Allied Warships

HMS Vampire (P 72)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 72 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down9 Nov 1942 
Launched20 Jul 1943 
Commissioned13 Nov 1943 
End service 
History

Decommissioned in September 1945.

Scrapped at Gateshead on 5 March 1950.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vampire (P 72)

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1Lt. Charles William Taylor, RNR29 Jul 1943Sep 1945

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The history of HMS Vampire as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine. Corrections and details regarding information from the enemy's side (for instance the composition of convoys attacked and/or the identity of escort vessels) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in April 2019.

12 Nov 1943
Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Barrow for Holy Loch. (1)

13 Nov 1943
Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted acceptance trials in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these Vampire proceeded to Holy Loch where she was commissioned. (1)

16 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

17 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

18 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included a practice attack on the Greek submarine Pipinos. (1)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar. (1)

21 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (1)

22 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (1)

23 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. Upon completion of these HMS Vampire proceeded to Holy Loch. (1)

25 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted trials in the Clyde area. (1)

27 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included a practice attack HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). HMS Vampire proceeded to Rothesay on completion of these exercises. (1)

28 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Holy Loch. (1)

29 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (1)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted speed trials in the Clyde area. (1)

1 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted D/G trials off Helensburgh. (2)

2 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) shifted from Holy Loch to Campbeltown. En-route she exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (2)

3 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). Vampire also conducted a deep dive trial. (2)

4 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) and HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) served as the targets. (2)

5 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (2)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which the tanker Empire Maccoll (9133 GRT, built 1943) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) served as the targets. (2)

11 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN) and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) served as the targets. (2)

12 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (2)

15 Dec 1943
HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Crosswell, DSC, RN) and HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (3)

17 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Scapa Flow. (2)

18 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN). (2)

19 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Amethyst (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Tuke, DSO, RN) and HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN). (2)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN) and HMS Onyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR). (2)

23 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Onyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR). (2)

24 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (2)

27 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (2)

29 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (2)

30 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN), HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (2)

31 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN) and ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski). (2)

1 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN). (4)

3 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) which came from Dundee. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (4)

5 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (5)

7 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with aircraft from HMS Tracker (Capt.(Retd.) D.S. McGrath, RN). Also a practice attack on HMS Tracker was made. (4)

8 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Larne where she arrived later the same day. (4)

10 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with aircraft. (4)

11 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. Also a practice attack was made on HMCS St. Catharines (Lt.Cdr. H.C.R. Davis, RCNR). (4)

12 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Larne with Escort Group C 2. Also a practice attack was made on HMS Philante (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN). (4)

14 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with the ships from the 4th Escort Group. (4)

15 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. She also made a practice attack on a convoy. (4)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) shifted from Larne to Holy Loch. (4)

19 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Biter (Capt. L.A.K. Boswell, DSO, RN). (4)

20 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) proceeded to Campbeltown on completion of last night's exercises. (4)

21 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Biter (Capt. L.A.K. Boswell, DSO, RN). (4)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) served as the target. (4)

28 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is docked at Holy Loch in AFD 7. (4)

30 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is undocked. (4)

4 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (5)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) and HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with each other. HMS Vampire also conducted attack exercises during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (5)

8 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (5)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) and HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. Also gunnery exercises were carried out with a target that was towed by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (5)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR). (5)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was to conduct an anti-uboat patrol in the Norwegian Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (7)

27 Feb 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Lerwick for Stornoway. At sea they joined HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN). (5)

29 Feb 1944
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) and HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Stornoway. They departed again later the same day for Holy Loch. HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) was now their escort. (8)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch. (9)

12 Mar 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish sea was made with HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN). They were escorted until 1120/14 by HMS Herschell (T/Lt. J.E. Freestone, RNR).

For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during this patrol see the map below.

