Kenneth Henry Martin, RN

Born  24 Mar 1920
Died  23 Oct 2002(82)


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Ranks

 Capt.
1 Oct 1939 S.Lt.
1 Jun 1941 Lt.
1 Jun 1949 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1955 Cdr.

Retired: 2 Aug 1971


Decorations

18 Dec 1945 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Kenneth Henry Martin, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Uproar (P 31)Lt.SubmarineOct 19421 Dec 1942
HMS H 28 (N 28)Lt.Submarine6 Feb 194324 Mar 1943
HMS Urtica (P 83)Lt.Submarine15 Mar 194428 Sep 1944
HMS Sleuth (P 261)Lt.SubmarineSep 194411 May 1945
HMS Sleuth (P 261)Lt.Submarine11 Jun 194521 Nov 1945

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Submarine HMS H 28 (N 28)


9 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (1)

10 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spencer. (1)

11 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (1)

13 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR). (1)

14 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Londonderry for Tobermory. (1)

15 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Tobermory. (1)

16 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (1)

17 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (1)

18 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (1)

19 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) condcuted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 28 departed the Tobermory area for Londonderry. (1)

20 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (1)

24 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) collided with HMS Beverley (Lt. R.A. Price, RN). (1)

25 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (1)

27 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay to effect repairs to her hypdroplanes there. (1)

28 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (1)

4 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area. She departed for Londonderry later the same day escorted by HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC, RN). (2)

5 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (2)

6 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR), HMS Spiraea (Lt. A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR), HMS Rochester (Cdr. H.V. King, OBE, RN), HNoMS Rose and HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR). (2)

8 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR), HMS Ayrshire (T/Lt. R.W.H. Elsden, RNVR), HMS Cape Argona (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Pate, RNR) and HMS Lord Middleton (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR). (2)

9 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lord Middleton (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RNR), HMS Cape Mariato (T/Lt. N.J. Ivison, RNVR) and HMS Cape Argona (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Pate, RNR). (2)

10 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ayrshire (T/Lt. R.W.H. Elsden, RNVR) and HMS Cape Argona (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Pate, RNR). (2)

11 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ayrshire (T/Lt. R.W.H. Elsden, RNVR) and HMS Cape Argona (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Pate, RNR). (2)

12 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ayrshire (T/Lt. R.W.H. Elsden, RNVR) and HMS Cape Mariato (T/Lt. N.J. Ivison, RNVR) and HMS Badsworth (Lt. G.T.S. Gray, DSC, RN). (2)

14 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Rose. (2)

15 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted independent exercises off Lough Foyle. (2)

15 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted independent exercises off Lough Foyle. (2)

22 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted independent exercises off Lough Foyle. (2)

23 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Mallow (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.T.S. Clouston, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR), HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR), HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) and USS Spencer. (2)


Submarine HMS Urtica (P 83)


19 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted trials off Barrow following which she departed for Holy Loch. (3)

20 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted tials in the Clyde area. On completion she proceeded to Holy Loch where she was placed into full commission. (3)

23 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

24 Jun 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

25 Jun 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

29 Jun 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Campbeltown. (3)

30 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Holy Loch. (3)

1 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted trials in Loch Long. (4)

4 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar. (4)

5 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (4)

6 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (4)

7 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) shifted from Arrochar to Holy Loch. (4)

8 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which served HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) as the target. These included night exercises. (4)

9 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (4)

10 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (4)

11 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which served HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR) as the target. (4)

12 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area. She proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of these. (4)

13 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted speed trials on the measured mile in Loch Long. (4)

15 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises off Campbeltown during which served HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) as the target. (4)

17 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted night A/S exercises off Campbeltown with aircraft. (4)

18 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

21 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. These included night exercises. (4)

22 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises off Campbeltown during which served HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) as the target. (4)

25 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd. H. Buckle, RN). (4)

26 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd. H. Buckle, RN). (4)

28 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

29 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Holy Loch. (4)

31 Jul 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (4)

1 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Campbeltown. (5)

2 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Larne. (5)

3 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises off Larne during which HMS Philante (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN) served as the target. (5)

4 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Larne. (5)

6 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

9 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

10 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

12 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

14 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Moorsom (T/Lt. A.C. Martyn, RNVR). (5)

15 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

19 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR) served as the targets. (5)

20 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (5)

21 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (5)

22 Aug 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (5)

31 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (5)

16 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

17 Sep 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted night exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

20 Sep 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises. (6)

21 Sep 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

23 Sep 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

27 Sep 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

28 Sep 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Urtica (Lt. R.M. Seaburne-May, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises. (6)


Submarine HMS Sleuth (P 261)


5 Oct 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed her builders yard for Holy Loch. (7)

6 Oct 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (7)

17 Dec 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Loch Ranza for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (8)

18 Dec 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participe in attack and A/S exercises. This and her work-up patrol were later cancelled. (8)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Loch Ewe. (8)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Loch Ewe for Holy Loch. (8)

23 Dec 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (8)

1 Jan 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (9)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) is undocked. (9)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Gibraltar. She made the passage in convoy OS 104 / KMS 78.

