Allied Warships

HMS Vox (P 73)

Submarine of the V class


Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 73 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down19 Dec 1942 
Launched28 Sep 1943 
Commissioned30 Dec 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Cochin, India on 19 May 1946.  

Commands listed for HMS Vox (P 73)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Martin Michell, RN6 Sep 194315 May 1945
2Lt. William Evan Ironside Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR15 May 1945Oct 1945

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The history of HMS Vox 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 and/or the identity of escort vessels) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in December 2019.

19 Dec 1943
Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Barrow for Holy Loch. En-route trials were carried out. She was escorted by HMS Lady Beryl (Skr. H.C. Aisthorpe, RNR). (1)

20 Dec 1943
Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch where she was commissioned. (1)

23 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

24 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

25 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

27 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar where she was to conduct her torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo range. (1)

28 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo range at Arrochar. (1)

29 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo range at Arrochar. (1)

30 Dec 1943
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) shifted Arrochar to Holy Loch. (1)

4 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of these Vox proceeded to Campbeltown. (3)

5 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). Upon completion of these Vox proceeded to Holy Loch. (3)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) served as the target. These included night exercises. (3)

7 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (3)

8 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted STU trials off Fairlie. (3)

9 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted deep dive trials in the Clyde area. She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne DSC, RNVR). (3)

10 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) and HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne DSC, RNVR). (3)

11 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

13 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted noise trials at Loch Goil. (3)

14 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (3)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (3)

17 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN), HMS Undine (Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski). (3)

18 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN). (3)

19 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski), HMS Cockatrice (A/Lt.Cdr. C.W. Armstrong, RNR) and another vessel. (3)

20 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with ORP Blyscawica (Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski). (3)

21 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with ML's from the local defence flottilla, HMS Flint (T/Lt. R. Pakenham, RNR) and another vessel. (3)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay and Holy Loch respectively. They were escorted by HMS Sicyon (T/Lt. J. Bruce, RNVR). (4)

30 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises. (3)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Holy Loch. (3)

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). (5)

1 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Woodcock (Cdr.(Retd.) J.F. Blackburn, DSO, RN). Upon completion of these HMS Vox proceeded to Campbeltown. (6)

2 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Larne. (6)

3 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hart (Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Woodcock (Cdr.(Retd.) J.F. Blackburn, DSO, RN). (6)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR), HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR), HMCS Lunenburg (T/Lt. D.L. Miller, RCNVR), ???? [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vox], HMCS Prescott (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McIsaac, RCNVR), HMS Philante (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN) and ships from the 6th Escort Group. (6)

6 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR). (6)

7 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with aircraft. (6)

8 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with ), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR) and aircraft. (6)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with aircraft from HMS Chaser (Capt. H.V.P. McClintock, DSO, RN) and HMS Philante (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN) as well as ships from the 3rd Escort Group. (6)

10 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Larne. (6)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Asphodel (T/Lt. M.A. Halliday, RNZNR), HMS Clover (Lt. T.E. Fanshawe, RNR) and HMS Cubitt (Lt. G.D. Gregory, RN). (6)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Larne. (6)

15 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted independent exercises off Larne. (6)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Vivid (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) both proceeded to Larne escorted by HMS ML 225 (T/Lt. D. Kaye, RNVR). (7)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted D/G trials at Gare Loch. (6)

21 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) and HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in which they served as target for each other. (6)

22 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (6)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. These included night exercises. (6)

24 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (6)

25 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. (6)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. These included night exercises. (6)

27 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (6)

29 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted noise trials at Loch Goil. (6)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) both departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (8)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was to patrol line FF in the Norwegian Sea on an anti-uboat patrol.

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

(9)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is ordered to patrol off Stadtlandet. (9)

21 Mar 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is ordered to return to patrol line FF to continue her anti-uboat patrol. (9)

27 Mar 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (9)

1 Apr 1944
HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. The submarines were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (10)

3 Apr 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (11)

14 Apr 1944
For the daily positions of HMS Vox during the passage from Holy Loch to Gibraltar see the map below.

14 Apr 1944
HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Gibraltar. Sturdy was to proceed to the Far East and Vox to the Mediterranean.

