Hugh Christopher Browne DSO, RN

Born  16 Sep 1905


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Ranks

15 Jan 1926 S.Lt.
1 Aug 1928 Lt.
1 Aug 1936 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.
30 Jun 1946 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jul 1955


Decorations

30 Sep 1941 DSO
5 May 1942 Bar to DSO
4 Sep 1945 CBE

Warship Commands listed for Hugh Christopher Browne, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Regent (N 41)Lt.Cdr.Submarine9 Apr 1939Mar 1941
HMS Regent (N 41)Lt.Cdr.SubmarineApr 194120 Jul 1941

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Submarine HMS Regent (N 41)


31 Aug 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore to patrol in the Sunda Strait to observe shipping there. When the war with Germany started this became her 1st war patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during this patrol see the map below. From 3 September 1939 to 21 September 1939 HMS Regent was patrolling in the Sunda Strait but the ships log does not give the exact positions.

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23 Sep 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Singapore. (2)

28 Sep 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked at Singapore. (2)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (2)

3 Oct 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (3)

10 Oct 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Lombok Strait.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent see the map below. From 14 October 1939 to 20 October 1939 HMS Regent was patrolling in Lombok Strait. The ships log does not give specific positions for these dates.

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24 Oct 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Singapore. (3)

30 Oct 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from Singapore to Colombo see the map below.

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4 Nov 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Colombo. (4)

6 Nov 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Colombo to return Singapore. She had to return due to a leak in her No.1 battery tank.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during this passage from Colombo to Singapore see the map below.

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11 Nov 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Singapore. (4)

17 Nov 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked at Singapore for a short refit. (4)

6 Dec 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (5)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for exercises. (5)

13 Dec 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) returned to Singapore upon completetion of her exercises. (5)

19 Dec 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Sumatra.

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

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29 Dec 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Singapore. (5)

30 Dec 1939
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked at Singapore for a short refit. (5)

20 Jan 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (6)

23 Jan 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for exercises. (6)

27 Jan 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) returned to Singapore upon completetion of her exercises. (6)

31 Jan 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked at Singapore. (6)

5 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (7)

6 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore. (7)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (7)

16 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (7)

19 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for exercises. (7)

20 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) returned to Singapore upon completing her exercises with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (7)

21 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (7)

22 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (7)

23 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) returned to Singapore. (7)

28 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for exercises. (7)

29 Feb 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN). (7)

1 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Tenedos (Lt.Cdr. J.O'B. Milner-Barry, RN). (8)

4 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN) and HMS Grampus (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rowe, RN). (8)

5 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (8)

6 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (8)

7 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) returned to Singapore. (8)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Singapore for Hong Kong where she was to refit.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from Singapore to Hong Kong see the map below.

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18 Mar 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Hong Kong. (8)

5 Apr 1940
During her refit at Hong Kong, HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked. (9)

31 May 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (10)

21 Jun 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) completed her refit at Hong Kong. (11)

25 Jun 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (11)

26 Jun 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (11)

27 Jun 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (11)

30 Jun 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from Hong Kong to Singapore see the map below.

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6 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Singapore. (12)

10 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN), HMS Grasshopper (Lt.Cdr. (retired) R.H. Aldworth, RN), HMS Danae (Capt. A.C. Collinson, RN) and HMS Dauntless (Capt. G.D. Moore, RAN). (12)

11 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN).

Upon completion of the exercises Regent set course for Colombo. Regent was to proceed to Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from Singapore to Alexandria see the map below.

17 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Colombo. (12)

18 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (12)

30 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Aden. (12)

31 Jul 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Aden for Alexandria. Upon leaving Aden exercises were carried out with HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN). (12)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (13)

18 Aug 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Alexandria for her 4th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Ionian Sea.

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

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12 Sep 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (14)

25 Sep 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Alexandria for her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

On departure exercises were carried out with HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Wryneck (Cdr. R.H.D. Lane, RN). (14)

30 Sep 1940 (position 38.09, 18.17)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) attacked an Italian battleship with 5 torpedoes. No hits were obtained. Regent broke surface on firing and was taken to 300 feet immediately afterwards. Fortunately a counter attack followed only after about 30 minutes.

