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 1944Jul 1945

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

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The history of HMS P 54 / Unshaken as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine. Corrections and details regarding information from the enemy's side (for instance the composition of convoys attacked) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in August 2016.

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 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (1)

21 May 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

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). (2)

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

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.

As nog log is available for this period no map can be displayed. (2)

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.

At 2247 hours, HMS P 54, was detected by an enemy aircraft that dropped three bombs.. (2)

12 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

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). (1)

19 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (1)

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). (3)

2 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. Wolfgang L.M. Russ (3000 GRT, built 1939) was missed in the same attack.

One was killed, thirty-eight survivors were picked by the escort NS 02. UJ 1710 was sent to hunt the submarine but failed to locate it.

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. (3)

15 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

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). (4)

18 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (4)

23 Aug 1942
During the night of 23/24 August 1942, a suspected act of sabotage occurred on board the submarine which was in the Camperdown dock. We have no further information. (4)

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). (3)

1 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

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.

For the daily positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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 too far off to attack. (3)

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

25 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFS 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). (5)

26 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (5)

28 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was docked at Dundee. (5)

7 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was undocked. (6)

11 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch and onward passage to Gibraltar. Part of the passage was made together with FFS 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).

For the daily positions of HMS P 54 during this passage / patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. (3)

17 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was 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. (3)

18 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was ordered to continue her passage to Gibraltar. (3)

23 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Gibraltar. (3)

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 [Party Inhuman] (during operation Torch, landing beach marking off Oran). She carried only six torpedoes to make room for two folbots.

For the daily positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. (3)

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. (3)

8 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol off San Antonio, Ibiza. (3)

9 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Gibraltar. (3)

12 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (3)

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.

For the daily positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. (3)

29 Nov 1942
HMS P 54 (S.Lt. H.P. Westmacott, RN) made rendezvous 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. (3)

1 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (3)

7 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) carried out exercises off Gibraltar. (7)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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.

The targets were the former French fishing vessels Clairvoyant (943 GRT, built 1922) and Volontaire (916 GRT, built 1922) which had just been taken over by the Germans and were on passage from Marseille to La Ciotat where they were to be transformed as UJ-boats (they became UJ 6075 and UJ 6076 respectively).

(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 explode about three minutes after firing. (3)

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.

This was the German Sinfra (4470 GRT, built 1929, ex French). The 212th coastal battery at Ceriale, near Cape Noli, fired twelve rounds in the presumed direction of the submarine but without result.

(All times are zone -1)
1329 hours - In position 44°05'N, 08°20'E sighted a 3500 ton 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. (3)

20 Dec 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked the French merchant Oasis (1327 GRT, built 1938) with gunfire off Genoa, Italy. No damage was inflicted. She was on passage from Bastia to Marseille.

(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. (3)

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

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. She was escorted by the Italian auxiliary Salona and was proceeding from Palermo to Messina.

(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. (3)

21 Jan 1943
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

1 Feb 1943
HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) exercised off Algiers. (8)

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.

For the daily positions of HMS P 54 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

10 Feb 1943
While patrolling northwest of Palermo, HMS P 54 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) reported being hunted ineffectively by two A/S craft at 0540 hours. These were probably VAS 213 and VAS 228 on A/S sweep in anticipation of the arrival at Palermo from Leghorn of the Italian transport Alcamo (6987 GRT, built 1916, ex French) escorted by the German destroyer Hermes and the torpedo boat Libra. Two hours later, a destroyer was observed to proceed northward. Most probably this was the torpedo boat Sagittario which had sailed from Palermo to reinforce the escort of Alcamo. The submarine failed to spot the transport and Alcamo arrived at Palermo undisturbed. (3)

19 Feb 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

24 Feb 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Algiers for Gibraltar. She was to return to the U.K.

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this passage see the map below.

(8)

28 Feb 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (8)

3 Mar 1943
It was decided that HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) will remain in the Mediterranean for a longer period. (9)

7 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Gibraltar to return to Algiers.

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this passage see the map below.

(10)

11 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Algiers. (10)

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

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this passage see the map below.

(3)

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. The U-boat had sighted the British submarine and reported five explosions heard shortly afterwards.

(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. (3)

20 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Malta where she joined the 10th submarine flotilla. (3)

25 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was docked at Malta. (10)

29 Mar 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was undocked. (10)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

7 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) damaged a schooner with gunfire off Nabeul, Tunisia. The vessel has not yet (August 2016) been identified.

(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. (3)

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. Ten survivors reached Kuriat in a lifeboat. They had not observed the attack and believe their ship had been mined.

(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 engine room was obtained 1m 38sec after firing.