(7)

17 Mar 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is ordered to patrol in position 41°30'N, 12°00'W. The passage to Gibraltar now became her 2nd war patrol. (7)

24 Mar 1944
Around 1400 hours (zone -1), HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN), made rendez-vous with their escort towards Gibraltar, HMS Evadne (T/Lt. H.N. Taylor, RNR). (7)

27 Mar 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 2nd war patrol at Gibraltar. (9)

2 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Vanquisher (A/Lt.Cdr. F.M. Osborne, DSC, RANVR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Whitfield, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR). (10)

3 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Frogbrook, RNR) and HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR). (10)

4 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. J. Smallwood, RN). (10)

5 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (10)

6 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (10)

7 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kingston Chrysolite (A/Skr.Lt. J. Main, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. E.A. Norris, RNVR), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. E.R.H. Seddon, RNVR). These were followed by night A/S exercises with aircraft. (10)

8 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) returned to Gibraltar on completion of last night's exercises. (10)

9 Apr 1944
During the night of 9/10 April 1944, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Antelope (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN). (10)

11 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN), HMS Sandwich (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Clemence, RNR), HMS Versatile (Lt. G.C. Potter, DSC, RN) and HMS Columbine (T/Lt. J.C. Grose, RNR). (10)

17 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Gibraltar for Malta. She made the passage in convoy KMS 47.

For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during the passage to Malta see the map below.

(10)

22 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Malta. (10)

25 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is docked in No.2 dock at Malta. (10)

2 May 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is undocked. (11)

5 May 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises off Malta. (11)

6 May 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(7)

12 May 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) sank a small Greek sailing vessel south-east of Monemvassia, Greece through ramming.

(All times are zone -2)
1652 hours - Sighted a small northbound caique bearing 090° range 4 nautical miles. Altered course to intercept.

1726 hours - Surfaced and fired one round of H.E.D.A. The caique hove too.

1732 hours - Embarked the crew of three Greeks. The cargo was oil in drums.

1734 hours - Sank the caique through ramming in position 36°38'N, 23°11'E.

1737 hours - Dived and retired to the east. (7)

29 May 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (7)

15 Jun 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Vampire during his patrol see the map below.

(7)

23 Jun 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) sank the Greek sailing vessel Alba / CAL 1610 (50 GRT) with gunfire and a demolition charge off Kandeliusa Island, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
1312 hours - A caique was sighted bearing 80°, range 5 nautical miles. Closed.

1442 hours - Surfaced in position 36°33'N, 26°58'E.

1444 hours Opened fire at a range of 800 yards after the crew of five was allowed to abandon ship.

1456 hours - Went alongside and placed a demolition charge. Cast off.

1503 hours - The demolition charge was seen to explode and the caique was left in a sinking condition. (7)

24 Jun 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) bombards a caique yard at Mandraki. Two caiques were claimed destroyed and three smaller ones were claimed damaged.

(All times are zone -2)
1440 hours - Sighted five of six caiques on the beach at Mandraki and also a large caique on the stocks.

1453 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. A large caique on the beach was destroyed and three others severely damaged. Fire was now shifted to a large caique on the stocks. At 1502 hours this caique was seen to break in two. One minute later shore batteries opened fire so Vampire was forced to submerge. (7)

2 Jul 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (7)

17 Jul 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(7)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) fires a full salvo of four torpedoes at the German transport KT 18 / Pelikan (834 GRT, built 1944) and the German torpedo boat TA 19 (former Italian Calatafini). All torpedoes missed.

(All times are zone -2)
2232 hours - Sighted a red glow bearing 062°. Altered course towards.

2234 hours - Decided that the target was most likely the expected KT ship, southbound.

2248 hours - Sighted a KT ship against Anti-Milos.

2249 hours - Range reported by radar was now 4500 yards.

2251 hours - In position 36°50'N, 24°08'E fired four torpedoes.

2253 hours - Dived and altered course to starboard. Heard all torpedoes running.

2259 hours - Heard a heavy explosion. Went to 200 feet and retired to the north-west.

2300 hours - Heard another heavy explosion. Considered these were torpedoes hitting the shore on Anti-Milos giving a running range of 12000 yards. Vampire was then hunted by the escort but managed to escape undetected.

