James Stuart Launders DSO, RN

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Ranks

1 Dec 1939 S.Lt.
1 Apr 1941 Lt.
1 Apr 1949 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1957 Cdr.
30 Jun 1966 Capt.

Retired: 29 Nov 1974


Decorations

18 Jul 1944 Bar to DSC
18 Jul 1944 Bar to DSC
30 Jan 1945 DSO
24 Apr 1945 Bar to DSO

Warship Commands listed for James Stuart Launders, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS P 511 (P 511)Lt.Submarine19 Mar 194320 May 1943
HMS Venturer (P 68)Lt.Submarine19 May 194324 May 1945

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Submarine HMS P 511 (P 511)


19 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises Lt. Launders took over as Commanding Officer from Lt. Pelly. (1)

21 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (1)

22 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (1)

23 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (1)

24 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (1)

25 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (1)

26 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

31 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Tobermory. (1)

2 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Loch na Lataich. (2)

3 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO and Bar, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (2)

4 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant, HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN). (2)

5 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Promise (T/Lt. S.A. Sargent, RNVR). (2)

8 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Promise (T/Lt. S.A. Sargent, RNVR), ML 559 (T/Lt. C.A. Head, RNVR) and ML 453 (T/Lt. L.V. Horne, RNVR). (2)

9 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Promise (T/Lt. S.A. Sargent, RNVR), HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN) and HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR). (2)

10 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN), HMS Lady Sharazad and two ML's. (2)

12 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN) and HMS Chanticleer (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bristowe, DSO, RN). (2)

13 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN), HMS Chanticleer (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bristowe, DSO, RN), HMS Coverley (T/Lt. L.R. Lord, RNVR) and HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR). (2)

14 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Coverley (T/Lt. L.R. Lord, RNVR), HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN) and HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. G.W. Slough, RANVR). (2)

15 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN), HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. G.W. Slough, RANVR), HMS Bream (Skr. S.C. Larner, RNR) and another vessel (unable to read the name in the log of P 511>). (2)

15 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR). (2)

16 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (2)

1 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (3)

2 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

3 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). (3)

4 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN). (3)

5 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). (3)

6 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, RD, RNR). (3)

7 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, RD, RNR). (3)

10 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). (3)

11 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN), HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (3)

12 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

13 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (3)

14 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, RD, RNR). (3)

16 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

17 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

18 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

19 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR). (3)

20 May 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Spaniel. Upon completion of these exercises Lt. Taylor took over from Lt. Launders as Commanding Officer of HMS P 511. (3)


Submarine HMS Venturer (P 68)


2 Mar 1944 (position 62.10, 5.05)
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Thor (2526 GRT) off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°10'N, 05°05'E.

15 Apr 1944 (position 58.15, 6.00)
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Friedrichshafen (1923 GRT) about 15 nautical miles south-south-east of Egersund, Norway in position 58°15'N, 06°00'E.

11 Sep 1944 (position 58.03, 6.34)
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Vang (678 GRT, offsite link) about 4 nautical miles east of Lista Island, Norway in position 58°03'N, 06°34'E.

13 Sep 1944
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) fires 3 torpedoes against the Norwegian merchant Force (499 GRT, offsite link) north-west of Egersund, Norway. All three torpedoes missed their target. Venturer then engaged the target with gunfire but the submarine was forced to break off this attack as she was fired upon by German shore batteries.

11 Nov 1944 (position 69.17, 16.28)
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank German U-boat U-771 in the Andfjord about 7 nautical miles east of Andenes, Norway, in position 69°17'N, 16°28'E.

9 Feb 1945 (position 60.46, 4.35)
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank German U-boat U-864 in the North Sea west of Bergen, Norway, in position 60°46'N, 04°35'E. This is the only known incident in all of naval warfare in which one submarine sank another while both are submerged.

19 Mar 1945 (position 64.38, 10.36)
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Sirius (998 GRT) off Namsos, Norway in position 64°38'N, 10°36'E.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17922
  2. ADM 173/17923
  3. ADM 173/17924

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


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