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

Foggia was en-route from Sousse to Pantelleria. (3)

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 yards during the action. In all fifteen rounds were fired and several hits were obtained. (3)

14 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

28 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was attacked, in error, by two British destroyers. Unshaken was fortunately 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, fifty-three 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. About ninety survivors were picked up by the patrol boats MS 24 and MS 34 which sailed from Marsala.

(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. (3)

29 Apr 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) fires four torpedoes against an escorted merchant vessel off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°21'N, 12°38'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target. The target has not yet (August 2016) been identified.

(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. (3)

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).

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

21 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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 special operation Snapdragon. A commando party of two officers and six other ranks was to be landed on Pantelleria with the object to capture a sentry.

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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 severely 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. (3)

30 May 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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.

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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

Later the same day Unshaken carried out a torpedo attack with four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Alfieri (4573 GRT, 1943). She was escorted by the torpedo boat Ardito and the corvettes Persefone and Driade. They were proceeding from Taranto to Syracuse. Marconi (1191 GRT, built 1919). No hits were obtained. The two corvettes depth charged the submarine and claimed it damaged. Unshaken sustained some minor damage during the counter attack by the escorts.

(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.

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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. (3)

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. She was with the merchant Marconi (1191 GRT, built 1919) and they were proceeding from Syracuse to Messina escorted by the torpedo boat Ardito and the corvette Persefone. Marconi while avoiding the torpedoes ran aground but managed to free herself and entered Augusta. She had not suffered any serious damage. The two escorts mounted an ineffective counter attack.

(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. (3)

25 Jun 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. There were six survivors, two of them wounded, nine were missing.

(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. (3)

18 Jul 1943
At 1037 hours in 35°45’N, 18°03.5’ E, HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) sighted a submarine at a distance of 7 miles but did not take any offensive action as it was believed to be ORP Dzik. This was in fact U-81 proceeding from Salamis to operate against the invasion force off Syracuse. The U-boat, believing Unshaken to be an Italian submarine, also refrained from attack. At about 1730 hours, the two submarines were again in visual contact and again refrained from attack. (3)

19 Jul 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. Of the 157 men on board, only one was killed and one was missing, twelve were wounded.

(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. (3)

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. Following this attack, the corvettes Pomona and Scimittara sailed from Brindisi to hunt the submarine but without success.

(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. (3)

17 Aug 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 17th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. Abba made a desultory attack on the submarine and dropped two depth charges, Sibilla dropped another nine depth charges but two failed to explode.

(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. (3)

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. (3)

11 Sep 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 18th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

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 through 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).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. The target has not yet (August 2016) been identified.

(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. (3)

2 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) attacked the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2210 (former French Marcella, 1161 GRT, built 1933) with two torpedoes north of Elba in position 42°51'N, 10°19'E. No hits were obtained. The submarine chaser dropped ten depth charges but without success.

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. This was possibly F 625 which fired one 7.5cm round and 200 2cm rounds at a submarine though the times do not match (perhaps due to a typographical error).

(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)

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 ton ship from 1900 yards. The torpedo missed but the ship and jetty were later seen to be damaged when the torpedo exploded. (3)

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 ton tanker followed by a 3000 ton 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. (3)

11 Oct 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 19th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

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.

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

11 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 20th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. The patrol was uneventful. Only small craft were sighted. (3)

18 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN), HMS Antelope (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) and HMS Wishart (Lt. J.A. Holdsworth, RN). (11)

19 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. J. Smallwood, RN). (11)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. J. Smallwood, RN) and HMS Malcolm (???). (11)

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

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this passage see the map below. No positions are known from 1 December 1943 onwards as no log is available for December 1943.

(3)

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 rendezvous the previous day of Bishops Rock. (3)

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). (3)

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. (3)

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. (9)

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. (9)

4 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee. (12)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (3)

10 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

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

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. (3)

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). (3)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was docked at Dundee. (13)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) was undocked. (13)

28 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee. (13)

29 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee. (13)

30 Mar 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee. (13)

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). (3)

2 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

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.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. She was in convoy with Feodosia (3075 GRT, 1922), Ibis (1367 GRT, 1918 ex Norw.), Merkur (5952 GRT, 1924), Nordland (1905 GRT, 1924), Sund (517 GRT, 1927) and Vesla (1107 GRT, 1913), escorted by M 456, UJ 1105, UJ 1706, UJ 1712, NK 24, NK 25 and NS 27. All her crew were saved by NK 25.

Later the same day a 3000 ton passenger vessel was attacked with four torpedoes in position 58°19'N, 06°07'E. No hits were obtained. The target has not yet (August 2016) been identified.

