Allied Warships

HMS Unruly (P 49)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 49 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Aug 1940 
Laid down19 Nov 1941 
Launched28 Jul 1942 
Commissioned3 Nov 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Inverkeithing in February 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Unruly (P 49)

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1Lt. John Paton Fyfe, RNSep 194220 Oct 1944
2T/Lt. Derek John Palmer, RNVR20 Oct 19448 Sep 1945
3Lt. Laurence Douglas Hamlyn, RN8 Sep 1945late 1945

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1 Nov 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. (1)

2 Nov 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

4 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was docked at Kames Bay. (2)

5 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay and then returned to Holy Loch. (2)

7 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (2)

9 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (2)

21 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was docked at Scapa Flow. (2)

22 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was undocked. She departed for Lerwick later the same day. (2)

23 Dec 1942
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was to patrol off Northern Norway to provide cover for convoys JW 51 / RA 51. (3)

4 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is ordered to return to Lerwick. (3)

6 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is ordered to patrol off Vestfjord, Norway in anticipation of a possible move northwards of the German battleship Tirpitz. (3)

13 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is ordered to return to Lerwick. (3)

16 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN), HMS P 55 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)

18 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

21 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was docked at Govan. (4)

26 Jan 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was undocked at Govan and returned to Holy Loch. (4)

5 Feb 1943
HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) went aground at Holy Loch during a gale. (5)

15 Feb 1943
The sailing of HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) for the Mediterranean was delayed due to defects. She was taken in hand for repairs on the 21th. (5)

7 Mar 1943
The completion of repairs to HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was delayed for another three days due to salt water in the battery tanks. (5)

11 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) finally completed her repairs and returned to Holy Loch. (6)

14 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

27 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (7)

5 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol near the Spanish / French border, Port Vendres area. (3)

11 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires two torpedoes at a small Spanish merchant vessel off Cape Bear near Port Vendres, southern France. Both torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
1218 hours - Sighted a southbound merchant vessel of about 1000 tons. She was flying no flag, but had Spanish colours painted on her bow, stern and amidships. Started attack. Enemy course was 150°, speed 9 knots.

1248 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1200 yards. No hits were obtained and the torpedoes were heard to explode on hitting land. It is thought the torpedoes ran under the target which was in ballast. (3)

12 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the French merchant St Lucien (1256 GRT, built 1920, former French, former Danish) off Cape Bear (near Port Vendres, southern France).

(All times are zone -1)
1425 hours - Sighted a northbound merchant vessel of about 1000 tons. Closed to attack. Enemy course was 333°, speed 8.5 knots. 1445 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2000 yards. Two torpedo explosions were heard.

1448 hours - Asdic picked up breaking up noises. HE had ceased.

1449 hours - At periscope depth. Saw the target to be down by the bow but still upright. Went to 80 feet and retired from the area.

1509 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target was not sighted. (3)

19 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

24 Apr 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Algiers for Malta. (3)

1 May 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Malta where she joined the 10th Submarine Flotilla. (3)

12 May 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol east of Sicily. (3)

16 May 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Nicolo Tommaseo (4573 GRT, built 1943) about 5 nautical miles north-north-east of Catania, Sicily, Italy in position 37°35'N, 15°17'E.

The damaged Nicolo Tommaseo was sunk by Allied aircraft at Catania on 26 July 1943.

(All times are zone -2)
1010 hours - Sighted a northbound merchant vessel escorted by a Calypso-class destroyer and one aircraft. Started attack.

1018 hours - The target zigged towards.

1024 hours - The target again zigged towards.

1032 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1500 yards. One hit was obtained.

1042 hours - Depth charging started.

1058 hours - The last depth charge was dropped. A total of 10 had been dropped but HMS Unruly was not damaged.

1126 hours - Returend to periscope depth. Sighted four aircraft patrolling the area. The merchant vessel was still in the area. Went deep to reload a torpedo tube.

1214 hours - Having reloaded no.1 tube, returned to periscope depth.

1215 hours - Near missed by two small bombs from an aircraft. Retired to 80 feet.

1235 hours - Two more bombs were dropped close. Went to 130 feet. Six more bombs were dropped were dropped singly. Retired to the south-eastward at 130 feet. Carried on reloading which was completed at 1430 hours. (3)

21 May 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) attacked what is thought to be a submarine east of Augusta, Sicily. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
2344 hours - Sighted an outward bound submarine on the port quarter.

2345 hours - Dived. Started attack.

