Edward Talbot Stanley DSO, DSC, RN

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Ranks

1 Jan 1936 S.Lt.
1 May 1937 Lt.
1 Nov 1944 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1948 Cdr.

Retired: 31 Mar 1957


Decorations

5 May 1942 DSC
27 Jul 1943 DSO
20 Nov 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Edward Talbot Stanley, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 50 (N 50)Lt.Submarine30 Sep 194117 Jan 1942
HMS Unbending (P 37)Lt.Submarine31 Jul 19424 Jun 1943
HMS Trusty (N 45)Lt.Submarine17 Apr 194411 Jun 1944
HMS Taciturn (P 334)Lt.Submarinemid/late4428 Feb 1946

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Submarine HMS H 50 (N 50)


30 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. (1)

1 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Scarborough (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) and HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR). (2)

3 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN). (2)

4 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (2)

5 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. (2)

6 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (2)

7 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Ardrishaig where she participated in A/S exercises. (2)

8 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (2)

9 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (2)

10 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Rothesay. (2)

13 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Ardrishaig where she participated in A/S exercises. (2)

14 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (2)

15 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Campbeltown. (2)

16 Oct 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

17 Oct 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

18 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (2)

21 Oct 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) proceeded from Campbeltown to Ardrishaig where she participated in A/S exercises. (2)

22 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (2)

23 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Campbeltown. (2)

23 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Campbeltown. (2)

24 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

26 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR). (2)

27 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) and HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR). (2)

28 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR). (2)

29 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) proceeded from Campbeltown to Ardrishaig where she participated in A/S exercises. (2)

30 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (2)

31 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Campbeltown. (2)

1 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (3)

4 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Ardrishaig where she participated in A/S exercises. (3)

5 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (3)

6 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (3)

7 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Rothesay. (3)

10 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (3)

11 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSC, RN). (3)

12 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Badsworth (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, DSC and Bar, OBE, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR). (3)

13 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN) and HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN). (3)

14 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Broke (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN), HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN), HMS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RD, RNR) and HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN). (3)

15 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN) and HMS Boadicea (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN). (3)

20 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. (3)

21 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS St. Cathan (Lt. J. Mackay, RNR). (3)

22 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Bodo. (3)

23 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. (3)

24 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (3)

25 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vanquisher (Cdr. N.V. Dickinson, DSC, RN) and HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (3)

26 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ships of the 4th Escort Group and HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN). (3)

27 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and HMS Broke (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN). (3)

30 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Rochester (Cdr.(Retd.) C.B. Allen, RN), HMS Northern Spray (T/Lt. G.T. Gilbert, RNVR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Newport. (3)

1 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR). (4)

3 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (4)

4 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (4)

5 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (4)

9 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) is docked at Rothesay. (4)

13 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) is undocked. (4)

16 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) departed Rothesay for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) and HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

16 Dec 1941
For the daily positions of HMS H 50 during this patrol see the map below.

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24 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Falmouth. (5)

26 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Falmouth to Plymouth. (4)

27 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) is docked at the Devonport Dockyard. (4)

1 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) is undocked. (6)

2 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Plymouth to Falmouth. (6)

10 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HNZMS Inchkeith (Lt. H.A. Dunnet, RNR). (6)

11 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) arrived at Tobermory. (6)

12 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (6)

13 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (6)

14 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (6)

15 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (6)

16 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban. She was escorted by HMS Oxlip (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR). (6)


Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37)


5 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR). (7)

6 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR). (7)

7 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN) and HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR). (7)

11 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (7)

15 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was docked at Gibraltar. (7)

16 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was undocked. (7)

19 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (7)

21 Aug 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (7)

1 Sep 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Charybdis (Capt. G.A.W. Voelcker, RN). She then departed for her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Alboran Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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7 Sep 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (8)

13 Sep 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for ended her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was to proceed to Malta and to make a short patrol off Marettimo Island.

For the daily positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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25 Sep 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. The patrol was uneventful.

5 Oct 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol between Kerkenah and the North African coast.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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8 Oct 1942 (position 33.41, 11.14)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) sank the Italian Lupa (349 GRT, built 1919) with gunfire North-East of Djerba, Tunisia in position 33°41'N, 11°44'E. HMS P 37 first fired two torpedoes but these missed. Of her crew, two were wounded and the survivors reached Zarzis in a lifeboat.

(All times are zone -2)
1433 hours - Sighted a small coaster on a southerly course. Closed to investigate.

1520 hours - In position 33°42'N, 11°14'E fired two torpedoes from 800 yards. The torpedoes are thought to have run under.

1542 hours - Placed a boarding party onboard to search for secret documents and demolish the ship.

1545 hours - Withdrew the boarding party. No documents of interest were found. The demolition charge was ignited with a 8 minute fuse. The ship had a cargo of wine and food.

