Peter Joseph Howell Bartlett, RN

Born  4 Feb 1906


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Ranks

15 May 1926 A/S.Lt.
30 Dec 1926 S.Lt.
30 Dec 1928 Lt.
30 Dec 1936 Lt.Cdr.

Retired: 30 Dec 1949


Decorations

11 Dec 1945 OBE

Warship Commands listed for Peter Joseph Howell Bartlett, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Perseus (i) (N 36)Lt.Cdr.Submarine4 Aug 19395 Aug 1941
HMS Regent (N 41)Lt.Cdr.SubmarineMar 1941Apr 1941
HMS Taku (N 38)Lt.Cdr.Submarine5 Aug 194125 Oct 1941
HMS Oberon (N 21)Lt.Cdr.Submarine22 Nov 194128 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (N 21)Lt.Cdr.Submarine6 Jan 1942Mar 1942 ?

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Perseus (i) (N 36)


3 Sep 1939
When war broke out with Germany HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was based at Hong Kong. (1)

4 Sep 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Pacific to the East of Luzon Strait.

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


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

12 Sep 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Hong Kong. (1)

25 Sep 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked at Hong Kong. (1)

27 Sep 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was undocked. (1)

28 Sep 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (1)

2 Oct 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Pacific, off the Kii-Suido, Japan.

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


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

21 Oct 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Hong Kong. (2)

25 Oct 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) started a short refit at Hong Kong when she was docked. (2)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was undocked and ended her short refit. (3)

11 Nov 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore.

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


HMS Perseus passage Hong Kong - Singapore click here for bigger map (3)

16 Nov 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Singapore. (3)

21 Nov 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Singapore for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

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


HMS Perseus 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

11 Dec 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Singapore. (4)

22 Dec 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (4)

27 Dec 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN) and HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (4)

28 Dec 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (4)

29 Dec 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (4)

30 Dec 1939
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (4)

1 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN). (5)

2 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (5)

8 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (5)

9 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (5)

10 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN).

Exercises continued during the night of 10 / 11 January. (5)

16 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN) and HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (5)

17 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN) and HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (5)

18 Jan 1940
During the night of 18/19 January 1940 HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted night exercises off Singapore. (5)

31 Jan 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (5)

1 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (6)

7 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (6)

8 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN) and HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (6)

12 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked at Singapore. (6)

13 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was undocked. (6)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (6)

16 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (6)

20 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) and HMS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rowe, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (6)

21 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (6)

28 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (6)

29 Feb 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (6)

1 Mar 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (7)

4 Mar 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (7)

5 Mar 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (7)

6 Mar 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (7)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (7)

18 Mar 1940
During 18 to 20 March 1940 HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted independent exercises off Singapore. (7)

26 Mar 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Singapore for her 4th war patrol. She was to patrol off Batavia, Netherlands East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia).

As there is no log available for April 1940 no map can be displayed. (7)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Singapore. (8)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Singapore for Hong Kong. (8)

17 Apr 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Hong Kong. (8)

22 Apr 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was taken in hand for repairs of 'an urgent defect'. Repairs were completed on 30 April. (8)

1 May 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Vladivostock, Russia to observe naval activity.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN).

As no log is available for May 1940 no map can be displayed. (9)

17 May 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Hong Kong. Following this patrol Perseus was docked at Hong Kong. (9)

18 Jun 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore.

No log is available so no map can be displayed. (8)

23 Jun 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Singapore. (8)

24 Jun 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo. She was to proceed to Alexandria, Egypt to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

As no logs are available for June/July 1940 no map can be displayed. (8)

30 Jun 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Colombo. She had defects to her rudder which will have to be repaired first before she could proceed towards the Mediterranean. (8)

15 Jul 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (8)

24 Jul 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Aden. (8)

26 Jul 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Aden for Suez. (8)

31 Jul 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Suez. (8)

1 Aug 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said. (8)

3 Aug 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (8)

14 Aug 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Alexandria for her 6th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Ionian Sea and later in the Otranto Strait.

