John Wallace Linton VC, DSO, DSC, RN

Born  15 Oct 1905
Died  Mar 1943(37)HMS Turbulent

Ranks

15 Jul 1926 S.Lt.
1 Jul 1928 Lt.
1 Jul 1936 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Cdr.

Decorations

9 May 1941 DSC
15 Sep 1942 DSO
25 May 1943 VC (posthumous)

Warship Commands listed for John Wallace Linton, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Pandora (N 42)Lt.Cdr.Submarine1 Oct 193812 Jul 1941
HMS Turbulent (N 98)Lt.Cdr.SubmarineAug 19416 Mar 1943

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Pandora (N 42)


13 Oct 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked at Hong Kong where she had been refitting since mid July 1939. (1)

2 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (2)

6 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials off Hong Kong. (2)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted steering and diving trials off Hong Kong. (2)

9 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (2)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted diving trials off Hong Kong. (2)

11 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises and trials off Hong Kong. (2)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

16 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN). (2)

22 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (2)

23 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

29 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 1st war patrol. She was to patrol off the south coast of Kyushu, Japan (Kii Suido area).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(2)

23 Dec 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Hong Kong. (3)

27 Dec 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Hong Kong. (3)

1 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (4)

5 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) and HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN).

9 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (4)

11 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Arawa (A/Capt. G.R. Deverell, RN). (4)

2 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (5)

6 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) and HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

7 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

12 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (5)

14 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (5)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) and HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN). (5)

19 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

21 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

23 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Kanimbla (A/Capt. F.E. Getting, RAN). (5)

26 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (5)

29 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN). (5)

1 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (6)

4 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (6)

11 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (6)

12 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rowe, RN). (6)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN) and HMS Falmouth (Cdr. C.C. Hardy, RN). (6)

15 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Falmouth (Cdr. C.C. Hardy, RN) and HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (6)

20 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (6)

25 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Hong Kong. (6)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (7)

9 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore. Pandora was to proceed to the Mediterranean.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during the passage to Alexandria see the map below.

(7)

14 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Singapore. She departed for Colombo later the same day. (7)

19 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Colombo. (7)

21 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (7)

28 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Aden. (7)

29 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Aden for Suez. (7)

3 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Suez. (8)

4 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) transited the Suez Canal northbound and arrived at Port Said. (8)

5 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (8)

6 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (8)

14 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. The included A/S exercises with the French destroyer Forbin (Capitaine de corvette (Lt.Cdr.) R.C.M. Chartellier). (8)

15 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (8)

16 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria with HMAS Vampire (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN) and HMS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Morrow, RAN). (8)

21 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. She then departed for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was to patrol to the North of Crete (Suda Bay area).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(8)

9 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)

18 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was to patrol in the Aegean off the Doro Channel.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

26 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was ordered to proceed to Malta. (10)

28 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. No Italian ships had been sighted. (10)

29 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Algiers.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(11)

4 Jul 1940 (position 36.53, 3.17)
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the French sloop Rigault de Genouilly in position 36°53'N, 03°17'E. Rigault the Genouilly was en-route from Algiers to Bizerta.

Of her crew of 177, twelve were missing. Survivors were picked up by the fishing boats Jupiter and Julietta while the sloop Annamite attacked the submarine with depth charges. Three French aircraft joined the hunt and dropped bombs. The sinking of Rigault de Genouilly was an error as she was not regarded one of the objectives of operation Catapult and the British Admiralty presented its excuses to the French legation.

(All times are zone -1)
1358 hours - Sighted 'what is thought to be' a La Galissioniere class light cruiser. Enemy course was 090°, speed 17 knots, range 4 nautical miles.

1407 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3800 yards. Two or three hits were obtained. The target stopped and was heavily on fire.

1522 hours - The target was seen to sink, stern first. This was followed by a extremely heavy explosion, possibly her after magazines blowing up. (11)

10 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (11)

24 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Fearless (Cdr. I.R.H. Black, RN) and HMS Velox (Cdr.(Retd.) J.C. Colvill, RN). (12)

31 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta on her first storing trip carrying RAF personnel and stores brought to Gibraltar by HMS Argus (operation Tube).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

(12)

6 Aug 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Malta. (13)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(11)

24 Aug 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (11)

9 Sep 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(11)

15 Sep 1940 (position 32.36, 20.00)
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) attacked an unescorted enemy merchant vessel with two torpedoes about 30 nautical miles north of Benghazi, Libya. Both torpedoes missed.

This may have been the small refrigeration ship Amba Alagi (450 GRT, built 1932) but the attack was unobserved.

(All times are zone -3)
1528 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from the Benghazi direction on a course of 320°. Started attack.

1617 hours - In approximate position 32°36'N, 20°00'E fired two torpedoes from 5500 yards. No hits were obtained. (11)

28 Sep 1940 (position 33.00, 21.38)
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian Famiglia (813 GRT,built 1888) about 10 nautical miles north-east of Al Haniyah, Libya in position 33°00'N, 21°38'E.

She was carrying 750 tons of fuel in company with Sirena (974 GRT, built 1883) escorted by the torpedo boat Enrico Cosenz and they had sailed from Ras Tajunes for Tobruk. Cosenz reacted immediately by dropping a pattern of eight depth charges, observed an oil patch and believed the submarine sunk. A second pattern of three depth charges followed for good measure and she then returned to pick up the survivors. The whole crew was saved.

(All times are zone -3)
0840 hours - Sighted an Italian convoy of two merchant ships and one escorting torpedo-boat (old type and correctly identified by Lt.Cdr. Linton by the letters CS on its bow as the Enrico Cosenz). Started attack on the rear ship.

0943 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2500 yards. After a little over two minutes a heavy explosion was heard. The torpedo-boat started a counter attack and it dropped nine (sets) of depth charges. They were not close and caused no damage to Pandora. (11)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (11)

4 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was briefly docked at Alexandria. She was undocked later the same day. (14)

14 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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16 Oct 1940 (position 32.57, 23.22)
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) attacked an Italian submarine north of the Gulf of Bomba. A total of three torpedoes were fired but none hit their intended target.

The target was the the Italian submarine Topazio in company with Ascianghi. Topazio had observed Pandora but was unsure of her identity and refrained from taking action from fear of attacking Ascianghi by mistake.

(All times are zone -3)
2120 hours - In position 32°57'N, 23°22'E sighted two Italian submarines in line ahead 1500 yards apart. Started attack.