(All times are zone -3)
1324 hours - In position 38°09'N, 18°17'E sighted a group of Italian warships. These were later seen to be two battleships, three cruisers and numerous destroyers. Started attack. Regent was right ahead and the enemy was proceeding at high speed making it difficult to obained a good firing position.

1339 hours - Fired 5 torpedoes (a full salvo of 6 was intended but the 6th torpedo misfired) from 900 yards. No hits were obtained. Regent lost depth control on firing and broke surface. She was immediately taken to 300 feet.

1405 hours - Heard a loud explosion, rather close. This must have been a depth charge. This explosions was followed by more explosions but none were close.

1745 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. (14)

3 Oct 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) set course to patrol in the Southern Adriatic. (14)

5 Oct 1940 (position 41.05, 17.45)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) accidentely rammed and sank the Italian sailing vessel Maria Grazia (188 GRT) off Bari, Italy in position 41°05'N, 17°45'E.

(All times are zone -3)
0423 hours - In position 088°, Bari, 45 nautical miles sighted a white light bearing 050°. Altered course towards to investigate.

0443 hours - Sighted masts of a small sailing vessel on the starboard bow. The white light seemed to be on the stern of this vessel. It wa thought that this sailing vessel had crossed from port to starboard. Regent altered course to port. Too late it was seen that the bow of the vessel had been mistaken for the stern and that the white light had nothing to do with this vessel. Regent now went full astern on both engines.

0446 hours - The sailing vessel, now seen to be a medium seized caique, rammed Regent causing some damage. Eventually Regent got clear while still going astern. Regent then set off after the caique with the object of sinking it but it could no longer be seen in the dark. As the white light was still visible and thinking it might be a trap Regent set course to clear the area. The sailing vessel was not seen again but it later sank. (14)

9 Oct 1940 (position 41.17, 19.25)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Antonietta Costa (5900 GRT, built 1913) about 20 nautical miles west of Durazzo, Albania. The Antonietta Costa was grounded in position 41°17'N, 19°25'E. The ship was beyond salvage.

The convoy attacked was made up of the above mentioned Antonietta Costa as well as Maria (6338 GRT, buit 1926). They were escorted by the Armed Merchant Cruiser RAMB III (3667 GRT, built 1938).

(All times are zone -3)
1620 hours - In approximate position 266°, Durazzo, 24 nautical miles sighted a convoy made up of 2 merchant vessels and what was thought to be an armed yacht or patrol vessel. Started attack.

1739 hours - Fired one torpedo from 3100 yards at the leading ship. It was intended to fire also a torpedo at the second ship but when about to open fire the periscope dipped and the attack had to be broken off. The single torpedo fired at the leading ship then hit the target. The patrol vessel was then seen to come towards so Regent went deep.

The patrol vessel then started to hunt Regent together with two smaller vessels, probably MAS boats. A depth charge was dropped very near. During the next hour 7 more depth charges were dropped, each one closer then the previous one.

1640 hours - Regent was now at 300 feet. The enemy was heard hunting until 1900 hours but no further depth charges were dropped. (14)

11 Oct 1940 (position 40.37, 18.50)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was detected and depth charged by an Italian destroyer / patrol vessel. No damage was done to Regent.

Later the same day Regent attacked a small tanker with two torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -3)
0340 hours - The officer of the watch sighted a vessel on the starboard bow at a range of about 1500 yards. It was thought to be a small sailing ship. Shortly afterwards it was identified as a small escort vessel / destroyer. Dived. Six explosion followed when Regent was between 18 and 100 feet. It is thought that some of these were gunfire and some were depth charges. Regent was shaken but no damage was sustained. A second vessel was heard to arrive on the scene, both were heard hunting and passed overhead on several occasions but no further depth charges were dropped.

0558 hours - No more HE could be heard.

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0930 hours - In position 084°, Brindisi, 33 nautical miles, sighted a small tanker hull down. Closed and started attack.

1031 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1000 yards. Both missed. (14)

15 Oct 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was ordered to proceed to Malta instead of Alexandria. (14)

18 Oct 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (14)

19 Oct 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked at Malta. (15)

2 Nov 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (16)

6 Nov 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was initially ordered to patrol to the south and east of the Staits of Messina.