1548 hours - Dived and withdrew from the area. (8)

9 Oct 1942 (position 34.02, 11.05)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) sank the Tunisian schooner Yasmina (by setting it on fire) and torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Alga (1851 GRT, built 1917) near Djerba, Tunisia in position 34°02'N, 11°05'E.

(All times are zone -2)
1450 hours - Sighted a schooner on a southerly course. Closed.

1500 - 1600 hours - Sighted 5 more schooners spread over about 5 nautical miles. One pair kept consistently together and one of them had a crowsnest on the foremast. In view of them being A/S schooners and the number of aircraft in the vicinity, it was decided not to attack until dark.

1858 hours - In position 34°09'N, 11°06'E engaged the schooner that was closest to the shore with the 12pdr gun. Fired four rounds of High Explosive. The schooner was abandoned. Proceeded alongside and set fire to the schooner. The schooner was about 150 feet long and loaded with large sacks whose contents were not examined.

1910 hours - Began a search for other schooners.

2205 hours - Sighted a darkened southbound merchant ship of about 2500 tons.

2225 hours - In position 34°02'N, 11°05'E fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards. One hit was obtained and the ship blew up. HE was heard for 10 minutes, possibly an escort but none was seen. P 37 then retired to seaward. (8)

11 Oct 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was ordered to a new patrol area between Kerkenah and Kuriat. (8)

15 Oct 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Malta. Whilst on passage air reconnaissance sighted a southbound convoy (the Saturno convoy) in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea bound for North Africa. P 37 was ordered to take up a patrol position to the north of Lampion Island with HMS Utmost, HMS P 211, HMS P 42 and HMS P 44.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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19 Oct 1942 (position 35.52, 12.05)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian destroyer Giovanni da Verazzano (built 1930) and the Italian merchant Beppe (4459 GRT, built 1912) about 30 nautical miles south-west off Lampion Island in position 35°52'N, 12°05'E. Da Verazzano had twenty killed or missing and thirty-four wounded, 255 survivors from her as well as thirty-eight survivors from Beppe were recovered.

(All times are zone -2)
1048 hours - Sighted aircraft to the northward on a southerly course zigzagging broadly.

1053 hours - Sighted the convoy bearing 360°. Enemy course was 180°. The ships were in two columns, two ships in each. The leading ships had tall funnels and were of 5000-7000 tons each. Aircraft were zigzagging ahead, the destroyer screen about a mile astern of the aircraft, then the leading ships followed by the rear ships at about a mile intervals.

1115 hours - The convoy altered course 156°. P 37 passed between the two port wing destroyers (Navigatore and Maestrale class) and attacked the leading ship in the port column.

1149 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1000 yards. Explosions were head 1m 15s and 2m 5s after firing. P 37 had meanwhile gone deep.

1154 hours - Depth charging started. The counter attack was carried out by two destroyers stopping to listen from time to time. No Asdic transmissions were heard. Between 1200 and 1500 hours a total of 24 depth charges was dropped but only 2 were close.

[The convoy was made up of the Italian tanker Saturno (5029 GRT, built 1914) and the Italian merchants Beppe (4859 GRT, built 1912), Capo Orso (3149 GRT, built 1916), Titania (5397 GRT, built 1918). They were escorted by the Italian destroyers Antonio da Noli, Giovanni da Verazzano, Antonio Pigafetta, Ascari, Vincenzo Gioberti and Alfredo Oriani as well as the Italian torpedo boat Sagittario. The torpedo boats Nicola Fabrizi and Centauro had already left the convoy when P 37 attacked.] (8)

21 Oct 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

1 Nov 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the north of Sicily to provide cover for Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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11 Nov 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) is ordered to patrol off Palermo. (8)

13 Nov 1942
Late in the evening HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was detected by an Italian A/S vessel, thought to be a torpedo-boat and briefly depth charged. Seven depth charges were dropped but they caused no damage to P 37. (8)

14 Nov 1942 (position 38.22, 13.18)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) attacked a 2000 ton merchant vessel with three torpedoes north of Palermo, Sicily. No hits were obtained. This was the Italian merchant Ustica (403 GRT, 1911).

(All times are zone -2)
1400 hours - Sighted a 2000 ton merchant vessel. Started attack.

1455 hours - In approximate position 38°22'N, 13°18'E fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards. These all missed astern as the speed of the target was underestimated.

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1800 hours - A destroyer and an 'E-boat' were heard approaching. The destroyer was transmitting on Asdic. 9 Depth charges were dropped. The destroyer remained hunting in the area for hours.

1900 hours - The destroyer was a bit further off now. Surfaced and was able to avoid the destroyer due to the fact that it was not perfectly darkened.