The seconds submarine was seen to dive but the first one remained on the surface so at 2129 hours two torpedoes were fired at it. As soon as the torpedoes were fired she turned away and dived. Pandora then also dived.

The Italian must have surfaced again as they were sighted through the periscope and their HE was picked up.

2152 hours - Fired another torpedo at the HE. It also missed. (11)

21 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic on the shipping lanes between Bari and Durazzo. (11)

2 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (11)

4 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Malta. (15)

7 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. She then immediately left Malta for Alexandria.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

(15)

13 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (15)

25 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(11)

13 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. It had been uneventful. (11)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. (16)

22 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Port Said. (16)

23 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Port Said. (16)

26 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (16)

27 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (16)

28 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (16)

30 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for Gibraltar where she was to join the 8th submarine flotilla based there. Also Pandora was to embark a new battery at Gibraltar.

During passage Pandora was to make a short patrol off the east coast of Sardinia making this passage her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

9 Jan 1941 (position 39.22, 9.50)
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchants Valdivagna (5400 GRT, built 1913) and Palma (2715 GRT, built 1919) about 10 nautical miles east-north-east of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia in position 39°22'N, 09°50'E. They were en-route from Civitavecchia to Cagliari and were unescorted.

The hospital ship Sorrento arrived on the scene and picked up both crews with the exception of two. The torpedo boat Giuseppe Dezza, MAS 502 and a Z.501 seaplane hunted the submarine and claiming it as probably sunk but Pandora had managed to escape without damage.

(All times are zone -1)
0521 hours - Sighted a ship approaching.

0640 hours - Dived and started attack.

0700 hours - Sighted a second ship.

0822 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the first ship from 1400 yards. One hit was obtained. Started attack on the second ship.

0838 hours - Fired one torpedo from 1000 yards. It missed.

0845 hours - Fired one torpedo from 2000 yards. It hit. Both ships, estimated at 5000 and 4000 tons, were now in a sinking condition and there was little doubt that they would sink. (10)

14 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (10)

20 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. Her new battery was to be installed there instead of at Gibraltar. En-route (on the 26th) she was ordered to make a short patrol off Cherbourg, France making this passage her 10th war patrol at Portsmouth.

Upon leaving Gibraltar exercises were carried out with HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

28 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Portsmouth. (10)

12 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (17)

15 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (17)

21 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

(17)

27 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (17)

3 Mar 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered escort convoy HG 55.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

14 Mar 1941
At 1130 hours, HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN), left convoy HG 55 to join convoy OG 55. Pandora was escorted by HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).

Pandora and Coreopsis joined convoy OG 55 at 1930 hours. (10)

21 Mar 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Gibraltar. (10)

29 Mar 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to provide escort for Fleet tanker RFA Cairndale.

Cairndale was to provide fuel for the destroyers of Force H which was to patrol off the Bay fo Biscay in case the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were to break out in the Atlantic again.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

4 Apr 1941
At 0930 hours HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) made rendez-vous with RFA Cairndale (10)

11 Apr 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) and RFA Cairndale are ordered to proceed to Gibraltar. (10)

17 Apr 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Gibraltar. (10)

29 Apr 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Naples, Italy.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

11 May 1941 (position 40.03, 14.58)
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) attacked an unescorted tanker south of Licosa Point. Four torpedoes in all were fired but none hit the target. This may have been the water tanker Elisa (216 GRT, built 1903) on passage from Trapani to Tripoli. The attack was unobserved.

(All times are zone -1)
1604 hours - In approximate position 40°03'N, 14°58'E sighted the funnel of a ship. Closed to investigate. The ship turned out to be a tanker of about 3500 tons. An attack was started.

1636 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained and the 3rd torpedo was not heard to run.

1642 hours - Fired another torpedo. This torpedo also missed. (10)

18 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (10)

22 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for passage to Portsmouth. (10)

24 May 1941 (position 41.04, -11.12)
At 1137 HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sighted an Italian submarine west of the Portuguese coast in position 41°04'N, 11°12'W. This was Mocenigo on her way from Bordeaux, France for an Atlantic patrol.

Two rounds with the deck gun were fired. The enemy submarine then dived. (10)

25 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept the German battleship Bismarck making for a French port.

The passage to Portsmouth now became her 14th war patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

27 May 1941
With the Bismarck sunk HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) was ordered to continue her passage to Portsmouth. (10)

31 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Portsmouth. (10)

7 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth. (18)

8 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. (18)

9 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Dartmouth. (18)

10 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Dartmouth for Portsmouth, U.S.A. where she was to refit at the Navy Yard.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

(18)

18 Jun 1941 (position 43.20, -28.02)
At 1840 hours (time zone +2) HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN), while in position 43°20'N, 28°02'W, sights a lifeboat and picks up 12 survivors from the Dutch tanker Pendrecht that was torpedoed and sunk on 8 June 1941 about 500 nautical miles north-west of the Azores in position 45°18'N, 36°40'W by German U-boat U-48. (18)

28 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. (18)


Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98)


30 Nov 1941
HMS Turbulent (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with P 611 / Oruc Reis (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (19)

1 Dec 1941
HMS Turbulent (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training before she is sent to the Mediterranean to join the 1st Submarine Flotilla at Alexandria. (20)

23 Dec 1941
HMS Turbulent (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) is docked at Rothesay. (20)

24 Dec 1941
HMS Turbulent (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) is undocked. (20)

3 Jan 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch with HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) for Gibraltar. They were escorted to Bishop Rock until 0100/5 by the minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). Turbulent was ordered to form a patrol line off the North coast of Spain but this was cancelled at 2230/7.

(As no log of HMS Turbulent is available for January 1942 it is not possible to display a map.) (21)

10 Jan 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (21)

15 Jan 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 1st war patrol. This is a short work-up patrol in the Alboran Sea to the East of Gibraltar.

(As no log of HMS Turbulent is available for January 1942 it is not possible to display a map.) (21)

21 Jan 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Gibraltar. (21)

27 Jan 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta. She carries some much needed stores and 10 passengers (2 for Malta and 8 for Alexandria) to Malta during this passage.

Before proceeding to Malta she conducts A/S exercises with HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.V. Gladstone, RN), HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Marigold (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR).

(As no log of HMS Turbulent is available for January 1942 it is not possible to display a map.) (22)

2 Feb 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (22)

4 Feb 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to make a short patrol off Suda Bay, Crete before proceeding to Alexandria.

Turbulent carried 8 extra ratings and stores on board that had to be transported from Malta to Alexandria.