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


HMS Perseus 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (9)

26 Aug 1940 (position 41.13, 18.55)
At 1333 hours (zone -3) HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) fires four torpedoes against the Italian cargo/passenger vessel Filippo Grimani (3431 GRT, built 1928) off Durazzo, Albania. All torpedoes missed their target.

The attack must have been observed as aircraft and destroyers patrolled the area all afternoon.

According to Italian sources Filippo Grimani had sailed from Brindisi for Durazzo when at 1257 hours she reported a submarine in 41°13'N, 18°55'E (about 30 miles from Durazzo) and sent an SOS and at 1353 hours she made another signal that three torpedo tracks had been seen. Following this alert, the postal vessel Narenta which had sailed alone from Brindisi was ordered back, she later sailed again escorted by a torpedo boat. At the same time the Italian destroyer and the Italian torpedo boats Angelo Bassini, Palestro and Solferino and aircraft were vectored on the area where Grimani had been attacked. They hunted the submarine without success. (9)

6 Sep 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)

16 Sep 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked at Alexandria. (10)

18 Sep 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was undocked. (10)

20 Sep 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked again at Alexandria for some rudder problems again. She was undocked after a few hours. (10)

24 Sep 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta where she was to refit. Originally she was to proceed to the U.K. for refit but as British yards were crowded with ships that needed repairs/refit she was sent to Malta instead.

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


HMS Perseus passage Alexandria - Malta click here for bigger map (10)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Malta. (11)

7 Oct 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) commenced her refit at Malta. (11)

17 Oct 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked at Malta and continued her refit.

No logs are available for November 1940 - April 1941 so the progress of her refit is unknown to us at the moment. (11)


Submarine HMS Regent (N 41)


18 Mar 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic.

Lt.Cdr. Bartlett was temporary in command of HMS Regent as Lt.Cdr. Browne was sick. Lt.Cdr. Bartlett's own ship, HMS Perseus, was still refitting at Malta.

Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR).

No log is available for this patrol, therefore no map can be displayed. (12)

5 Apr 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (12)


Submarine HMS Perseus (i) (N 36)


4 May 1941
With her refit at Malta completed HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Port Said for repairs to her battery.

The date she left Malta (somewhere in late April 1941, most likely the 27th or 28th) is unknown to us for the moment. (13)

17 May 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (13)

18 May 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (13)

19 May 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Southern Aegean.

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


HMS Perseus 7th war patrol click here for bigger map (9)

25 May 1941
At 0615 hours (zone -3) HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was grounded off Anti Milos, Greece. No damage was inflicted to the submarine. (9)

28 May 1941 (position 36.58, 24.16)
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel with torpedoes North of Milos, Greece. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -3)
1825 hours - Sighted smoke to the Northward. This soon proved to be a small warship. Started attack on her but soon switched target when a merchant ship of about 4000 tons she was escorting was spotted. Later three MAS boats were also seen escorting the merchant vessel.

1910 hours - In position 36°58'N, 24°16'E fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards. The first torpedo however had a misfire and did not left the tube. No hits were obtained. The MAS boats remained in the area hunting Perseus for 90 minutes. They did not drop any depth charges though despite patrolling very close by. Perseus cleared the area after the MAS boats had left the scene.

According to Italian sources The target was possibly the German merchant vessel Cordelia (1357 GRT, built 1921) which had sailed on that day from Piraeus for Crete (but turned back the following day), the small warship was probably the Italian minesweeper RD 17 which had sailed from Piraeus at 0950/28, the three MAS boats were probably MAS 534, MAS 538 and MAS 539 which had sailed from Piraeus for Suda at 1420/28 and may have been joined up for temporary escort duties. (9)

5 Jun 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)

19 Jun 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Alexandria for her 8th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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


HMS Perseus 8th war patrol click here for bigger map (9)

20 Jun 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) developed engine trouble. She returned to Alexandria. (9)

21 Jun 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived back at Alexandria for repairs to her Starboard exhaust. (9)

22 Jun 1941
After repairs HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Alexandria to resume her 8th war patrol. (9)

10 Jul 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her (uneventful) 8th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)

20 Jul 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Alexandria for her 9th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform operation ME 2 together with HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN). The submarine were to carry out a W/T diversion when off the South-West coast of Crete.

