Allied Warships

HMS Gloucester (62)

Light cruiser of the Gloucester class


HMS Gloucester in 1940

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassGloucester 
Pennant62 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered11 Nov 1935 
Laid down22 Sep 1936 
Launched19 Oct 1937 
Commissioned31 Jan 1939 
Lost22 May 1941 
Loss position35° 50'N, 23° 00'E
History

HMS Gloucester (Capt. Henry Aubrey Rowley, RN) was sunk in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Antikythera Channel about 15 nautical miles west of Antikythera island, Greece in position 35º50'N, 23º00'E by German Ju-88 and Ju-87 bombers during the German invasion of Crete.

The commanding officer Capt. Rowley, 45 officers and 648 more men were killed when she sank.

 

Commands listed for HMS Gloucester (62)

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1Capt. Frederick Rodney Garside, RN3 Jan 19398 Jul 1940 (+)
2Cdr. Reginald Percy Tanner, RN8 Jul 194016 Jul 1940
3Capt. Henry Aubrey Rowley, RN16 Jul 194022 May 1941 (+)

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1 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN wearing the Flag of Vice-Admiral Sir R. Leatham, CB, RN) departed Aden to patrol in the Southern Red Sea.

At the outbreak of the Second World War HMS Gloucester was part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron which was based on the East Indies Station. The other cruisers that were part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron were her sister ships HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) and HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN).

5 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Aden to refuel. She departed later the same day for patrol in the Indian Ocean.

9 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Mombasa to refuel. She departed later the same day to resume her patrol.

15 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Mombasa from patrol in the Indian Ocean.

17 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Mombasa for patrol and Aden.

22 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Aden from patrol.

26 Sep 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Aden for the Perim patrol.

2 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Aden to refuel. She departed for patrol in the Indian Ocean later the same day.

5 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) fuelled off Masirah Island. She resumed her patrol later the same day.

11 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Colombo.

14 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Colombo for patrol in the Indian Ocean.

21 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Colombo to refuel. She departed again to resume her patrol later the same day.

23 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) returned to Colombo.

25 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Colombo to patrol in the Indian Ocean, Maldives area.

Before proceeding on patrol night encouter exercises were carried out with HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) and HMS Cornwall (Capt. C.F. Hammill, RN) which also departed Colombo at the same time to patrol in the Indian Ocean.

31 Oct 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) returned to Colombo.

7 Nov 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Colombo to patrol in the Indian Ocean.

12 Nov 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Colombo to refuel. She departed again to resume her patrol later the same day.

17 Nov 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Rangoon, Burma. She departed again to resume her patrol later the same day.

19 Nov 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Trincomalee to refuel. She departed again to resume her patrol later the same day.

24 Nov 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Diego Saurez, Madagascar. She departed again to patrol in the Indian Ocean later the same day.

29 Nov 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Diego Saurez to refuel. She departed again to resume her patrol later the same day.

5 Dec 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Diego Saurez.

6 Dec 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Diego Saurez for patrol. She returned later the same day.

8 Dec 1939
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN), HMS Cornwall (Capt. C.F. Hammill, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Diego Saurez for Simonstown, South Africa together with. Their destination was later changed to Durban.

12 Dec 1939
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Durban, South Africa.

14 Dec 1939
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN), HMS Cornwall (Capt. C.F. Hammill, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) put to sea from Durban for the South Atlantic when it was reported that the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was in Montivideo harbour. They were recalled early the next day and they returned to Durban.

22 Dec 1939
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Durban for Mauritius.

26 Dec 1939
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Mauritius. After fuelling they departed for the Seychelles later the same day.

29 Dec 1939
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles.

31 Dec 1939
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Port Victoria, Seychelles for Colombo.

4 Jan 1940
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrive at Colombo.

At Colombo Gloucester was to undergo a short refit.

6 Jan 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) is docked at Colombo.

28 Jan 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) completed her short refit at Colombo and is undocked.

31 Jan 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Colombo to patrol in the Indian Ocean.

5 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles where she took on board fuel.

6 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Port Victoria, Seychelles to resume her patrol.

9 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Mombasa.

11 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) shifted from Mombasa to Zanzibar.

12 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Zanzibar for patrol in the Indian Ocean.

17 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Durban.

21 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Durban for patrol in the Indian Ocean.

23 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Toliara, Madagascar before proceeding to sea again.

24 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Fort Dauphin (now called Tôlanaro), Madagascar before proceeding to sea again.

28 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Mauritius.