For the daily positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 2nd war patrolclick here for bigger map (22)

13 Feb 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Alexandria where she joins the 1st Flotilla. (22)

23 Feb 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean within 30 miles of Cape Drepano and then to the Dardanelles north of 36°00'N and west of 26°10'E. She carries an observer on board: Lt. R.M. Raymond, USN.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map (22)

26 Feb 1942 (position 35.35, 24.18)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) tries to attack a convoy about 10 nautical miles North-East of Suda Bay, Crete near position 35°35'N, 24°18'E. She is however detected by one of the escorts and depth charged before she could fire torpedoes.

(All times are zone -2)
0800 hours - Sighted three A/S trawlers leaving Suda Bay and proceeding Northwards. It seemed most likely they were going to a rendez-vouz with the expected convoy.

1143 hours - Sighted a convoy of three merchant ships (thought to be of 6000, 5000 and 3000 tons) escorted by four destroyers and four trawlers. Various aircraft were overhead. Started attack.

1254 hours - Turbulent was discovered and forced deep by one of the trawlers that dropped 4 depth charges that were rather close causing minor damage. The attack continued and more depth charges were dropped, about 20 in all. Turbulent managed to slip away.

This convoy was made up of the following ships: Italian liners Citta di Agrigento (2480 GRT, built 1930), Citta di Alessandria (2498 GRT, built 1930) and Citta di Savona (2500 GRT, built 1930), and the German merchant Santa Fe (4627 GRT, built 1921). They were escorted by the German auxiliary Drache and the Italian torpedo boats Monzambano and Castelfidardo. Besides these ships there were four trawlers (the German patrol-boats 12 V 6, 12 V 7 and 12 V 4) that had just joined the convoy. One of these, 12 V 4, detected and depth charged Turbulent. (22)

27 Feb 1942 (position 36.52, 23.06)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank the Greek caique Pi 253 / Agios Charalambos (68 GRT) with gunfire North of Monemvasia, Greece in position 36°52'N 23°06'E.

(All times are zone -2)
1430 hours - Sighted smoke and closed.

1537 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. The target was a very small motor vessel about seventy feet and 60 tons flying the Greek flag. It was heavily laden and had a big deck cargo and at least 40 people onboard. Fire was opened at 3000 yards. The target altered course continuously and was difficult to hit. In all 42 rounds were fired of which 6 hit the target before it sank.

1548 hours - The ship was seen to sink in position 36°52'N 23°06'E.

1549 hours - Dived. (22)

2 Mar 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank three Greek caiques with gunfire South of the Kassandra peninsula.

(All times are zone -2)
1209 hours - Sighted large two-masted schooner of about 200 tons, altered course to close.

1311 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 1600 yards. 16 Out of 22 rounds hit and the schooner caught fire.

1319 hours - The schooner was abandoned and was sinking slowly.

1323 hours - Dived.

1350 hours - The schooner was seen to sink in position 39°54'N 23°38'E.

The target was the Greek caique Cha 13 / Evangelistria (45 GRT). She had on board 15 German soldiers of which 11 drowned, 3 were badly injured and 1 was not injured.

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1516 hours - Sighted another two-masted schooner approaching, altered course to close.

1617 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 1200 yards. 7 Hits out of 9 rounds fired were obtained.

1622 hours - Dived. This schooner managed to beach itself although very badly damaged, both masts were shot away and there were at least three large holes below the waterline. It was thought that this ship was flying the Nazi flag but the mast carrying it was shot away at the second round. It fired two red Very?s lights after the third hit but did not stop and I continued firing. This schooner was new and about 250 tons. Position of the attack was 39°54'N 23°36'E. The schooner was beached on rocks and must have been a total loss. She was carrying six German soldiers. One German soldier and one Greek were crew killed, four Germans and three Greeks were seriously wounded.

The target was the Greek caique My 164 / Apostolos (25 GRT)

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1930 hours - Surfaced for the night.

2251 hours - Sighted another two-masted schooner, range 5 nautical miles, closed to attack.

2339 hours - Opened fire from 500 yards. 8 Rounds were fired, all hit.

2333 hours - The schooner was seen to sink in position 39°45'N 23°21'E. This schooner was of about 220 tons. The crew escaped rapidly in their boat leaving about half a dozen behind. They made no attempt to go back for them.

The target was the Greek caique Vol 181 / Chariklia (42 GRT)

2335 hours - Sighted a single masted schooner and closed ......... (Continued on 3 March 1942) (22)

3 Mar 1942 (position 39.43, 23.19)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank a Greek caique with gunfire South of the Kassandra peninsula.

(All times are zone -2)
(...... continuation of the events of 2 March 1942)

0007 hours - Opened fire.

0013 hours - The schooner, thought to be of 150 tons) was seen to sink in position 39°43'N, 23°19'E.

This ship was the Greek caique Kal 199 / Agios Dionyssios (30 GRT). She was also transporting German soldiers. 16 Were reported to have been killed.

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1326 hours - Surfaced and opened fire on a two masted schooner but checked fire when it was realised that it was full of women. This was Pir 849 / Prodromos (24 GRT). There were 10 killed and 5 wounded, the schooner reached Skiathos at 0700/4. (22)

5 Mar 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) attacks a convoy with four torpedoes North-East of the Doro Channel. All torpedoes fired missed their target. The patrol report and log of Turbulent does not give the exact position.

(All times are zone -2)
0101 hours - Sighted three merchant vessels bearing 225°. Course was 210°. Range was 8 nautical miles. One was thought to be of 5000 tons, the other two of 4000 tons. They were escorted by, what were thought to be, two Spica-class torpedo boats. Started attack.

0249 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the two smaller merchant vessels that formed one line. Range was 4000 yards. All torpedoes missed.

According to Italian sources this convoy was likely to be Merano (3705 GRT, built 1909), Capo Pino (4785 GRT, built 1923) and Volta (1191 GRT, built 1919) escorted by the Italian torpedo-boats Lupo and Calatafimi [they arrived at Piraeus at 1110/5]. They were coming from the Dardanelles except Volta which had joined them from Mudros. (22)

12 Mar 1942 (position 37.58, 24.10)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank a Greek caique with gunfire North of the Zea Channel in position 37°58'N, 24°10'E.

(All times are zone -3)
0740 hours - Sighted a large schooner / caique of about 300 tons. Altered course to close.

0912 hours - Surfaced in position 37°58'N, 24°10'E and opened fire from 700 yards.

0916 hours - Dived.

