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HMS Severn (N 57)

Submarine of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassRiver 
PennantN 57 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Nov 1932 
Laid down27 Mar 1933 
Launched16 Jan 1934 
Commissioned12 Jan 1935 
End service23 Dec 1944 
History

Decommissioned on 23 December 1944 at Trincomalee.

Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1946. Scrapped at Bombay, India.

 

Commands listed for HMS Severn (N 57)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Bertram Wilfrid Taylor, RNMay 193930 Oct 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Andrew Neil Gillespie Campbell, RN30 Oct 194020 Aug 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Herbert George Dymott, RN20 Aug 19414 Sep 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Andrew Neil Gillespie Campbell, RN4 Sep 19417 Jan 1944
5Lt. Raymond Henry Bull, DSC, RN7 Jan 194420 Mar 1944
6Lt. John Francis Michell, RN20 Mar 19448 Apr 1944
7Lt. Raymond Henry Bull, DSC, RN8 Apr 19445 Sep 1944
8T/Lt. Victor Henry Frank Drew, RNVR5 Sep 19446 Sep 1944
9Lt. Richard Femister Tibbatts, RN6 Sep 194421 Sep 1944
10Lt.Cdr. Russell Stanhope Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN21 Sep 194423 Dec 1944

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31 Aug 1939

HMS Clyde (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN) and HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) both departed Gibraltar for Freetown where they were to join the South Atlantic Command for convoy defence duties. (1)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) arrived at Freetown. (2)

9 Sep 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Freetown to patrol off the Cape Verde Islands. This was her 1st war patrol. (3)

10 Sep 1939
At 0959 hours (zone +1), in position 09°10'N, 15°55'W, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN), sighted a tanker bearing 270°, range 7 nautical miles, steering a course of 120°. Severn altered course to close at 18 knots to investigate. Shortly afterwards the tanker turned away. On closing HMS Severn told the tanker to stop. Severn then intercepted a distress message from the tanker which turned out to be the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Oligarch (6894 GRT, built 1918, Master H.M. Sinclair). HMS Severn then made every effort to establish her identity to the tanker but this succeeded only at 1100 hours. Oligarch was then ordered to proceed to Freetown and cancel her distress message. (3)

28 Sep 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed her patrol area for Dakar. (3)

30 Sep 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dakar. (3)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Dakar to patrol off the Cape Verde Islands. This was her 2nd war patrol. (3)

16 Oct 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is ordered to proceed to Freetown. (3)

19 Oct 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Freetown. (3)

23 Oct 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Freetown for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South-Atlantic off north-east Brasil. (3)

20 Nov 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Freetown. (3)

25 Nov 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Freetown for Dakar. (4)

27 Nov 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) arrived at Dakar. (4)

28 Nov 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is docked at Dakar. (4)

2 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is undocked. (5)

3 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Dakar for Freetown. (5)

5 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) arrived at Freetown. (5)

11 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Freetown for the Falkland Islands. This is her 4th war patrol. (3)

15 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is ordered to proceed to the River Plate and to investigate Ilha da Trinidade en-route if possible. (3)

17 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) reconnoitred Ilha da Trinidade. At 0815 hours (zone +2) Severn changed course to proceed to the River Plate area. (3)

18 Dec 1939
At 0400 hours (zone +2), while in position 23°34'S, 33°24'W, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN), is ordered to make a sweep for the German tanker Altmark and then to return to Freetown.

At 1600 hours, HMS Severn is ordered to proceed with despatch to position 14°30'S, 21°30'W. During the next two days Severn was ordered to proceed to several position to search for the German tanker but she was not sighted. (3)

24 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) made a short stop at Ascension Island to see if there was any mail that had to be transported northbound. Severn was passing about 10 miles from the island so Lt.Cdr. Taylor decided to pay a short visit to the Island before proceeding to Freetown.

28 Dec 1939
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Freetown. (3)

13 Jan 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Freetown for Portsmouth. She was part of the ocean escort of convoy SL 16F together with Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Cheshire (Capt. (Retd.) M.R. Bernard, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hardy (Capt. B.A. Warburton-Lee, RN) and HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN).

