Allied Warships

HMS White Bear (4.02)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.02 
Built byRamage & Ferguson Ltd. (Leith, Scotland, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched4 Mar 1908 
Commissioned 
End service 
History

Completed in July 1908 as Iolanda.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty 1939 and renamed White Bear.
Served as tender to submarine flotilla's.

Mercantile in 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS White Bear (4.02)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Roy Gill, RD, RNRDec 19394 Nov 1940
2Cdr. (retired) Charles Cecil Flemming, RN4 Nov 194012 Nov 1942
3T/Lt. Douglas Harold Everett, RNR12 Nov 194212 Dec 1942
4Cdr. James Francis Drake, OBE, RNR12 Dec 1942

5Cdr. (retired) Arthur Louis Sanders, RN31 Aug 194331 Dec 1943
6Cdr. Charles Wheatstone Sabine, OBE, RN31 Dec 194320 Nov 1944
7Capt. Archibald Day, RN20 Nov 194431 May 1945
8Cdr. James Francis Drake, OBE, RNR31 May 194520 Aug 1945
9Capt. Archibald Day, RN20 Aug 19454 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving White Bear include:


3 Jun 1940
The Dutch submarine HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). The British submarines HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A Woodward, RN) and HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) were also in company until Blyth. (1)

11 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, DSO, RN), HMS Salmon (Cdr. E.O. Bickford, DSO, RN) and HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (2)

12 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. These included a practice attack on HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (3)

13 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. These included a practice attack on HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (3)

10 Jul 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Rosyth for Plymouth. She made the passage around Scotland and through the Irish Sea. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR). (1)

17 Jul 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) conducted exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS Oberon proceeded to Campbeltown. (4)

18 Jul 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) conducted exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) off Campbeltown with HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (4)

19 Jul 1940
At 2000 hours, HMS Thames (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Dunkerley, RN), cast off from HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) and departed Rothesay for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR). (5)

8 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) proceeds from Rosyth to Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR).

23 Aug 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) departed from Rosyth for Scapa escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR), arriving on 24 August and sails from there the next day for her 8th patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Atlantic to the North-West of the Hebrides.

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

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29 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) departed from Rosyth for Gibraltar. Passage from Rosyth to the Scillies was made together with HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR) until 1930/31 when HMS Arab (Lt. R.B. Stannard, RNR) took over escort duties until 0900/2.

As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display Triad's daily positions (on a map). (6)

4 Sep 1940
HMS Triton (Lt. G.C.I.S.B. Watkins, RN) departed from Rosyth for Gibraltar. She is to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

Passage through British coastal waters was made together with HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 2130/7. (1)

6 Sep 1940
HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed Rothesay for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol West of the Hebrides.

She was escorted to position 56°42'N, 07°54'E by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). They parted company at 0800/7. (7)

7 Sep 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Rothesay. She, and HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN), were escorted in by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR) (6)

26 Sep 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) served as target. (8)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) departed from Harwich for Holy Loch. She made part of the passage in a convoy until 0940/4 when whe made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR). (9)

8 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (10)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Rosyth for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (11)

12 Dec 1940
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 0200/14.

[No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol by HMS Tuna can be displayed.] (12)

20 Dec 1940
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H. Tichelman, RNN) departs Tobermory for Dundee. She is escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (13)

12 Jan 1941
HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) both departed Blyth for the Clyde. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

17 Jan 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (15)

21 Jan 1941
HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and FFS Minerve departed Holy Loch for Dundee. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

24 Jan 1941
HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) departed Rosyth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (16)

27 Jan 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

4 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

5 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) was to conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). However the exercises were cancelled. (17)

6 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

7 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

8 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). These included night exercises. (17)

10 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

11 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

15 Feb 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

15 Feb 1941
HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (18)

16 Feb 1941
HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (18)

18 Feb 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

11 Mar 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed Rothesay for Newcastle. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (19)

16 Mar 1941
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) departed Rosyth for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (20)

22 Mar 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) shifted from Ardrishaig to Rothesay. Later the same day she departed Rothesay for Falmouth together with HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (21)

26 Mar 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) and with HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) both departed Falmouth for Dartmouth. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (22)

9 Apr 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Falmouth. Whe was escorted in by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (23)

14 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Falmouth.