0920 hours - The schooner / caique was sinking with only the masts showing. 8 Rounds had been fired, all hit the target.

This was the Greek caique Agia Paraskevi (52 GRT) on passage from Volos to Porto Rafti. Two of the crew were seriously wounded. (22)

13 Mar 1942 (position 37.08, 24.16)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank a Greek caique with gunfire west of Serifos, Greece.

(All times are zone -3)
0022 hours - Sighted a two-masted schooner / caique. Altered course to close.

0033 hours - Opened fire from 400 yards.

0039 hours - The schooner / caique capsized and sank in position 37°08'N, 24°16'E. 9 Rounds had been fired for 3 or 4 hits. Only 1 round of 4" ammunition was remaining after this action.

This was the Greek caique Kal 155 / Anastassis (32 GRT). (22)

17 Mar 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Alexandria. (22)

30 Mar 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic with complete freedom of movement above 40°N.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 4th war patrolclick here for bigger map (22)

7 Apr 1942 (position 42.05, 18.58)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank the Italian merchant Rosa M. (271 GRT, built 1904) travelling from Gravosa to Durazzo, with gunfire about 7 nautical miles South of Petrovac, Croatia in position 42°05'N, 18°58'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1415 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from Popovanjiva Bay. Soon after sighting it altered course away. It was noticed that it was a small ship of about 1200 tons.

1433 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the 4" gun from 4500 yards. The ship stopped and the crew was seen to abandon it even before it was hit.

1441 hours - Dived as the ship seemed to be sinking. 39 Rounds had been fired for about a dozen hits.

1451 hours - The ship capsized and floated bottom up for a few moments before it sank. This ship was heavily laden and had a big deck cargo including 4 cars. (22)

9 Apr 1942 (position 43.31, 15.54)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on the Italian passenger/cargo vessel Constantino Borsini (former Yugoslav Srbin, 982 GRT, built 1913) about 10 nautical miles South of Sibenik, Croatia in position 43°31'N, 15°54'E. Two torpedoes were fired that both missed.

(All times are zone -3)
1550 hours - Sighted a flying boat patrolling up and down. Looked like something interesting might come our way.

1612 hours - Sighted a ship approaching. Estimated size was 3000 tons, range 7000 yards, enemy course 180°, speed 8 knots. Started attack.

1628 hours - In position 43°31'N, 15°54'E fired two torpedoes from 2500 yards. The ship altered course immediately after firing due what seems to be a navigational alteration of course. Both torpedoes missed ahead and exploded when they hit the shore.

The flying boat remained in the area until after dark.

According to Italian sources Constantino Borsini observed the two torpedo tracks and avoided them. She opened fire but the submarine was not observed. (22)

10 Apr 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) attacks the Italian merchant Sangini (3666 GRT, built 1911) with three torpedoes about 5 nautical miles North of Pescara, Italy in position 42°36'N, 14°11'E. All missed. One other torpedo was then fired but this torpedo also missed.

(All times are zone -3)
1620 hours - Sighted a ship of about 1500 tons approaching and started attack.

1650 hours - Sighted a 3000 tons merchant ship approaching and shifted the attack to this ship.

1721 hours - In position 42°36'N, 14°11'E fired three torpedoes. All missed.

1732 hours - Fired another torpedo which also missed.

According to Italian sources Sangini sighted three torpedo tracks and opened fire for intimidation. The submarine could not close to use her gun because of the shallow waters. The Italian merchant Cerere (1198 GRT, built 1920), 7 nautical miles away, was warned and turned away, she was not seen by Turbulent. (22)

12 Apr 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sights an Italian submarine near Pula. As Turbulent was not in a favourable attack position torpedo fire was withheld.

(All times are zone -3)
1620 hours - Sighted a submarine, thought to be of the Italian Balilla-class, approaching. A small armed yacht was in company. Started attack. Turbulent could not reach a good attack position and no torpedoes were fired. It was hoped that the submarine would be exercising in this area and it or other targets would show up in the future.

This was most likely Vettor Pisani travelling from Susa (Fiume) to Pola. (22)

13 Apr 1942 (position 44.42, 13.54)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) attacks a 3500 tons merchant ship with two torpedoes about 10 nautical miles South of Pula near position 44°42'N, 13°54'E.

(All times are zone -3)
0928 hours - Sighted a Northbound ship of 3500 tons approaching. Range was 8000 yards. Started attack.

0953 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 800 yards, both missed or more likely ran under. The ship was seen to man its gun, looked like a 4" gun. They did not open fire.

Flying boats were seen patrolling the area after this failed attack. (22)

14 Apr 1942 (position 43.29, 16.00)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank one of two Italian sailing vessels Franco (73 GRT) from Racisce di Curzola with a crew of three [the other, Addo Mario from Rimini, escaped] with gunfire about 10 nautical miles South of Sebenico, Croatia in position 43°29'N, 16°00'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1930 hours - Sighted two schooners approaching. Commenced to close for gun attack.

2016 hours - Surfaced in position 43°29'N, 16°00'E and attacked one of the schooners from a range of 3000 yards.

2023 hours - Dived as fire was opened by shore guns [the battery at Punta Techetta opened fire at 7000 meters as well as the battery at Sant'Antonio at a slight greater range]. The schooner had been hit 3 times out of 35 rounds fired. (22)

16 Apr 1942 (position 40.50, 17.37)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Delia (5406 GRT, built 1917) off Brindisi, Italy in position 40°50'N, 17°37'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1400 hours - Sighted a Southbound ship approaching. The ship was of 6000 tons and heavily laden. Started attack.

1451 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1000 yards. Both hit the target.

1453 hours - Only 30 feet of the ships stem, floating vertically were now visible.

Delia was en-route from Bari to Taranto. (22)

22 Apr 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Alexandria. (22)

1 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Alexandria for Port Said. (23)

2 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (23)

3 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) is docked at Port Said. (23)

7 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) is undocked. (23)

8 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said for Alexandria. (23)

9 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (23)

11 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map (22)

14 May 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sank the Italian sailing vessel V 32 / San Giusto (243 GRT), carrying 161 tons of gasoline, with gunfire off Ras el Hilal, Libya.

(All times are zone -3)
1500 hours - Inspected the Ras el Hilal anchorage. There was nothing there.

1720 hours - Sighted two three-masted schooners approaching from the West. Altered course to close.

1750 hours - The first schooner apparently saw the periscope when about 600 yards away as it altered course away.

1758 hours - The second schooner also altered course away.