This was the first leg of the trip to the Far East.

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


HMS Sleuth passage Holy Loch - Fremantle click here for bigger map

19 Jan 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (9)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. She made the passage together with HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). (9)

27 Jan 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

6 Feb 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Malta for Port Said. (10)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Port Said. (10)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) transited the Suez Canal Southbound and arrived at Suez. (10)

12 Feb 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (10)

16 Feb 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Aden. (10)

20 Feb 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Aden for Trincomalee. (10)

3 Mar 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (11)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle, Australia. (11)

21 Mar 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Fremantle. (11)

28 Mar 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle for a propeller change. (11)

29 Mar 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) is put back in the water. (11)

8 Apr 1945
During 8 to 10 April 1945 HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

The exercises in 9 and 10 April 1945 were together with HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN). (12)

11 Apr 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) carried out practice attacks off Fremantle on HMS Adamant (Capt. H.M.C. Ionides, RN). (12)

14 Apr 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Fremantle for her 1st war patrol (1st in the South-East Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol together with HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) in the Eastern Java Sea.

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


HMS Sleuth 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (13)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) arrive at Exmouth Bay to fuel. Both submarines departed in company for their patrol area later the same day. (13)

21 Apr 1945
During the night of 21/22 April 1945 HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) passed Lombok Strait Northbound. (13)

26 Apr 1945 (position -4.50, 115.40)
The British submarines HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) sink the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 3 (215 tons) with gunfire in the Java Sea west of Kalambau Island in position 04°50'S, 115°40'E.

(All times are zone -9)
1830 hours - Solent reported two ships. Altered course towards. Shortly afterwards Solent reported the contact as a coaster and a seatruck.

1856 hours - 5 Depth charges were heard to explode near Solent.

1940 hours - Ordered by Solent to surface and trail. Could not do so at one as the enemy was only 2 nautical miles away in bright moonlight.

2030 hours - Surfaced and closed Solent. Took station on her port beam and together set off at full speed to get into a position down moon.

2148 hours - The enemy turned and made for Kalambau Island. Turned to close.

2213 hours - Solent opened fire.

2215 hours - Sleuth now also opened fire. Range was 3600 yards. Both ships fired at the largest ship which turned out to be an escort. The escort returned fire.

2235 hours - Ceased firing.

2238 hours - The escort was on fire aft and stopped.

2242 hours - The escort blew up with a violent explosion. Started to look for the second ship. Fired starshell to aid in the search.

2304 hours - The escort was seen to sink.

2347 hours - Sighted the second vessel thought to be a large lugger and opened fire. The first round hit. The enemy returned fire with a 25mm machine gun but Sleuth was not hit. Four hits were obtained. The next morning the target was seen broken up on the beach.

2353 hours - Altered course away and joined Solent. (13)

29 Apr 1945 (position -4.33, 116.03)
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) together sank a seatruck with gunfire in position 04°33'S, 116°03'E.

(All times are zone -9)
1412 hours - Sighted a two-masted ship bearing 065 degrees. Passed report to Solent and commenced attack.

1435 hours - The ship was alone and a coaster of about 300 tons. Decided to surface and engage with the 4" gun. Informed Solent of my intentions.

1603 hours - Surfaced and engaged the enemy from 3200 yards. Solent also surfaced and opened fire.

1615 hours - The target fired a few rounds with a machine gun.

1619 hours - The target was on fire but still going ahead at 7 knots. The crew and passengers were seen to be abandoning ship.

1637 hours - Commenced rescuing the survivors. They had be now be seen to be civilians with their families. Rescued a total of 51 including 9 women and 6 babies.

1827 hours - Dived for an aircraft seen by Solent. Unfortunately one seriously injured survivor had to be left on the after casing. He had been already given a strong dose of morphia.

2002 hours - Surfaced and proceeded to the nearest Island hoping to find fishing vessels to put the survivors on.

2200 hours - Sighted a small fishing vessel. The skipper said there were no Japanese on the islands and that there was plenty of rice and water available. He was willing to take the survivors to the shore.

2230 hours - Towed the fishing vessel closer to the shore and filled it with half of the survivors.

