Allied Warships

HMS Vigorous (P 74)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 74 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down14 Dec 1942 
Launched15 Oct 1943 
Commissioned13 Jan 1944 
End service19 Dec 1945 
History

Decommissioned into reserve on 19 December 1945. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 December 1949. Scrapped at Stockton on Tees.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vigorous (P 74)

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1Lt. John Chaloner Ogle, DSC, RN8 Oct 194328 Mar 1945
2Lt. David Sivewright Brown, RNVR28 Mar 194520 Apr 1945
3Lt. Norman Richard Wood, RN20 Apr 194519 Dec 1945

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The history of HMS Vigorous 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) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in March 2019.

12 Jan 1944
Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted full fower trials off Barrow and upon completion of these departed for Holy Loch. (1)

13 Jan 1944
Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch where she embarked a trials party. She then conducted trials in the Clyde area for the remainder of the day before she returned to Holy Loch late in the afernoon where she was then commissioned for service. (1)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

17 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

18 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

20 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar where she was to conduct her torpedo discharge trials. (1)

21 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar in Loch Long. (1)

22 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar in Loch Long. (1)

23 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar in Loch Long. Upon completion of these Vigorous proceeded to Holy Loch. (1)

25 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted calibration trials off Fairlie. (1)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (1)

27 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted radar exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (1)

28 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Campbeltown during which HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) served as the target.

Later A/S exercises were carried out with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

Upon completion of the exercises HMS Vigorous proceeded to Holy Loch. (1)

29 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) served as the targets.

Later gunnery exercises were carried out. These included night exercises. (1)

30 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted echo sounding trials in the Clyde area. She proceeded to Holy Loch on completion. (1)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) served as the target.

Later on the day HMS Vigorous served as target during attack exercises by HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN). (1)

2 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted D/G trials off Helensburg. (2)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted D/F trials in the Clyde area. (2)

6 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (2)

8 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (2)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

11 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

15 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

17 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

19 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

21 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

21 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow. (2)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. Off Scapa Flow she was joined by HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) and FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). They were escorted by HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).

25 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (2)

28 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Larne. En-route a practice attack on HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) was carried out. (2)

29 Feb 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Larne. (2)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with aircraft. (3)

2 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with an escort group. (3)

3 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne. She also carried out a dummy attack on a convoy. (3)

6 Mar 1944
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with each other. (4)

9 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (3)

10 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. These included night exercises. (3)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (3)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with an Escort Group and HMS PC 74 (A/Lt.Cdr. A. Richardson, RNR). (3)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN). (3)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) shifted from Larne to Holy Loch. (3)

18 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) served as the target. These included night exercises. (3)

19 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of last nights exercises. (3)

20 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR) and HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) served as the targets. These included night exercises. (3)

21 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of last nights exercises. (3)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (3)

29 Mar 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in AFD 7 at Holy Loch. She is undocked later the same day.

[As no log is available for April 1944 no details can be given for this month other then the ones currently listed.] (3)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (5)

20 Apr 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to perform an anti-uboat patrol in the Norwegian Sea.

[As no log is available for this period no map for this patrol can be displayed.] (6)

4 May 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (6)

6 May 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (7)

18 May 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar.

The passage South through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN). They were escorted until Round Island by the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves.

[As no log is available for this period no map for this passage can be displayed.] (6)

2 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

6 Jun 1944
For the daily positions of HMS Vigorous during the passage from Gibraltar to Malta see the map below.

6 Jun 1944
HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN), HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) all departed Gibraltar for Malta. They made the passage in convoy KMS 52. (8)

11 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

16 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (9)

19 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (9)

22 Jun 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(6)

3 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to patrol in the Nikaria-Mykoni area. (6)

5 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to return to Malta. (6)

8 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. The patrol had been uneventful. (6)

11 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (9)

18 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (9)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (9)

22 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(6)

27 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) sank the large Greek sailing vessel PI 07 / Doxa (504 GRT) with gunfire north of Suda Bay, Crete, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
0058 hours - Radar reported a contact bearing 070°, range 4000 yards.

0104 hours - Sighted a vessel bearing 130°, range 2400 yards. It was at first thought to be an escort vessel but was soon seen to be a caique. Decided to sink her with gunfire.

0120 hours - Opened fire with starshell but it only burnt for 20 seconds. Intended to fire more starshell but the shells twice jammed and had to be rammed out.

0131 hours - Opened fire with H.E.D.A. shells from 2100 yards. The target was lost from sight after three rounds had been fired which had all missed. Closed the range aided by radar. Fired eleven more rounds for eight hits. The target stopped and the crew abandoned ship. The caique was large, about 120 tons. Boarding was not possible due to the swell. When close it was seen that the caique was armed and then at least ten men were still on board. Some were seen to be German. Retired up to windward and fired twenty-four rounds for fourteen hits.