2151 hours - Received a signal from Capt. S.10 ordering P 37 to patrol in the Marettimo area. Set course accordingly. (8)

17 Nov 1942 (position 38.27, 12.43)
Early in the morning HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol to the north of Cape San Vito, Sicily.

Later P 37 carried out a torpedo attack on a large escorted merchant vessel. No hits were obtained. This was the Italian passenger/cargo vessel Città di Napoli (5418 GRT, built 1930) escorted by the torpedo boat Clio.

(All times are zone -2)
0640 hours - In position 38°27'N, 12°43'E sighted a 10000 ton transport ship escorted by a torpedo-boat. Started attack.

0701 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1500 yards. No hits were obtained as the enemy altered course while zig-zagging. No counter attack followed. (8)

18 Nov 1942 (position 38.23, 12.42)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) attacked but missed a merchant vessel that was part of a convoy to the north of Cape San Vito. Only one torpedo was fired as this was P 37's last.

The target was the transport Viminale (8657 GRT, built 1925) in company with Puccini (2422 GRT, built 1928) escorted by the destroyers Legionario and Bombardiere and the torpedo boat Groppo.

(All times are zone -2)
1235 hours - While patrolling at 80 feet due to the rough sea HE was reported bearing 060°. Came to periscope depth. In approximate position 38°23'N, 12°42'E sighted a 7000 ton merchant vessel bearing 075° at a range of only 200 yards. Went to 60 feet to avoid collision. Returned to periscope depth after the HE had passed.

1246 hours - Fired the last remaining torpedo from 1500 yards. It missed. A convoy of three merchant vessels escorted by two destroyers was sighted. Afterwards two attempts to sent a contact report were spoiled by approaching aircraft and it was almost three hours later before the signal could be passed.

1800 hours - Out of torpedoes, set course to return to Malta. (8)

20 Nov 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

27 Nov 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the north of the Gulf of Tunis.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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3 Dec 1942 (position 37.26, 10.43)
At 0640 hours (zone -2) HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Later in the morning, while still in her original patrol area (north of the Gulf of Tunis) P 37 attacked an enemy convoy with four torpedoes fired from long range. No hits were obtained. The convoy consisted of the Italians Arlesiana (5702 GRT, built 1915), Achille Lauro (5209 GRT, built 1921), and Campania (5247 GRT, built 1918) and the Germans Menes (5609 GRT, built 1926) and Lisboa (1799 GRT, built 1911) escorted by torpedo-boats Sirio, Groppo, Uragano, Orione and Animoso. They were on trip from Trapani to Tunis and Bizerta.

(All times are zone -2)
1001 hours - Sighted smoke and escorting aircraft of a convoy to the northward. Set course to intercept at full speed. A schooner, two destroyers and four merchant ships were sighted.

1037 hours - In approximate position 37°26'N, 10°43'E fired four torpedoes at two of the merchant vessels that were overlapping from 9000 yards. No hits were obtained. it had not been possible to close the range further.

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1820 hours - Set course for the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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12 Dec 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

26 Dec 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to conduct a special operation off the Tunisian coast.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

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28 Dec 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) carried out her special operation.

In the evening French agents Walter Borg and Charles Gomand were landed on the Tunisian coast south of Kelibia near the mouth of the Udiane river.  Their folbots capsized in the surf but they reached the shore without difficulty. Two British soldiers (Sergeant Casey and Private Greghan) who were helping them and were to bring the folbots back to the submarine had to be left behind. After waiting for them in vain, the submarine left the scene. The two soldiers were assisted by the Frenchmen and later managed to reach Allied lines.

Our thanks go to Guy Debbasch who helped identify the two French agents. (8)

29 Dec 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) reported having completed her special operation. She was then ordered to patrol off Cagliari, Sardinia. (8)

30 Dec 1942 (position 37.58, 11.12)
When en-route to her patrol area HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was detected and depth charged by an Italian torpedo-boat. Depth charges fell very close causing some minor damage to P 37. [So far (August 2016), The Italian warship has not yet been identified.]

(All times are zone -2)
0817 hours - Sighted a Partenope class torpedo-boat in position 37°58'N, 11°12'E at a range of 5000 yards. She was first mistaken for a U-boat. Course was altered to avoid her but unfortunately she detected P 37.

0839 hours - The first pattern of depth charges was dropped which was unpleasantly close causing some minor damage. P 37 was at 150 at that time.

0853 hours - A pattern of seven depth charges was dropped a bit further off. The torpedo-boat was still in contact.

0915 hours - A pattern of six depth charges was dropped, again not very close.

1015 hours - Contact with the enemy was lost. (8)

6 Jan 1943 (position 39.08, 9.43)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) attacked a small armed vessel with gunfire to the East of Cape Carbonara. The action was broken off, before hits were obtained, when the enemy returned fire.