Upon completion of this operation Perseus was to return to Alexandria after a short patrol along the North coast of Crete.

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


HMS Perseus 9th war patrol click here for bigger map (9)

29 Jul 1941
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)


Submarine HMS Taku (N 38)


13 Aug 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed from Alexandria bound for the U.K. where she is to refit. The first leg of the trip is to Malta. Taku has loaded 25000 gallons of kerosene the RAF at Malta.

For HMS Taku's daily positions during this passage see the map below.

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21 Aug 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Malta. The kerosene is unloaded. (14)

22 Aug 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) is docked in No.2 Dry Dock at the Malta Dockyard for repairs to her Asdic cage. (15)

23 Aug 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) is undocked. (15)

24 Aug 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) is docked again at the Malta Dockyard but this time in No.1 Dry Dock. (15)

25 Aug 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) left dock.

Later HMS Taku departed Malta bound for Gibraltar. (15)

1 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (14)

4 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for the U.K. (14)

12 Sep 1941
At 0533 hours (zone -1), HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). They then proceed north through the Irish Sea towards Rothesay. (16)

13 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (14)

23 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Ardishaig. At Ardishaig A/S exercises were carried out with MA/SB's. (16)

24 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardishaig. (16)

25 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardishaig. (16)

26 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardishaig. Upon completion of these exercises she returned to Rothesay. (16)

29 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Ardishaig. At Ardishaig she participated in A/S exercises. (16)

30 Sep 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardishaig. Upon completion of these exercises she returned to Rothesay. (16)

1 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Rothesay for Oban. She made the passage together with HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN). They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (17)

2 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Oban. (17)

3 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Oban for Blyth. She mad the passage in convoy WN 88. (17)

6 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Blyth. (17)

10 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (17)

13 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Blyth for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Cottesmore (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN). (17)

14 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (17)

15 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) shifted from Sheerness to Chatham. (17)

16 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was taken in hand for refit at the Chatham Dockyard. (17)


Submarine HMS Oberon (N 21)


24 Nov 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was undocked. (18)

11 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). These included night exercises during the night of 11/12 December 1941. (19)

14 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (19)

15 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (19)

16 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Rothesay for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay as it is feared the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen might breack out from Brest.

Passage through the Irish Sea was made together with the HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

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

(20)

18 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) is forced to abandon her war patrol due to a serious leak aft and several other defects. Course is set to return to Rothesay escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (20)

20 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rothesay. (20)

23 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (19)

24 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (19)

26 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (19)

27 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (19)

15 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (21)

16 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with ML's. (21)

19 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (21)

28 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (21)

29 Jan 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN).

These were followed by night exercises with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (21)

30 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (21)

1 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Carina (Lt. R.A.H. Lord, RNR). (22)

2 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Carina (Lt. R.A.H. Lord, RNR). The exercises had to be abandoned due to the poor visibility. (22)

3 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (22)

4 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (22)

5 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). These included night exercises. (22)

6 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (22)

8 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (22)

9 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (22)

10 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. W. Francki, ORP) and the merchant vessel Empire Rhodes (7030 GRT, built 1941). (22)

11 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (22)

12 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (22)

13 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area. (22)

16 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area. (22)

17 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area. (22)

18 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with MA/SB's. (21)

19 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area. (22)

20 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with MA/SB's. (22)

22 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth.

Passage southwards through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS P 42 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN). They were escorted by HMS Felixstowe (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, DSC, RN) until 1800/24. (22)

26 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) arrived at Portsmouth where she was to refit. (22)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15914
  2. ADM 173/15915
  3. ADM 173/15916
  4. ADM 173/15917
  5. ADM 173/16419
  6. ADM 173/16420
  7. ADM 173/16421
  8. ADM 199/2565
  9. ADM 199/1832
  10. ADM 173/16423
  11. ADM 173/16424
  12. ADM 199/1833
  13. ADM 173/16897
  14. ADM 199/1846
  15. ADM 173/17010
  16. ADM 173/17011
  17. ADM 173/17012
  18. ADM 173/16824
  19. ADM 173/16825
  20. ADM 199/1831
  21. ADM 173/17312
  22. ADM 173/17313

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


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