0048 hours (30th) / The second half of the survivors left for the island. Kept on board 3 volunteers and 1 Sino-Javanese collaborator. Then set course to re-join Solent who was landing her survivors some distance away. (13)

2 May 1945 (position -4.33, 115.31)
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) sank an enemy seatruck with gunfire. She was assisted by HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) which also obtained one hit on the target. Position was 04°33'S, 115°31'E

(All times are zone -9)
0706 hours - Sighted ship bearing 070°. The ship was a large 300 tons seatruck. No escort was seen. Warned Solent of gun action.

0810 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 2600 yards. The first round hit. Solent joined in later after having closed the range first.

0820 hours - The target was on fire and sinking. The crew was abandoning ship in a small boat.

0831 hours - Dived and cleared the area. (13)

8 May 1945
During the night of 8/9 May 1945 HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) passed Lombok Strait Southbound. (13)

11 May 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) both arrive at Exmouth Gulf.

Lt. K.H. Martin left Sleuth there with a fever. The 1st Lt. temporary took command until Lt. J.C. Ogle took over on the 13th for the passage to Subic Bay. (13)

13 Jun 1945
During 13 and 14 June 1945 HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) both conducted exercises off Subic Bay. These included night exercises. (14)

17 Jun 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Subic Bay for her 2nd war patrol (2nd in the South-East Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol together with HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) off Banka Strait and to the East of Singapore.

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


HMS Sleuth 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (15)

6 Jul 1945
At 0413 hours (zone -9) HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) attacked an enemy submarine to the East of Singapore. 6 Torpedoes were fired from 5000 yards but no hits were obtained.

This must have been the Japanese submarine I-351 (offsite link) that arrived at Singapore on this day. Details of this attack are not known as there is no log or patrol report of HMS Sleuth for this period. (15)

13 Jul 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (2nd in the South-East Pacific area) at Subic Bay. (15)

27 Jul 1945
During 27 and 28 July 1945 HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) and HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) both conducted exercises off Subic Bay. These included night exercises. (16)

31 Jul 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Subic Bay for her 3rd war patrol (3rd in the South-East Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol together with HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) in the Gulf of Siam.

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


HMS Sleuth 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map (13)

6 Aug 1945 (position 6.53, 101.47)
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) sank 3 junks with gunfire and demolition charges in the Gulf of Siam.

(All times are zone -9)
1911 hours - Surfaced in position 06°53'N, 101°47'E and closed 5 junks about 10 nautical miles from the shore. All crew abandoned ship at once.

1934 hours - Sank a 90 tons junk with gunfire. She was Northbound with a cargo of oil in drums, kapok and crated cargo. 7 Rounds were used. Then 2 medium seized junks were sunk with demolition charges. Both were of about 50 tons and the cargo for both was rice. USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade, RN) meanwhile had also surfaced and sank the other 2 junks. (13)

13 Aug 1945 (position 11.53, 100.03)
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) is bombed by a Japanese aircraft in the Gulf of Siam. No damage was caused to Sleuth.

(All times are zone -9)
1150 hours - In position 11°53'N, 100°03'E obtained radar contact on an aircraft. Sighted a Val dive bombers attacking. Dived.

1153 hours - The Val dropped two bombs in our wake. No damage was caused by them. (13)

15 Aug 1945 (position 11.55, 100.02)
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) sank 3 junks with demolition charges in the Gulf of Siam.

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0150 hours - Investigated a medium seized Southbound junk loaded with rice. Sank her with demolition charges in position 11°55'N, 100°04'E.

0450 hours - Investigated a large 90 tons Southbound junk with a cargo of rice. Sankher with demolition charges in position 11°55'N, 100°02'E.

0635 hourds - Investigated and sank a medium seized junk with demolition charges in position 11°57'N, 100°02'E.

0740 hours - Set course to intercept another junk. Shortly afterwards received a signal about the surrender of Japan. This junk was saved by the bell. (13)

21 Aug 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (3rd in the South-East Pacific area) at Subic Bay. (13)

27 Aug 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Subic Bay for Hong Kong. (17)

30 Aug 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) arrived at Hong Kong. (17)

12 Sep 1945
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Hong Kong for passage to the U.K. She arrived back in the U.K. on 2 November 1945 when she arrved at Portsmouth. She was paid off into reserve on 21 November 1945. (17)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17755
  2. ADM 173/17756
  3. ADM 173/19317
  4. ADM 173/19318
  5. ADM 173/19319
  6. ADM 173/19320
  7. ADM 173/18764
  8. ADM 173/18766
  9. ADM 173/19663
  10. ADM 173/19664
  11. ADM 173/19665
  12. ADM 173/19666
  13. ADM 199/1876
  14. ADM 173/19676
  15. ADM 199/1919
  16. ADM 173/19677
  17. ADM 199/2570

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


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