At 0630 hours, the submarines made rendez-vous was with their escort towards Falmouth, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (24)

16 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) both departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (25)

22 Apr 1941
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) served as target. (26)

25 Apr 1941
HMS Cachalot (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

30 Apr 1941
HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

10 May 1941
HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

11 May 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departs Scapa Flow for Dundee. She is escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (13)

23 Jul 1941
At 0400 hours, HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (27)

26 Jul 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Polyarnoe, Russia. She was escorted out by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

As no log is available no map can be displayed. (14)

1 Aug 1941
HMS Trident (Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Polyarnoe, Russia. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 1400/3.

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

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15 Aug 1941
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. (29)

16 Aug 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (29)

20 Aug 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 2215/21.

No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol can be displayed. (12)

21 Aug 1941
The Turkish submarine Oruc Reis departed her builders yard at Barrow for trials in the Clyde area. She was manned by a British crew under Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN. She appeared to have been escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

23 Aug 1941
HMS Thorn (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) departed her builders yard at Birkenhead for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

1 Sep 1941
HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Sheerness for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN) until near Dungeness. Thence unescorted until she made rendez-vous near the Lizard at 1930/5 with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) for onward passage under escort to Rothesay. (30)

10 Sep 1941
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) arrive at Holy Loch. (31)

22 Sep 1941
After a short period of trials and training on the West coast of Scotland HMS Thorn (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She is to proceed to Alexandria to join the 1st Submarine Flotilla. During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

No map of the passage to Gibraltar can be displayed as no log for September 1941 is available. (32)

14 Oct 1941
HMS P 36 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Atlantic to the south-west of Ireland on an anti-uboat patrol.

During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (14)

4 Nov 1941
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (33)

18 Nov 1941
At 0740 hours HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) made rendez-vous off Trevose Head with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (34)

22 Nov 1941
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (33)

23 Nov 1941
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (33)

27 Nov 1941
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (33)

30 Nov 1941
At 1030 hours, HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (12)

18 Dec 1941
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) served as target. These also included night exercises. (35)

19 Dec 1941
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) served as target. (35)

27 Dec 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (36)

29 Dec 1941
At 0915 hours, HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (12)

3 Jan 1942
At 0915 hours, HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). They then proceeded towards Holy Loch. (37)

10 Jan 1942
At 1230, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (38)

14 Jan 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 2120/16.

No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol can be displayed. (12)

21 Jan 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Falmouth. Tuna was escorted in by HMS Scarron (T/Lt. R.A.A. Robertson, RNVR).

Tuna departed Falmouth for Holy Loch later that same day. She made the passage together with the Free French submarine FFS Rubis. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (12)

26 Jan 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. Passage north was made together with ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) and FFS Rubis (Lt. H.L.G. Rousselot) which were en-route to Blyth and Dundee respectively. They were escorted by (until Scapa Flow) by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (39)

30 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (40)

28 Mar 1942
HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (41)

3 Apr 1942
HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (42)

6 Apr 1942
HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 27th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Norwegian coast to the north of Trondheim. She was escorted out by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 2100/8.

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

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14 Apr 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) arrived at Moville. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (43)

18 Apr 1942
HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (42)

18 Apr 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (44)

26 Apr 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (45)

27 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Harvester (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises she set course for Rothesay escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (46)

29 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) which was to proceed to Gibraltar. The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (39)

1 May 1942
At 1930 hours, HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN), parted company with her escort HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) in position 270°, Wolf Rock, 4 nautical miles. (47)

8 May 1942
HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (48)

13 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (49)

31 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (50)

2 Jun 1942
HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (39)

6 Jun 1942
HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included practice attacks on HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (51)

8 Jun 1942
HMS Utmost (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Gibraltar. She was to proceed to Malta to rejoin the 10th submarine flotilla. She was escorted to Bishops rock by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

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

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22 Jun 1942
HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. Passage is made together with HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN). The submarines were escorted by the armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (51)

6 Jul 1942
HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (53)

13 Jul 1942
HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) ended her 30th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch after a few hours escorted by the armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (54)

19 Jul 1942
HrMs O 24 (Lt. W.J. de Vries, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This is the first leg of the trip to the Far East. She is escorted through the Irish Sea by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

For the daily positions of HrMs O 24 during this passage see the map below.