2349 hours - Surfaced and passed an enemy report. (7)

21 Jul 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) tries to get into position to attack a large schooner with gunfire north of Suda Bay. However the periscope was sighted and the schooner, which turned out to be the German A/S schooner GK 01, turned towards and started hunting and depth charging HMS Vampire.

The auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2142 operating north of Akrotiri (and had just claimed a submarine sunk) was ordered to proceed to Suda and assist GK 01 for the hunt but found nothing.

(All times are zone -2)
1605 hours - Sighted a large northbound caique bearing 180°, range 6 nautical miles.

1611 hours - Position was now 35°48'N, 24°11'E. Stand by gun action. The vessel was now seen to be a large 250 tons two masted schooner. Enemy speed was 8 knots.

1620 hours - Considered the target well worth two torpedoes but as we had only a full salvo of four torpedoes left and as it was quite early in the patrol decided not to fire torpedoes but to engage the target with the gun.

1625 hours - Range was now 2000 yards. Whilst observing the target for any sign of possible armament the vessel suddenly turned towards and started Asdic transmissions.

1626 hours - Went to 100 feet.

1631 hours - Received the first pattern of depth charges close aboard. The vessel was in contact. Went to 250 feet and commenced weaving course to the north-east. Fortunately found a heavy layer at 120 feet.

1632 hours - Received six more depth charges. These appeared to be set shallow. Increased speed to 5 knots for a few minutes.

1639 hours - Eight more depth charges were dropped. These were more distant. The vessel must have lost contact.

1641 hours - Two more depth charges were dropped. These were even further away.

1645 hours - HE from the target faded out astern.

1742 hours - Came to periscope depth. Sighted the schooner bearing 200°, range 3 nautical miles. She was laying stopped apparently to listen.

1826 hours - Observed the schooner to be coming towards at speed and transmitting.

1830 hours - Went to 200 feet and retired to the north-west at 3 knots.

1939 hours - Came to periscope depth. No sign of the schooner.

2052 hours - Surfaced and proceeded towards Suda Bay. (7)

22 Jul 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is again hunted and depth charges by the same enemy A/S schooner as the day before. The schooner was never in contact and HMS Vampire managed to escape unharmed.

(All times are zone -2)
0417 hours - Dived.

0443 hours - Sighted two Arado seaplanes, yesterday's A/S schooner and a medium sized caique bearing 045°, range 5 nautical miles. Enemy course was 180°. Decided to leave them well alone. Position was 35°41'N, 24°14'E.

0800 hours - The caique disappeared into Suda Bay. The A/S schooner and the aircraft kept searching the area.

0824 hours - The schooner turned towards. Altered course to the westward.

0905 hours - The schooner resumed her search. Altered course to the eastward.

1100 hours - The schooner again turned towards at speed and was transmitting.

1105 hours - Went deep and retired to the north-west.

1203 hours - Two distant depth charges were dropped.

1210 hours - Five more depth charges were dropped, these were closer. Heard HE astern. Increased speed to 3 knots.

1217 hours - Four more depth charges were dropped.

1222 hours - Again four depth charges were dropped, these were more distant.

1225 hours - Between now and 1300 hours several more patterns of depth charges were dropped but none fell close.

1400 hours - Came to periscope depth. All clear. Altered course to the eastward. (7)

2 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (11)

10 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is docked in No.2 dock at Malta. (12)

14 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is undocked. (12)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises off Malta. (12)

18 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(7)

25 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) sank three sailing vessels with gunfire off Mykonos Island, Greece. These were the caiques Agios Dimitrios / ALX 18 (33 GRT) (sunk first), Genoveva / KAV 61 (50 GRT) and Katina / SAL 88 (60 GRT).

(All times are zone -2)
0915 hours - Sighted a eastbound caique bearing 090°, range 5 nautical miles. Altered course to close.

0949 hours - The caique was estimated at 50 tons and was well loaded.