This was the auxiliary patrol boat AS 56 / Nuova Vincenzina on her way to meet the submarine Nichelio arriving from Naples. It was only armed with a single 8mm machine gun but despite being heavily outgunned and hit by one round from the submarine, it put up a fierce resistance forcing the submarine to withdraw.

(All times are zone -2)
1300 hours - In approximate position 39°08'N, 09°43'E sighted a small vessel approaching from seaward. She looked rather like a British Motor Minesweeper, armed only with a machine gun.

1415 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 800 yards with the 12pdr gun. The first round was over and the next two just short. The enemy then opened fire with a heavy machine gun so the action was broken off as the target was judged not to be worth casualties. P 37 dived and the enemy made off inshore dropping 10 depth charges as he went.

1450 hours - returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. (8)

9 Jan 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

11 Jan 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was docked at Malta. (9)

16 Jan 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was undocked. (9)

20 Jan 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the south of the Straits of Messina.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS P 37 during this patrol see the map below.

(8)

23 Jan 1943 (position 37.52, 15.45)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian passenger / cargo ship Viminale (8657 GRT) and sank the Italian tug Luni (337 GRT) south-east of Capo dell' Armi, Italy in position 37°52'N, 15°45'E.

Viminale had been damaged at Palermo by a British chariot launched from HMS Trooper during operation Principal. She was being towed from Messina to Taranto by the tugs Luni, Costante and Salvatore and was escorted by the torpedo boat Perseo. Luni blew up and had thirty killed. Viminale was hit by two torpedoes, she was beached near Porto Salvo, she had a number of casualties. Perseo hunted the submarine and was assisted the auxiliary submarine chaser Quarnaro and four VAS boats.

(All times are zone -2)
0630 hours - Sighted two 'E-boats' coming from the eastward. They stopped near P 37.

0700 hours - Sighted a large ship coming from the Straits.

0715 hours - Identified the target as a large merchant ship in tow of two tugs escorted by a Spica-class torpedo-boat, several smaller vessels and a floatplane. Started attack.

0820 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 2000 yards at the merchant vessel. Torpedo explosions were heard 1m 35s and 1m 50s after firing. Following the attack, the torpedo-boat obtained contact and after 5 minutes dropped an accurate pattern of depth charges causing serious damage to P 37 which was then taken close to the shore where non-sub echos would confuse the enemy and after two more fairly close depth charge patterns it was possible to escape to the south-westward. Fifty-six depth charges in all were dropped.

1200 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight but the enemy could still be heard transmitting.

1830 hours - Surfaced and cleared the area to the south. It was found out that several cells of the battery were cracked. This section of the battery was disconnected and course was set towards Malta to effect repairs. (8)

25 Jan 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

4 Feb 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the southern Adriatic.

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

9 Feb 1943 (position 40.56, 17.36)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian auxiliary magnetic minesweeper Eritrea (2517 GRT, built 1918) 5 nautical miles bearing 103° of Monopoli, Italy in position 40°56'N, 17°36'E. The torpedo boat Tifone was sent to hunt the submarine but mistakenly depth charged the wreck of the torpedo boat Confienza.

(All times are zone -2)
0855 hours - Sighted a 2500 ton merchant ship. She was unescorted and was not zigging so she was an easy target, as when she was sighted, P 37 was about 12 nautical miles ahead of her.

0927 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 900 yards. The second torpedo hit abreast the after end of the superstructure after a running time of 47 seconds. The crew abandoned ship most efficiently all boats being clear of the ship within 6 minutes after the torpedo hit. She did not appear to be sinking very fast.

0950 hours - Fired another torpedo from 600 yards. It missed as the torpedo failed to run straight.

1010 hours - The target was seen to sink. (8)

10 Feb 1943 (position 41.57, 19.07)
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian passenger ship Margottini (855 GRT, built 1893, former Jugoslav Bled) in the Adriatic Sea south of Antivari (now Bar), Montenegro near position 41°57'N, 19°07'E. This ship had two wounded and ran ashore and was later declared a total loss.

(All times are zone -2)
1310 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from the southward. An earlier ship coming from the southward was not attacked in the hope that this ship was more valuable.

1310 hours - Started attack. The target was seen to be of about 1500 tons.

1403 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards. Both missed astern as the targets speed was underestimated. Both torpedoes exploded on the rocks behind. The target then altered course 180°. The target then disappeared into a bay.

1456 hours - P 37 was taken into the bay and fired another torpedo from 1800 yards. There was no result as the torpedo most likely failed to run straight.

1510 hours - Fired the last remaining torpedo from 1500 yards. It hit abreast the mainmast. P 37 then cleared the bay and out of torpedoes set course towards Malta. (8)

14 Feb 1943
HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

27 Feb 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation. Several beach reconnaissances were to be carried out in preparation for Operation Husky. Three officers were lost during the operations, they possibly drowned.