29 Feb 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Mauritius to continue her patrol.

5 Mar 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Colombo.

18 Mar 1940
During 18/19 March 1940, HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN), conducted exercises off Colombo.

22 Mar 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Colombo for patrol in the Indian Ocean and to proceed to Bombay, India.

24 Mar 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Bombay.

26 Mar 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Bombay to return to Colombo.

28 Mar 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Colombo.

29 Mar 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Colombo for patrol in the Indian Ocean towards Mauritius.

3 Apr 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Mauritius. After fuelling she departed for Simonstown, South Africa later the same day.

8 Apr 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Simonstown, South Africa.

12 Apr 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Simonstown to patrol in South-African waters.

18 Apr 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) returned to Simonstown.

21 Apr 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Simonstown for patrol in the South Atlantic.

27 Apr 1940
Early in the morning, HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN), took over the escort of the whale factory ship Tafelberg (13640 GRT, built 1930) from HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN). These ships had departed Capetown on 21 April. HMS Gloucester then returned to South Africa. (1)

30 Apr 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) returned to Simonstown.

7 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Simonstown.

13 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) conducted exercises off Simonstown together with HMS Shropshire (Capt. J.H. Edelsten, RN).

14 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Simonstown for Mombasa, Kenya.

19 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Mombasa. After fuelling and provisioning she departed for Aden later the same day.

22 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed for Port Said later the same day together with HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN), HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN).

25 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Suez. She commenced the transit of the Suez Canal later the same day. She arrived at Port Said shortly before midnight.

26 May 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) shifted from Port Said to Alexandria where she joined the Mediterranean Fleet.

3 Jun 1940
During 3/4 June 1940, HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN), participated in exercises with the Mediterranean Fleet off Alexandria.

6 Jun 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) participated in exercises with other ships of the 7th Cruiser Squardon (HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN)) off Alexandria.

7 Jun 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.

8 Jun 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) arrived at Malta.

9 Jun 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) departed Malta to return to Alexandria. She was escorted by HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, DSO, RN).

10 Jun 1940
HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) returned to Alexandria.

11 Jun 1940

Operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, 11 to 15 June 1940.

Around 0100/11, Cruisers of the 7th Cruiser Squadron; (HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN), HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN).

Around 0230 hours other ships of the Mediterranean Fleet departed Alexandria; battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, OBE, RN flying the flag of A/Admiral Sir A.B. Cunningham, KCB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Malaya (Capt. Sir A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN) and aircraft carrier HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN). They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, RAN), HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN), HMS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, RAN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Hasty, (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN), HMS Ilex, HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN).

The Fleet was joined at 0845 hours by HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN) which had departed Port Said at 2355/10. Around 1330 hours, HMS Calypso (Capt. H.A. Rowley, RN) also joined the fleet also coming from Port Said. Also in the afternoon destroyer HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) joined coming from Alexandria.

In the evening, around 1845 hours, the destroyers HMS Havock (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, RN), HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, DSO, RN), HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicholson, RN) and HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN) also joined. A little over an hour later the three Australian destroyers then left the Fleet for Alexandria.

Around 2015 hours, HMS Caledon, HMS Calypso and HMS Dainty split off from the fleet for a sweep to the south of Crete. During this sweep HMS Calypso was torpedoed around 0300/12. She sank at 0334/12. HMS Caledon and HMS Dainty then picked up the survivors and landed them on the 13th at Alexandria.

During the night of 11/12 June 1940, HMS Orion and HMAS Sydney made a sweep of Benghazi but had no contact with the enemy. At the same time HMS Gloucester and HMS Liverpool and four destroyers made a sweep of Tobruk. They shelled the harbour and coast defence ship San Giorgio inside it. Also they engaged three Italian auxiliary gunboats; Palmaiola, Riccardo Grazioli Lante and Giovanni Berta. The last one was sunk during the engagement.

All British ships returned to Alexandria on 14/15 June.

17 Sep 1940
British raid on Benghazi;
Aircraft from the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. D.W. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked Italian ships in Benghazi harbour. Also mines were laid off the harbour. The destroyer Borea was sunk by torpedo, The destroyer Aquilone was mined and sunk. The merchants Gloria Stella (5490 GRT) and Maria Eugenia (4702 GRT) were also sunk during the attack.

Illustrious was escorted by the British battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN) the British heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN), the British light cruisers HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN) HMS Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, RN), HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN), HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RAN).