2357 hours - In position 37°12'N, 15°30'E fired a salvo of four torpedoes from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained. (3)

23 May 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

4 Jun 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol north of Sicily. (3)

12 Jun 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) attacked a southbound merchant vessel with four torpedoes west of Paola, Italy. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0032 hours - Sighted a southbound merchant vessel of about 3000 tons. A trawler was seen on her port quarter. Started surface attack.

0051 hours - In position 39°22'N, 15°56'E fired four torpedoes from 2000 yards. Dived on firing. No hits were obtained.

0115 hours - Commenced reload. (3)

14 Jun 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Valentino Coda (4485 GRT, built 1924) 19 nautical miles bearing 309° of Cape Vaticano, Italy in position 38°52'N, 15°27'E.

(All times are zone -2)
0140 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of about 5000 tons escorted by 'what is identified as' a destroyer. Range was 10000 yards. Started attack.

0200 hours - Fired four torpedoes from a range of 3500 yards. About 2.5 minutes later two explosions were heard.

0204 hours - Dived. 10 minutes later 6 depth charges were dropped but these were a long way off. (3)

18 Jun 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

1 Jul 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol north of the Straits of Messina. (3)

11 Jul 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) attacked a southbound submarine (most likely Italian) near Cape Vaticano. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
1550 hours - Sighted a southbound submarine thought to be a German u-boat (none was in the area at this moment however so it was most likely an Italian submarine). Started attack. enemy course was 160°, speed 14 knots.

1605 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained as the enemy was seen to alter course after the torpedoes had been fired. Position was approximately 38°36'N, 15°40'E. (3)

13 Jul 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian submarine Acciaio (630 tons, built 1942, offsite link) off Cape Vaticano near Messina, Sicily, Italy in position 38°35'N, 15°49'E.

(All times are zone -2)
2022 hours - Sighted a southbound Italian submarine. Started attack.

2049 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3000 yards. The first torpedo hit the target two minutes after firing. The other three torpedoes hit the coast and exploded. (3)

18 Jul 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Bizerta, Tunisia. (3)

23 Jul 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Bizerta for passage to Malta. She made the passage together with HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Koziolkowski, ORP). They were escorted by HMS Bude (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Clacton (A/Lt.Cdr. (retired) L.S. Shaw, RNR). (3)

24 Jul 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

8 Aug 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Brindisi. (3)

15 Aug 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian tanker Cesco (6161 GRT, built 1917) in position 027°, Pedagne Light, 2.3 nautical miles (off Brindisi, Italy).

The Cesco was en-route from Brindisi to Valona and was escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Enrico Cosenz and the Italian corvettes Pomona and Chimera. Following the attack Unruly was depth charged by corvette Pomona.

Later the same day HMS Unruly attacked another convoy. This convoy was made up of the Italian merchants Goggiam (1994 GRT, built 1922) and Citta di Spezia (2474 GRT, built 1929). The Italian tugs Nettuno and Asinara. They were escorted by the Italian auxiliary Lubiana. Four torpedoes were fired at both of the merchant ships but no hits were obtained. Position of this attack was 40°52'N, 17°58'E.

(All times are zone -2)
1025 hours - Sighted a southbound tanker escorted by two Gabbiano-class corvettes and a old type torpedo boat. A flying boat was overhead. The corvettes were stationed on either bow and the destroyer was on the port quarter. Started attack.

1036 hours - The tanker was seen to be of about 5000 tons and was in ballast.

1050 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1300 yards. Enemy course was 114°, speed 8 knots. Two torpedo hits were heard. Another torpedo was heard exploding on hitting the land. Unruly had gone deep on firing.

1130 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted the target being beached. A corvette was on our starboard quarter at a range of only 500 yards so immediately went deep again.

1132 hours - The corvette must have sighted us as she dropped a pattern of 13 depth charges fairly close.

1159 hours - Another pattern of 13 depth charges was dropped. This was a bit further off.

1220 hours - Another pattern of 13 depth charges was dropped. A long way off.

1240 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Continued to retire from the area.

1250 hours - Commenced reload.

1415 hours - Stopped reload and stopped all auxiliary machinery as a corvette came near.

1515 hours - Continued reload. A number of masts could be seen to the eastward. These are thought to be A/S vessels.

1544 hours - Identified the masts and funnels of one of these ships as a nothbound tanker about 10 nautical miles offshore. Altered course to close and started attack.

1550 hours - Reload was completed.