The submarines were escorted during the passage south through the Irish Sea by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (12)

25 Apr 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (11)

29 Apr 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (11)

30 Apr 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (11)

1 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Gibraltar. (13)

2 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Gibraltar. (13)

3 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. These included night exercises. (13)

4 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. These included night exercises. (13)

5 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Faulknor (Cdr.(Retd.) C.F.H. Churchill, DSC, RN). (13)

7 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft. (13)

10 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with ML's. (13)

11 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (13)

12 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (13)

13 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (13)

14 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kingston Agate (T/Lt. R.J. Langley, RANVR), HMS Kilmarnock (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.B. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Totland (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.E. Tourtel, RNR). (13)

15 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kingston Agate (T/Lt. R.J. Langley, RANVR), HMS Kilbride (Lt. H.O. L’Estrange, DSC, RNR) and ML's. (13)

20 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. She made the passage in convoy UGS 41.

For the daily positions of HMS Vox during the passage from Gibraltar to Malta see the map below.

(13)

25 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Malta. (13)

27 May 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Malta for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(9)

1 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) attacked but missed 'a destroyer' that was part of the escort of a convoy.

ULTRA had informed that an important convoy had sailed from Piraeus for Heraklion. These were the German transports Sabine (2281 GRT, built 1921), Tanais (1545 GRT, built 1907) and Gertrud (1960 GRT, built 1930) escorted by the torpedo-boats TA 19, TA 14, TA 16 and TA 17, the auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 2101, UJ 2105, UJ 2110 and the motor minesweepers R 211 and R 34.

In the afternoon, the convoy was under heavy air attack, Sabine being sunk, TA 16 heavily damaged and Gertrud set afire.

Vox apparently sighted Gertrud (although she may have mistaken her for a UJ-boat) towed by TA 19 and escorted by TA 17 and TA 14. She attacked a torpedo-boat, perhaps TA 14, and was hunted by UJ 2142. The latter had been sailed from Heraklion in company with GK 62, to carry out an A/S search near Dia Island and then reinforce the escort of Gertrud. The A/S hunt was inconclusive, UJ 2142 did not realise that she had actually slightly damaged HMS Vox.

(All times are zone -2)
2158 hours - In position 340° degrees, Standia Island, 4 nautical miles, sighted four ships bearing 180° on a westerly course. Range was about 10000 yards.

2159 hours - Altered course towards to intercept.

2202 hours - The enemy was seen to alter course towards.

2205 hours - The enemy fired starshell towards HMS Vox. Burst short. Two ships were seen, thought to be UJ-boats. THe other two vessels could no longer be seen. The enemy was seen to start closing Vox, while zig-zagging.

2207 hours - Dived in position 35°30'N, 25°13'E. Commenced attack on the leading UJ-boat.

2231 hours - Sighted a destroyer bearing Red 90°, range 2000 yards. Broke off the attack on the UJ-boat and shifted target to the destroyer.

2236 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the destroyer thought to be San Martino (TA 17). Missed.

2250 hours - The enemy was hunting and was now in contact.

2319 hours - Three depth charges were dropped fairly close causing some minor damage.

0030/2 hours - The enemy lost contact. Six more depth charges were dopped but the were far off.

0215/2 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

0246/2 hours - Surfaced. (9)

10 Jun 1944
At 0626 hours zone -2), HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN), surfaced for a gun action against a caique. However before fire could be opened Vox was forced to submerge due to fire from shore batteries. This caique was sucured in a creek on the east coast of Paeleo Kaimen.

This caique was the Kal 1987 / Kostis who replied with 82 rounds of 20mm. (9)

13 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

16 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (14)

23 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is undocked. (14)

25 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted trials off Malta. (14)

27 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted trials off Malta. (14)

28 Jun 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(9)

3 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) sank two sailing vessels with gunfire south of Monemvassia, Greece. These were the German K 2 / Kissamos (former Greek PI 1001 / Kissamos) and the Greek MY 206 / Katerini.

(All times are zone -2)
0535 hours - In position 36°32'N, 23°10'E sighted a caique bearing 143°. She was rounding Cape Kamili. Range was about 8000 yards.

0602 hours - Surfaced for gun action at a range of 3000 yards. Opened fire one minute later. The enemy turned to port and opened fire with an Oerlikon gun.

0609 hours - The enemy now ceased firing. The range was now closed.

0615 hours - Obtained our first hit on the enemy.

0619 hours - Ceased fire and closed the range to 600 yards.

