Allied Warships

HMS Viking (P 69)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 69 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down3 Sep 1942 
Launched5 May 1943 
Commissioned30 Aug 1943 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Norwegian Navy in 1946 and renamed KNM Utvær.

 

Commands listed for HMS Viking (P 69)

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1Lt. Rawdon Bannar-Martin, DSC, RNJun 1943late 1945

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Notable events involving Viking include:


17 Jun 1944
HMS Tuna (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) departed Rothesay for Blyth. She made part of the passage together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (1)

5 Jul 1944
While on patrol in the Norwegian Sea, HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) fires from 600 yards a four-torpedo spread at German U-boat U-965 in approximate position 70°00'N, 00°00'W. As the Germans saw the torpedo tracks they managed to avoid them.

At 1745 hours the officer of the watch sighted a the conning tower of a U-boat bearing 070° 3.5 nautical miles away. Viking closed at speed to get in position for attack. At 1816 hours four torpedoes were fired but due to a surface runner and the smooth seas the Germans were able to dodge the torpedoes.

4 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN). (2)

1 Sep 1944
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) attacked a German convoy with torpedoes off Egersund, Norway in position 58°36'N, 05°39'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target(s).

4 Sep 1944
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) attacked a German convoy with torpedoes about 10 nautical miles south-east of Egersund, Norway. All torpedoes fired missed their target(s).

14 Oct 1944
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Standard (1286 GRT, offsite link) off the Saltfjorden, Norway in position 67°09'N, 14°09'E.

22 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) remained at Scapa Flow. HMS Taciturn and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) departed later this day for Lerwick. They were now escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR). (3)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Taurus (A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage south together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) and the French submarine Morse (Lt. O. Chauveau). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18147
  2. ADM 199/1385
  3. ADM 199/1444
  4. ADM 173/19865

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


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