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

28 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 2005 hours, HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) launched a folbot for a reconnaissance of Beach 28 [near Porto Palo]. It was manned by A/Lt.Cdr. N.J.M. Teacher, DSO, RN and Lt. N.W. Cooper, RNVR. Cooper returned alone at 0035/1 March, Teacher is believed to have drowned.

1 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1935 hours HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) launched a folbot for a reconnaissance of Beach 28. The folbot returned at 0038/2.

2 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1924 hours HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) launched a folbot for a reconnaissance of Beach 28. The folbot returned at 0100/3.

3 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 2046 hours HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) launched a folbot for a reconnaissance of Beach 28. The folbot returned at 0135/4.

4 Mar 1943
At 1921 hours HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) launched a folbot for a reconnaissance of Beach 30 [near Capo San Marco]. It was manned by Lt. N.W. Cooper, RNVR and Capt. G.W. Burbidge, RCE. They failed to return.

5 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) spent the day cruising the area to find the two officers but without success. Both men had drowned.

6 Mar 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

9 Mar 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the area to the south of the Straits of Messina.

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

13 Mar 1943
During the night of 13/14 March 1943 HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) landed a raiding party of four men from the Dorsetshire Regiment (Lt. E.G. Lee, Lance Corporal K. West, Lance Corporal L.R. Hamlin and Private J. O'Brien) to blow up a train in a railway tunnel near Cape Bruzzano, Calabria. The party however failed to return and no explosion was seen on shore. It appears that the four men split, two moved inland and attempted to sabotage the railway line just north of Ferruzzano and the other two went to Brancaleone where they also laid explosives on the railway line. The first pair was captured on 15 March near Fiumarella. The second pair were too late to make their way to the first rendezvous so they hijacked the Italian fishing vessel no.315 from Brancaleone. It had a crew of four and the commandos attempted to meet the submarine at the second rendezvous (090° from Cape Spartivento -3 to 10 miles). This was difficult as the sinking of Città di Bergamo had put the Italians on alert. It appears they crossed over to Sicily where they were captured. Meanwhile, the Italians had found one of their folbots and the explosives on both locations. Those near at Brancaleone were removed but while attempting to deactivate those near Ferrazano, they exploded killing two artificers and destroying the line on a length of four metres but it was quickly repaired (special thanks to Domenico Clarizia and Francesco Mattesini who helped shed light on this episode). (8)

14 Mar 1943 (position 37.56, 16.07)
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) torpedoed the Italian merchant Città di Bergamo (2165 GRT, built 1914) off Cape Spartivento, Italy in position 37°56'N, 16°07'E. She had to be beached but was a constructive total loss, her whole crew was saved.

(All times are zone -2)
1120 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel coming down the coast. Started attack. Soon it was seen that a convoy of three merchant vessel came our way. The merchant vessel were of 2000-2500 tons and had an escort of two aircraft and two (or more) 'E-boats'.

1203 hours - In position 37°56'N, 16°07'E fired four torpedoes at two of the merchant vessels that were overlapping. Three torpedo explosions were heard and it was thought that both targets had been hit (which was incorrect).

A counter attack followed. Ten depth charges were dropped during the next half hour only one at a time. The first two were close.

1255 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Only one merchant was in sight hull down to the south-west. Set course for Malta.

[The convoy attacked was made up of the above mentioned Città di Bergamo as well as the Italian merchants Cosenza (1471 GRT, built 1918, former French Ile Rousse) and Nino Claudio (2571 GRT, built 1919). They were escorted by VAS 227 and were on passage from Crotone to Messina.] (8)

15 Mar 1943
At 0700 hours in 37°53'N, 16°34'E, HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) picked up Australian flight sergeant Redden, the sole survivor of a Baltimore aircraft shot down by a Me 210. (8)

16 Mar 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (8)

25 Mar 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 16th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Hammamet.

Lt. Andrew was temporary in command in order to give Lt. Stanley a much needed rest.

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

29 Mar 1943
At 0834 hours, the periscope of HMS Unbending (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) was spotted by a shore battery at Sousse and came under fire. The submarine moved away. (8)

6 Apr 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. Only a 2000 ton merchant was seen in Sousse harbour but it could not be attacked. (8)

12 Apr 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) sailed from Malta for Algiers. Unbending was to return to the U.K. to refit.

