a 3000 tons passenger vessel was attacked with four torpedoes in position 58°19'N, 06°07'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0710 hours - While in position 58°08'N, 06°28'E sighted a lot of ships and smoke bearing 145°, range 6 nautical miles. Started attack. During the attack it was seen that the target was a convoy of six medium-sized merchant vessels escorted by three minesweepers and at least four whalers / trawlers.

0746 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the leading merchant vessels that were overlapping. 2m 10sec after firing a tremendous explosion occured. Unshaken withdrew from the area. No counter attack followed.

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1523 hours - In position 58°19'N, 06°07'E sighted a small unescorted passenger vessel of about 3000 tons bearing 325°, range 6500 yards. Started attack.

1538 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2500 yards. The torpedoes from No.1 and No.4 tube did not run correctly. No hits were obtained.

10 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 22th war patrol at Lerwick.

15 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 23th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Stadtlanded.

26 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) ended her 23th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Dundee later the same day. She made this passage together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne). They were escorted by HNoMS Nordkapp.

27 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.

19 May 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Vervain (T/Lt. R.A. Howell, RNVR).

20 May 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) arrived at Sheerness where she was taken in hand for refit on 25 May 1944.

1 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Sheerness for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Greenfly (T/Lt. D.B. Orr, RNVR).

3 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Dundee.

6 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

7 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Scapa Flow.

8 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark.

10 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. She was now assigned to training duties.

25 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) was docked at Ardrossan.

28 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) was undocked at Ardrossan. She then returned to Rothesay.

7 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN).

9 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Plymouth.

10 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Ruby (T/Lt. C.F. Unwin, RNVR).

11 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth still escorted by HMS Ruby (T/Lt. C.F. Unwin, RNVR).

15 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Portsmouth to Newhaven to assist in A/S training for trawlers from that port.

18 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Newhaven to Portsmouth.


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