After the attack HMS Kent, escorted by HMS Nubian and HMS Mohawk, was detached to bombard Italian positions at Bardia early on the 18th. However before this could materialise HMS Kent was torpedoed and heavily damaged by Italian torpedo bombers just before midnight. Kent was hit in the stern and badly damaged. Kent was towed to Alexandria by HMS Nubian, escorted by light cruiser HMS Orion, AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) and destroyers HMS Mohawk, HMS Jervis, HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN).

8 Oct 1940
Operation MB-6;

A British convoy with the merchants
Memnon (7506 GRT),
Lanarkshire (11275 GRT),
Clan Macauley (10492 GRT) and
Clan Ferguson (7347 GRT)
left Alexandria for Malta on 8 October 1940. This convoy was escorted by the British Anti-Aircraft cruisers
HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN),
HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN)
and the Australian destroyers
HMS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN),
HMS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN),
HMS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RAN)
and the British destroyer
HMS Wryneck (Cdr. R.H.D. Lane, RN).

Cover was provided by the Mediterranean Fleet (Admiral Cunningham) with the British battleships
HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN),
HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN),
HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN),
HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN),
the British aircraft carriers
HMS Illustrious (Capt. D.W. Boyd, DSC, RN),
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN),
the British heavy cruiser
HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN),
the British light cruisers
HMS Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, RN),
HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN),
HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN),
HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN),
the Australian light cruiser
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN)
escorted by the British destroyers
HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO and Bar, RN),
HMS Havock (Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, DSC, RN),
HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN),
HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN),
HMS Hasty, (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN),
HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN),
HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN),
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN),
HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN),
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN),
HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN),
HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, DSO, RN),
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN),
HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN)
and the Australian destroyers
HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN) and
HMAS Vendetta (Cdr. R. Rhoades RAN).

The convoy was not spotted and arrived safe at Malta on 11 October. The only damage sustained was to the destroyer HMS Imperial that was mined off Malta and was out of action for over 6 months.

While on the return trip the Mediterranean Fleet was sighted by an Italian aircraft. The Italian Navy tried to intercept them in the Ionian Sea. In the night of 11/12 October the first Italian torpedo boat flotilla with Airone, Alcione and Ariel attacked HMS Ajax. The attack failed and Ajax sank Airone and Ariel, Alcione escaped. A little while later the Italian 11th destroyer flotilla, with Artigliere, Aviere, Camicia Nera and Geniere arrived at the scene. They were surprised by the radar-directed gunfire from HMS Ajax. Artigliere was heavily damaged and Aviere was slightly damaged. Camicia Nere tried to tow Artigliere away but she was sighted by a British Sunderland aircraft that homed in 3 Swordfish aircraft from HMS Illustrious. However, the torpedoed they fired didn't hit the Italian ships. Later the British heavy cruiser HMS York arrived at the scene. Camicia Nera quickly slipped the towing line and sped off. After her crew had left the ship Artiglire was sunk by York.

While the Mediterranean Fleet was still on the return trip aircraft from HMS Illustrious and HMS Eagle attacked Leros and in the evening of the 14th the British light cruiser HMS Liverpool while south-east of Crete was hit in the bow by a torpedo from an Italian aircraft. The cruiser was heavily damaged and was repaired at the Mare Island Navy Yard in the USA. HMS Liverpool was not operational again until January 1942.

21 Apr 1941
Submarine HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) acts as beacon for the Mediterranean Fleet during a bombardment of Tripoli. The bombardment was carried out by the battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN), HMS Barham (Capt. G.C. Cooke, RN), and HMS Valiant (Capt. C.E. Morgan, RN), light cruiser HMS Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, RN), and destroyers HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt. W.J. Munn, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Hotspur (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), and HMS Juno (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN). The Italian torpedo boat Partenope and six freighters were damaged in the bombardment. According to Italian sources the steamers Assiria (2705 GRT, built 1928) and Marocchino (1524 GRT, built 1920) sank in shallow waters, the motorboat Ciconetti sank in deep waters and the steamer Sabbia (5787 GRT, built 1926) was damaged.

Later on this day Truant attacks what is believed to be the small Italian tanker Prometeo (1080 GRT, built 1920) with 2 torpedoes off Tripoli, Libya. Both torpedoes missed their target. Italian sources cannot confirm the identity of the ship attacked.

(All times are zone -2)
In position 033° Tajura 3.5 nautical miles sighted the Italian Auxiliary Prometeo to the Southward. Closed to attack.

1410 hours - In only 50 feet of water fired 2 torpedoes from 2000 yards. The torpedoes were sighted by the enemy which altered course to avoid.

1430 hours - Surfaced and proceeded to deeper water on the main engines.

1520 hours - Dived. (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/112034
  2. ADM 199/1861

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


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