1628 hours - Fired four torpedoes at two targets in this new convoy, a tanker and a liner. The convoy's course was 310°, speed 5 knots. Range on firing was 5200 yards. No hits were obtained. (3)

19 Aug 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

31 Aug 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Durazzo. (3)

5 Sep 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) attacked a merchant vessel with four torpedoes off Durazzo. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0639 hours - Sighted a ship leaving Durazzo. Started attack.

0652 hours - The target altered course to the northward. Indentified the target as a 3000 tons merchant vessel. Continued the attack.

0701 hours - In position 41°16'N, 19°24'E fired four torpedoes from 1050 yards. No hits were obtained and it is thought the torpedoes might have ran under. The target was seen to return to Durazzo. Withdrew to the northward. (3)

12 Sep 1943
At 0100 hours (zone -2), HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) encountered HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) that was escorting 8 Italian ships that had escaped from Bari to Malta. Unruly then joined Unrivalled in escorting these ships. (3)

14 Sep 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

27 Sep 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN). (8)

1 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (3)

7 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) heavily damaged the German landing barge F 496 with gunfire east of Amorgos. Several other ships were lightly damaged with gunfire.

(All times are zone -3)
0401 hours - In position 36°46'N, 25°58'E sighted a number of darkened ships to the southward. Closed and then altered to a parallel course and maintained position on the contacts port beam.

0456 hours - Turned in to attack.

0501 hours - Fired four torpedoes on the swing aimed at the four rear ships. Range was about 1000 yards. No hits were obtained. On firing transmitted a contact signal in the hope it might lead our surface forces to this convoy. The attack appears not to have been noticed by the emeny.

0506 hours - Set of in chase of the convoy.

0600 hours - Gun action stations. Position was now 36°49'N, 26°16'E. Opened fire on the rear Siebel ferry. The second round hit and after two more hits, shifted target to the next Siebel ferry which was hit twice. The first target was now on fire. The gun then malfunctioned. After it was cleared one round was fired at the larger merchant vessel. It hit. Fire was then shifted to a Siebel ferry coming out of the smoke. Hit it at least twice. The merchant then also came out of the smoke and fire was re-opened on this ship. It was hit eight times. It was then seen to be stopped and being abandoned. Altered course to the east to set off in chase of the remainder of the convoy. During the chase they opened fire on Unruly and therefore the chase was abandoned at 0635 hours.

Beside the above mentioned F 496, the convoy attacked was made up of the German merchant vessel Olympos (852 GRT, built 1904), the landing barges F 308, F 327, F 336, F 494 and F 532. They were escorted by UJ 2111. Shortly afterwards this convoy was attacked and destoyed by the British light cruisers HMS Sirius (Capt. P.B.W. Brooking, DSO, RN) and HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, DSO, RN) and HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Taylor, RN). (3)

8 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary minelayer Bulgaria (1188 GRT, built 1894) south off Amorgos Island, Greece in position 36°46'N, 25°47'E. The Bulgaria was loaded with supplies for the island of Kos and was proceeding together with minelayer Drache.

(All times are zone -3)
1459 hours - Received a report from aircraft that an enemy convoy was coming towards.

1639 hours - Sighted a ship coming towards. Shortly afterwards sighted a second ship. Two aircraft were seen patrolling the area. Started attack.

1706 hours - In position 36°43'N, 25°47'E fired four torpedoes from 1350 yards. One hit was obtained. HE of the target ceased immediately. On firing Unruly had gone to 100 feet, changed course and silenced all machinery.

1715 hours - Three depth charges were dropped. Close, but they caused no damage to Unruly. Four more depth charges were dropped but these were further off. (3)

12 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut where she joined the 1st Submarine Flotilla. (3)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) conducted exercises off Beirut. (9)

23 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Beirut for her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (3)

31 Oct 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) attacked the German auxiliary patrol vessel KFK 3 with gunfire north of Amorgos. As Unruly's gun malfunctioned the action had to be broken off.

(All times are zone -3)
1140 hours - Sighted a schooner of approximately 100 tons bearing 074° and coming towards.

1226 hours - Surfaced in position 37°00N, 25°53'E for gun action. Opened fire at a range of 3800 yards. The gun malfuntioned after two rounds. The enemy (flying the German ensign) meanwhile had opened fire so the action had to be broken off.

1235 hours - Dived to periscope depth. The enemy was seen to come towards. Went deep and silenced all machinery.

