Reidar Michael Sars, RNON

Born  8 Oct 1912
Died  26 Nov 1984(72)


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Warship Commands listed for Reidar Michael Sars, RNON


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HNoMS Ula (P 66)Lt.Submarine28 Mar 1943Oct 1943
HNoMS Ula (P 66)Lt.SubmarineDec 1943Mar 1944
HNoMS Ula (P 66)Lt.SubmarineMay 1944

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Submarine HNoMS Ula (P 66)


2 Apr 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN). They were escorted by HMS Virginia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Dobson, RNR). (1)

3 Apr 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (2)

30 Apr 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed from Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) and HMS Truculent (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) that were to proceed to Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN). (3)

2 May 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S training. (2)

18 May 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. Off Scapa Flow she joined HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) and her escort HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) that were both coming from Lerwick. (3)

19 May 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (2)

2 Jun 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). She made part of the passage north together with HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN), submarine FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) and FFS Minerve (Lt. H.F.D. Simon-Dubuisson). (3)

3 Jun 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S training. (2)

16 Jun 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. (3)

17 Jun 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

20 Jun 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea for an anti U-boat patrol. The patrol was uneventful.

For the daily positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

29 Jun 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (4)

1 Jul 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Barrahead they were joined by HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN). (4)

2 Jul 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (4)

7 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (4)

8 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 2nd war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea on an anti U-boat patrol. The patrol was uneventful.

For the daily positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

19 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Dundee later the same day. She was escorted by HMS Macbeth (T/Lt. A. Parker, RNR). (4)

21 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (4)

29 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (4)

30 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Lerwick. (4)

31 Aug 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Lunna Voe first before proceeding on patrol for special operation 'Venus'.

For the daily positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

1 Sep 1943
After exercises, HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars), departed Lunna Voe for her patrol area. (4)

5 Sep 1943
During the night of 5/6 September 1943, HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars), conducted special operation 'Venus' (SIS). About 6,000lb of stores and three Norwegian agents Einar Johansen, Torstein Raaby and Per Ingebrigtsen were landed at Kvalviken in Mefjord (approx. 69°30’N, 17°30’E). (4)

11 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. (4)

12 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 1130/13 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (4)

14 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (4)

24 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) and HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (4)

25 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 4th war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol off Norway (Malangen Fjord) and later in the Norwegian Sea for anti U-boat patrol.

For the daily positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

26 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) was ordered to patrol near position 62°13'N, 05°17'E (Stadlandet). (4)

28 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) was ordered to patrol on patrol line KK in the Norwegian Sea for an anti U-boat patrol. The patrol was uneventful. (4)

12 Oct 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) ended her 4th war patrol at Lerwick. (4)

15 Oct 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (4)

16 Oct 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (4)

23 Dec 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) and HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. They made the passage together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) which was to proceed to Scapa Flow and from there to Plymouth. They were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (4)

24 Dec 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Lerwick. (4)

25 Dec 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Skudesnes Fjord, Norway.

For the daily and attack positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

28 Dec 1943 (position 59.08, 5.24)
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) attacked an unescorted merchant vessel with two torpedoes off Skudesnes, Norway. No hits were obtained. Lt. Sars identified the target as the Norwegian merchant Pan (1309 GRT, built 1922).

(All times are zone -1)
1333 hours - Heard HE bearing 350°. Had a look on that bearing and sighted a single merchant vessel at a range of about 5000 yards.

1335 hours - Commenced attack.

1356 hours - In position 59°08'N, 05°24'E fired two torpedoes from 1400 yards but no hits were obtained. (4)

1 Jan 1944 (position 59.08, 5.24)
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) attacked the German merchant Pergamon (2999 GRT, built 1943) with three torpedoes off Skudesnes, Norway. One torpedo hit Pergamon in no.4 hold but failed to explode and caused a small leak.

Pergamon was part of a convoy that was made up, besides herself, of the German merchant Elima (5245 GRT, built 1920) and the German tanker Lieselotte Essberger 1593 GRT, built 1935). They were escorted by German auxiliary patrol vessel V 5108 and the German guard vessel NS 09.

(All times are zone -1)
0915 hours - Heard HE bearing 060°. Observed two unescorted ships, one of 8000 tons and one of 6000 tons. Both were fully laden and northbound. Range to the first ship was about 3000 yards. Started attack.

0927 hours - In position 59°08'N, 05°24'E fired three torpedoes from 1400 yards. No hits were obtained. (4)

3 Jan 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) ended her 7th war patrol at Lerwick. (4)

4 Jan 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (4)

5 Jan 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (4)

20 Jan 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She made the passage with HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (4)

21 Jan 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S training. (4)

9 Feb 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. (4)

10 Feb 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Lerwick. (4)

16 Feb 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Skudesnes Fjord, Norway. Later the patrol area was changed to Lister Fjord.

For the daily and attack positions of HNoMS Ula during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

20 Feb 1944 (position 58.09, 6.33)
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) attacked a German convoy made up of the German tanker Orion (8064 GRT, built 1936, former Norwegian) the German merchants Bochum (6121 GRT, built 1922), Cap Guir (1536 GRT, built 1927), Hans Leonhardt (4174 GRT, built 1922) and Viola (991 GRT, built 1921) and the German seaplane tender Bussard (2040 GRT, built 1942). They were escorted by the German minesweepers M 456, M 427, The German auxiliary patrol vessels V 5304, V 5309 as well as the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 1701, UJ 1707, UJ 1712. The torpedoes missed. UJ 1707 and UJ 1712 hunted the submarine and the Egersund coastal battery opened fire on the submarine. The MTBs S 10 and S 16 were also sailed to join the hunt.

(All times are zone -1)
1055 hours - The Asdic operator reported a faint noise bearing 195°.

1058 hours - Sighted masts of a large convoy off Lister. Started attack. Position was 58°09'N, 06°33'E. 1121 hours - Range to the third ship in the starboard column was now 4000 yards. Intended to attack the third ships in the starboard and port columns which were overlapping each other.

1132 hours - Fired four torpedoes at both ships. Range on firing was estimated as 6500 yards.

1137 hours - Heard a loud torpedo explosion.

1138 hours - Heard another loud torpedo explosion.

It is thought both ships had been hit and sunk. (4)

25 Feb 1944 (position 58.09, 6.53)
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) fires three torpedoes against the Norwegian merchant (German controlled) Ryfylke (898 GRT, built 1929, offsite link) off Lista, Norway. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
0810 hours - Heard HE bearing 015°.

0817 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of 2000 tons bearing 020°. This was a combined passenger / cargo ship. Enemy course was 135°.

0832 hours - Fired three torpedoes from a range of 6500 yards. (The patrol report does not mention a position as the page with the 'attack form' of this attack in missing.

0836 hours - Two explosions were heard.

0838 hours - Periscope depth. The target was not sighted and is thought to have sunk. (4)

28 Feb 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) ended her 8th war patrol at Lerwick. (4)

29 Feb 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (4)

1 Mar 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) arrived at Dundee. (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18372
  2. ADM 199/2573
  3. ADM 199/627
  4. ADM 199/1851

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


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