0255 hours - By now the caique was abandoned, on fire and sinking in position 35°49'N, 24°15'E. Retired to the north-east. (6)

5 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to return to Malta. (6)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (10)

19 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (10)

21 Aug 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(6)

3 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) claims the sinking of one and possibly two sailing vessels north of Candia, Crete, Greece.

German sources confirm the caique Fink / PIR 011 of 100 tons being sunk. Two other caiques were in this convoy (identity cont known to us for the moment). They were escorted by the patrol boat GA 70. Following the sinking the patrol-boats GK 92 and GK 93 were immediately ordered to carry out an A/S search off Heraklion but did not find the submarine.

(All times are zone -2)
0555 hours - Sighted a convoy of four large caiques escorted by an R-boat steering 155° at 6 knots in position 35°27'N, 25°05'E. One caique was about a mile ahead of the other three who were bunched close together. The escort was close to these caiques. Started attack on these last three caiques.

0619 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 2500 yards. The results could not be observed but three explosions were heard 2m 15sec, 2m 34sec and 2m 36 sec after firing. Retired to the northward at speed.

0645 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted two caiques and possibly a third, they were five to six miles away to the south. Thought to have sunk one caique, possibly even two. Continued to retire from the area. (6)

7 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (11)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(6)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) sinks the Greek sailing vessel Maria / VOL 78 with gunfire south-east of Cape Drepano, Sithonia Peninsula, Greece.

(All times are zone -1)
2037 hours - Sighted an object to the southward and gave chase.

2100 hours - Identified the object as a large caique with two masts. Course of the caique was approximately 100°.

2122 hours - In position 39°30'N, 24°06'E opened fire with the deck gun from 800 yards. Fired four rounds and obtained two hits. The caique stopped and the crew abandoned ship. Picked up two old men and a boy. They did not speak English. Gain no information due to this except that they were en route from Salonika to Khios. Decided to board the caique however just as the boarding party was about to get in the boat the caique suddenly sank. The second hit had been in the hull aft. The caique must have filled up slowly until she sank. (6)

26 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German transport Salomea (former Greek, 751 BRT, built 1897) 2 nautical miles south-east of Cape Paliouri, Greece.

Salonea was in convoy with the caiques Syros 578 and Syros 596 and escorted by the patrol boats GN 91 and GN 70.

Salomea was sunk without survivors. It appears likely that Vigorous in the darkness did not spot the two smaller caiques.

(All times are zone -1)
2252 hours - Sighted a ship clear of Cape Drepano, making smoke. Identified it as a three-island type cargo steamer of about 1000 GRT escorted by two small craft. Enemy course was 260°, speed 6.5 knots. Started attack.

2320 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1000 yards range. 50 seconds later the target blew up with an enormous and brilliant explosion. As Vigorous was showered by debris, Lt. Oglo quickly dived and retired to the north. About two minutes after the explosion breaking up noises were heard. No counter attack followed so altered course to retire to the south-east. (6)

27 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German landing craft SF 299. SF 121 was damaged during the same attack.

The other German F lighters in the convoy were the SF 171, SF 265, SF 296 and SF 298. The escort was the I O 109.

(All times are zone -1)
2040 hours - Sighted seven small vessels south of Cape Drepano.

2120 hours - Identified them as six F lighters (landing barges) and one E/R boat as escort. Circled round and closed them on the surface from the port quarter.

2200 hours - In position 39°51'N, 24°12'E fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards at two overlapping F lighters. Enemy course was 100°, speed 7 knots. One hit was observed. Retired at speed to the north and gradually circled round to the east to try to get into position for another shot.

2204 hours - The landing barge that had been hit did not sink. It was thought that most likely her stern had been blown off as the superstructure aft could no longer be seen. Only a low hulk was seen which was almost awash. The remaining craft were seen to be 'milling around'. The escort looked like to be picking up survivors.

2205 hours - Three of the F lighters made off to the west at their best speed.

2220 hours - The two remaining F lighters made off after the first three. The escort appeared to be still looking for and picking up survivors.

2229 hours - Turned to follow the F lighters. By that time they were already about three miles off so it took some time to catch up.

2249 hours - Came under fire from the enemy, Vigorous must have been sighted.

2257 hours - As enemy gunfire became more and more accurate turned away boot soon turned back to the westward.

2308 hours - The escort again sighted Vigorous and took her under fire soon joined by two of the F lighters. Again Vigorous had to turn away.

2320 hours - Turned to the westward again. Could not approach the enemy due to the light conditions so only followed. Shortly after midnight the enemy was seen to disappear up the Gulf of Kassandra. Did not follow. (6)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) attacked a large barge with two torpedoes south of the Kassandra peninsula. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0703 hours - Sighted a motor vessel and an escort bearing 270°. Range was about 9 nautical miles.

0719 hours - Sighted two more ships to the south-west. The first ships sighted were now identified as the motor vessel Adriana with one corvette as escort. Enemy course was about 005°, range was now 6 nautical miles.