1246 hours - The first of 8 depth charges was dropped but a long way off. The enemy carried out a hydrohone hunt as she was not fitted with an Asdic.

1305 hours - Returned to periscope depth.

1330 hours - The enemy altered course to the west.

1440 hours - The floatplanes arrived and patrolled the area for a while. (3)

11 Nov 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. (3)

24 Nov 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) conducted exercises off Beirut. (10)

28 Nov 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Beirut for her 10th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (3)

2 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire south of Levitha island, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
0617 hours - Sighted a 2-masted caique of about 50 tons 5000 yards to the north-east. As dawn was breaking, dived and closed.

0645 hours - Surfaced for gun action on the enemy's port quarter and opened fire at a range of 4000 yards. 30 rounds were fired for only 4 hits due to the heavy weather. The crew of two abondoned ship in a small rowing boat. The range was then closed and 28 more rounds were expanded.

0710 hours - The target sank in position 36°53'N, 26°29'E heaving received a further 8 hits. (3)

6 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) destroyed the Greek caiques SYR 335 / Evangelistria and SYR 636 / Vassiliki with gunfire at Panormos.

(All times are zone -2)
0800 hours - Sighted masts of two caiques in Panormos harbour and commenced closing.

1010 hours - In position 37°39'N, 25°04'E fired two torpedoes set to 2 feet, one aimed at each caique from a range of 800 yards. Both torpedoes missed and exploded on hitting the land. Retired from the area. As no guns could be seen on shore decided to return for gun action shortly before dawn.

1430 hours - Commenced closing the harbour again.

1729 hours - Gun action stations. Surfaced in position 37°39'N, 25°05'E and opened fire on the larger caique from a range of 2000 yards.

1750 hours - After expending all ammunition withdrew from the area. The target was not seen to sink but must have bean at least badly damaged. (3)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) attacked the German merchant Leda (4572 GRT, built 1943, former Italian Leopardi) with four torpedoes. No hits were obtained. Leda was escorted by the German destroyers TA 15 (former Italian Francesco Crispi) and the German torpedo boat TA 16 (former Italian Castelfidardo).

(All times are zone -2)
2240 hours - Sighted a darkened ship to the west and closed to investigate. Shortly afterwards identified the contact as a large ship and two smaller ships in line ahead.

2247 hours - Dived to complete the attack.

2302 hours - In position 37°52'N, 26°57'E fired four torpedoes at a 2000 tons merchant vessel escorted by two destroyers. No hits were obtained.

2316 hours - A depth charge was dropped.

2318 hours - Two depth charges were dropped but they were a long way off. Two destroyers were seen searching on the starboard quarter. (3)

13 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires two torpedoes against the German auxiliary minelayer Drache off Samos, Greece. Both torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are zone -2)
0505 hours - Sighted two darkened ships to the north-west. Altered course towards. Shortly afterwards other ships were sighted and the whole was identified as a convoy of one merchant vessel escorted by two destroyers (stationed on either quarter) and two 'E'-boats (stationed on either bow).

0518 hours - Dived to complete the attack.

0534 hours - In position 37°52'N, 26°54'E fired two torpedoes at the merchant vessel from about 1000 yards. No hits were obtained.

0542 hours - An 'E'-boat passed overhead but did not drop any depth charges. (3)

17 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. (3)

19 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Beirut for Port Said. (11)

20 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Port Said where she is immediately docked. (11)

23 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is undocked at Port Said and immediately departed for Beirut. (11)

24 Dec 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Beirut. (11)

3 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Beirut for her 11th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (3)

7 Jan 1944
At 2115 hours (time zone -2), HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN), sighted an enemy convoy off the north-eastern approaches to the Doro Channel. An attack was started but Unruly was detected by one of the escorting destroyers and forced to dive. The destroyer dropped a single depth charge that caused some minor damage. (3)

10 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank the Greek caique PI 116 / Agios Nikolaos with gunfire off Cape Doro, Andros Island, Greece.

Later the same day the Greek caique PI 299 / Themistokles was sunk with gunfire off Cape Gria, Andros, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
1429 hours - Sighted a large caique (about 100 tons) bearing 270°. Course 090°. Started to close.

1641 hours - Surfaced in position 38°12'N, 24°38'E. Opened fire wth the gun from 4000 yards. Fired 10 rounds from this range for 2 hits. Then closed the range to 1500 yards.

1704 hours - By now 36 hits had been fired and many hits had been obtained. The target was on fire and in a sinking condition. Dived.