0629 hours - Came to a stop and sank the caique from close range. The caique was flying the German flag and was estimated of being about 30 tons. A total of 70 rounds had been expended.

0633 hours - Sighted a second caique coming round Cape Kamili. On being chased he doubled back and disappeared behind the headland.

0705 hours - Cape Kamili now abeam. The caique was seen to be anchored in a small bay about half a mile from the shore. Position was 36°30'N, 23°08'E.

0710 hours - Closed to 1500 yards and sank the caique with gunfire. The caique was estimated to be of about 80 tons. A total of 25 rounds were fired for 16 hits.

Then ran out to seaward in case A/S forces would come out from Monemvasia.

0837 hours - Nothing in sight. Dived. (9)

4 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) torpedoed and sank the Greek caique KAL 14 / Agios Nikolaos south-west of Santorini Island, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
2146 hours - Sighted a vessel with three escorts ahead. They were on a course from Santorini to Candia. Commenced attack. Position was 36°11'N, 25°17'E.

2231 hours - Dived to complete the attack.

2259 hours - Fired three torpedoes at a large caique from 1000 yards. The caique was estimated at 150 tons.

2300 hours - The caique was seen to blow up in a large sheet of flame after a torpedo hit.

2305 hours - Three depth charges were dropped some distance away. One vessel was carried out an ineffective hunt with Asdic.

0005/5 hours - Returned to periscope depth.

0014/5 hours - Surfaced. (9)

10 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) torpedoed and sank the German transport Anita (1165 GRT, built 1899, former Italian Arezzo) between Andros and Tinos Islands, Greece in position 37°53'N, 25°01'E. Anita was escorted by the motor minesweepers R 34, R 38 and R 210 and two Ar 196 seaplanes.

(All times are zone -2)
0900 hours - Sighted Anita escorted by three R-boats and two seaplanes. Commenced attack.

1000 hours - Fired three torpedoes at Anita from 1500 yards.

1001 hours - Heard a sharp explosion assumed to be a torpedo hit.

1006 - 1015 hours - A total of six depth charges were dropped but they were not very close.

1110 hours - At periscope depth. Commenced to return to the scene of the attack as Anita was apparently beached.

1230 hours - Heard a distant explosion.

1234 hours - A loud sharp explosion. On putting up the periscope a bomb splash was observed closeby. Also an R-boat was seen coming towards. Went deep. The R-boat passed close down the starboard side but did not drop any depth charges.

1302 hours - A schooner dropped a pattern of twelve depth charges. These were notheavy depth charges and were set too shallow. This was fortunate as they were right on top of HMS Vox.

1359 hours- Returned to periscope depth. The schooner and motor minesweepers were still hunting for the attacker. Withdrew to seaward and decided to come back at a later time.

[Anita sank later the same day after an attempt to tow her off failed. Part of the cargo had been salvaged before she sank.] (9)

15 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

18 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (15)

22 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is undocked. (15)

27 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. These included night exercises. (15)

28 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) returned to Malta on completion of last night's exercises. (15)

29 Jul 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

(9)

1 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel SYR 562 / Agios Isidoros with gunfire south of Santorini Island, Greece.

(All times are zone -2)
1608 hours - In position 36°00'N, 25°11'E sighted a caique bearing 325°. Closed.

1640 hours - Fired four warning shots. These had no effect.

1645 hours - Opened fire on the caique.

1646 hours - Obtained a hit. Ceased fire. Proceeded alongside and embarked two wounded.

1715 hours - Fired five rounds into the waterline after which the caique sank.

1733 hours - Dived. (9)

2 Aug 1944
At 1443 hours (zone -2), HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN), stopped the Greek sailing vessel SP 1015 / ???? for inspecion in position 36°17'N, 25°16'E. After inspection she was allowed to proceed. The two wounded men from yesterday's sinking were put on board this caique. (9)

3 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) fires two torpedoes at the German guard boat GK 61/Pétrel VIII south of Santorini Island, Greece. The torpedoes both missed their target. GK 61 was escorting a convoy of three caiques, these were ARG 79 / Thetis, SAM 83 / Theologos, SAM 137 / Agios Georgios.

(All times are zone -2)
1930 hours - On closing Santorini Island sighted an R-boat and three large caiques (thought to be of 120 to 150 tons) leaving the harbour. Commenced attack. Did not want to attack too close to the harbour. Intended to sink the R-boat with torpedoes and then surface to engage the caiques.