No log is available for this period so no map for the passage back to the U.K. can be displayed. (8)

18 Apr 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) arrived at Algiers. She departed for Gibraltar later the same day. (8)

24 Apr 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (8)

26 Apr 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. (8)

8 May 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (8)

31 May 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Plymouth where she arrived later the same day. (10)

1 Jun 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. (10)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. As it was not possible for Unbending to start her refit as anticipated she was temporary assigned to training duties. (10)


Submarine HMS Trusty (N 45)


26 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Loch Monteith (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (11)

28 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR). The submarines are escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.G. Mickleburgh, RNR). (11)

29 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (11)

2 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Kent (Capt. G.A.B. Hawkins, DSC, MVO, RN). (12)

4 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

5 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

7 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

8 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with several destroyers. (12)

9 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

10 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

11 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

12 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Dundee. (12)

13 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (12)

21 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Dundee in the King George V graving dock. (12)

25 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked. (12)

27 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Scapa Flow. (12)

28 May 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (12)

29 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

30 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

31 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (12)

1 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (13)

2 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (13)

4 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (13)

8 Jun 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Dundee. (13)

9 Jun 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (13)


Submarine HMS Taciturn (P 334)


5 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (14)

6 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (14)

8 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted speed trials on the measured mile. (14)

11 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (14)

12 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (14)

13 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (14)

15 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (14)

16 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted S.T.U. (mine detection) trials in the Clyde area. (14)

18 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar for her torpedo discharge trials. (14)

19 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. (14)

20 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. (14)

21 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. (14)

22 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. (14)

23 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. (14)

24 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. (14)

25 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo disharge trials off Arrochar. She proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of these trials. (14)

28 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. (14)

29 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. (14)

30 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. She also carried out a deep dive trial. (14)

31 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. These exercises included night exercises. (14)

3 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) proceeded from Holy Loch to Kames Bay for special trials with X-craft in Loch Striven. Upon completion of these special trials HMS Taciturn returned to Holy Loch. (15)

6 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from the Clyde for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Scythian (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) and HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne). They are escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (15)

7 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (15)

8 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts attack exercises with HMS Devonshire (Capt. D.K. Bain, DSO, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Bardsey (T/Lt. H. Fritzen, RNR). (15)

9 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with two other ships. (15)

13 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Mendip (Lt. P.D. Davey, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Peake, RN). (15)

14 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (15)

15 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.L. Root, RNVR). (15)

16 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Onslaught (Cdr. The Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with ships from the local defence. (15)

17 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). (15)

18 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. V.D. Ravenscroft, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zephyr (Capt. J.H. Allison, DSO and Bar, RN). (15)

22 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She is escorted by HMS Lord Lloyd (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Flaaten, RNR). (15)

23 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (15)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Barrow. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (15)

25 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Barrow. She returns to her builders yard for some repairs. (15)

11 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (16)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for another period of training. (16)

13 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (16)

17 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) both conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as target. (16)

18 Dec 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) proceeded to Larne upon completion of her night exercises. (16)

19 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (16)

20 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. Also special radar exercises were carried out during this day. (16)

21 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (16)

23 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (16)

24 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (16)

27 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (16)

28 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (16)

29 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) proceeded from Larne to Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS ML 234 (T/Lt. W.F.H. Mayo, RNVR). (16)

31 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR). (16)

2 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises. (17)

3 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch upon completion of her exercises. (17)

4 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises in the Clyde area. (17)

9 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch in AFD 7. (17)

10 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock. (17)

18 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Rothesay. (17)

20 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage with HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (18)

22 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) remained at Scapa Flow. HMS Taciturn and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) departed later this day for Lerwick. They were now escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR). (18)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed after a few hours for her 1st war patrol. This was a work-up patrol in the North Sea.

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

(19)

30 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (19)

2 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for Holy Loch.

The next day, off Scapa Flow, Taciturn is joined by with HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (18)

4 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (20)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch in AFD 7. (20)

12 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock. (20)

21 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This is the first leg of the passage to the Far East. She made the passage in convoy OS 112 / KMS 86.

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

(18)

28 Feb 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (20)

1 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta. (21)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (21)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Malta in No.1 dock. (21)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock. (21)

13 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for Port Said. (21)

17 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (21)

18 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) transits the Suez Canal. (21)

19 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Suez for Aden. (21)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. (21)

24 Mar 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Colombo. (21)

1 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo. (22)

2 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for Trincomalee. (22)

4 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (22)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for Fremantle. (22)

23 Apr 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Fremantle. (22)

9 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. (23)

10 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put back into the water. (23)

11 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Fremantle. These included night exercises. (23)

12 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Fremantle. She returned to Fremantle around 0800 hours upon completion of her exercises programme. (23)

13 May 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Java and South China Sea in company with HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR).