Besides the escort the convoy was made up of 12 British merchant ships; Adda (7816 GRT, built 1922), Anselm (5954 GRT, built 1935), Baronesa (8663 GRT, built 1918), City of Nagpur (10146 GRT, built 1922), Cordillera (6865 GRT, built 1920), Cumberland (10939 GRT, built 1919), Mahia (10014 GRT, built 1917), Mary Slessor (5027 GRT, built 1930), Orari (10350 GRT, built 1931), Port Sydney (9129 GRT, built 1914), Raranga (10043 GRT, built 1916) and Scientist (6198 GRT, built 1938).

The destroyers departed the convoy on the 20th and then proceeded to Gibraltar. On the 24th the destroyer HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, RN) and sloop HMS Rochester (Cdr. G.F. Renwick, RN) took over the escort from the HMS Cheshire and HMS Severn which then proceeded to Plymouth and Portsmouth respectively where they both arrived on the 26th. (6)

26 Jan 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. Before HMS Severn would be fit for patrol she had to undergo a period of repairs to her main motors. (7)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) and HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) both departed Portsmouth for Rosyth. They were escorted by HMS Wivern (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Bushell, RN). They joined northbound convoy FN 139 at 1530/6 until 2100/7 when both submarines were ordered to patrol off the Skagerrak and course was set accordingly. This passage then became HMS Severn's 5th war patrol.

[As there is no log available for this period and the patrol report does not give any position no map for this patrol can be displayed.] (3)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is ordered to patrol off Kristiansand. (7)

11 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) made a torpedo attack on a merchant vessel. No hits were obtained. This was possibly the German transport Levante (4769 GRT, built 1939) that was en-route from Hamburg to Trondheim with supplies for the German invasion forces.

2100 hours - Surfaced off Kristiansand.

2145 hours - Sighted a 6000 tons merchant vessel proceeding East. Commenced attack. Fired two torpedoes which missed. No further attack could be made due to patrol vessels in the area. (3)

15 Apr 1940
At 0615 hours, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN), is bombed by a German aircraft to the east of Kristiansand. Severn dived to 120 feet and sustained no damage. (3)

21 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth. (7)

24 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) shifted from Rosyth to Dundee. (6)

29 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Dundee for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway. (3)

2 May 1940
While on patrol, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN), is bombed at 2208 hours, by an enemy aircraft. Severn dived to 70 feet and continued her passage on the surface after about half an hour. (3)

4 May 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) torpedoed and sank the Swedish merchant vessel Monark (1786 GRT, built 1938) off Lister, Norway in position 57°57'N, 06°13'E. The Monark was in German service at that time. She had been at Stavanger when the Germans invaded. She was now under way to Hamburg with a German prize crew on board. The cargo was woodpulp.

0345 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel at a range of 5000 yards. The targets course was 147°. Closed to attack. hen broad on the targets beam identified her as the Swedish S.S. Monark of Stockholm. Decided not to torpedo the ship from submerged but, since it was a neutral allowed the crew to escape before sinking her in accordance with our orders.

0359 hours - Surfaced astern of the target. Gave chase for about 2 miles. Ordered the ship to stop, not to use her W/T and to sent over a boat. There was a delay of 25 minutes before a motor boat containing the Master came alongside. In reply to questions the Master, who spoke excellent English, said that his ship was at Stavanger when the Germans invaded. His ship and the cargo of woodpulp were seized and he was now proceeding to Germany with a prize crew on board. The Master was told to return to his ship and to order the prize crew to board the board and board the submarine. The Master refused this as he expected that he would be shot. A signal was then made to the Monark to abandon ship and to effect this a round was fird across her bows. The ship was immediately abandoned and the prize crew pulled towards the submarine.

0451 hours - HMS Severn was now on the surface for about one hour. The sun had risen and air patrols were expected at any moment. Fired one torpedo at the Monark from 600 yards. It hit amidships and she started to list heavily to port and shortly afterwards sank rapidly.