2000 hours - In position 36°17'N, 25°19'E fired two torpedoes at the R-boat from 600 yards. Both missed. Observed that all three caiques were armed with Oerlikons.

2005 to 2010 hours - The R-boat carried out a brief counter attack. She dropped three depth charges on the far side of the convoy which was withdrawing in disorder.

2025 hours - The convoy reformed and went on its way.

2041 hours - Surfaced and proceeded to get ahead of the convoy. Plotted the convoy on course 190° at a speed of 6 knots.

See 4 August 1944 for the continuation of the events. (9)

4 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) torpedoed and sank the German guard boat GK 61/Pétrel VIII (75 tons) and the sailing vessels ARG 79 / Thetis, and SAM 83 / Theologos north of Iraklion, Crete in position 35°52'N, 25°15'E.

(All times are zone -2)
0010 hours - Sighted the convoy ahead at a range of six nautical miles.

0020 hours - Dived and commenced attack.

0159 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the R-boat from 500 yards. She was hit and blew up in position 35°44'N, 25°11'E.

0203 hours - Surfaced for gun action against the schooners. Within half a minute of surfacing Vox was caught in a heavy cross fire. She had turned stern on and most of the shells bounced off the bridge and casing but two of the gun crew were wounded by splinters. One shell came into the bridge, three more penetrated the lower bridge plating and the casing. Another shell cut through the forward jumping wire preventer. The enemy ammunition was self destructing at a range of 2500 yards.

At 3000 yards turned to a parallel course and opened fire. The gun trainer had difficulty to see the target. By the time a hit was observed on the first caique the other two had scattered. Fire was ceased and HMS Vox gave chase to the caique that went at full speed towards Candia. Closed to 2000 yards and opened fire which he did not return. After 10 hits the caique was well ablaze and after another 6 hits he was seen to be sinking.

0310 hours - Vox was now 10 nautical miles north of Standia Island. Made a quick search but did not find the other two caiques. Went to a position 3 miles north of Standia Island to cut them off on their route towards Candia.

0505 hours - Sighted a caique 10 miles to the north sailing southwards. Presumably this was the caique we had hit before and his engine was out of action. Closed at speed to 3000 yards and then turned to a parallel course.

0548 hours - Opened fire on the caique. Fire soon broke out forward after the fifth round. The range was then closed.

0600 hours - The target capsized. Went alongside the wreckage and carefully punctured eight drums of diesel fuel with small arms fire while taking care not to hit the five German survivors in the water.

0620 hours - Gun action completed, we had only 9 rounds of HE left. Set course to 360° to get clear of the land. (9)

10 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) attacked the German patrol vessel GK 06 escorting three caiques (including the German Seeräuber) from Santorini to Heraklion. No hits were obtained. The three torpedoes were sighted and avoided. Shortly after, the convoy came under attack by a Beaufighter but escaped damage.

At 0504 hours, HMS Vox, which had trailed the convoy, attacked it again, this time with her 3" gun but GK 06 replied with her 7.6 cm gun and the submarine, which almost ran out of ammunition, was forced to submerge.

(All times are zone -2)
1915/9 hours - Sighted two vessels in Santorini habour. Manoeuvered to place Vox close to their expected track when they were to leave. When they left they were lost out of sight in the dusk. When they were seen again they had turned to 180° close in shore to Cape Akrotirion and were down the light of Vox. Torpedoes could have been fired in this poor light from 1000 yards but LT. Michell thought it better to attack later by moonlight.

2039/9 hours - Surfaced and closed the enemy from astern.

2140/9 hours - In visual touch, proceeded to work ahead. It was necessary to loose sight of the enemy now in anticipation of moonrise.

2346/9 hours - Dived. Estimated Vox was 7 nautical miles ahead of the enemy.

0017 hours - Picked up HE bearing 330°. Crossed the enemy's bow at full speed. In doing so sighted the enemy bearing 035°, range 1500 yards.

0100 hours - In position 35°45'N, 25°20'E fired three torpedoes at the convoy. Missed. The convoy was seen to consist of one escort, thought to be a former Italian RD class minesweeper, a coaster or large barge and two armed caiques.

0120 hours - Surfaced. With no torpedoes and only 9 rounds of HE remaining there was no chance of doing damage to the convoy. Decided to try to panic the enemy into scattering the convoy or leaving the slowest vessel behind. Proceeded to overtake the convoy in visual distance. The escort opened fire twice with Oerlikon and came towards but gave up and returned to the convoy when Vox turned away at full speed.

