Allied Warships

HMS P 39 (P 39)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 39 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Mar 1940 
Laid down14 Oct 1940 
Launched23 Aug 1941 
Commissioned16 Nov 1941 
Lost26 Mar 1942 
History

HMS P 39 (Lt. Norman Marriott, DSC, RN) was sunk by aircraft whilst undergoing repairs at Malta. She was beached at Kalkara and camouflaged. Nevertheless she was destroyed by another air attack.  

Commands listed for HMS P 39 (P 39)

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1Lt. Norman Marriott, DSC, RN3 Oct 194126 Mar 1942

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15 Nov 1941
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HNoMS Molde. (1)

16 Nov 1941
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

16 Dec 1941
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept German capital ships in case they would leave Brest.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) and FFL Junon (Cdr. J. Querville). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Upon completion of the patrol P 39 was to proceed to Gibraltar. (1)

26 Dec 1941
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Gibraltar. (2)

2 Jan 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Alboran Sea. (3)

9 Jan 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Gibraltar. (3)

16 Jan 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Alboran Sea. (4)

24 Jan 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Gibraltar. (3)

2 Feb 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for passage to Malta. (5)

11 Feb 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (5)

16 Feb 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the east of Tripoli to intercept an important enemy convoy together with other submarines of the 10th submarine flotilla. (6)

23 Feb 1942
While trying to attack an enemy convoy to the east of Tripoli, HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) is detected and depth charged by the escorts. (6)

27 Feb 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

6 Mar 1942
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) is reported to have sustained some damage during an air raid at Malta. (2)

26 Mar 1942
During a heavy air raid on Malta Dockyard in the afternoon HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) was heavily damaged by near misses. Her back was broken.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/400
  2. ADM 199/2565
  3. ADM 199/1833
  4. ADM 199/1883
  5. ADM 199/424
  6. ADM 199/1224

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


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