0500 hours - Embarked 5 members of the prize crew dived. Shortly afterwards sighted aircraft circling our position. Decided to retire to the westward. (3)

9 May 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) was ordered to return to base. (3)

10 May 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Dundee. (6)

25 May 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Dundee for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off central Norway, near Trondheim. (3)

5 Jun 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is ordered to leave patrol and proceed to Rosyth. This was changed to Dundee the next day. (3)

7 Jun 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Dundee. (6)

20 Jun 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Dundee for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Norwegian coast, Statlanded area. (3)

21 Jun 1940
At 0206 hours, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN), received a report that HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) had sighted and attacked 'large enemy warships' off Fro Havet.

At 0336 hours, HMS Severn increased speed to 20 knots to proceed on the surface to Utsire as fast as possible as ordered by Vice-Admiral Submarines in his signal timed 0323/21. Severn was forced three times to dive for enemy aircraft but it was believed she was not sighted.

At 1132 hours, in position 58°54'N, 03°45'E, HMS Severn sighted the conning tower of a submarine bearing 100°, course north, range about 5 nautical miles. Severn dived and closed at full speed. The conning tower was only sighted once more from submerged at a range of about 3 nautical miles. An aircraft was seen 5 minutes later and this had probably forced the other submarine to dive. As Severn's position was roughly along the track of the enemy (aircraft report of 1120/21) decided to remain dived and proceeded towards Utsire. This was a wise dicision for later that afternoon the German submarine U-99 was detected on the surface by an Arado seaplane from the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst and bombed in error. Severn heard six distant explosions between 1528 and 1540 hours. U-99 reported being attacked at 1623 hours (German time was one hour later). It was the Scharnhorst that Severn was after but she never sighted her. The submarine sighted by Severn at 1132 hours must have been U-99.

In the evening, at 1901 hours, HMS Severn sighted a County and a Town class cruiser about 5 nautical miles to the westward. Their gun turrets were on a northerly bearing and the smoke of gunfire was seen. When the cruisers had closed to 3 miles, Severn surfaced and identified herself to the cruisers which were HMS Sussex (Capt A.R. Hammick, RN) and HMS Newcastle (Capt. J. Figgins, RN). Lt.Cdr. Taylor then asked where the enemy was but he was told that the cruisers were engaging enemy aircraft and not a surface vessel. Severn then dived again at 1922 hours and proceeded towards Haugesund. (3)

30 Jun 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) attacked a northbound German destroyer with three torpedoes in the North Sea south-west of Norway in position 57°28N, 05°31E. No hits were obtained.

1835 hours - Heard faint HE bearing 165°

1840 hours - Sighted a destroyer at a range of about 3 nautical miles. Commenced attack.

1848 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 1500 yards. They probably missed astern as the speed of the enemy was underestimated.

1857 hours - Heard three loud explosions, most likely the torpedoes exploding on hitting the bottom at the end of their run. (3)

2 Jul 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Dundee. (3)

8 Jul 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. (7)

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). (7)

13 Jul 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) arrived at Plymouth where she was taken in hand for refit by the Devonport Dockyard. (6)

15 Dec 1940
Having completed her refit at the Devonport Dockyard, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. (8)

16 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to commence a period of trials and training. (8)

18 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in Loch Long. (8)

19 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (8)

20 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (8)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Long. (8)

22 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (8)

26 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (8)

27 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials at the torpedo range at Arrochar. (8)

28 Dec 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Glasgow where she was docked. (8)

2 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked and returned to Holy Loch. (9)

6 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (9)

7 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (9)

8 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (9)

9 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to perform an anti-Uboat patrol in the North Atlantic and to proceed to Halifax on completion of her patrol. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt. (Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN) until 0627/10 (zone +1). (3)

11 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived in her patrol area. (3)

15 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed her patrol area for Halifax. (3)

22 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Halifax. (3)

4 Feb 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Halifax. (10)

9 Feb 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Halifax for her 10th war patrol. She was to escort convo SC-22 for part of the voyage across the Atlantic. She joined the convoy at sea the next day at 0711 hours (zone +4). (10)

21 Feb 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) detached from convoy SC-22 at 1645 hours (zone +2) in approximate position 58°50'N, 28°42'W. (10)

27 Feb 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Halifax. (10)

11 Mar 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Halifax for Freetown. (11)

16 Mar 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is ordered to patrol in the North Atlantic to search for the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau that are on a raid in the North Atlantic.