1001 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the deck gun from 3000 yards having first allowed the crew to abandon ship.

1008 hours - The caique sank in position 37°34.5'N, 25°30'E.

1010 hours - Dived and proceeded to the northward. Two more caiques had been sighted leaving the Mykoni Channel.

1030 hours - The caiques were seen to lower their sales and to close each other.

1115 hours - Altered course to the south-east to intercept. One caique was seen to be of about 60 tons and was under sail. The other caique was thought to be a patrol caique of 30 tons and was proceeding under power only.

1207 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 3500 yards. The crew of the larger caique abandoned ship forthwith but the patrol caique returned our fire until she received a direct hit.

1215 hours - Both caiques were now sunk in position 37°33.5'N, 25°35'E.

1217 hours - Dived and proceeded towards Cape Papas. (7)

31 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (11)

10 Sep 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Vampire during this patrol see the map below. No position is noted in the log of HMS Vampire for 27 September 1944.

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12 Sep 1944
At 1030 hours, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), made rendez-vous with HMS Easton (Lt. L.E. Peyton-Jones, DSO, DSC, MBE, RN) in position 34°28'N, 21°30'E. They then proceeded in company until 1700/13 when Easton obtained an A/S contact and started depth charging it. (7)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Peter (3754 GRT, built 1921, former French P.L.M. 16) about 5 nautical miles north of Skiathos Island, Greece. Peter was escorted by the patrol vessel GN 92.

(All times are zone -2)
1302 hours - Sighted the masts and funnel of a ship bearing 200° leaving the Skiathos Channel. Altered course to 300° and closed the coast at speed to intercept.

1320 hours - Identified the ship as a medium sized merchant ship with one escort present which was weaving ahead while transmitting on Asdics. Started attack.

1339 hours - Identified the ship as most likely the Peter.

1355 hours - In position 39°16'N, 23°24'E fired four torpedoes from 1500 yards. Two loud explosions were heard atthe correct running range, undoubtedly torpedo hits.

1358 hours - Heard the target breaking up. HE had ceased after the explosions as well.

1359 hours - Heard HE of the escort coming closer. Went to 150 feet and altered course to the south-east.

1405 hours - Three depth charges exploded fairly close. Went to 250 feet and altered course to the east.

1420 hours - Commenced coming up to periscope depth to have a look.

1423 hours - When at 50 feet three depth charges exploded. The escort appeared to be in contact. Went to 200 feet.

1430 hours - Heard a loud underwater explosion followed two minutes later by another one. These are not thought to be depth charges but were most likely the boilers from the target that were bursting.

1445 hours - All HE and Asdic transmissions ceased.

1500 hours - At periscope depth. Nothing in sight. (7)

23 Sep 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2102 north-west of Skiathos Island. All torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are zone -2)
0816 hours - Sighted smoke in the Skiathos Channel. Altered course to 270° to intercept.

0832 hours - Sighted the masts and a funnel of a ship that was coast crawling northbound. Bearing 209°, range 6 nautical miles. Commenced attack.

0855 hours - Identified the target as a large trawler type UJ-boat that was transmitting on Asdics.

0918 hours - In position 39°18'N, 23°21'E fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards.

0919 hours - HE and Asdic transmissions increased. Went to 250 feet. The torpedoes must have been seen or heard.

0923 hours - A large pattern of 14 depth charges exploded very close. HMS Vampire was badly shaken. Commened retiring the the south-east.

0945 hours - Now at 350 feet. The enemy was sweeping astern.

1003 hours - Seven depth charges, close.

1115 hours - Three depth charges, distant.

1122 hours - Three more depth charges, a bit closer.

1133 hours - Four more depth charges, again a bit further off.

1200 hours - Transmissions ceased.

1220 hours - At periscope depth. Nothing in sight. Set course to leave patrol.

1854 hours - Surfaced. (7)

28 Sep 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (7)

3 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is docked in No.2 dock at Malta. (13)

9 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is undocked. (13)

10 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises off Malta. (13)

14 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during this patrol see the map below.

