Trevor Russell-Walling, RN

Born  19 Feb 1917Kings Lynn
Died   1982(64)West Wittering

Ranks

26 Sep 1938 S.Lt.
10 Nov 1939 Lt.
10 Nov 1947 Lt.Cdr.

Retired: 14 Mar 1958


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Trevor Russell-Walling, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS P 554 (P 554)Lt.Submarine1 Nov 194214 Dec 1943
HMS Seraph (P 219)Lt.Submarine12 Mar 19445 Aug 1945

Career information

Other commands of his were HMS Creole HMS Volage

Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS P 554 (P 554)


29 Oct 1943
HMS P 554 (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut.

31 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS P 554 (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


Submarine HMS Seraph (P 219)


15 Apr 1944
With her refit completed HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) shifted from Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness. (1)

18 Apr 1944
After a few days of trials off Sheerness HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed that port for Portland. She was escorted by HMS Pincher (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.B. Blake, RNVR) until 0915/19 when HMS En Avant (T/Skr. W. Bradshaw, RNR) took over the escort. (1)

19 Apr 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) arrived at Portland. (1)

20 Apr 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) shifted from Portland to Plymouth.

At Plymouth she conducted exercises. (1)

8 May 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed Plymouth for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the South of Ireland in position 50°42'N, 10°01'W. The purpose of this patrol is (for the moment) not known to us although it appears special (night) exercises were carried out with RAF aircraft.

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

(2)

11 May 1944
At 2120 hours (zone -2), HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN), lost depth control as 'A' tank suddenly flooded, and hit bottom at 498 feet. Damage was severe, there were several leaks, her main motors were flooded and she was unable to dive. It took almost four hours to effect repairs and several attempts were undertaken before Seraph finally surfaced. Contact with Coastal Command aircraft was established at 0500/12 and a message was passed to her to relay as Seraph's own W/T set was out of action.

At 2020/12 contact was made with a USAAF Liberator and another message was passed to this aircraft requesting assistance and an escort.

As of the early morning hours of the 13th aircraft remained with Seraph until the 3rd Escort Group arrived with the frigates HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR) and HMS Berry (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.S. Pirie, RNVR). The 3rd Escort Group however left after about 1 hour but later returned. The trawler HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) and and tug HMS Abeille IV arrived during the day and relieved the two frigates. (2)

15 May 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Plymouth.

Damage to Seraph was severe and it was even thought the pressure hull was distorted but this proved not to be the case.

In early June it was decided that repairs could be undertaken at the Devonport Dockyards. It had also been decided to convert Seraph to a high speed A/S target during her repair period. The hull was streamlined, the deck gun removed and the torpedo tubes plated over and a high power battery was installed all to give her greater underwater speed. (2)

12 Sep 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) ended her refit and repair period at the Devonport Dockyard. (3)

17 Sep 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted trials of Plymouth. (3)

18 Sep 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted trials of Plymouth. (3)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN). (3)

21 Sep 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. Seraph was now assigned to training duties often out of Holyhead. (3)

19 Mar 1945
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) was docked at Ardrossan. (4)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) was undocked after which she proceeded to Rothesay. (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18697
  2. ADM 173/18698
  3. ADM 173/18701
  4. ADM 173/19627

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


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