View HrMs O 24 passage Holy Loch - Colombo in a larger map (55)

20 Jul 1942
At 2355 hours, off Bishops Rock, HrMs O 24 (Lt. W.J. de Vries, RNN) left her escort, the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN), and proceeded to Gibraltar. (55)

21 Jul 1942
With her refit completed, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN), departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

3 Aug 1942
With her refit and work-up period completed, HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. M. Willmott, DSO, RN), departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She is to proceed to Beirut to re-join the 1st submarine Flotilla.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN). They were escorted by they were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

No map of this passage can be displayed as there are no logs available for HMS Talisman for this period. (7)

13 Aug 1942
HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (39)

16 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) ended her 28th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for Holy Loch escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (56)

31 Aug 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage together with HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) and HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN).

The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (39)

10 Sep 1942
At 0530 hours, HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN), off Trevose Head. They then proceeded northwards through the Irish Sea. (57)

13 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Holy Loch together with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). They were to proceed northwards through the Minches. HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) was also in company during the passage north as she was to proceed to Lerwick.

Escort was taken over at 0800/16 by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). During passage south along the Scottish east coast HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was also in company. (57)

17 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) and HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (58)

24 Sep 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN), HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) and HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (59)

24 Sep 1942
HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for Holy Loch later the same day.

She made the passage to Holy Loch together with HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN), HMS HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) and HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (39)

1 Oct 1942
HMS Tribune (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (60)

10 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) exercises at / off Scapa Flow. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 set course for Rothesay. During the passage to Rothesay she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) (61)

30 Nov 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 16th war patrol. She is to perform a special operation in the Bay of Biscay. Before she departed from for patrol exercises were carried out in Inchmarnock Water.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (12)

6 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) and HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) departed Falmouth for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (62)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS Truant proceeded to Campbeltown. (63)

6 Jun 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Holy Loch for Algiers. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 1700/8. (64)

10 Jun 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth with HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). (65)

11 Jun 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth with HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). (65)

13 Jun 1943
After two weeks in which trials were conducted off Plymouth, HMS Proteus (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR).

23 Jun 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, DSC, RN) and HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS Proteus proceeded to Campbeltown. (65)

27 Jun 1943
HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) departed her builders yard at Liverpool for Holy Loch. She was escorted by the armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). (66)

20 Jul 1943
At 1300 hours, HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) made rendez-vous with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR), off the Scilly Islands. (67)

12 Aug 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). These also included night exercises during the night of 12/13 August. (68)

12 Aug 1943
HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear served as target. (69)

19 Aug 1943
At 0655 hours, HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) and their escort HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). (70)

23 Aug 1943
HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN). (71)

26 Aug 1943
HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Tracker (Capt.(Retd.) D.S. McGrath, RN) and HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (71)

4 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN). These were followed by gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (72)

8 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) that was to proceed to Lerwick. They were escorted north through the Minches by HMS White Bear (Cdr. J.F. Drake, RNR). (72)

12 Sep 1943
HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 1130/13 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (73)

16 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) and HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (74)

6 Nov 1943
HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) served as the target. These exercises included night exercises. (75)

11 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) as target. (76)

12 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) as target. (76)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). These included night exercises. (77)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) served as the target. These exercises included night exercises. (75)

2 Dec 1943
HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). (78)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) served as the target. (79)

11 Dec 1943
HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) served as the target. (79)

1 Jun 1944
With her refit at the Devonport Dockyard completed HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Plymouth for the Clyde. She made the passage together with HMS Unruffled (Lt. F. Park, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. C.W. Sabine, OBE, RN). (80)

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  63. ADM 173/18284
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  65. ADM 173/17890
  66. ADM 173/18111
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  72. ADM 173/18396
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  78. ADM 199/1910
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