Alan George Luscombe Seale, RN

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Ranks

1 Aug 1930 S.Lt.
1 Sep 1931 Lt.
1 Sep 1939 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1946 Cdr.
30 Jun 1954 Capt.

Decorations

1 Jan 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Dec 1945 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Alan George Luscombe Seale, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Trident (N 52)Lt.Cdr.Submarinelate Jan4018 Apr 1940

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Submarine HMS Trident (N 52)


31 Jan 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 5th war patrol. She is to patrol in the North Sea off the west coast of Denmark.

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


HMS Trident 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map (1)

14 Feb 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

28 Feb 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 6th war patrol. She is to patrol off Lister, Norway to intercept the returning German tanker Altmark.

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


HMS Trident 6th war patrolclick here for bigger map (1)

7 Mar 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Rosyth. She is docked for repairs to her Asdic dome. (1)

11 Mar 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) is undocked. (2)

12 Mar 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 7th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Skagerrak as a cover for Operation R.3, an attempt to intervene in Norway by using the pretext of assistance to Finland. The operation will be cancelled the following day when the news of an armistice between Finnish and Soviet forces has been signed.

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


HMS Trident 7th war patrolclick here for bigger map (1)

17 Mar 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

25 Mar 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 8th war patrol. She is to patrol off the south coast of Norway. During this patrol several neutral ships are examined but all are released.

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


HMS Trident 8th war patrolclick here for bigger map (1)

8 Apr 1940 (position 58.57, 10.25)
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) intercepts the German tanker Stedingen (former Posidonia, 8036 GRT, built 1939) south of the Oslo fjord in position 58°57'N, 10°25'E. The Germans scuttle their ship and it was finished off by a torpedo from Trident.

1200 hours - Sighted a large laden tanker steaming westward outside territorial waters. The vessel was thought to be a German auxiliary vessel.

1215 hours - Surfaced about one nautical mile of the targets port quarter and fired a blank shot. The ship turned to starboard and headed for territorial waters while increasing speed. Two live rounds were now fired but these fell just short of the bridge. This caused her to stop her engines. The crew abandoned ship and made for shore. They were stopped and the ship's captain was taken prisoner. The tanker was now lower in the water and in a sinking condition. The captain confirmed that they had scuttled the ship. Lt.Cdr. Seale decided to fire one torpedo to finish her off. The tanker sank at 1315 hours. (1)

10 Apr 1940 (position 58.38, 10.32)
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) fires two torpedoes against the German merchant Wandsbek (2388 GRT, built 1938) south-south-east of the Oslo fjord in position 58°38'N, 10°32'E. Both torpedoes missed their target.

1845 hours - Sighted and attacked a northbound merchant vessel. Fired two torpedoes from 4000 yards that both missed. (1)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) was ordered to intercept the German pocket battleship Lützow which has been torpedoed by HMS Spearfish. The attempt is unfruitful. (1)

15 Apr 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Rosyth. She was to end her patrol on 10 April but was ordered to remain on patrol due to the German invasion of Norway. (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1864
  2. ADM 173/16632

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


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