1717 hours - The fire did not seem to have a very strong hold so surfaced and re-engaged the target. Fired 10 more rounds, all hit.

1723 hours - The target was now buring fiercely. Dived.

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2100 hours - Sighted sails of a southbound caique against the land at a range of 10000 yards. Closed.

2209 hours - Engaged a small (estimated 40 tons) caique with gunfire in position 37°55'N, 24°57'E from a range of 1000 yards. 10 Rounds were fired, all hit. The target was seen to sink. (3)

11 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank thee Greek caiques in Panormos harbour, Tinos, Greece. The last two were sunk in position 37°39'N, 25°05'E.

(All times are zone -2)
0825 hours - Sighted a large caique entering Panormos harbour.

1430 hours - Commenced closing Panormos harbour.

1610 hours - Sighted three caiques inside Panormos harbour. Their seizes were estimated as being 150, 100 and 40 tons. The largest one was heavily laden.

1623 hours - Surfaced in position 37°39'N, 25°05'E at a range of 1000 yards from the caique. All three were then sunk with gunfire. A total of 33 rounds were fired.

1632 hours - Withdrew from the harbour and dived. (3)

15 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel PI 997 / Aghios Giorgios (25 GRT) with gunfire north of Syros Island, Greece in position 37°38'N, 24°54'E.

(All times are zone -2)
0233 hours - In position 37°38'N, 24°54'E sighted a southbound caique bearing 230°, range 11000 yards. Closed at full speed.

0305 hours - Fired five rounds. The target, estimated to be of about 20 tons, was hit three times before it sank. (3)

21 Jan 1944
At 1623 hours (zone -2), HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN), surfaced and bombarded an enemy traffic control station on Kandeliusa Island. Four hits wer obtained but it appeared not much damage was done but it was hoped that a few Germans had a nasty 20 minutes. (3)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. (3)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Beirut for her 12th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. Later patrol was shifted to the Straits of Otranto. (3)

4 Mar 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is docked at Malta. (12)

18 Mar 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) is undocked. (12)

9 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (3)

17 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires four torpedoes against the German Bertha (1810 GRT) in the Doro Channel, Greece. Four torpedoes were fired but all missed their target.

(All times are zone -2)
2316/16 - Heard HE bearing 340°. Altered course to the westward in an attempt to get between the land and the target.

2321/16 - Sighted three darkened ships. Altered course towards to attack.

2325/16 - Unruly was on the port bow of all three ships which were seen to be Bertha and two destroyers, one on either bow. Continued the attack.

0020/17 - Fired four torpedoes in position 38°02'N, 24°39'E. On firing altered course to 360 degrees and dived. No hits were obtained.

0052/17 - Surfaced. Withdrew to the northward. (3)

19 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank two Greek caiques with gunfire and scuttling charges near Psara, Greece. The first caique sunk was not identified. The second caique sunk was the SYR 591 / Agios Ioannis (38 GRT).

(All times are zone -2)
0204 hours - Sighted the caique we were after, closed up the gun crew.

0214 hours - In position 38°12'N, 25°00'E opened fire from 1000 yards range. The target was estimated to be of about 30 tons. Five rounds had been fired before the target sank by the bows having been hit thre times. The crew of the caique had abandoned ship and were taken alongside with their dinghy. One was wounded and was taken care off. They were also given fresh water and a loaf of bread before they were left to their own devices. Unruly then set course for Khios.

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0515 hours - When just about to dive sighted a caique to the eastward. Started closing on the surface at full speed.

0545 hours - Boarded the caique in position 38°26'N, 25°32'E. The crew had abandoned ship by this time. A demolition charge was placed on board this caique.

0600 hours - The charge exploded and the caique sank instantaneously by the stern. Unruly then set course for the Gulf of Izmir. (3)

21 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank the Greek caique KAL 98 / Agios Nikolaos (46 GRT) with scuttling charges north of Khios Island, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
1010 hours - In position 38°35'N, 26°07'E sighted a caique bearing 335°, range 8 nautical miles. Closed.

1119 hours - Surfaced in position 38°37'N, 26°02'E and engaged the caique from a range of 3000 yards. On closing it was seen that she was flying the red cross flag above the Greek ensign and had large red crosses on either bow. Decided to board her for examination.

1140 hours - Boarded. Her cargo consisted of oil in drums and a Nazi ensign was found under the Captains pillow. Decided to sink her with a demolition charge.

1150 hours - The charge exploded and the caique sank.

