Allied Warships

HMS Vampire (P 72)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
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 

Vampire is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List.

Scrapped at Gateshead on 5 March 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Vampire (P 72)

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

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Notable events involving Vampire include:

15 Dec 1943
HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Crosswell, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (1)

29 Feb 1944
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) arrived at Stornoway. She departed again later the same day with HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) and HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR). HMS HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) was now their escort. (2)

12 May 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) sank a sailing vessel Monemvassia, Greece through ramming.

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

At 1312 hours (time zone -2) a caique was sighted bearing 80 distance 5 nautical miles. At 1442 hours Vampire surfaced in position 36°33'N, 26°58'E.

At 1444 hours Vampire opened fire at 800 yards after the crew of five was allowed to abandon ship. At 1456 hours Vampire came alongside and placed a demolition charge. At 1503 hours the demolition charge was seen to explode and the caique was left in a sinking condition.

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.

At 1440 hours (time zone -2) HMS Vampire sighted five of six caiques on the beach at Mandraki and also a large caique on the stocks. At 1453 hours Vampire 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.

19 Jul 1944
While on patrol off Milos, Greece HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) fires four torpedoes at the German merchant Pelikan and the German torpedo boat TA 19 (former Italian Calatafini). All torpedoes missed their target(s).

25 Aug 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) sank three sailing vessels with gunfire off Mykonos Island, Greece in position 37°34'N, 25°30'E.

22 Sep 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Peter (3754 GRT, former French PLM 16) about 5 nautical miles north of Skiathos Island, Greece.

23 Sep 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) fires 4 torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2102. All torpedoes missed their target.


  1. ADM 199/627
  2. ADM 199/1855

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

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