HMS Severn is ordered to continue her passage the next day. (3)

25 Mar 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Freetown. (11)

30 Mar 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to participate in a special operation (Operation Grab) in which four Italian submarines coming from the Red Sea and their German supply vessel/tanker were to be intercepted. The British had discovered where these ships were to make rendez-vous though 'Ultra' (code breaking) and decided to spoil 'the party'.

Besides HMS Severn the armed merchant cruiser HMS Alcantara (Capt. (Retd.) J.G.P. Ingham, DSO, RN) and the sloops HMS Milford (Cdr. (Retd.) the Hon. V.M. Wyndham-Quin, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (A/Cdr. (Retd.) H.F.G. Leftwich, RN) were also involved in this operation. (12)

4 Apr 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at St. Helena. She departed again later the same day having fuelled in the meantime. (13)

8 Apr 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) attacked an Italian submarine, most likely the Archimede, with two torpedoes in the South Atlantic in approximate position 25°03'S, 20°04'W.

(All times are zone +1)
0904 hours - Sighted a submarine on the surface. Dived. Commenced attack.

0944 hours - Fired two torpedoes. Missed.

0955 hours - Course and speed as requisted to keep in touch with the enemy.

1122 hours - Surfaced. Course and speed as requisted for shadowing the enemy.

1400 hours - Lost sight of the enemy. (13)

10 Apr 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) twice attacked an Italian submarine, most likely the Ferraris in approximate position 24°33'S, 20°03'W. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

(All times are zone +1)
1942 hours - Sighted a submarine on the surface. Altered course to attack.

1947 hours - Fired four torpedoes. Missed.

1950 hours - Fired two torpedoes. Missed again.

1959 hours - Dived.

2142 hours - Surfaced. Set course for rendez-vous position with HMS Alcantara and HMS Milford. (13)

23 Apr 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at St. Helena where she fuelled. (13)

24 Apr 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed St. Helena for Freetown. (13)

29 Apr 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Freetown. (13)

3 May 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for Gibraltar. She was escorted by HMS Anchusa (T/Lt. P. Everett-Price, DSC, RNR) until 0626/4. (14)

10 May 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Gibraltar where she joined the newly established 8th Submarine Flotilla based on HMS Maidstone (Capt. G.A.W. Voelcker, RN). (14)

25 May 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to provide escort for Fleet tanker RFA Cairndale (8129 GRT, built 1939, Master S.G. Kent). The Cairndale was to provide fuel for naval ships involved in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen.

The transport City of Dieppe (7958 GRT, built 1929) that was to proceed to St. Johns, Newfoundland made part of her voyage together with HMS Severn and RFA Cedardale. They were to proceed to position 43°00N, 35°00W from where the City of Dieppe was to be detached to St. Johns. (14)

26 May 1941
At 1240 hours, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), reversed course for Gibraltar as per orders she had received by signal. (14)

27 May 1941
Around 0800 hours (zone -1), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) took up a patrol position in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Following the sinking of the Bismark, HMS Severn was ordered, around 1700 hours to rejoin RFA Cedardale at sea. (14)

28 May 1941
In the afternoon, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), is ordered to return to Gibraltar. (14)

29 May 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Gibraltar. (14)

30 May 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Gibraltar. (14)

1 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 13th war patrol. She is to perfom an anti-Uboat patrol to the West of Gibraltar. (15)

7 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Gibraltar. (15)

11 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Gibraltar. (15)

12 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with the Dutch submarine O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and the British destroyers HMS Wrestler (Lt. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN) and HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN) (15)

14 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 14th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. (3)

16 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is ordered by signal (V.A.C.N.A. 1910A/16) to take up a patrol position off Palermo. (3)

20 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel off Cape Zafferno to the east of Palermo, Sicily in approximate position 38°10N, 13°35E. A total of six torpedoes were fired in two attacks but no hits were obtained.