0519 hours - Dived. The escort made no attempt to start a hunt. (9)

12 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

23 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

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31 Aug 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) attacked but missed the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2171 / Heidelberg (former transport KT 4) with four torpedoes north of Candia, Crete in position 35°23'N, 25°24'E.

Later the same day HMS Vox sank the caique CHA 113 / Dimitrios with gunfire north of Heraklion, Crete in position 35°29'N, 25°11'E.

(All times are zone -2)
0124 hours - Picked up A/S transmissions bearing 140°.

0135 hours - The target moved to the left. Sighted a northbound KT ship bearing 135°. Commenced chase.

0142 hours - Target bearing 130°, range 4600 yards.

0147 hours - Target now bearing 110°, range 3400 yards.

0154 hours- Target still bearing 110°, range now 3100 yards.

0201 hours - Vox turned to starboard to fire. Sighted by the enemy who turned away.

0213 hours - Exchanged shots with the enemy. He was obviuosly better fitted for night action so broke off the action after three rounds had been fired and sent the gun crew below.

0222 hours- Lost sight of the enemy but kept to the north and west of him by A/S and radar. Hoped to hold the enemy there till dawn.

0358 hours - The enemy came almost directly towards Vox from right ahead.

0359 hours - In position 35°23'N, 25°24'E commenced firing a full salvo of torpedoes from 1400 yards. The first torpedo detonated prematurely when 500 yards from Vox. The others missed. The enemy opened fire on this. The fourth torpedo was not fired at this time.

0400 hours - Quickly made a new setup and fired the fourth torpedo. It also missed.

0401 hours - Vox turned away with a hail of tracer flying over her. Dived to avoid this gunfire. Could see nothing through the periscope so went deep.

The enemy made a short attempt to hunt the submarine but soon set course for Candia.

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1115 hours - Sighted a caique bearing 324°, range 6 nautical miles.

1127 hours - Surfaced to close this caique and to sink it with gunfire.

1131 hours - Opened fire from 5600 yards. Fired six rounds for one hit.

1135 hours - A shore battery opened fire but the shells fell about two miles short.

1147 hours - Fired eight rounds into the caique from only 200 yards. The target then sank in position 35°29'N, 25°11'E. Four men and one women were seen to row away in a small boat. Punctured 14 floating oil drums. Retired to the north-west. (9)

1 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) attacked an escorted KT ship with four torpedoes off the north coast of Crete in position 35°26'N, 24°57'E. No hits were obtained.

This was Kriegstransportschiff Erpel (834 GRT, built 1944, former KT 26). Erpel could only do 7 knots due to engine defects and escorted by TA 18 (with starboard engine defects). They were on passage from Piraeus to Suda but then diverted to Heraklion. Erpel managed to avoid the first torpedo and observed shortly after two more torpedo wakes. All three torpedoes were seen exploding on the rocky shore of Crete.

Note: The two EMS boats seen were probably GK-boats sailed from Suda to reinforce the escort.

(All times are zone -2)
1600 hours - Sighted smoke ahead.

1609 hours - Sighted the convoy we had been warned about. There were four ships. Proceeded inshore at speed.

1616 hours - Identified the ships as one KT ship with three escorts, one destroyers and two EMS craft. These last two were on the seaward side of the KT ship. Commenced attack.

1638 hours - In position 35°26'N, 24°57'E fired four torpedoes at a KT ship from 1300 yards. Missed. Went deep on firing as there had been quite a bubble on firing the torpedoes and Vox also rose to 22 feet on firing and might have been spotted.

1648 hours - One depth charge only was dropped.

1750 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. It had been intended to return to periscope depth much earlier but the ballast pump was defective. (9)

2 Sep 1944
At 1904 hours (zone -2), HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN), surfaced in position 6.6 nautical miles, 236°, Mikronisi light (Mirabello Bay). Ran into Poro Bay but sight nothing. Set course towards St. Nikolo Island. Air raid sirens could be heard. A Very light was then fired from a nearby house in the town and rifle shots followed from the same house. Fired two shells into the house and the front of it came down. A twin Oerlikon then opened fire from further away. Set course to clear the area. Shortly afterwards two guns, thought to be 88mm, also opened fire on Vox which dived at 2046 hours. (9)

6 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (16)

12 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted D/F calibration trials off Malta. (16)

17 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

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21 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) attacked the German caiques Paul and Lerche with gunfire between Mykonos und Nikaria Islands. They were escorted the patrol vessel GK 91 and were on passage to Leros. GK 91 returned fire and claimed to have repelled the attacker.