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

(19)

19 May 1945
After exercising with HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) en-route, HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sets course for position 08°58'S, 117°50'E (South of Sumbawa, Netherlands East Indies). From this position she makes a sweep (close inshore) to Lombok Strait. Nothing however is sighted. (19)

22 May 1945 (position -9.01, 116.12)
At 2030 hours (time zone -9) HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) makes rendezvous with HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) in position 09°01'S, 116°12'E. Both submarines now make the passage of Lombok Strait on the surface together. (19)

29 May 1945 (position -6.35, 111.34)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) attacks a Japanese 'submarine chaser' with three torpedoes off the North coast of Java in position 06°35'S, 111°34'E. No hits were obtained and Taciturn was depth charged following this attack. Minor damage was done to Taciturn.

(All times are zone -9)
0920 hours - Sighted a vessel approaching from the Eastward. Started attack. Soon afterwards the contact was identified as a submarine chaser.

0942 hours - Fired three stern torpedoes which most likely ran under.

0945 hours - The enemy was quick to counter attack although he only dropped seven depth charges in two patterns (the first of three and the second of four). These were not close but despite that Taciturn was shaken rather surprisingly much, most likely because the water was so shallow. Minor damage was caused.

1036 hours - No more HE of the enemy was heard.

1050 hours - Came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight so resumed submerged patrol. (19)

3 Jun 1945 (position 4.32, 103.32)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) stopped a small schooner about 50 nautical miles North of Kuantan, Malaya near position 04°32'N, 103°32'E. After inspection she is allowed to proceed.

(All times are zone -9)
0815 hours - Sighted schooner on a Southerly course, close inshore.

0913 hours - Surfaced and put two rounds of 4" across her bows. The schooner anchored abruptly. Closed to inspect her. One of the 18 on board spoke English. When coming closer she was much smaller than first thought and as she was only carrying rice to Kuantan allowed her to proceed. (19)

16 Jun 1945 (position -6.53, 112.48)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a Japanese air warning picket hulk (this was the hulk of the salvaged former Dutch submarine K-XVIII) and the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 105 (130 tons) with gunfire in the Madoera Strait to the north of Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies. Also an accommodation hulk was sunk in shallower water with a torpedo.

(All times are zone -9)
1740 hours - Sighted a 150 tons ' sugar dog ' to the Southward proceeding on a North-Easterly course. Closed.

1750 hours - Sighted further vessels to the Southard. These could not yet be identified due to the mirage.

1800 hours - Surfaced and engaged the sugar dog with 4" gunfire. The other vessels could now be identified. There was a K-16 class Dutch submarine covered with yellow lead and rust, she was very high in the water. About 2 nautical miles to the South there was a hulk of what might have once been a large river steamer about 350 feet in length, she was roofed over and several promenade decks were visible. There was also a submarine chaser that appeared to be towing the hulk.

The sugar dog opened fire on Taciturn with a machine gun (probably 13mm). The remainder of the ships were stopped in the water and these fired periodically with various light weapons. Fire was then shifted to the hulk and the chaser (that appeared to be alongside). Several hits were obtained and the hulk was seen listing shortly afterwards. Meanwhile the Oerlikon had taken over from the 4" gun with engaging the sugar dog. Range was 2000 yards but the sugar dog opened up the range and fled from the scene and made off to the Westward. It was reluctantly decided to let her go as the 4" gun had to engage the submarine chaser that was now seen to come towards. She abandoned her efforts after a few hits so target was now shifted to the rusty submarine hulk whose machine gun fire became annoying as the range closed. A considerable number of 4" rounds were fired against her before she was seen to be sinking in position 06°52'S, 112°48'E. One of the hits was a direct hit on her gun. Range was then closed with the submarine chaser. She took a great many hits but refused to catch fire. A machine gun crew of her kept on firing until just before she was seen to sink in position 06°53'S, 112°48'E. Now the large hulk became the target again but as she was seen to be close inshore she could not be closed enough to finish her off with gunfire. Therefore a torpedo was fired at her but this ran to the right and missed astern. Another torpedo was fired that hit and the vessel sank in position 06°54'S, 112°48'E on the mud with only the upper works still showing. In all 205 rounds of 4" were fired in this action. (19)

17 Jun 1945 (position -6.37, 112.47)
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a schooner north of Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -9)
1715 hours - Taciturn sighted a 'Sugar Dog'. An enemy report was passed to HMS Thorough.

1731 hours - Taciturn surfaced and opened fire at 4000 yards range. 10 rounds were fired when three minutes later Thorough surfaced right ahead of the fleeing target and quickly disposed of him. Taciturn hold her fire soon after Thorough surfaced.

1736 hours - Submerged and resumed patrol.

2018 hours - Taciturn surfaced. Thorough surfaced soon after and both submarines headed to a position where Thorough could transfer 50 4" shells to Taciturn.

