Allied Warships

HMS P 514 (P 514)

Submarine of the R-1 class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 514 
Built byUnion Iron Works (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Laid down23 Jun 1917 
Launched28 Jan 1918 
Commissioned9 Mar 1942 
Lost21 Jun 1942 
Loss position46° 33'N, 53° 39'W

USS R-19 was transferred to the Royal Navy on 9 March 1942 at New London. P 514 was sunk by accident in western Atlantic. She was on passage around the coast of Newfoundland from Argentia to St Johns. On 20 June 1942 P 514 (Lt. Walter Augustus Phillimore, RN) [Lt.Cdr. Richard Michael Eames Pain, RN was not in command but was taking passage] left the Canadian village of Argentia bound for St Johns, Newfoundland. At 0300 hours on the 21st the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Georgian (A/Lt.Cdr. A.G. Stanley, RCNR) was waiting to provide escort for a convoy bound for Sydney. The Georgian, unaware that any friendly submarines were in the area, assumed that the dark shape of P 514 crossing her bow, was an enemy vessel. The Georgian rammed the mystery submarine amidships and reported it sunk in position 46°33N, 53°39W. A rescue mission was immediately sent out but no survivors were found. A Board of Enquiry into the accident accepted that the Commanding Officer of the Georgian had acted correctly as there had been no reply from the submarine to his identification challenge. 

Former nameR-19

Commands listed for HMS P 514 (P 514)

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1Lt. Walter Augustus Phillimore, RNFeb 19424 Apr 1942
2Lt. John Chaloner Ogle, DSC, RN4 Apr 194212 Apr 1942
3Lt. James Willmot Samuel Culham, RN12 Apr 194220 Apr 1942
4Lt. Walter Augustus Phillimore, RN20 Apr 194221 Jun 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving P 514 include:

19 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for St.John's, Canada. She was escorted by HMCS Charlottetown (T/Lt. J.W. Bonner, RCNR)

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