(All times are zone -1)
2258 hours - In position 37°30'N, 25°42'E sighted two vessels very close (1000 yards) on the starboard bow. Turned away to port at 13 knots.

2259 hours - Steadied on course 210°. Enemy bearing 045°.

2301 hours - Altered course to 045° and commenced shadowing the enemy which were identified as a 200 ton coaster escorted by an A/S caique.

2354 hours - Opened fire with the deck gun.

0053/22 hours - Broke off the action due to the light conditions, 44 rounds had been fired. Two certain hits had been obtained in the hull and two possible hits on the superstructure. (9)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) sank the Greek caique PI 380 / Agios Nikolaos with gunfire about 15 nautical miles south of the Kassandra Peninsula, Greece in position 39°44'N, 23°30'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1945 hours - Sighted a caique bearing 265°. Set course to intercept bringing the caique into the path of the moon.

2022 hours - Range now 1000 yards. Opened fire. Position was 39°44'N, 23°30'E.

2027 hours - Ceased fire after 16 rounds had been fired.

2030 hours - The caique sank. (9)

25 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) sank a Greek caique with gunfire about 12 nautical miles south-east of Ayiokambos, Larisis, Greece in position 39°34'N, 23°04'E. This was most likely VOL 78 / Maria. Nine survivors from this caique were picked up by the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2102.

(All times are zone -1)
1302 hours - While dived sighted a caique bearing 280° at a range of 10 nautical miles. It's course was 160°. Set course to intercept.

1752 hours - Surfaced. Caique now bearing 240°. Range 7 nautical miles. Closed the caique keeping her in the moonpath.

1911 hours - In position 39°34'N, 23°04'E opened fire on the caique from a range of 1100 yards.

1915 hours - Ceased fire after 11 rounds. The target was on fire.

1917 hours - The target sank.

28 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) torpedoed and heavily damaged the lighter Alfred north-west of Skiathos in position 39°26'N, 23°11'E.

This was probably the convoy made up of the lighter Alfred and the caiques Syros 616, Syros 868, Piraeus 537, Piraeus 260 and Piraeus 157 on passage from Saloniki to Chalkis. They were escorted by the patrol vessel GA 01. Alfred was torpedoed and her wreck drifted to southward. GA 01 picked up fifteen survivors (seven German soldiers and eight Greek sailors, three Germans and four Greeks were wounded) and diverted the convoy to Volos to land the wounded.

(All times are zone -1)
2151 hours - In position 39°26'N, 23°11'E sighted four vessels bearing 330°.

2200 hours - Dived to attack. The targets were difficult to see. There were thought to be an EMS craft, two coasters and two or three caiques.

2314 hours - Fired three torpedoes at a lighter and a caique which were overlapping. One hit was obtained on the lighter. Was forced deep by the EMS craft. Surfaced at 0107/29. (9)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) attacked a barge with four torpedoes north-west of Skiathos in position 39°31'N, 23°09'E. No hits were obtained. It seem likely the derelict wreck of the Alfred was the target.

(All times are zone -1)
0409 hours - In position 39°31'N, 23°09'E sighted two ships which were soon plotted as being on course 350° at 7 knots. Changed course to gain bearing on the enemy.

0416 hours - Altered course to keep away from the enemy in the growing light.

0428 hours - Enemy now bearing 069°, range 3600 yards. The enemy was now seen to be a Danube barge and one ESTE lighter with one R-boat ahead, one EMS craft close ahead and one astern.

0430 hours - Began firing a salvo of four torpedoes at the barge. After firing the second torpedo Vox veered off course. The remaining two torpedoes were fired two minutes later. No hits were obtained. Retired to the south at full speed. Following the attack the R-boat gave chase for 15 minutes and then set course to rejoin the convoy. (9)

2 Oct 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Casteloriso to fuel. (9)

3 Oct 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Casteloriso for Malta. (9)

7 Oct 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

16 Oct 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Malta, first with aircraft and later with HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Rylands, RN). (17)

20 Oct 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (17)

30 Oct 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) is undocked. (17)

3 Nov 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Malta, with aircraft and HMS Rowena (Lt.Cdr. G.C. Hogart, DSC, RNR).

