Wilfrid Frederick Haselfoot, RN

Born  9 Apr 1908
Died  10 Apr 1940(32)HMS Thistle


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Ranks

1 Sep 1928 A/S.Lt.
1 Mar 1929 S.Lt.
1 Apr 1930 Lt.
1 Apr 1938 Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Wilfrid Frederick Haselfoot, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 49 (N 49)Lt.Cdr.Submarine8 Jan 194026 Jan 1940
HMS Thistle (N 24)Lt.Cdr.Submarine20 Feb 194010 Apr 1940 (+)

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Thistle (N 24)


24 Feb 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) is docked at Rosyth. (1)

27 Feb 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) is undocked. (1)

5 Mar 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea to intercept a U-boat in position 57°16'N, 00°53'E but sights nothing.

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

(2)

10 Mar 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Rosyth. (2)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway for operation R.3 and to wait for orders to enter the Baltic in a last ditch effort to help Finland. A few hours later Finland signs the armistice and operation R.3 is cancelled.

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

(2)

25 Mar 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Rosyth. (2)

4 Apr 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) departed from Rosyth for Scapa Flow. (3)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (3)

7 Apr 1940
HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway, west of Utsire. (1)

8 Apr 1940
At 16.20 hours HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) is sighted by HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN) and they proceed on surface briefly in company before being forced down by aircraft. During the evening, Thistle was ordered to patrol off Skudesnes Fjord. (1)

9 Apr 1940 (position 59.00, 5.10)
At 16.04 hours on 9 April 1940 HMS Thistle (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot, RN) missed German U-boat U-4 with a spread of six torpedoes southwest off Stavanger, Norway in position 59°00'N, 05°10'E. Thistle reports the action by radio and that she has only two torpedoes left. U-4 had sighted a torpedo track and took avoiding action and then heard three explosions of torpedoes probably at the end of their run. (1)

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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Sources

  1. ADM 199/373
  2. ADM 199/1848
  3. ADM 199/2572

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


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