1801 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the 4" gun on the nearest schooner from 2000 yards. A considerable number of hits were obtained and the schooner was abandoned and run aground. [She was a total loss, 1 missing, 11 survivors].

1804 hours - Forced to dive as an aircraft suddenly appeared. Meanwhile the schooner exploded.

(22)

18 May 1942 (position 32.26, 19.15)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Bolsena (2384 GRT, built 1918) west of Bengasi, Libya in position 32°26'N, 19°15'E.

(All times are zone -3)
17 May 1942
2320 hours - Arrived in the patrol position ordered to intercept the expected convoy.

2329 hours - Sighted three ships and a minute later heard their HE. These were two merchant ships, of about 4000 tons each, and one escorting destroyer. Started attack.

18 May 1942
0140 hours - After a lot of manoeuvring to get into a favourable attack position, turned in to fire at the rear ship. It turned out that the range was greater then was thought. Turned to a parallel course and started to catch up again.

0200 hours - Turned in again to fire at the rear ship.

0210 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 2000 yards resulting in two hits. Dived. The torpedoed ship was heard to be breaking up shortly afterwards. [48 were killed, 36 survivors were picked up by the German minesweepers R 6 and R 11 which had been sent to their rescue].

This convoy was made up of the above mentioned Bolsena and the Italian merchant Iseo (2366 GRT, built 1918). They were escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Pegaso. (22)

24 May 1942 (position 33.28, 16.46)
At 2130 hours (zone -3) an aircraft attacked HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN), dropping 8 small bombs, Turbulent crash-dived and had reached a depth of 60 feet when they exploded (position of the attack was 33°28'N, 16°46'E). (22)

29 May 1942 (position 33.15, 19.25)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian destroyer Emanuelle Pessagno (1917 tons, built 1930) and the Italian merchant Capo Arma (3172 GRT, built 1905) about 70 nautical miles north-west of Bengasi, Libya in position 33°15'N, 19°25'E.

(All times are zone -3)
28 May 1942
2310 hours - In position 33°51'N, 18°54'E sighted a Southbound convoy of two merchant ships (6000 and 5000 tons each) escorted by two destroyers (one Spica class torpedo boat, the other looked bigger) bearing 325°. Speed was thought to be 12 knots. Due to the mist is was very difficult to estimate the convoys course and range. Cdr. Linton decided to get ahead of the convoy.

2345 hours - Turbulent was now on the convoys beam and that the convoys course was 160°. Turbulent went ahead and soon afterwards lost touch.

29 May 1942
0001 hours - Altered course towards and increased speed to find them.

0020 hours - The convoy was sighted apparently steering a course of about 200°. Started to get ahead.

0150 hours - The convoy changed course to 160° and later to 140°.

0230 hours - As there seemed no prospect in any change in the weather and that an attack at dawn (what Cdr. Linton initially intended to do) might be spotted by aircraft it was decided to make a submerged attack by moonlight.

0337 hours - Dived 5 miles ahead of the convoy and 3000 yards off track.

0401 hours - Sighted the convoy a little closer than expected. The escorting destroyer on this side of the convoy could not be seen or heard.

0405 hours - Sighted the destroyer, it was much closer than was anticipated. Turbulent was right ahead.

0407 hours - The destroyer was seen to be on a steady bearing.

0409 hours - Fired four torpedoes at one of the merchant vessels. The destroyer was now very near. Turbulent went deep upon firing. 1min. 13secs after firing the first torpedo an explosion was heard. Shortly afterwards one of the torpedoes passed over the conning tower. Two further explosions were heard 2min. 28secs. and 3min. 10secs. after firing the first torpedo. The torpedo that ran overhead had a gyro failure and with a great deal of luck had hit the destroyer that was so near to Turbulent.

0610 hours - Came to periscope depth and found one destroyer about 3 nautical miles away and moving slowly around the position of the attack. Nothing else was in sight.

The other merchant ship in this convoy was the Italian merchant Anna Maria Gualdi (3289 GRT, built 1908). The other destroyer was the Antonio Pigafetta, she was off the Navigatori-class and a sister ship of the Emanuelle Pessagno. This class of destroyers were the largest Italian destroyers in service. (22)

2 Jun 1942 (position 32.48, 25.12)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) twice attacks German U-boat U-81 in position 32°48'N, 25°12'E. All 7 torpedoes fired (5 in the first attack, 2 in the second attack) miss the target.

(All times are zone -3)
1250 hours - In position 32°48'N, 25°12'E sighted a German u-boat. Started attack.

1301 hours - Fired five torpedoes from 1500 yards. All torpedoes missed.

1308 hours - One loud bang was heard.

1309 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2500 yards. 2min. 0secs and 2 min. 13secs after firing two explosions were heard giving a range of 3000 yards. Turbulent lost trim and it took a few minutes to regain periscope depth. HE was heard before the explosions but not afterwards.

1314 hours - At periscope depth again, nothing in sight. Some wreckage was floating in the water and it was thought the U-boat had been sunk.

The wreckage floating in the water was most likely from German U-boat U-652 that had been damaged by British aircraft earlier that morning. U-652 was scuttled by the Germans and her crew was taken off by U-81 [U-81 observed four torpedo tracks]. (22)

4 Jun 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Alexandria. (22)

17 Jun 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 6th war patrolclick here for bigger map (22)

22 Jun 1942 (position 31.11, 19.10)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack the German merchant Sturla (1397 GRT, built 1933, former French St. Guillaume, former Danish Estrid) about 70 nautical miles South-West of Benghazi, Libya in position 31°11'N, 19°10'E. No hits were obtained. The escort was the Italian torpedo boat Generale Marcello Prestinari.

(All times are zone -3)
0524 hours - In position 31°10'N, 19°20'E sighted one merchant escorted by one torpedo boat steering West. It was too near dawn to attack on the surface so course was altered to keep ahead. The torpedo boat appeared to be stationed astern or on the Port quarter.

0548 hours - Dived to attack. The merchant was not laden and was of about 2000 tons. The torpedo boat was thought to be of the La Masa-class.

0626 hours - In position 31°11'N, 19°10'E fired two torpedoes from 1300 yards. Both missed. After a considerable interval the torpedo boat, which had been astern of the target on firing, dropped five single depth charges followed by a pattern of two. It then rejoined the merchant ship and in doing so passed right overhead but did not drop anything further. (22)

23 Jun 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) is detected and depth charged by the Italian torpedo boat Perseo while trying to attack an Eastbound merchant ship in position 31°20'N, 18°30'E.