0730 hours - Dived an ran in at 5 knots but could not get within range of the Adriana so transferred our attention to the other ships. These turned out to be a barge escorted by an UJ boat. The barge was of similar outline to the 'Este-class' but seemed to to be half as long. She was heavily laden with a deck cargo and was possibly carrying troops as well as a number of figures were seen on deck. Two more escorts were also in the area. Enemy course was 005°, speed 6 knots.

0807 hours - The enemy had altered course to 350°.

0819 hours - In position 39°53'N, 23°18'E fired two torpedoes at the barge from 3500 yards. Went deep on firing and retired to the southward. 5m 17sec after firing an explosion was heard giving a torpedo running range of 8200 yards. Up until then two escorts had been heard to use Asdics but after the explosion ony one was heard transmitting. It is however not thought that this could have been a hit on the enemy.

0837 hours - Depth charging commenced. Until 0850 hours seven depth charges were dropped, all distant. Until 0835 hours HE and Asdic impulses were heard.

0950 hours - Came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. (6)

5 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

9 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (12)

18 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (12)

24 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to proceed to Khios and from there proceed on patrol in the Aegean.

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

(6)

29 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Khios. (6)

30 Oct 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Khios to continue her 6th war patrol. (6)

3 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to proceed to Mitylene where she arrived later the same day. (6)

9 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is ordered to leave Mitylene and to return to Malta. She departed Mitylene later that day. (6)

14 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (6)

17 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (13)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) is undocked. (13)

29 Nov 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.

For the daily positions of HMS Vigorous during the passage from Malta to Kilindini see the map below.

(13)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (14)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) transited the Suez Canal and anchored off Port Tewfik. (14)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Port Tewfik for Aden. (14)

15 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed for Kilindini later the same day. (14)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Kilindini where she was to be employed for A/S training duties. (14)

27 Dec 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Shapinsay (T/Lt. R. Murgatroyd, RNVR) and ML 834. (14)

2 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR). (15)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR). (15)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (15)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HDML 1106 (Lt. F.H. Barnes, KNRNVR).

Also a practice attack was carried out on the Dumont d'Urville. (15)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (15)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR), HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (15)

13 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (15)

16 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (15)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (15)

31 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Falmouth (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodhead, RD, RNR) and HMS Marguerite (T/Lt. G.K. Wrigley, RNVR). (15)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (16)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (16)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Freesia (T/Lt. W.L. Hancock, SANF(V)) and HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR). (16)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR). (16)

13 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (16)

15 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. (16)

22 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. These included night exercises. (16)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with aircraft. (16)

27 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (16)

28 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (16)

1 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (17)

2 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Kilindini. (17)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Kilindini for Colombo.

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

(17)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo. (17)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Colombo. These included night exercises. (18)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) returned to Colombo on completion of last night's exercises. (18)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (18)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) arrived at Trincomalee. (18)

20 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (18)

21 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (18)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) returned to Trincomalee on completion of last night's exercises. (18)

10 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) is docked at Trincomalee. (19)

12 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) is undocked. (19)

15 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Trincomalee for Rangoon.

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

(19)

20 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Rangoon where she was to serve as a floating power station. (19)

31 May 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Rangoon for Trincomalee.

[As no log is available for this period no map for this passage can be displayed.] (19)

5 Jun 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Trincomalee from Rangoon. (20)

2 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Nicobar Island and the north coast of Sumatra.

[As no log is available for this period no map for this patrol can be displayed.] (6)

16 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) damaged a Japanese coaster with gunfire off north-west Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1228 hours - Surfaced in position 05°34.9'N, 95°15'7'E and opened fire with the deck gun at a beached coaster. 43 rounds were fired for 25 hits.

1235 hours - Dived in position 05°34.8'N, 95°15'7'E and retired to the north.

23 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (6)

9 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Trincomalee for Aden. (6)

21 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Aden. (6)

22 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Aden for Suez. (6)

28 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Suez where they entered the Panama Canal. They anchored of Ismaïlia later the same day. (6)

29 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Ismaïlia, transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said.

They both departed Port Said for Alexandria later the same day. (6)

30 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Alexandria. (6)

6 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Alexandria for Malta. (6)

10 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Malta. (6)

13 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both Malta for Gibraltar. (6)

17 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

19 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Gibraltar for the U.K. (6)

26 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Holy Loch. (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19738
  2. ADM 173/19379
  3. ADM 173/19380
  4. ADM 173/18460
  5. ADM 173/18818
  6. ADM 199/1876
  7. ADM 199/1911
  8. ADM 173/18820
  9. ADM 173/19381
  10. ADM 173/19383
  11. ADM 173/19384
  12. ADM 173/19385
  13. ADM 173/19386
  14. ADM 173/19387
  15. ADM 173/20272
  16. ADM 173/20273
  17. ADM 173/20274
  18. ADM 173/20275
  19. ADM 173/20276
  20. ADM 199/2574

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


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