1155 hours - Dived and withdrew to the westward. (3)

30 Apr 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

15 May 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol north of Crete and to conduct a special operation if an opportunity arose. (A folbot party of limpeteers was to be send in Candia harbour should a sutable target be present there. (3)

31 May 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel PI 870 / Evangelistria (12 GRT) with a demolition charge east of Anti-Kythera.

(All times are zone -2)
0446 hours - Dived in position 35°50'N, 23°42'E. Shortly before diving a small caique was sighted to the westward steering a course of 190°.

0524 hours - Surfaced and closed up the gun crew. Meanwhile closed the target at speed.

0550 hours - Range was now 1500 yards. The crew of the caique abandoned ship in their dinghy. Went alongside the caique, boarded and placed a demolition charge.

0600 hours - The caique blew up and sank. The crew was then taken prisoner as the patrol was almost over. Set course to the westward on the surface.

0642 hours - Dived in position 35°42'N, 22°58'E and went to 200 feet for passage through the Anti-Kythera Channel. (3)

2 Jun 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

24 Jun 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (3)

3 Jul 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires three torpedoes at the German KT 18 / Pelikan (834 GRT, built 1944) north-east of Mykonos, Greece. The torpedoes however miss their target. Pelikan was escorted by the German R-boat R 185.

(All times are zone -2)
0140 hours - In position 37°37'N, 25°31'E the officer of the watch sighted what he thought was smoke bearing 330 degrees and about four minutes later this was confirmed by the bright red glow from a ships funnel on the same bearing. On closing the target was seen to be a KT ship escorted by an E or R-boat.

0156 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 1000 yards at the KT ship. No hits were obtained as the enemy altered course after the last torpedo had been fired. It was however thought at that time that the second torpedo had hit th target but this was not the case. (3)

11 Jul 1944
At 0422 hours HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) fires four torpedoes at the German merchant KT 18 / Pelikan (834 GRT, built 1944) south-west of Kos, Greece. The torpedoes however miss their target.

(All times are zone -2)
0345 hours - In position 36°32'N, 27°37'E heard HE bearing 070° and altered course towards.

0358 hours - Sighted the red funnel glow from a ships funnel some way off. Set course to intercept the enemy.

0402 hours - Identified the target as a KT-ship escorted by two E or R-boats, one ahead and one astern.

0422 hours - Dived as it was now becoming very light. Range to the enemy on diving was 3000 yards.

0426 hours - In position 36°36'N, 27°03'E fired a salvo of four torpedoes from yards. No hits were obtained although a hit was claimed. (3)

16 Jul 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (3)

29 Jul 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. She made the passage together with HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) in convoy GUS 47. (13)

3 Aug 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (13)

9 Aug 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Gibraltar for the U.K. She made the passage together with HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) in convoy MKS 57 / SL 166. (3)

20 Aug 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

21 Aug 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Dundee for Chatham. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (14)

23 Aug 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (14)

28 Aug 1944
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) was taken in hand for refit at the Sheerness Dockyard. (13)

5 Dec 1944
With her refit completed, HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) conducted diving trials of Sheerness. (15)

7 Dec 1944
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) departed Sheerness for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Clematis (T/Lt. R.H. Farrands, DSC, RNR). (15)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) arrived at Dundee. She departed for Scapa Flow later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (15)

10 Dec 1944
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) arrived at Scapa Flow. (15)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage south together with HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (15)

14 Dec 1944
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) arrived at Rothesay. HMS Unruly was now assigned to training duties. (15)

27 May 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) was docked at Holy Loch. (16)

29 May 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) was undocked. (16)

21 Jul 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. (17)

24 Jul 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) arrived at Portsmouth. (17)

11 Sep 1945
HMS Unruly (Lt. L.D. Hamlyn, RN) departed Portsmouth for Lisahaally. (13)

14 Sep 1945
HMS Unruly (Lt. L.D. Hamlyn, RN) arrived at Lisahaally. (13)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17421
  2. ADM 173/17422
  3. ADM 199/1824
  4. ADM 173/17903
  5. ADM 199/627
  6. ADM 199/2573
  7. ADM 199/2564
  8. ADM 173/18401
  9. ADM 173/18402
  10. ADM 173/18403
  11. ADM 173/18404
  12. ADM 173/19241
  13. ADM 199/2568
  14. ADM 199/1385
  15. ADM 173/19243
  16. ADM 173/20145
  17. ADM 173/20147

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


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