(All times are zone -3)
2155 hours - Surfaced in position 31°20'N, 18°30'E and immediately sighted two shapes bearing 340°, distance about 5 nautical miles. They were soon seen to be an Eastbound merchant ship escorted by one Spica-class torpedo boat. Started attack.

2220 hours - Dived as Turbulent was detected by the torpedo boat that had turned toward. In the next 60 minutes the torpedo boat dropped 20 single depth charges, one of which was close and broke some light bulbs.

2345 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. Surfaced after 20 minutes.

This convoy was made up of the Italian merchant Regulus escorted by the above mentioned Perseo. The Italian schooner Maria Gabriella was also part of the convoy. (22)

24 Jun 1942 (position 31.43, 19.51)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Regulus (1085 GRT, built 1884) in the Gulf of Sirte about 5 nautical miles west of Ghemines In position 31°43'N, 19°51'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1030 hours - In position 31°43'N, 19°49'E sighted a heavily laden merchant ship of about 2000 tons escorted by one Spica class torpedo boat and 5 aircraft. Also part of the convoy was a two-masted schooner. This was the same ship that was sighted the previous evening.

1153 hours - In position 31°43'N, 19°51'E two torpedoes were fired from 3000 yards which resulted in one hit.

The above mentioned Regulus was escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Perseo. The Italian schooner Maria Gabriella was also part of the convoy.

The Regulus was beached but was later declared a total loss. (22)

4 Jul 1942 (position 33.30, 20.30)
While on patrol off Benghazi, Libya HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) tries to attack a convoy about 80 nautical miles North of Benghazi, Libya in position 33°30'N, 20°30'E. The attack fails as Turbulent is detected and depth charged by the strong escort before she can fire torpedoes.

(All times are zone -3)
1110 hours - When two nautical miles South of the patrol position ordered, in position 33°30'N, 20°30'E masts were sighted to the Northward. Altered course to obtain a favourable attack position.

1125 hours - The convoy could now be made out as three big merchant ships escorted by a whole lot of destroyers / torpedo boats. At least five but most likely eight were seen. At least three aircraft were sighted.

1141 hours - Turbulent is detected by the convoys escort and has to break off the attack.

1148 hours - In position 33°28'N, 20°28'E depth charging started. The first pattern of six was extremely close causing minor damage. A lot more depth charges were dropped but none were very close.

1240 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find nothing in sight except for one Spica class torpedo boat moving slowly in the position of the initial depth charge attack. After 20 minutes it made off to the South at high speed.

It seems most likely that an aircraft had detected Turbulent at periscope depth.

This convoy was made up of the German merchant Ankara (4768 GRT, built 1937), The Italian merchants Nino Bixio (7137 GRT, built 1941) and Monviso (5322 GRT, built 1941). They had a very strong escort made up of the Italian destroyers Da Verazzano, Turbine, Euro and the Italian torpedo boats Antares, Castore, Polluce, Pegaso and San Martino (22)

14 Jul 1942 (position 33.57, 34.34)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) encounters the Italian submarine Asteria about 50 nautical miles West of Beirut in position 33°57'N, 34°34'E.

(All times are zone -3)
2347 hours - Sighted submarine, thought to be Italian, on the surface bearing 100°, distance 0.5 nautical miles. The submarine dived.

2348 hours - Dived in position 33°57'N, 34°34'E.

According to Italian sources the Asteria sighted a submarine, thought to be Italian, bearing 290° at 1000 meters in position 33°52'N, 34°46'E. Asteria however did not dive but turned away (to starboard) at maximum speed to avoid further contact. (22)

15 Jul 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Beirut. (22)

5 Aug 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Beirut for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Greece. She is also to carry out two special operations.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 7th war patrolclick here for bigger map (24)

8 Aug 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) carries out special operation 'Corsair'.

An agent was to be picked up from the South-East coast of Crete.

(All times are zone -3)
2105 hours - Surfaced in position 34?58'N, 26?08'E.

2120 hours - The Folbot left for the shore.

2212 hours - The Folbot returned with two passengers. The second person was the agents Greek guide that had a price on his head. It was decided that the could remain on board Turbulent.

2220 hours - The Folbot was taken below and Turbulent left the area. (24)

12 Aug 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) carries out special operation 'Capricorn'.

Two Greek agents were to be landed within 30 nautical miles from Navarino.

(All times are zone -3)
2140 hours - Surfaced in position 37°25'N, 21°39'E.

2200 hours - The two Greek agents departed for the shore. Turbulent departed the area shortly afterwards. (24)

17 Aug 1942 (position 36.35, 21.34)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian transport ship Nino Bixio (7137 GRT, built 1941) 12 nautical miles south-west of Navarino, Greece in position 36°35'N, 21°34'E. This ship is loaded with around 3200 POW's. 336 Pow's perish as a result of this attack (336 killed).

The Italian merchant Sestriere (7992 GRT, built 1942) was missed during the same attack.

(All times are zone -3)
1600 hours - Sighted a ship bearing 160°. Later it was seen that this was a convoy of two large ships escorted by three destroyers and several aircraft. Range was 14000 yards. Started attack.

1633 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3600 yards. The salvo was spread over the two ships (thought to be modern ships of 7000 to 8000 tons and in ballast) which formed almost a single line. One of the torpedoes had a gyro failure and passed overhead of Turbulent three times. 2 Hits were obtained. Turbulent went deep upon firing but no counter attack followed.

According to Italian sources the convoy was made up of the above mentioned ships. They were escorted by the Italian destroyers Nicoloso da Recco and Saetta and the Italian torpedo boats Castore and Orione. The damaged Nino Bixio was towed to Navarino. (24)

1 Sep 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Beirut. (24)

14 Sep 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Beirut for Port Said. (25)

16 Sep 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said where she is docked. As there is no log available for September it is not known when she left dock. (25)

22 Sep 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Libyan coast, near Tobruk and Benghazi.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 8th war patrolclick here for bigger map (24)

6 Oct 1942 (position 32.39, 20.19)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on a convoy about 25 nautical miles North-East of Benghazi, Libya. Three torpedoes were fired against the German merchant Ruhr (5954 GRT, built 1926). All missed. Turbulent was depth charged following this attack.

(All times are zone -3)
1130 hours - Sighted a ship approaching and started an attack, range was 14000 yards. The ship was thought to be of about 3000 tons and was escorted by what were thought to be three Spica class torpedo boats and two aircraft. The attack went well until the target changed course. Turbulent now also changed course to attack with the stern tubes.

