Events on this day
This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.
The Shipyard Report
Laid down (45)
1928: Destroyer Van Nes (VN)
1929: Submarine Oréade
1938: Patrol vessel Shearwater (L 39 / K 39)
1942: Corvette Atholl (K 15) - Minesweeper BYMS 2282 (J 1082) - Minesweeper Gorgon (J 346) - Minesweeper Waterwitch (J 304) - Submarine Hackleback (295) - Landing craft tank LCT 139 (LCT 139) - Patrol craft PC-1083 (PC-1083) - Motor torpedo boat PT 155 - Submarine chaser SC-1302 (SC-1302) - Minesweeper YMS-159 (YMS-159) - Minesweeper YMS-282 (YMS-282)
1944: Landing craft support LCS(L)-57 (LCS(L)-57) - Landing craft tank LCT 1235 (LCT 1235) - Landing craft tank LCT 1271 (LCT 1271) - Landing craft tank LCT 1342 (LCT 1342) - Tank landing ship LST 773 (LST 773) - Tank landing ship LST 830 (LST 830) - Tank landing ship LST 850 (LST 850) - Tank landing ship LST 946 (LST 946)
1904: Gunboat Dubuque (PG-17)
1916: Aircraft Carrier Furious (47)
1923: Submarine B-2
1925: Sloop Flores (F 66)
1927: MS Trawler St. Melante (FY 753)
1938: Landing Ship Infantry Glenroy (4.256)
1939: Submarine Seawolf (197)
1940: Corvette Agassiz (K 129)
1942: Minesweeper Shepparton (J 248) - Minesweeper Antares (J 282) - Minesweeper BYMS 2209 (J 1009) - Motor minesweeper MMS 224 (J 724) - Motor minesweeper MMS 229 (J 729) - Motor minesweeper MMS 261 (J 761) - Rescue Tug Oriana (W 117) - Landing craft tank LCT 333 (LCT 333) - Landing craft tank LCT 417 (LCT 417) - Landing craft tank LCT 419 (LCT 419) - Patrol craft PC-619 (PC-619) - Submarine Pompon (267) - Motor torpedo boat PT 76 - Motor torpedo boat PT 77 - Motor torpedo boat PT 78 - Submarine chaser SC-1005 (SC-1005) - Submarine chaser SC-1042 (SC-1042) - Submarine chaser SC-689 (SC-689) - Submarine chaser SC-697 (SC-697) - Submarine Snook (279) - Minesweeper Threat (AM 124) - Destroyer Waller (DD 466) - Minesweeper YMS-209 (YMS-209)
1943: Large cruiser Alaska (CB 1) - Destroyer Escort Kyne (DE 744) - Submarine Lancetfish (296) - Submarine Ling (297) - Tank landing ship LST 274 (LST 274) - Frigate Newport (PF-27) - Minesweeper Sentry (AM 299)
1944: High speed transport Diachenko (APD 123) - Escort carrier Kula Gulf (CVE 108) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-795 (LCI(L)-795) - Landing craft tank LCT 1339 (LCT 1339) - Medium landing ship LSM 223 (LSM 223) - Tank landing ship LST 938 (LST 938)
1917: Destroyer Vanoc (H 33)
1931: Heavy cruiser Foch
1934: Submarine ShCh-304
1935: Submarine Porpoise (172)
1938: Submarine Cachalot (N 83)
1939: Destroyer Sterett (DD 407)
1940: Submarine Triton (201)
1943: Minesweeper BYMS 2040 (J 840) - Submarine Uther (P 62) - Destroyer Escort Frament (DE 677) - Destroyer Escort Ira Jeffery (DE 63) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-444 (LCI(L)-444) - Minesweeper Vital (AM 129) - Minesweeper YMS-389 (YMS-389)
1944: Destroyer escort Bauru (Be 3) - Destroyer escort Bracui (Be 4) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-712 (LCI(L)-712) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-779 (LCI(L)-779) - Medium landing ship LSM 219 (LSM 219) - Tank landing ship LST 586 (LST 586) - Tank landing ship LST 715 (LST 715) - Tank landing ship LST 757 (LST 757) - Tank landing ship LST 932 (LST 932)
1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 718
1947: Submarine Artemis (P 449)
Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).
Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.
Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.
War Losses on 15 August (7)
1942: Submarine M-97
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 15 August
Submarine HMS Thistle: HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) is docked at Portsmouth for modifications to her torpedo tubes following her trials and working-up period.
Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel) conducted trials off Dundee.
Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Moore, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Ionian Sea. As no log is available for this period no map can be displayed. Also the patrol report does not give any positions.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: At 2345 hours HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, RN) set course towards Tulmaythah in accordance with her original orders.
Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) departed Rothesay for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay and to lay a minefield off the Gironde. During her passage south through the Irish Sea Cachalot was escorted by HMS Manor (T/Lt. Alfred Rosling, RNVR) until 2200/17. As no log for this period is available no map can be displayed.
Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) conducted engine trials in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt. J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for the Clyde.
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) participated in / conducted exercises off Campbeltown. These included a practice attack on HMS Terje 1 (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR).
Light cruiser HMS Bonaventure: HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) and HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN) both departed Scapa Flow to patrol off the Faroer Islands to intercept German shipping.
Heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire: Convoy WS 10X This convoy departed U.K. ports on 14/15 May 1941 for Suez where the ships arrived between 1 to 4 October 1941. The convoy assembled in the Clyde area on 15 May 1941. The convoy was made up of the following troop transports; Brisbane Star (12791 GRT, built 1937), Orion (23371 GRT, built 1935), Strathmore (23428 GRT, built 1935), Strathnaver (22283 GRT, built 1931), And the transports Palma (5419 GRT, built 1941) and Port Jackson (9687 GRT, built 1937). Escort was initially provided by the heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) (joined at sea on 17 August 1941 until 28 August when the convoy arrived at Freetown), the AA (light) cruiser HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Cdr. E.J. van Holte, RNN) (15 – 17 August) and the destroyers HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Russell, RN) (15-17 August), HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN) (15-17 August), HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, RN) (17-19 August), HMS Lance (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) (17-19 August), HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. J. Houtsmuller, RNN) (17-19 August) and ORP Piorun (Cdr. E.J.S. Plawski) (17-19 August). When approaching Freetown the convoy was joined on 26 August by a local escort made up of the destroyers HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN), HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) (left the convoy before noon on 27 August), HMS Wrestler (Lt. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN) and the corvettes HMS Clematis (Cdr. Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RNR). The convoy arrived at Freetown on 28 August 1941. The convoy departed Freetown for Capetown on 1 September 1941. Escort was now provided by the battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN). The convoy arrived at Capetown on 11 September 1941. The convoy departed Capetown for Suez on 14 September 1941. Escort was still provided by HMS Revenge until 22 September 1941 when the light cruiser ), HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) took over until the dispersal of the convoy on 27 September 1941 when it was near Aden. The ships of the convoy then continued independently towards Suez where they arrived between 1 and 4 October 1941.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) ended her 9th war patrol at Gibraltar.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) conducted RDF trials off Tobermory with HMS Stonecrop (A/Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR). Later the same day O 10 departed Tobermory for Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN).
Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) participated in special A/S trials in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted special A/S trials in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) arrived at Malta.
Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) was docked at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN), HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN). These included night exercises.
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Troon where she was immediately docked to be taken in hand for a refit.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Talisman: HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. M. Willmott, RN) arrived at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against the German transport Bulgaria (1188 GRT, built 1894) off Cape Sunion, Greece in position 37°36'N, 24°03'E. All torpedoes however miss their target. (All times are zone -3) 0307 hours - Dived and patrolled off the Western junction of the Thermia and Zea Channels 1105 hours - Sighted a Fiat bi-plane (convoy air escort) over the Zea Channel. Turned to the East expecting a convoy from the Zea Channel 1120 hours - Sighted smoke in the Mandri Channel, turned towards. Sighted a destroyer of the Folgore class and a merchant ship that was thought to be the Bulgaria. (The identification of the target was correct, the escort however was the Italian torpedo boat Sirio). Started attack 1158 hours - In position 37°36'N, 24°03'E fired four torpedoes and withdrew to the South-East. Intermittent depth-charging was heard until 1246 hours 1300 hours - The destroyer was no longer heard 2133 hours - Surfaced and proceeded through the Siphano Channel towards the Naxos Channel.
Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Isola di Marettimo. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Upholder during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Rothesay for Blyth. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN).
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. She made the passage with HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) which was en-route to Blyth. The submarines were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN).
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) Lord Teynham, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 44 proceeded to Rothesay.
Submarine USSR ShCh-211: ShCh-211 torpedoed and sank the Rumanian merchant Peles (5708 GRT) north east of Cape Emine, Bulgaria in position 42°46'N, 27°59'E. The Italian tanker Superga (6154 GRT) is missed in the same attack.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) arrived at Blyth where she was to refit.
Submarine USS Thresher: USS Thresher (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Millican) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.
Submarine USS Flying Fish: USS Flying Fish (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Truk in the Coroline islands.
Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Lewis) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at New London for a period of trials and training.
Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Lerici (6070 GRT, built 1941) about 120 nautical miles north of Ras Amir, Libya in position 34°50'N, 21°30'E. Lerici was in convoy with Ravello (6142 GRT, built 1941), escorted by the destroyer Nicoloso Da Recco and the torpedo-boats Polluce, Calliope and Castore. Lerici was hit by two torpedoes and abandoned. The torpedo boat Calliope rescued 259 survivors while the torpedo boat Polluce obtained a contact, carried out three runs dropping a total of 38 depth charges and claimed the submarine sunk and then picked up a sinle survivor. The wreck was still floating the next day when the destroyers Bersagliere and Mitragliere arrived on the scene and the latter sank her by gunfire. The destroyers found another ten survivors, twenty-one were reported killed or missing. (All times are zone -3) 1854 hours - Sighted an object dead ahead. Dived and closed. 1908 hours - Sighted two large merchant ships dead ahead. A few minutes later an escort of four Navigatori-class destroyers and two aircraft were sighted. The merchant ships were in line abreast about 1000 yards apart. The destroyers were formed in a crescent-shaped screen. The wing destroyers were about 1500 yards on the beam of the merchant ships and the inside destroyers were about 2000 yards apart and 1000 yards ahead of the convoy. Enemy course was estimated as being 210°, speed 11 knots. 1912 hours - Porpoise was now slightly on the starboard bow of the starboard ship of the convoy and about 10° on the starboard bow of the port ship. Range was about 5000 yards. Both targets appeared equally desirable and it was decided to do an advancing attack on the port ship, endeavouring to fire from a position between the two ships. 1918 hours - Altered course to 120° and closed the port ship on a 90° track. 1924 hours - Altered course to 100° the starboard inner destroyer passed 400 yards astern of Porpoise. It was considered desirable to attack on a 70° track to avoid being rammed by the starboard ship. 1928 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the port ship in position 34°45'N, 21°32'E. Both torpedoes hit. Porpoise went to 80 feet and increased to full speed and altered course to 230°. For some time there was no counter attack. 1940 hours - Heard breaking up noises followed by one terrific explosion. Counter attacks by the escorts now followed but these were for the moment not close. 2000 hours - Came to periscope depth. The target was well down by the stern and two destroyers were stopped nearby. Several lifeboats were seen in the water. Altered course to 350° and later to 030° to close and attack the nearest destroyer. By this time both destroyers had started using their ASDIC sets. 2020 hours - One destroyer obtained an ASDIC contact. Both destroyers got under way and one carried out several attacks, apparently in firm contact with something. Some of the depth charges fell appreciably closer. It was now getting too dark for periscope visibility. Dived to 80 feet and altered course to 60° and made off at slow speed. When last seen the stern of the target was awash, numerous small explosions could be heard emanating from her and she was on fire forward. Altogether the destroyers dropped 60 depth charges. 2236 hours - Surfaced in position 34°47'N, 21°37'E and proceeded on main engines, course 60°.
Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax, Canada.
Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to perform an A/S patrol in the Norwegian Sea in Zone K.103 (between 63°30'N and 62°50'N and between 00°30'E and 00°30'W). For the daily positions of HMS P 211 during this patrol see the map below. HMS P 221 1st war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Splendid: HMS P 228 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) conducted trials off Sheerness.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) went to sea off Blyth with a filming party on board for the shooting of the film 'Close Quarters'.
Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) attacked the German merchant Menes (5609 GRT, built 1926) with 4 torpedoed about 90 nautical miles north-east of Benghazi, Libya in position 33°16'N, 21°16'E. All 4 torpedoed fired missed their target. (All times are zone -3) 0729 hours - Sighted one merchant vessel, about 5000 tons, escorted by two Spica class torpedo boats (one ahead and one astern of the merchant) and one aircraft overhead bearing 185°, range 7 nautical miles. Went to 70 feet and closed at speed for 15 minutes. 0807 hours - Fired the first torpedo of a salvo of four. Immediately after firing this first torpedo the target changed course. Hold fire. 0810 hours - Fired three torpedoes. No hits. Taku went deep. 0833 hours - Depth charging commenced in patterns of six. All were astern and not close. 0915 hours - The last pattern of depth charges was dropped. 0930 hours - No HE was heard, came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. Resumed dived patrol Eastwards.
Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) was docked at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Unseen: HMS P 51 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) arrived at Sheerness. She then proceeded to the Chatham Dockyard where she was to be taken in hand for repairs to her damaged 'Q' and battery tanks.
Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC, RNR) shifted from Campbeltown to Londonderry.
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Montbretia and HNoMS Potentilla.
Submarine USS S-46: USS S-46 (Lt. R.C. Lynch, Jr.) ended her 2nd war patrol at Brisbane.
Submarine HMS P 615: HMS P 615 (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) proceeded to the torpedo firing range at Arrochar for torpedo firing trials.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) shifted from Campbeltown to Ardishaig.
Submarine USS Gato: With her overhaul completed USS Gato (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Foley) departed from the Mare Island Navy Yard.
Submarine USS Barb: USS Barb (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Waterman, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.
Submarine USS Cabrilla: USS Cabrilla (Cdr. D.T. Hammond, USN) transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Balboa.
Submarine USS Crevalle: USS Crevalle (Cdr. H.G. Munson, USN) is put back in the water.
Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.B.de B. Kershaw, DSO, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Aden for Kilindini.
Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Safari: HMS Safari (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Gibraltar. HMS Safari was to proceed to the U.K. for a refit. For the daily positions of HMS Safari during this passage see the map below. HMS Safari passage Algiers - Gibraltar click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) departed from Colombo for her 36th war patrol (1st in far eastern waters). She is to patrol in the Straits of Malacca. For the attack positions of HMS Trident during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN). They were escorted until 0700/17 by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tuna during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tuna 21st war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted trials off Algiers.
Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN) is undocked.
Submarine HMS Truculent: HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. For the daily positions of HMS Truculent during this patrol see the map below. HMS Truculent 6th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Southern France. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tally-Ho during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tally-Ho 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS Umbra (Lt. P.H. May, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).
Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 20th war patrol (also 20th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto. No log is available for this period so map for this patrol can be displayed.