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

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12 Nov 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto. (14)

18 Nov 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) left patrol and set course towards Alexandria. (14)

24 Nov 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (14)

6 Dec 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN).

8 Dec 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

On departure exercises were carried out with HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, DSO, RN) and HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN). (14)

20 Dec 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was ordered to patrol off Tripoli, Libya. (14)

22 Dec 1940 (position 32.40, 14.39)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) attacked a small escorted tanker off Khmos, Libya with two torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
1243 hours - In position 32°40'N, 14°39'E sighted a small tanker escorted by an auxiliary schooner. Started attack in which two torpedoes were fired at the tanker from 2500 yards. No hits were obtained. The target was most likely Rosa (559 GRT, built 1913) that was escorted by the auxiliary Aosta.
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23 Dec 1940 (position 32.42, 14.55)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) made two attacks near Misurata, Libya on this day, first on a convoy and later on a single merchant vessel. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0255 hours - In position 32°42'N, 14°55'E sighted a convoy to the westward. The convoy was made up of 4 merchant ships (1 large, three small) and were escorted by a destroyer or torpedo-boat. Started attack in which two torpedoes were fired from 2000 yards. No hits were obtained.

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0850 hours - In approximate position 32°54'N, 14°56'E sighted a merchant vessel of about 5000 tons escorted by a destroyer. Started attack in which two torpedoes were fired from 3200 yards. The ship attacked was most likely the Caffaro (6476 GRT, built 1924). She was escorted by the torpedo-boat Fratelli Cairoli. (14)

25 Dec 1940
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (14)

5 Jan 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Tripoli and later in the Gulf of Sirte.

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

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12 Jan 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel to the north of Khoms, Libya with two torpedoes. No hits were obtained. The target was most likely Città di Messina (2472 GRT, built 1929) escorted by the torpedo-boat Centauro that were en-route from Tripoli to Benghazi.

(All times are zone -2)
0135 hours - In approximate position 32°48'N, 14°36'E sighted an enemy convoy made up of a large merchant ship escorted by a destroyer / torpedo-boat. Started attack.

0159 hours - Dived to complete the attack from periscope depth but failed to see the enemy.

0218 hours - Surfaced and completed the attack on the surface. In the attack two torpedoes were fired from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained and no action was taken by the escort. (14)

15 Jan 1941 (position 32.59, 14.11)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Città di Messina (2472 GRT, built 1929) about 45 nautical miles east of Tripoli, Libya in position 32°59'N, 14°11'E. Citta di Messina was on the return trip from Benghazi to Tripoli and was escorted by the torpedo-boat Centauro.

(All times are zone -2)
0805 hours - In position 33°03'N, 14°15'E sighted a merchant vessel of 5000 to 6000 tons escorted by a destroyer / torpedo-boat. Started attack.

0846 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the merchant vessel from 400 yards. The first torpedo hit the target 18 seconds after firing. Regent had gone deep on firing and took evasive action. The escort dropped a total of 7 depth charges. All seemed very close but caused no damage to Regent.

1000 hours - HE of the escort faded out.

1030 hours - Returned to periscope depth. (14)

26 Jan 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (14)

10 Feb 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Alexandria for her 9th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Tripoli, Libya.

Upon departing exercises were carried out with HMSAS Southern Maid and HMSAS Southern Isles. (14)

21 Feb 1941 (position 33.41, 12.48)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German merchant Menes (5609 GRT, built 1926) about 55 nautical miles north-north-west of Tripoli, Libya in position 33°41'N, 12°48'E. Following this attack Regent is damaged by depth-charges from the Italian destroyer Freccia.

Menes was in convoy together with the German merchant Heraklea (1927 GRT, built 1922) and the Italian merchant Maritza (2910 GRT, built 1936). They were escorted by the Italian destroyers Freccia, Saetta and Turbine. The damaged Menes was towed back to Tripoli by Saetta.

(All times are zone -1)
1255 hours - In position 33°39'N, 12°51'E sighted a convoy made up of three merchant vessels escorted by three destroyers. Started attack.

1326 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the leading merchant ship which was the largest. Range was 2500 yards. One hit was obtained. The nearest destroyer immediately counter attacked and dropped a total of 18 depth charges. The first 4 of these were very close and caused damage to Regent which was hunted throughout the whole afternoon. (14)

25 Feb 1941 (position 33.49, 12.31)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) attacked a southbound enemy convoy north-west of Tripoli, Libya. Two torpedoes were fired at one of the merchant vessels but they both missed.