Following this attack HMS Severn proceeded to patrol off Naples.

(All times are zone -1)
1755 hours - Sighted a large merchant vessel of about 5000 to 6000 tons and an escort vessel leaving Palermo by the eastern swept channel. Range was 16000 yards.

1800 hours - Commenced attack.

1854 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2000 yards. All missed, most likely ahead due to the speed of the target being overestimated.

1858 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2000 yards. Both missed. The enemy was seen to turn to comb the tracks.

22 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) fired torpedoes at, most likely, an Italian Argonauta class submarine, south of the Gulf of Naples in appoximate position 40°25'N, 14°24'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1206 hours - Sighted a submarine leaving Naples Bay (through Bocca Piccola) southward towards Messina. Range was 5000 yards.

1229 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 900 yards. Missed. The enemy zigged shortly before firing so the setup had to be changed quickly from an attack from 500 yards to 900 yards.

25 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed her patrol area off Naples for the east coast of Sardinia. (3)

26 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Polinnia (1292 GRT, built 1911) in the Thyrrhenian Sea about 95 nautical miles south-west of Ischia Island, Italy in position 40°05'N, 12°08'E.

(All times are zone -1)
2010 hours - Sighted a merchant ship. Started attack.

2045 hours - Fired one torpedo from 1500 yards. It hit.

2100 hours - Surfaced. Opened fire with the deck gun.

2108 hours - Ceased firing. Proceeded to pick up survivors as the crew had abondoned ship.

2202 hours - Fired a second torpedo as the ship did not sink from a range of 1000 yards. The cargo of the ship was timber. It hit and the ship now started settling by the stern..

28 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Ugo Bassi (2900 GRT, built 1902) off the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia in approximate position 40°07'N, 09°50'E.

(All times are zone -1)
0602 hours - Sighted a southbound cargo/passenger vessel of about 7000 to 8000 tons. Range was 12000 yards. Started attack.

0633 hours - Fired one torpedo from 2500 yards. It hit underneath the bridge and a heavy explosion followed. The target was settling fast.

0638 hours - Retired from the scene to the eastward.

4 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (3)

13 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Gibraltar. (16)

22 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (16)

25 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (16)

26 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, RN). (16)

28 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to escort convoy HG 69 for part of the way.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. J. Grant, RN). (3)

31 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is ordered to leave the convoy and to patrol along a line to the west of Gibraltar for an anti-Uboat patrol. (3)

7 Aug 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) fired torpedoes at the German submarine U-93 in position 34°48'N, 13°04'W. All torpedoes missed their target although the British claimed to have sunk the submarine. The Germans heard two torpedoes exploding.

(All times are zone -1)
0048 hours - Sighted a U-boat on the surface at a range of 4000 yards. Started attack.

0056 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3000 to 4000 yards. All missed.

0101 hours - Fired one torpedo from 3000 to 4000 yards. Missed.

0102 hours - Fired one torpedo from 3000 to 4000 yards, it hit at 0105 hours. A very loud explosion was heard.

0106 hours - Dived to reload. (3)

8 Aug 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is ordered to return to Gibraltar. (3)

10 Aug 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Gibraltar. (3)

19 Aug 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) and HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, RN). (17)

20 Aug 1941
HMS Severn (with Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN temporary in command as Lt.Cdr. Campbell was sick)eparted Gibraltar for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Atlantic to the west of Gibraltar.