2150 hours - Taciturn stopped as Thorough closed for the transfer. Soon afterwards two vessels were sighted. At 2200 hours Thorough and Taciturn worked to get ahead of the two vessels, that were now identified as two southbound topsail schooners, it was decided that each submarine would investigate one of the schooners. Position was 06°37'S, 112°47'E.

2225 hours - Taciturn opened fire on 'her' schooner. When the target lowered her sails cease fire was ordered. At 2245 hours the schooner of about 70 tons was boarded. She was bound from Makassar to Surabaya. Cargo was found to consist of coal dust, shoes and rice. Two of the crew were selected to be taken on board the submarine for interrogation. The rest was allowed to make off in their canoe. A demolition charge was placed that went off at 2315 hours. The schooner sank soon afterwards.

Thorough had disposed of 'her' schooner in a similar way now closed for the transfer of the ammunition. Thorough set course for Australia and Taciturn resumed patrol. (19)

27 Jun 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Fremantle. (19)

17 Jul 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. She is put back in the water later the same day. (24)

24 Jul 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. She is put back in the water later the same day. (24)

25 Jul 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

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

(19)

1 Aug 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) sank two Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire off the North coast of Bali about 10 nautical miles East of Buleleng. She then makes a raid on Buleleng Roads together with HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR).

(All times are zone -9)
0004 hours - Sighted a schooner. Closed.

0020 hours - The schooner was seen to be of about 40 tons. Placed the boarding party on board. It was decided, as she was not very big, to throw the cargo overboard. This was easy with the 12 cases of tobacco but the remainder of the cargo proved to be very heavy bags of sugar. As this would take way too long it was decided to scuttle the small schooner after all so placed a demolition charge and ordered the crew to their canoe. Two of the crew of the schooner could not be placed in the small canoe so they were taken on board Taciturn.

0100 hours - Drew clear and resumed patrol.

0420 hours - Closed another schooner but decided to let her go when a larger schooner was sighted.

0455 hours - Boarded this schooner of about 80 tons. The cargo was once again sugar so the crew were ordered to their canoe (that later overturned, the crew were left in the water to swim to the nearby shore). Placed a demolition charge.

0526 hours - Proceeded clear. Fired the demolition charge and the schooner sank quickly. Resumed patrol.

0640 hours - Dived in position 08°04'S, 115°18'E. Established communication with HMS Thorough and proceeded Westward along the coast in company three miles apart. During the morning information was received from HMS Stubborn that she had bombarded some lighters in Buleleng Roads but that she had been forced to dive by a shore gun after damaging the lighters. It was decided if two submarines could do more damage. Accordingly, both submarines proceeded past the anchorage to reconnoitre.

1400 hours - HMS Taciturn and HMS Thorough now turned back to the East and took up their firing positions. It had been decided that Thorough would take the barges and a possible aircraft hangar under fire and the Taciturn would concentrate on the shore guns and a small vessel to the Westward of the anchorage.

1610 hours - Surfaced. The shore gun was not yet positively identified and after three minutes Lt.Cdr. Stanley's patience gave out so the small vessel to the West was closed. This proved however to be smaller than anticipated and already aground and dismasted. Fire was therefore opened on what looked like a shipbuilding slip.

Shortly afterwards the enemy shore gun opened fire but they used an excellent flash less cordite and could not be located. As Thorough meanwhile had destroyed her targets it was time to get out so at .....

1616 hours - Dived and proceeded Eastward together with HMS Thorough that meanwhile had also dived.

1730 hours - An aircraft was seen patrolling the area.

2006 hours - Surfaced in position 07°59'S, 115°08'E. (19)

15 Aug 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Fremantle. (19)

21 Aug 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Fremantle. (19)

5 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) secures at the foot of the slipway to be hauled up. Due to an electrical failure ashore it is not possible to be hauled up and after a few hours Taciturn proceeds back towards HMS Adamant. (25)

6 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. (25)

7 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) is put back in the water. (25)

14 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle to visit Port Lincoln, South Australia. The ship will be open to visitors during this goodwill tour. (25)

20 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Lincoln. (25)

22 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Port Lincoln for Adelaide. (25)

23 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Adelaide. (25)

29 Sep 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Adelaide to return to Fremantle. (25)

Sources

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  5. ADM 199/1829
  6. ADM 173/17269
  7. ADM 173/17383
  8. ADM 199/1826
  9. ADM 173/17898
  10. ADM 199/2573
  11. ADM 173/19124
  12. ADM 173/19125
  13. ADM 173/19126
  14. ADM 173/18916
  15. ADM 173/18917
  16. ADM 173/18918
  17. ADM 173/19794
  18. ADM 199/1444
  19. ADM 199/1865
  20. ADM 173/19795
  21. ADM 173/19796
  22. ADM 173/19797
  23. ADM 173/19798
  24. ADM 173/19800
  25. ADM 173/19802

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