Frederick Basil Currie, RN

Born  23 Aug 1908Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa
Died  Dec 1940(32)


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Ranks

1 Jan 1929 A/S.Lt.
16 Oct 1929 S.Lt.
1 Dec 1931 Lt.
1 Dec 1939 Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Frederick Basil Currie, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Regulus (i) (N 88)Lt.Cdr.Submarine31 Jul 19406 Dec 1940

Career information

Frederick Basil Currie born 23 Aug 1908 in Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa baptized 13 Oct 1908 in St Pauls Church, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa died 6 Dec 1940.

Frederick Basil Currie went to Dartmouth Naval College from the age of 14 and became a naval officer. In 1940, during the 2nd World War, the submarine on which he was stationed was lost at sea and never traced. He never married.

Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Regulus (i) (N 88)


30 Aug 1940
HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) departed Alexandria for her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

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

(1)

25 Sep 1940
At 2145 hours (zone -2), HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) fired four torpedoes at an unidentified ship. All missed. At 2150 hours another two torpedoes were fired which also missed. Position was to the North of El Alamein, Egypt. (2)

26 Sep 1940
HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (2)

11 Oct 1940
HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) departed Alexandria for her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the central Mediterranean. Later she shifted patrol to the Gulf of Sirte.

For the daily positions of HMS Regulus during this patrol see the map below. No positions are known to us from 30 October 1940 onwards, therefore this map is incomplete.

(3)

2 Nov 1940
HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (4)

18 Nov 1940
HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

23 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Regulus (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Currie, RN) was ordered to patrol in the lower Adriatic and Straits of Otranto.

30 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0613 hours, the Italian transport Veloce (5437 GRT, built 1911) in convoy reported an explosion a few miles off Otranto (it was not clear if she was torpedoed or mined although the Italians seemed to believe she was mined). She was in convoy with the Albano (2358 GRT, built 1918) and Ninuccia (4583 GRT, built 1910). They were escorted by the armed merchant cruiser Città di Tunisi (5419 GRT, built 1930) and were en-route to Brindisi. The vessel was abandoned in heavy weather, Città di Tunisi attempted to tow her but the cable broke. She was finally beached and the tugs Ursus (354 GRT, built 1918) and Ercole (480 GRT, built 1928) were sent to her assistance to free her and she was eventually towed to harbour. The whole crew of 39 was saved. It is not impossible that she was the victim of a torpedo attack from HMS Regulus but we have no positive proof.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16479
  2. ADM 173/16480
  3. ADM 173/16481
  4. ADM 199/2568

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


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