Shortly after departing Gibraltar HMS Severn grounded near Cape Spartel and damaged her Asdic dome. (17)

4 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Gibraltar. (18)

10 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Gibraltar. (18)

11 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (18)

16 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Lord Hotham (T/Skr. F.J. Setterfield, RNR). (18)

17 Sep 1941
In the morning, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Cossack (Capt. E.L. Berthon, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Legion (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, RN), and in the afternoon HMS Severn conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, DSC and Bar, RN). (18)

18 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Fleur de Lys (Lt. (Retd.) A. Collins, RNR). (18)

22 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted independent exercises off Gibraltar. (18)

23 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted independent exercises off Gibraltar. (18)

28 Sep 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Gibraltar. (18)

11 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (19)

14 Oct 1941
In the morning, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), conducted independent exercises off Gibraltar. In the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out together with aircraft. (19)

15 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown. (19)

22 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Freetown. (19)

27 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for a few days of exercises together with the destroyer HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN), the corvettes HMS Armeria (T/Lt. H.N. Russell, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (Lt. H.N. Lawson, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), the A/S trawlers HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR), HMS Morris Dance (Lt. A. Bruce, RCNVR) and several ML's. (19)

30 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) returned to Freetown. (19)

1 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Freetown. (20)

3 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN), HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN), HMS Starwort (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, RD, RNR) and two ML's. (20)

7 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN), HMS Starwort (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, RD, RNR) and two ML's. (20)

9 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN), HMS Hollyhock (Lt. T.E. Davies, OBE, RNR) and HMS Turcoman (T/Lt. R.F. Pretty, RNVR). (20)

11 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Bengali (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR) and three ML's. (20)

13 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR) and Sunderland aircraft. (20)

14 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR), HMS Bengali (Lt. F.R. Pike, RCNVR) and Walrus and Sunderland aircraft. (20)

15 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (20)

16 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (20)

18 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (20)

22 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Rumba (T/Lt. N.E. Hendy, RNVR) and HMS St. Wistan (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RN). (20)

24 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Surprise (Cdr.(Retd.) L.C. Ansdell, RN) and HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR). (20)

25 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS St. Wistan (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RN) and HMS Arran (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR). (20)

30 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN), HMS Woodruff (A/Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Freesia (T/Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (20)

1 Dec 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Freetown. (21)

2 Dec 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for Gibraltar. (21)

9 Dec 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (21)

12 Dec 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Gibraltar. (21)

29 Dec 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (21)

4 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted independent exercises off Gibraltar. (22)

6 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Haarlem (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). (22)

9 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN).

At 1155 hours, a smoke candle failed and a fire was started in the after end of the submarine which was quickly extinguished. No serious damage was sustained and Severn continued the exercise. (22)

10 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN) and HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, RN). (22)

12 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with ML 126, ML 176 and ML 224.

Following these exercises she carried out attack exercises on HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN). She also returned the favour and served as target for HMS Clyde during her attack exercises. (22)

14 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR) and HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR). (22)

18 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. (22)

24 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (22)

30 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Portsmouth. (22)

2 Feb 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (23)

17 Feb 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Portsmouth for Philadelphia, U.S.A. where she is to refit. (23)

26 Feb 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) reported that she was delayed due to heavy weather she had encountered on the passage to Philadelphia. (24)

27 Feb 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) reported that she had sustained wheather damage, which included damage to the pressure hull and gun platform, and it was her intention to divert to Halifax. She confirmed that she was indeed doing so the next day. (24)

1 Mar 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Halifax. (6)

13 Mar 1942
Having completed temporary repairs, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), departed Halifax for Philadelphia. (24)

16 Mar 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard where she was taken in hand for refit. (6)

12 Sep 1942
Having completed her refit at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), ran port-refit trials in Delaware Bay. She then returned to Philadelphia. (25)

23 Sep 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to Delaware Bay. (25)

24 Sep 1942
After a day of trials in Delaware Bay, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), returned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (25)

30 Sep 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to Delaware Bay. (25)

1 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from Delaware Bay to New York. (26)

2 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from New York to the submarine base at New London where she was to commence a training period. (26)

2 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a training period. (26)

3 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed New London for trials and exercises but due to the state of the sea these were cancelled and she returned to New London. (26)

5 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. (26)

8 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. (26)