(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 occurred. 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. (3)

10 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) ended her 22th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

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

For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

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. (3)

27 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

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). (14)

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. (9)

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). (15)

3 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Dundee. (15)

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). (15)

7 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Scapa Flow. (15)

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. (15)

10 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. She was now assigned to training duties. (15)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (15)

12 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area together with HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN). (15)

15 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (15)

17 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Altair (T/Lt. J.L. James, RNR) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RNR). (15)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. C.A. Collins, RNR). (15)

20 Sep 1944
During 20/21 September 1944, HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR), conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR), HMS Spaniel. Also a practice attack was carried out on HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN). These exercises included night exercises. (15)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (15)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR). (15)

25 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Shemara (Cdr. (retired) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bretwalda (Ch.Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (15)

26 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr. (retired) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Spaniel. (15)

28 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (15)

1 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Rothesay for Fishguard. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC RN). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr. (retired) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (16)

2 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Fishguard. (16)

5 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Fishguard. (16)

8 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

9 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

10 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

15 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

16 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

22 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

23 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

24 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

25 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

27 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

29 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

30 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

31 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (16)

1 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

2 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

3 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

4 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

6 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

10 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

12 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

13 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

14 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

15 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

20 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

21 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

26 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

28 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

29 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

30 Nov 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Fishguard together with aircraft. (17)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Fishguard for Rothesay. (17)

7 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. (17)

20 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Rothesay for Douglas, Isle of Man. (17)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Douglas. (17)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

23 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

26 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

28 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

29 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

30 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

31 Dec 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Douglas. (17)

2 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Douglas to Rothesay. (18)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area together with HMS Kihna (Cdr. (retired) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (18)

14 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (18)

15 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr. (retired) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (18)

17 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with aircraft. (18)

19 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR) and HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR). (18)

20 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR) and HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN). (18)

24 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN) and HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN). (18)

25 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR), HMS Vestal (Lt. C.W. Porter, DSC, RN), HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN) and HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR). (18)

26 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN), HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR), HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR) and HMS Godetia (Lt. R.H. Nossiter, DSC, RANVR). (18)

2 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN), HMS Jewel (???) and another vessel (unable to read the name in the log of HMS Unshaken). (19)

3 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Jewel (???) and HMS Godetia (Lt. R.H. Nossiter, DSC, RANVR). (19)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with aircraft. (19)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Jewel (???) and HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (19)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Jewel (???), HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Evenlode (Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR) and HMCS Saskatchewan (A/Lt.Cdr. T.C. Pullen, RCN). (19)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Evenlode (Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (A/Lt.Cdr. T.C. Pullen, RCN), HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Jewel (???). (19)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Tobermory to Oban where she was to fuel. She was escorted by HMS Fairy Knowe (???). (19)

12 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) returned to Tobermory. (19)

15 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Farnham Castle (Lt. W.E. Warwick, RNR). (19)

16 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Jewel (???). (19)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. Passage was to be made together with HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. D.P. Croom-Johnson, DSC, RNVR). However HMS Peterhead ran aground shortly after leaving Tobermory and both submarines then returned to Tobermory. (19)

19 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. Passage was made together with HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. D.P. Croom-Johnson, DSC, RNVR). (19)

20 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. (19)

25 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Ardrossan where she was immediately docked. (19)

28 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) was undocked at Ardrossan. She then returned to Rothesay. (19)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (20)

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). (20)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) arrived at Plymouth. (20)

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). (20)

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). (20)

26 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (20)

29 Mar 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (20)

3 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

4 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

5 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

10 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

11 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

12 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

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. She was escorted by HMS HDML 1390 (T/Lt. W.J. Dowding, RNVR). (21)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

17 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

19 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

20 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

21 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

23 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

24 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

25 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

26 Apr 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (22)

1 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

2 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

3 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

4 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

5 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

7 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

8 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

9 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

10 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

16 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Newhaven. (23)

18 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Newhaven to Portsmouth. (23)

29 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (23)

31 May 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (23)

12 Jun 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (24)

14 Jun 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (24)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (24)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (24)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (24)

28 Jun 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (24)

11 Sep 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. W.G. Woollam, RN) departed Portsmouth for Lisahally. (9)

14 Sep 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. W.G. Woollam, RN) arrived at Lisahally where she was to be decomissioned. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/424
  2. ADM 199/1223
  3. ADM 199/1823
  4. ADM 173/17427
  5. ADM 173/17428
  6. ADM 173/17429
  7. ADM 173/17431
  8. ADM 173/18409
  9. ADM 199/2573
  10. ADM 173/18410
  11. ADM 173/18418
  12. ADM 173/19245
  13. ADM 173/19246
  14. ADM 199/1385
  15. ADM 173/19250
  16. ADM 173/19251
  17. ADM 173/19252
  18. ADM 173/20149
  19. ADM 173/20150
  20. ADM 173/20151
  21. ADM 173/20152
  22. ADM 173/20152.
  23. ADM 173/20153
  24. ADM 173/20154

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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