Submarine HMS Unruly: HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian tanker Cesco (6161 GRT, built 1917) in position 027°, Pedagne Light, 2.3 nautical miles (off Brindisi, Italy). The Cesco was en-route from Brindisi to Valona and was escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Enrico Cosenz and the Italian corvettes Pomona and Chimera. Following the attack Unruly was depth charged by corvette Pomona. Later the same day HMS Unruly attacked another convoy. This convoy was made up of the Italian merchants Goggiam (1994 GRT, built 1922) and Citta di Spezia (2474 GRT, built 1929). The Italian tugs Nettuno and Asinara. They were escorted by the Italian auxiliary Lubiana. Four torpedoes were fired at both of the merchant ships but no hits were obtained. Position of this attack was 40°52'N, 17°58'E. (All times are zone -2) 1025 hours - Sighted a southbound tanker escorted by two Gabbiano-class corvettes and a old type torpedo boat. A flying boat was overhead. The corvettes were stationed on either bow and the destroyer was on the port quarter. Started attack. 1036 hours - The tanker was seen to be of about 5000 tons and was in ballast. 1050 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1300 yards. Enemy course was 114°, speed 8 knots. Two torpedo hits were heard. Another torpedo was heard exploding on hitting the land. Unruly had gone deep on firing. 1130 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted the target being beached. A corvette was on our starboard quarter at a range of only 500 yards so immediately went deep again. 1132 hours - The corvette must have sighted us as she dropped a pattern of 13 depth charges fairly close. 1159 hours - Another pattern of 13 depth charges was dropped. This was a bit further off. 1220 hours - Another pattern of 13 depth charges was dropped. A long way off. 1240 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Continued to retire from the area. 1250 hours - Commenced reload. 1415 hours - Stopped reload and stopped all auxiliary machinery as a corvette came near. 1515 hours - Continued reload. A number of masts could be seen to the eastward. These are thought to be A/S vessels. 1544 hours - Identified the masts and funnels of one of these ships as a nothbound tanker about 10 nautical miles offshore. Altered course to close and started attack. 1550 hours - Reload was completed. 1628 hours - Fired four torpedoes at two targets in this new convoy, a tanker and a liner. The convoy's course was 310°, speed 5 knots. Range on firing was 5200 yards. No hits were obtained.
Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS Uther: HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted exercises in Gare Loch.
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR).
Submarine USSR L-15: L-15 lays a minefield off the Altafjord.
Submarine ORP Dzik: ORP Dzik fires four torpedoed against the Italian merchants Citta di Spezia (2474 GRT) and Goggiam (1994 GRT) 27 nautical miles east of Bari, Italy in position 41°09'N, 17°25'E. The Goggiam is hit and beached. She was a total loss.
Submarine ORP Sokol: Early in the evening, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), sighted smoke from an enemy convoy in position 41°15'N, 17°16'E. She closed to attack but before she could do so the convoy was attacked by ORP Dzik. A hunt by Italian A/S vessels was now started and Sokol unfortunately was on the receiving end and she was hunted and depth charged for almost the whole evening.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (T/Lt. J.L. James, RNR).
Submarine USS Sawfish: USS Sawfish (Cdr. A.B. Banister) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Tilefish: USS Tilefish (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Keithly) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Aspro: USS Aspro (Cdr. W.A. Stevenson, USN) put into Exmouth Gulf, Australia to transfer some of her remaining fuel to the fuel barge. She continued her passage to Fremantle after a few hours.
Submarine USS Baya: USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Canfield (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Cherry, USNR) and USS Burden R. Hastings (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Fay, USNR).
Submarine USS Caiman: USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) is put back in the water.
Submarine USS Blenny: USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) is put on the slipway at New London.
Submarine USS Atule: USS Atule (Cdr. J.H. Maurer, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Scythian: HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) departed her builders yard for Holy Loch where she arrived later the same day. at Holy Loch she started a period of trials and training.
Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Nicobar and Andaman Islands. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Statesman during this patrol see the map below. HMS Statesman 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as target. These exercises also included night attacks during the night of 15/16 August 1944.
Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (T/Lt. P.S. Parmenter, RNR) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Torbay: With her refit completed, HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness.
Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Sheerness.
Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt. R.F. Park, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.
Submarine HMS Untamed: HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) arrived at Tobermory.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. I.M. Stoop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. Upon completion of these exercises Lt. Buxton took over command of HMS H 34 from Lt. Jay.
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft.
Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and another A/S vessel.
Corvette HMS Orchis: German U-boat U-741 was sunk in the English Channel south-west of Brighton, in position 50°02'N, 00°36'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Orchis (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR).
Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt. W.A. Schoenfeld, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.
Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. D.C. Peto, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USSR L-15: L-15 fires 6 torpedoed against what is identified as a German destroyer off the Laksfjord. All torpedoed missed their target.
Landing Craft Infantry USS LCI(L)-590: Participated in the invasion of Southern France
Landing Craft Infantry USS LCI(L)-590: Served in L.C.I Flotilla 4 under command of Admiral Lowery.