Later this day D/G trials were carried out. (18)

15 Nov 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.

For the daily positions of HMS Vox during the passage from Malta to Aden see the map below.

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20 Nov 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Port Said. (18)

23 Nov 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Port Said for Aden. (18)

29 Nov 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Aden. She arrived with a defect to her starboard engine that required repairs. (18)

20 Dec 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Aden with HMS Marguerite (T/Lt. G.K. Wrigley, RNVR) and HMS Bugloss (T/Lt. A.J. Anderson, RNVR). (19)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Aden for Colombo. She was escorted until 1830/24 by HMS Marguerite (T/Lt. G.K. Wrigley, RNVR).

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

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1 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Colombo. (20)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Colombo for A/S exercises with aircraft. (20)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) returned to Colombo upon completion of the A/S exercises. (20)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) returned to Colombo upon completion of the A/S exercises. (20)

10 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN). (20)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN). (20)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with aircraft. (20)

17 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with HMIS Oudh (T/Lt. K.Y. Eccles, RINVR). (20)

18 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RNR) and aircraft. (20)

24 Jan 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Colombo for Fremantle.

For the daily positions of HMS Vox during the passage from Colombo to Sydney see the map below.

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10 Feb 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Fremantle. (21)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Fremantle. (21)

12 Feb 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) was put on the slipway at Fremantle. (22)

13 Feb 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) was put back in the water. (22)

22 Feb 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Fremantle for Melbourne. (21)

3 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Melbourne. (23)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) departed Melbourne for Sydney. (23)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) arrived at Sydney. (23)

20 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with aircraft and HMAS Nizam (A/Lt.Cdr. W.F. Cook, RAN). (23)

21 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (23)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (23)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (23)

28 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (23)

29 Mar 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (23)

2 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and later with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (24)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN). (24)

10 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (24)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted D/G trials off Sydney. (24)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN), HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) and HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) all conducted attack exercises off Sydney during which HMS Newcastle (Cdr. S.H. Pinchin, DSC, RN) served as the target. (25)

26 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (24)

27 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (24)

30 Apr 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (24)

1 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)) and HMS Troubridge (Capt. G.F. Burghard, RN). (26)

4 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted attack exercises off Sydney during which HMS Maidstone (Capt. L.M. Shadwell, RN) served as the target. (26)

8 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (26)

10 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (26)

15 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)).

During the exercises Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR took over command from Lt. Michell, RN. (26)

18 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (26)

21 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Wakeful (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Pound, DSC, RN). (26)

22 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (26)

23 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (26)

28 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Wakeful (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Pound, DSC, RN). (26)

29 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (26)

30 May 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HrMs Abraham Crijnssen (Cdr. S. Dobbenga, RNN(R)). (26)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN). (27)

17 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN). (27)

18 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN). (27)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted speed trials and gunnery exercises off Sydney. (27)

20 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Geraldton (T/Lt. G.L.B. Parry, RANVR). (27)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted gunnery exercises off Sydney a target that was towed by HMS Guardian (Capt. J.S. Metcalf, DSC, RD, RNR). (27)

24 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. the Viscount Jocelyn, RN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC and Bar, RN), HMAS Napier (Capt. H.J. Buchanan, DSO, RAN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN) and HMAS Nepal (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN). (27)

25 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMS Undine (Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN), HMS Ulysses, HMS Urania (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Grenville (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO, RN), HMCS Undaunted (Lt.Cdr. C.E.R. Sharp, RN) and HMS Urchin (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Harkness, DSC, OBE, RD, RNR). (27)

26 Jun 1945
During the night of 26/27 June 1945, HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR), conducted night exercises off Sydney with HMS Lewes (T/Lt. M.H. Grylls, SANF(V)) and HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (27)

28 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (27)

29 Jun 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Sydney with HMAS Kybra (T/Lt. R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)). (27)

17 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) departed Sydney for Auckland. She was escorted by HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. D.S. Thomson, RANR(S)).