9 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. (26)

12 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. (26)

13 Oct 1942
During 13/14 October 1942, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. These included night exercises. (26)

15 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. (26)

16 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted trials and exercises in Block Island Sound. (26)

18 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Halifax. (26)

25 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Halifax for Portsmouth, UK. This was later changed for Holy Loch. (26)

3 Nov 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (24)

6 Nov 1942
After two days of trials in the Clyde area, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth where a new battery was to be installed. (27)

9 Nov 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (27)

5 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (28)

10 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Portsmouth for Holy Loch. She was to make rendez-vous the next morning with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN) and the US submarines USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson, USN) and USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III). During the passage from Portsmouth to the rendez-vous position HMS Severn was escorted by the Free French submarine chasers Chasseur 11 and Chasseur 15. (28)

12 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a training period. (28)

13 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (28)

15 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (28)

16 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (28)

19 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar where she was to conduct torpedo discharge trials. (28)

20 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at Arrochar. (28)

21 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at Arrochar. (28)

23 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at Arrochar. Upon completion of these trials she returned to Holy Loch. (28)

25 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (28)

26 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (28)

28 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (28)

17 Mar 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Govan to make good defects. (27)

26 Mar 1943
Having completed her repairs at Govan, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), retuned to Holy Loch. (27)

1 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Lofoten. Passage north towards just north of Muckle Fluga was made together with USS Barb (Lt.Cdr. N. Lucker, Jr., USN) under escort by HMS Rhododendron (Lt. L.A. Sayers, RNR). (3)

11 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) had to abandon her patrol due to a defect to the after hydroplanes that was beyond repair by the ships staff. (29)

13 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) suffered engine defects limiting her speed on the surface to 10 knots, delaying her arrival at Lerwick. (29)

15 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 17th war patrol prematurely at Lerwick. (29)

19 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hayling. (T/Lt. G.B. Christie, RNR). (3)

22 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

23 Apr 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Greenock where repairs were to be undertaken at the Scotts Shipyard. (27)

3 Jun 1943
Having completed her repairs, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) shifted from Greenock to Holy Loch. (30)

4 Jun 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (30)

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. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 1700/8. (30)

13 Jun 1943
At 1650 hours (GMT), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), was bombed by a so far unidentified aircraft in approximte position 42°08'N, 10°05'W. She sustained no damage. (3)

16 Jun 1943
In the evening HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), landed a sick rating at Gibraltar before continueing her passage to Algiers. (30)

18 Jun 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Algiers. (30)

24 Jun 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises at Algiers. (30)

27 Jun 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Algiers for her 18th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was to perfom a special operation (Hawthorn) off the west coast of Sardinia. (3)

30 Jun 1943
In the late evening, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), conducted the first part of Operation Hawthorn (details hopefully to follow later but is has something to do with raiding parties being landed to raid enemy airfields). (3)

1 Jul 1943
In the late evening, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), conducted the second part of Operation Hawthorn (details hopefully to follow later but is has something to do with raiding parties being landed to raid enemy airfields). (3)

2 Jul 1943
Due to defects, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), is forced to abandon patrol and the special operation and set course to return to Algiers. A third party that was to be landed therefore could not be landed and was taken back to Algiers. This party was later parachuted in. (3)

4 Jul 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 18th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (3)

18 Jul 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers. (31)

19 Jul 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers. (31)

20 Jul 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Algiers for her 19th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was to perfom a special operation (take off the raiding parties that were landed for Hawthorn) off the east coast of Sardinia. (3)

25 Jul 1943
During the nights of 24/25 and 25/26 July 1943, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), tried to make contact with the party's ashore. On one night a signal was received that the embarkation place was compromised. The operation was reluctantly abandoned. (3)

31 Jul 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 19th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. Once again HMS Severn returned to base with serious defects. (3)

5 Aug 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers. (32)

2 Sep 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers. (33)

4 Sep 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked at Algiers. (33)

5 Sep 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (33)

9 Sep 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is docked again at Algiers. (33)

1 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) is undocked. (34)