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17 Oct 1944
On board HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), a defect occured on the starboard engine. This could not be repaired on board so it was decided to proceed to Casteloriso for repairs. (7)

18 Oct 1944
On board HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), arrived at Casteloriso for repairs to her starboard engine. (7)

21 Oct 1944
With the repairs to her starboard engine completed, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), departed Casteloriso for Chios. (7)

22 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Chios. (7)

23 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Chios to search for mines, with her MDU (= Mine Detection Unit), to the east of Thasos Island. (7)

25 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Chios. (7)

27 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Chios to patrol off Cape Paliuri, Cassandra peninsula. (7)

28 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) seized the German hospital ship Gradisca off Cape Paliuri. They then proceeded in company to Chios where the Gradisca was to be searched. (7)

29 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Chios. She departed again later the same day to resume her patrol off Cape Paliuri. (7)

31 Oct 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Chios. (7)

6 Nov 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Chios for Malta. (7)

12 Nov 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) ended her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (7)

14 Nov 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (14)

17 Nov 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is undocked. (14)

27 Nov 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Malta for Gibraltar.

For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during the passage from Malta to Gibraltar see the map below.

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2 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Gibraltar where she was to be employed on A/S training. (15)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (15)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Malcolm (Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVR), HMS Verity (Lt. C.G. Cowley, RN) and aircraft. (15)

13 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Stork (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN), HMS Delphinium (T/Lt. S. Rule, RNVR) and aircraft. (15)

15 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft and later with HMS Lavender (Lt. T.W. Lewis, RANVR) and HMS Morpeth Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Pate, DSC, RNR). (15)

18 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR). (15)

19 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR) and HMS Cyclamen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Frogbrook, RNR). (15)

20 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Cyclamen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Frogbrook, RNR), HMS Evadne (A/T/Lt.Cdr. N.H. Richards, RNR) and aircraft. (15)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN), HMS Convolvulus (A/Lt.Cdr. R.F.R. Yarde-Buller, RNVR) and aircraft. (15)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) and HMS Convolvulus (A/Lt.Cdr. R.F.R. Yarde-Buller, RNVR). Also a practice attack on HMS Leith was made. (15)

27 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Anchusa (T/Lt. R.A. Baker, RNVR), HMS Tyler (A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Ranking, RN) and aircraft. (15)

28 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Tyler (A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Ranking, RN) and HMS Grindall (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D. Turquand-Young, RNVR). (15)

29 Dec 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Frogbrook, RNR) and aircraft. (15)

2 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Woodcock (A/Lt.Cdr. S.J. Parsons, DSC, RN) and HMS Bergamot (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McInnes, RNR). (16)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. J.C.E. Down, RNR) and HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. C.T. Letts, RNVR). (16)

9 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Woodcock (A/Lt.Cdr. S.J. Parsons, DSC, RN). (16)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Woodcock (A/Lt.Cdr. S.J. Parsons, DSC, RN) and HMS Pheasant (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN). (16)

15 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted trials off Gibraltar. (16)

16 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted trials off Gibraltar. (16)

18 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kilmarnock (T/Lt. I.H. Bargrave-Deane, RNVR). (16)

19 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wallflower (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T.D. Bennett, RNR), HMS Spiraea (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.D. Reid, RANVR) and aircraft. (16)

22 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. V.J. Andersen, RNZNVR) and HMS Kilmarnock (T/Lt. I.H. Bargrave-Deane, RNVR). (16)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. V.J. Andersen, RNZNVR) and HMS Kilmarnock (T/Lt. I.H. Bargrave-Deane, RNVR). (16)

24 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kilmarnock (T/Lt. I.H. Bargrave-Deane, RNVR). (16)

30 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wear (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G.L. Hone, RNVR) and HMS Pirouette. (16)

31 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (16)

