Allied Warships

HMS Visigoth (P 76)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 76 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Feb 1943 
Launched30 Nov 1943 
Commissioned9 Mar 1944 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap in March 1949. Scrapped at Hayle in April 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Visigoth (P 76)

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1Lt. John Renwick Haig Haddow, DSC, RN15 Jan 19443 Mar 1945
2Lt. Charles Henry Hammer, RN3 Mar 1945Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Visigoth include:

20 Apr 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). The next day, off Scapa Flow, they were joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) and the British submarine HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN). (1)

21 Apr 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN).

The submarines were escorted by the armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark. (2)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) damaged two sailing vessels with gunfire in Strati harbour, Crete, Greece.


  1. ADM 173/18921
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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