Destroyer USS Adams: USS Adams arrived at Guam.
Destroyer USS Hyman: USS Hyman arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is ordered to return to Seeadler Harbour, Manus.
Submarine HNMS Tijgerhaai: HrMs Tijgerhaai (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN) arrived at Malta.
Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Cdr. A.C. House Jr., USN) arrived off Marcus Island. A few hours later she received a signal informing her that the was had ended. She remained on patrol.
Submarine USS Barbero: USS Barbero (Lt.Cdr. R.F. DuBois, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour from Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.
Submarine USS Caiman: USS Caiman (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) was ordered to proceed to Subic Bay.
Submarine USS Bumper: USS Bumper (Cdr. J.W. Williams, Jr., USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Capitaine: USS Capitaine (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Friedrick, USN) was ordered to proceed to Subic Bay, Philippines.
Submarine USS Carbonero: USS Carbonero (Cdr. C. L. Murphy, USN) is ordered to return to Subic Bay.
Submarine USS Catfish: In the early morning hours, USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR), conducted a special operation (for the moment we have no details). Also a message was received that the war was over but for the moment Catfish was ordered to remain in her patrol area.
Submarine USS Entemedor: USS Entemedor (Cdr. W.R. Smith, Jr., USN) departed her patrol area for Saipan.
Submarine USS Mapiro: USS Mapiro (Cdr. V.A. Sisler, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Saipan due to the Japanese surrender.
Submarine USS Scabbardfish: USS Scabbardfish (Cdr. F.A. Gunn) ended her 5th war patrol at Saipan.
Submarine HMS Sea Devil: HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. Now that the war with Japan had ended HMS Sea Devil was to return to the U.K.
Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East) at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Sea Scout: HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a small Japanese patrol vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam. Later (at 2350 hours) on this day Sea Scout was ordered to return to Subic Bay as Japan had surrendered. (All times are zone -9) 1523 hours - Sighted a small vessel coast crawling South. 1535 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. The 3rd round stopped him but he soon got under way again trying the beach himself. 1548 hours - The vessel sank in position 10°50'N, 99°29'E. It was thought to be a small gunboat driven by a diesel engine with a small funnel aft. 1551 hours - Dived.
Submarine HMS Sleuth: HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) sank 3 junks with demolition charges in the Gulf of Siam. (All times are zone -9) 0150 hours - Investigated a medium seized Southbound junk loaded with rice. Sank her with demolition charges in position 11°55'N, 100°04'E. 0450 hours - Investigated a large 90 tons Southbound junk with a cargo of rice. Sankher with demolition charges in position 11°55'N, 100°02'E. 0635 hourds - Investigated and sank a medium seized junk with demolition charges in position 11°57'N, 100°02'E. 0740 hours - Set course to intercept another junk. Shortly afterwards received a signal about the surrender of Japan. This junk was saved by the bell.
Submarine HMS Solent: HMS Solent (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) sank a Japanese patrol vessel and a junk with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam. (All times are zone -9) 1110 hours - Sighted a large junk escorted by a small patrol vessel of about 100 tons. After clearing the gap between Ko Chuang and the mainland both vessels turned to Port to hug the coastline of the bay putting Solent broad on the bow. 1130 hours - Surfaced in position 12°35'N, 101°01'E and engaged the patrol vessel from a range 2500 yards. The third round hit amidships and the crew was seen to abandon ship. 29 Rounds were fired and the vessel was seen to be sinking. Fire was then shifted to the junk. This vessel which was heavily laden was hit by the first two rounds and sank immediately. 1144 hours - Dived as an aircraft was seen approaching. Withdrew to seaward when the aircraft was seen to search this area.
Submarine HMS Sanguine: HMS Sanguine (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) arrived at Malta. With the war with Japan now over there was no employment for her in the Far East so Sanguine was ordered to return to the U.K. She arrived at Rothesay on 15 September 1945.
Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Rotterdam.
Submarine HMS Totem: HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) was ordered to return to Fremantle. (Signal was received at 2330 hours).
Submarine HMS Taciturn: HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) was ordered to return to Fremantle.