1232 hours - Near position 32°39'N, 20°19'E fired three torpedoes from the stern tubes from 1100 yards. All however missed.

1245 hours - A single depth charge was dropped but not close. Soon after another depth charge was dropped but once again not close. A/S impulses were heard coming up from astern.

1325 hours - One of the torpedo boats passed overhead and dropped a pattern of 9 depth charges extremely close causing damage to Turbulent. It then turned round and dropped a pattern of 10 depth charges a bit further off but still close. The torpedo boat hunted for over 2 hours and appeared to be in contact several times but nothing further was dropped.

1540 hours - All quit now, no more HE could be heard.

1610 hours - Came to periscope depth, nothing in sight.

According to enemy sources the convoy was made up of the above mentioned German merchant Ruhr escorted by the Italian destroyers Freccia and Antonio da Noli and the Italian torpedo-boats Lupo and Centauro. The alert was given by an escorting Cant Z.501 aircraft of 196^ Squadriglia. The two depth charges dropped at 1245 hours originated from Freccia. The patterns dropped at 1325 hours came from da Noli. (24)

8 Oct 1942 (position 33.03, 22.13)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German Kreta (853 GRT, built 1866) about 10 nautical miles North of Ras al Hilal, Libya.

(All times are zone -3)
0710 hours - Sighted a ship escorted by a destroyer or torpedo boat and one aircraft. Started attack [The escort was the Italian torpedo boat Castore].

0734 hours - Near position 33°03'N, 22°13'E fired two torpedoes from 1000 yards. One hit was obtained and the ship was heard to break up soon afterwards. The destroyer remained in the area for two hours but never gained contact.

0935 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The destroyer was just visible to the Westward leaving the area. (24)

14 Oct 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Beirut. (24)

28 Oct 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Beirut for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 9th war patrolclick here for bigger map (26)

4 Nov 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a short call at Malta to receive orders for her patrol. She is part of a cover force of submarines for Operation Torch. (26)

11 Nov 1942 (position 39.10, 9.39)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine tender Bengasi (1554 GRT, former French Saint Philippe, former Danish Almena, built 1933) about 10 nautical miles north-east of Capo Carbonara, Sardinia, Italy in position 39°10'N, 09°39'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1606 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from the North. Started attack.

1627 hours - In position 39°10'N, 09°39'E fired two torpedoes from 1200 hours. One hit was obtained. It was later seen that a destroyer was astern of this ship (this was the Italian torpedo-boat Giacinto Carini). The destroyer dropped a few depth charges but these were way off. Nine minutes after the torpedo hit breaking up noises were heard. 3 of the crew were killed, 78 survivors (including 5 wounded) were picked up. Bengasi was en-route from La Spezia to Cagliari. (26)

15 Nov 1942 (position 40.28, 14.02)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on an enemy tanker about 10 nautical miles South-West of Isola di Capri. Four torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained. [This was probably the Italian tanker Sirio (5222 GRT, built 1921) escorted by Italian destroyer Freccia, bound for Tripoli.

(All times are zone -1)
2015 hours - In position 40°28'N, 14°02'E sighted a tanker and a destroyer on a South-Westerly course. The moon was in the first quarter but it was very overcast and there was not enough light to attack submerged. Cdr. Linton crossed astern of the convoy to get the advantage of the better horizon and then started working up the portside of the convoy. The destroyer was zig-zagging ahead of the tanker.

2355 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2500 yards. It appeared the torpedo tracks were seen and no hits were obtained. No counter attack followed. (26)

21 Nov 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (26)

22 Nov 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta to resume her 9th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte before returning to her base at Beirut. (26)

24 Nov 1942
Shortly before dark on 24 November 1942 HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) bombards parked vehicles at Sirte, Libya. 2 Hits were obtained and several of the lorries were claimed to be destroyed. As shore guns opened fire on Turbulent the action was broken off and Turbulent dived. [Actually the Italian report mentions only six rounds fell on the beach causing no damage.] (26)

2 Dec 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Beirut. (26)

18 Dec 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) depart from Beirut for her 10th war patrol. She is to proceed to Malta and from their depart from for a patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Turbulent during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turbulent 10th war patrolclick here for bigger map (26)

23 Dec 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (26)

26 Dec 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her patrol area. (26)

29 Dec 1942 (position 39.17, 9.41)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Marte (5290 BRT, built 1917) east of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia, Italy in position 39°17'N, 09°41'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1600 hours - Sighted a Northbound ship approaching. It was escorted by 'what was thought to be' a minelayer of the Ostia-class. The merchant ship was of about 4500 tons and fully laden. (The escort was in fact the auxiliary vessel Ipparco Baccich.)

1654 hours - In position 39°17'N, 09°41'E fired two torpedoes from 1350 yards. One torpedo hit the target. A very indifferent counter attack followed after a considerable interval. (26)

11 Jan 1943 (position 39.31, 15.54)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Vittoria Beraldo (547 GRT, built 1909) near Cetraro, Calabria, Italy.

Later the same day Turbulent bombards a goods train near the town of San Lucido.

(All times are zone -1)
0748 hours - While off Cape Bonifati sighted a Southbound merchant ship of about 2500 tons approaching. It was very close to the land.

0820 hours - In position 39°31'N, 15°54'E fired two torpedoes from 3000 yards. Both missed, most likely the tracks were seen as the ship altered course right away.

0822 hours - Surfaced and engaged with the deck gun. Obtained one hit.

0827 hours - Dived as fire from shore batteries was getting close and it was thought the ship was aground.

0849 hours - By now it had become clear that the ship was not aground so one more torpedo was fired. Again the track was seen and the torpedo missed. The ship now made off.

0852 hours - Surfaced and opened fire again. No hits were obtained but the ship was put aground near the railway station at Cetraro.

0856 hours - Dived again as the shore battery opened fire again.

0918 hours - Fired one torpedo that hit the ship amidships. The ship was seen to break in two.

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1615 hours - Turbulent fired 22 rounds at the San Lucido railway station. Italian sources confirm that one steam engine was damaged, the electric and high tension lines were cut and a cottage was hit. The coastal battery from Paola fired 14 rounds at the submarine, forcing her to submerge. (26)

14 Jan 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Malta. (26)

25 Jan 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 11th war patrol. She is to patrol North of Sicily.

(No log is available so no map can be displayed.) (26)

27 Jan 1943 (position 37.46, 11.14)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on an enemy convoy in position 37°46'N, 11°14'E. A hit is claimed but this was not the case.