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

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23 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) arrived at Auckland. (28)

25 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Auckland with HMNZS HDML 1183 (T/Lt. I.H. Curd, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1184 (T/Lt. J. Gifford, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1185 (T/Lt. G.R. Curtis, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1186 (T/Lt. A.R. Joughin, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1187 (Lt. W.R.G. Reid, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1188 (T/A/Lt. A.N. Burt, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1189 (T/Lt. G.A.B. Walker, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1190 (T/Lt. D.F. Davis, RNZNVR) and HMS HDML 1349 (T/Lt. A.J. Gillon, RNZNVR). (28)

26 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Auckland with HMNZS HDML 1183 (T/Lt. I.H. Curd, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1184 (T/Lt. J. Gifford, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1185 (T/Lt. G.R. Curtis, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1190 (T/Lt. D.F. Davis, RNZNVR), HMNZS Sandra (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Dunnet, RNR), HMNZS Scarba (Lt. C.C. Stevens, RNZNVR), HMNZS Killegray (T/Lt. A.A. Bradshaw, RNZNVR) and HMNZS Muritai (T/Lt. W.D. Drake, RNZNR). (28)

27 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Auckland with HMNZS Sandra (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Dunnet, RNR), HMNZS Scarba (Lt. C.C. Stevens, RNZNVR), HMNZS Killegray (T/Lt. A.A. Bradshaw, RNZNVR) and HMNZS Muritai (T/Lt. W.D. Drake, RNZNR). (28)

30 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Auckland with HMNZS Sanda (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Dunnet, RNR), HMNZS Scarba (Lt. C.C. Stevens, RNZNVR), HMNZS Killegray (T/Lt. A.A. Bradshaw, RNZNVR), HMNZS Muritai (T/Lt. W.D. Drake, RNZNR), HMNZS HDML 1186 (T/Lt. A.R. Joughin, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1187 (Lt. W.R.G. Reid, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1189 (T/Lt. G.A.B. Walker, RNZNVR) and HMS HDML 1349 (T/Lt. A.J. Gillon, RNZNVR). (28)

31 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Auckland with HMNZS HDML 1183 (T/Lt. I.H. Curd, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1184 (T/Lt. J. Gifford, RNZNVR), HMNZS HDML 1185 (T/Lt. G.R. Curtis, RNZNVR) and HMNZS HDML 1190 (T/Lt. D.F. Davis, RNZNVR). (28)

1 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) departed Auckland for Gisborne.

For the daily positions of HMS Vox during the passage from Auckland to Wellington see the map below.

(29)

3 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) arrived at Gisborne. (29)

4 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) departed Gisborne for Wellington. (29)

5 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) arrived at Wellington. (29)

8 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Wellington with HMNZS Awatere (Lt. D.L. Millar, RNZNVR), HMNZS Maimai (T/Lt. W.W. Gunson, RNZNVR) and HMNZS Pahau (T/Lt. W.H.K. Mollard, RNZNVR). (29)

9 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Wellington with HMNZS Awatere (Lt. D.L. Millar, RNZNVR), HMNZS Maimai (T/Lt. W.W. Gunson, RNZNVR) and HMNZS Pahau (T/Lt. W.H.K. Mollard, RNZNVR). (29)

10 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Wellington with ML's. (29)

13 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Wellington with HMNZS Awatere (Lt. D.L. Millar, RNZNVR), HMNZS Maimai (T/Lt. W.W. Gunson, RNZNVR), HMNZS Hautapu (T/Lt. W. Strong, RNZNVR) and HMNZS Pahau (T/Lt. W.H.K. Mollard, RNZNVR). (29)

14 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) conducted exercises off Wellington. (29)

19 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) departed Wellington for Sydney.

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

(29)

25 Aug 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) arrived at Sydney. (29)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18457
  2. ADM 173/14857
  3. ADM 173/19442
  4. ADM 173/18885
  5. ADM 173/19738
  6. ADM 173/19443
  7. ADM 173/19425
  8. ADM 199/2571
  9. ADM 199/1816
  10. ADM 199/1385
  11. ADM 173/19445
  12. ADM 199/1873B
  13. ADM 173/19446
  14. ADM 173/19447
  15. ADM 173/19448
  16. ADM 173/19450
  17. ADM 173/19451
  18. ADM 173/19452
  19. ADM 173/19453
  20. ADM 173/20348
  21. ADM 173/20349
  22. ADM 199/1919
  23. ADM 173/20350
  24. ADM 173/20351
  25. ADM 173/20289
  26. ADM 173/20352
  27. ADM 173/20353
  28. ADM 173/20354
  29. ADM 173/20355

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


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