1 Feb 1945
During the night of 1/2 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

3 Feb 1945
During the night of 3/4 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

5 Feb 1945
During the night of 5/6 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

6 Feb 1945
During the night of 6/7 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

8 Feb 1945
During the night of 8/9 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

10 Feb 1945
During the night of 10/11 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

14 Feb 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Spiraea (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.D. Reid, RANVR) and HMS Hyderabad (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR). (17)

16 Feb 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

24 Feb 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

25 Feb 1945
During the night of 25/26 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

27 Feb 1945
During the night of 27/28 February 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (17)

1 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

2 Mar 1945
During the night of 2/3 March 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Odzani (A/Lt.Cdr. J.N. Burgess, RANVR), HMS Wallflower (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T.D. Bennett, RNR) and aircraft. (18)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Odzani (A/Lt.Cdr. J.N. Burgess, RANVR), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN) and aircraft. (18)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Imperialist (T/Lt. L.G.H. Mole, RNVR), HMS Kingston Chrysolite (A/Skr.Lt. C. Pennington, RNR) and aircraft. (18)

8 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. V.J. Andersen, RNZNVR), HMS Hyderabad (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR) and aircraft. (18)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Malcolm (Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVR), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, RN) and aircraft. (18)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. V.J. Andersen, RNZNVR), HMS Kilmarnock (T/Lt. I.H. Bargrave-Deane, RNVR) and aircraft. (18)

16 Mar 1945
During the night of 16/17 March 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

18 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

19 Mar 1945
During the night of 19/20 March 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft and later with HMS Bergamot (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McInnes, RNR) and HMS Willowherb (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.A. Shillan, RNVR). (18)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. V.J. Andersen, RNZNVR) and HMS Bergamot (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McInnes, RNR). (18)

26 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

29 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

30 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

31 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (18)

2 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted radar exercises off Gibraltar. (19)

3 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kilmarnock (T/Lt. I.H. Bargrave-Deane, RNVR) and HMS Woodruff (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR). (19)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Enchantress (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Clemence, RNR) and HMS Kilmington (T/Lt. D.D. Humphreys, RNVR). (19)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Enchantress (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Clemence, RNR) and HMS Kilmington (T/Lt. D.D. Humphreys, RNVR). (19)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Enchantress (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Clemence, RNR) and HMS Woodruff (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR). (19)

12 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Eggesford (Lt. G.H. Evans, RN) and HMS Woodruff (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR). (19)

13 Apr 1945
During the night of 13/14 April 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (19)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Gibraltar for a few days of exercises. (19)

19 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) returned to Gibraltar. (19)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Eggesford (Lt. G.H. Evans, RN) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the logbook of HMS Vampire]. (19)

25 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Woodruff (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMS Coltsfoot (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.W. Rayner, RNVR). (19)

26 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Bellwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.V. Banks, RNVR) and HMS Crocus (T/Lt. D.G. White, RNVR). (19)

30 Apr 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is docked in No.1 dock at Gibraltar. (19)

10 May 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) is undocked. (20)

10 Jun 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth.

For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during the passage from Gibraltar to Portsmouth see the map below.

(21)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) arrived at Portsmouth. (21)

24 Jul 1945
During the night of 24/25 July 1945, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted night exercises off Portsmouth. (22)

9 Aug 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (23)

29 Aug 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (23)

30 Aug 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (23)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18442
  2. ADM 173/18443
  3. ADM 199/627
  4. ADM 173/19334
  5. ADM 173/19335
  6. ADM 173/19335 + ADM 199/1815
  7. ADM 199/1815
  8. ADM 199/1855
  9. ADM 173/19336
  10. ADM 173/19337
  11. ADM 173/19338
  12. ADM 173/19341
  13. ADM 173/19343
  14. ADM 173/19344
  15. ADM 173/19345
  16. ADM 173/20229
  17. ADM 173/20230
  18. ADM 173/20231
  19. ADM 173/20232
  20. ADM 199/20233
  21. ADM 173/20234
  22. ADM 173/20235
  23. ADM 173/20236

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


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