(All times are zone -1)
0822 hours - Sighted a large merchant ship of about 10000 tons escorted by three Spica-class torpedo boats and at least twelve aircraft (most of them fighters). Shortly afterwards another merchant of 6000 tons was also seen to be part of this convoy. Started attack.

0855 hours - In position 37°46'N, 11°14'E fired 4 torpedoes from 3000 yards at the merchant vessels that were overlapping each other. Turbulent went deep upon firing. Nearly 3 minutes after firing an explosion was heard thought to be a torpedo hit. Shortly afterwards some depth charges were dropped but none was close. 0948 hours - Returned to periscope depth to find two of the torpedo boats in sight as well as a number of aircraft. They disappeared after 15 minutes. The results of this attack are not clear.

According to Italian sources the composition of this convoy was the Italian merchants Spoleto (7960 GRT, built 1940, former French Cal?donien) and Noto (3168 GRT, built 1938, former French Djebel Nador) escorted by destroyers Lampo, Saetta and torpedo-boat Ciclone. The torpedoes were sighted by an escorting aircraft which gave the alarm and the whole convoy made an emergency turn to starboard to avoid them. Ciclone reported that a torpedo missed her 200 meters astern. (26)

1 Feb 1943 (position 38.13, 12.50)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Pozzuoli (5345 GRT, built 1920) off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°13'N, 12°50'E. An Italian armed merchant cruiser was missed during an attack nearly an hour later.

(All times are zone -1)
1104 hours - Sighted a merchant ship of about 5000 tons coming up the swept channel near Cape San Vito. The ship was not escorted despite it being laden. It set course for Palermo.

1211 hours - In position 38°13'N, 12°50'E fired two torpedoes from 950 yards. Both were seen to hit. The ship was seen to sink within a minute.

1310 hours - Sighted another ship coming up the swept channel. This one also set course to Palermo. Shortly afterwards it turned North most likely upon seeing the survivors of previous attack but after a short time it turned to the East again and started dropping depth charges. It was seen to be a Armed Merchant Cruiser of the Ramb-class.

1408 hours - While the target was stopped (most likely to pick up survivors) No. 11 (stern) tube was fired at it. But after 1.5 minute it went ahead again and the torpedo missed astern. (26)

5 Feb 1943 (position 38.10, 13.43)
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Utilitas (5342 GRT, built 1918) about 15 nautical miles East of Palermo, Sicily, Italy in position 38°10'N, 13°43'E. She was carrying 5000 tons of fuel for the Italian Navy from Taranto to Palermo escorted by destroyer Augusto Riboty and the torpedo-boats Sagittario, Giuseppe Dezza.

(All times are zone -1)
0445 hours - While on patrol off Cape Cefalu sighted a tanker approaching. It was escorted by at least two destroyers / torpedo boats. Cdr. Linton decided to get ahead and attack dived.

0614 hours - Dived. The tanker was thought to be of 6000 tons. Three torpedo boats were now seen, a Spica-class ahead, a Cosenz-class astern and a Confienza-class on the starboard beam.

0649 hours - In position 38°10'N, 13°43'E fired four torpedoes from 4500 yards. Two explosions were heard thought to be hits. HE of the target ceased and later breaking up noises were heard.

0727 hours - Started to return to periscope depth from 80 feet as the escort appeared to be well clear.

0729 hours - A pattern of 10 depth charges was dropped. Turbulent was not at periscope depth yet but retired to 80 feet again. In the next 10 minutes two more patterns were dropped, one of 7 and one of 12 depth charges. None were very close but they appeared to be heavier than usual. According to Italian sources Sagittario attacked the submarine and was joined later by the torpedo-boat Animoso.

0830 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Two of the escorts could still be seen but only just, they were going towards Palermo. Also some aircraft were patrolling in that direction. (26)

7 Feb 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) bombards a train at Sant' Ambrogio station.

Later this day Turbulent was detected and depth charged by two Motor Torpedo Boats. Some minor damage was caused.

(All times are zone -1)
1253 hours - Surfaced to bombard a train at Sant' Ambrogio station. Range was 2100 yards. 6 hits were obtained including one on the engine. According to Italian sources the locomotive was hit as well as six wagons, one person was killed and two were seriously wounded but the railway line itself was undamaged.

1301 hours - Dived as an aircraft was seen to approach. Later this was seen to be a transport plane. (26)

8 Feb 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on a merchant vessel near Cape Gallo, Sicily, Italy. Two torpedoes were fired but both missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
1040 hours - Sighted an unescorted merchant ship, thought to be of 1500 tons, approaching from the West. Started attack.

1114 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1200 yards. Both missed most likely the speed was underestimated.

According to Italian sources the water tanker Istria reported being missed by torpedoes on that day but the time does not match and the position is unknown (so far). (26)

12 Feb 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Algiers. (26)

24 Feb 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Algiers for her 12th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. This was her last Mediterranean war patrol before returning to the U.K. for a refit. (27)

1 Mar 1943
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSO, DSC, RN) missed with torpedoes but then sank with gunfire the Italian merchant San Vincenzo (865 GRT, built 1905) off Paola, Italy. This attack is believed to have been from Turbulent as it was well within her patrol area. The torpedo-boat Giuseppe Dezza was sent to hunt the submarine but without success. The German merchant Tell (1349 GRT, built 1938) proceeding from Cagliari to Civitavecchia was ordered to alter course to avoid the submarine.

3 Mar 1943
It was most likely HMS Turbulent that sank the Italian sailing vessels Gesu Guiseppe E Maria (64 GRT) and Pier Delle Vigne (65 GRT) with gunfire off Milazzo, Sicily, Italy.

According to Italian sources the corvette Gabbiano recovered four survivors from the Pier Delle Vigne.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15891
  2. ADM 173/15892
  3. ADM 173/15893
  4. ADM 173/16395
  5. ADM 173/16396
  6. ADM 173/16397
  7. ADM 173/16398
  8. ADM 173/16399
  9. ADM 173/16400
  10. ADM 199/1832
  11. ADM 199/283
  12. ADM 173/16401
  13. ADM 173/16402
  14. ADM 173/16404
  15. ADM 173/16405
  16. ADM 173/16406
  17. ADM 173/16875
  18. ADM 173/16879
  19. ADM 199/400
  20. ADM 173/17102
  21. ADM 199/1222
  22. ADM 199/1218
  23. ADM 173/17682
  24. ADM 199/1220
  25. ADM 199/2572
  26. ADM 199/1848
  27. ADM 199/1925

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


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