4 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers. (34)

6 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Algiers for Bizerta. (34)

7 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Bizerta from Algiers. (34)

8 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Bizerta for Malta. (34)

9 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Malta from Bizerta. (34)

11 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Malta for Beirut. (34)

15 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at Beirut. (34)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Beirut for her 20th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). This was a storage trip to Leros. HMS Severn had on board 6 Bofors guns, 15 tons of ammunition,3 tons of aviation spirit and 8 Military personnel. (3)

21 Oct 1943
During the night of 21/22 October 1943, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), unloaded her supplies at Leros. (3)

25 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 20th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. (3)

31 Oct 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Beirut for 21th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). This was her second storage trip to Leros. HMS Severn had on board barrles for Bofors guns, stores and Naval and other Military personnel. (35)

1 Nov 1943
At 2300 hours (zone -2), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), set course to return to Beirut. She was unable to continue her transport mission to Leros due to serious engine defects. (36)

3 Nov 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) ended her 21th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut. Once again HMS Severn returned with serious engine defects. (36)

8 Apr 1944
After a long time of repairs, HMS Severn (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN), conducted trials and exercises off Beirut.

On completion of these exercises Lt. R.H. Bull resumed command from Lt. Michell. (37)

9 Apr 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Beirut. (37)

10 Apr 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) departed Beirut for Port Said. (37)

11 Apr 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said where she was to continue her repairs and refit. (37)

19 Apr 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) is docked at Port Said. (37)

8 May 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) is undocked. (38)

28 May 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) is docked again at Port Said. (38)

7 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) is undocked. (39)

10 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Port Said. (39)

11 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Port Said. (39)

19 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Port Said. (39)

22 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Port Said. (39)

24 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) departed Port Said for Suez where she arrived later the same day. (39)

25 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (39)

30 Jun 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. (39)

3 Jul 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) departed Aden for Colombo. During this passage her destination was changed to Trincomalee. (40)

16 Jul 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (40)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 22th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to perform two special operations.

12 Aug 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) tried to conduct the first of her special operations but it had to be postponed due to the bad weather. The weather did not impove the next day and the operation had to be cancelled. (No further details available for the moment). (3)

19 Aug 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) had to cancel the execution of her second special operation (no further details available at the moment) due to engine defects. (3)

26 Aug 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) ended her 22th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. Once again Severn returned to base with serious engine defects. Besides that her general state was considered very poor and the submarine needed a large refit before she was to be fit to be operationally employed. (3)

28 Aug 1944
HMS Severn (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) accidentaly fired a torpedo from no.8 torpedo tube inside Trincomalee harbour. (41)

23 Dec 1944
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) was decommissioned at Trincomalee where she was then berthed on the mud. (42)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16078
  2. ADM 173/16079
  3. ADM 199/1878
  4. ADM 173/16081
  5. ADM 173/16082
  6. ADM 199/2572
  7. ADM 199/373
  8. ADM 173/16531
  9. ADM 173/16978
  10. ADM 173/16979
  11. ADM 173/16980
  12. ADM 173/16980 + ADM 199/1886
  13. ADM 173/16981
  14. ADM 173/16982
  15. ADM 173/16983
  16. ADM 173/16984
  17. ADM 173/16985
  18. ADM 173/16986
  19. ADM 173/16987
  20. ADM 173/16988
  21. ADM 173/16989
  22. ADM 173/17567
  23. ADM 173/17568
  24. ADM 199/424
  25. ADM 173/17569
  26. ADM 173/17570
  27. ADM 199/1909
  28. ADM 173/18046
  29. ADM 199/627
  30. ADM 173/18047
  31. ADM 173/18048
  32. ADM 173/18049
  33. ADM 173/18050
  34. ADM 173/18051
  35. ADM 199/1916
  36. ADM 173/18052
  37. ADM 173/18708
  38. ADM 173/18709
  39. ADM 173/18710
  40. ADM 173/18711
  41. ADM 173/18712
  42. ADM 173/18716

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


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