Allied Warships

HMS Usurper (P 56)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 56 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Davey Paxman & Ricardo 
Ordered12 Jul 1941 
Laid down18 Sep 1941 
Launched24 Sep 1942 
Commissioned2 Feb 1943 
Lost3 Oct 1943 

Most likely depth charged in Gulf of Genoa by the German UJ-2208/Alfred.

HMS Usurper (Lt. David Roger Oakeley Mott, DSC, RN) had left Algiers on 24th September 1943 with instruction to patrol of La Spezia. On 3 October 1943 she was ordered to move to the Gulf of Genoa. No further contact was made and she failed to return to Algiers on 12 October 1943 as expected. The German anti-submarine vessel UJ-2208 reported attacking a submarine in the Gulf of Genoa on 3 October 1943 and it is believed that this may have been the Usurper.  

Commands listed for HMS Usurper (P 56)

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1Lt. David Roger Oakeley Mott, DSC, RNNov 19423 Oct 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Usurper include:

28 Apr 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on German U-boat U-467 in the Norwegian Sea. The target was not hit.

27 Jul 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the French Ch?teau Yquem (2536 GRT) 6 nautical miles south-west of Ajaccio, Corsica, France in position 42°04'N, 08°20'E.

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