(All times are zone -1)
0630 hours - In position 33°49'N, 12°31'E sighted a convoy of 4 laden merchant vessel escorted by 3 destroyers. Started attack in which two torpedoes were fired at the rear ship of the starboard column from 2500 yards. No hits were obtained. No counter attack followed and the attack was most likely not observed.
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1 Mar 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

As Regent was damaged during this patrol she was most likely docked at Malta for repairs but as no log is available for March 1941 we don't have the dates. (14)

17 Apr 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to proceed to the Kotor area, Yugoslavia to evacuate the British minister from there.

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

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22 Apr 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived of the Bay of Kotor. At 0630 hours she surfaced and entered the bay with her largest ensign flying from the masthead. The crew was at diving stations, the gun crew was on stand-by and all tubes had been brought to the ready.

It was not known to Lt.Cdr. Browne what the situation was on the shore. Near a seaplane station contact was made with a group of Yuguslav officers. Two of them came to Regent in a small boat. When they came on board it was found out from one of them (a Lt.Cdr., the other was not an officer but a pilot) that the Germans had taken over the area and later had turned it over to the Italians. Lt.Cdr. Browne asked to contact the British minister and the Yugoslav Lt.Cdr. went back to the shore to telephone him.

Regent then moved to another place where the British minister might be embarked. There they were met by another Yugoslav Lt.Cdr. and an Italian army Captain. Lt.Cdr. Browne was invited to go ashore and meat an Italian Admiral at Kotor before he was to be allowed to see the British minister. Lt.Cdr. Browne refused to leave Regent. Lt.Cdr. Browne then offered to sent one of his officers ashore. Lt. D. Lambert, RN then left Regent. An Italian Army officer went on board Regent as 'hostage'.

During the afternoon, while waiting for Lt. Lambert to return, several Italian aircraft were seen flying round Regent. At 1535 hours two aircraft started dive bombing attacks. Regent then got underway to leave the bay. Regent was near-missed several times and damage was caused to her. It was decided to abandon the attempt to evacuate the British minister. Lt. Lambert must now also be left ashore.

When outside the bay Regent dived and set course for the Straits of Otranto. When clear of the Straits a signal was sent to Capt. S.1 informing him of the situation and the damage done to Regent (the main damage was to her battery). Also three of the crew were injured including Lt.Cdr. Browne and the first lieutenant. Lt.Cdr. Browne decided to proceed to Malta for much needed medical attention for his first lieutenant. (14)

26 Apr 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (14)

12 May 1941
After temporary repairs to her damaged battery HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar where a new battery was to be installed.

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

(14)

18 May 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (14)

1 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was docked at Gibraltar. (17)

3 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) was undocked. (17)

5 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (17)

6 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (17)

7 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (14)

12 Jun 1941 (position 36.25, 11.53)
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) attacked an enemy convoy to the south of Pantelleria. Only one torpedo was fired and it missed.

(All times are zone -1)
2320 hours - In position 36°25'N, 11°53'E sighted a convoy made up of two merchant ships escorted by one or two destroyers. Started attack.

0228 hours - Fired one torpedo. It was intended to fire two torpedoes but due to an error in drill only one was fired. The torpedo missed. No counter attack followed and the attack was most likely not observed by the enemy. (14)

15 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) arrived at Malta. (14)

19 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

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

(14)

5 Jul 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (14)

20 Jul 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for her 13th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform operation ME 2 together with HMS Persues (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN). The submarine were to carry out a W/T diversion when off the South-West coast of Crete. Upon completion of this operation Regent was to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

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

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Sources

  1. ADM 173/15972
  2. ADM 173/15973
  3. ADM 173/15974
  4. ADM 173/15975
  5. ADM 173/15976
  6. ADM 173/16460
  7. ADM 173/16461
  8. ADM 173/16462
  9. ADM 173/16463
  10. ADM 173/16464
  11. ADM 173/16465
  12. ADM 173/16466
  13. ADM 173/16467
  14. ADM 199/1833
  15. ADM 173/16469
  16. ADM 173/16470
  17. ADM 173/16929

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


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