Allied Warships

HMS Voracious (P 78)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 78 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1942 
Laid down27 Oct 1942 
Launched11 Nov 1943 
Commissioned13 Apr 1944 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Cochin, India on 19 May 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Voracious (P 78)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Frederick Danford Gordon Challis, DSC, RN15 Jan 194414 May 1945
2Lt. Donald Rupert Wilson, DSC, RANVR14 May 194522 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Voracious include:


2 May 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).

At 1540/3 Taku parted company with Voracious and Sardonyx and continued her passage to Blyth but now escorted by HMS Godetia (T/Lt. M.A.F. Larose, RNR). (1)

10 Jun 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) and HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. (2)

30 Jun 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage north together with HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (3)

16 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage south together with HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (4)

15 Sep 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2110 5 nautical miles north of Skopelos Island, Greece. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

17 Sep 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against ' what is identified as 'a merchant in the Skopelos Channel, Greece. All four torpedoes fired missed their target.

10 Feb 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) was put on the slipway at Fremantle. (5)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) was put back in the water. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18922
  2. ADM 173/19296
  3. ADM 173/18718
  4. ADM 173/18719
  5. ADM 199/1919

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


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