Allied Warships

HMS H 49 (N 49)

Submarine of the H class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 49 
Built byWilliam Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland) 
OrderedJul 1917 
Laid down 1918 
Launched15 Jul 1919 
Commissioned25 Oct 1919 
Lost18 Oct 1940 

On 17 October 1940 HMS H 49 (Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, DSC, RN) sailed from Harwich with orders to patrol off Texel, on the Dutch coast. She was sunk the following day off Texel by depth charges from the German UJ 116 and UJ 118.


Commands listed for HMS H 49 (N 49)

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1Lt. Edward Francis Balston, RN2 Aug 193924 Nov 1939
2Lt. Charles Joseph Reginald Cave, RN24 Nov 19398 Jan 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Wilfrid Frederick Haselfoot, RN8 Jan 194026 Jan 1940
4Lt. Peter Ronald Ward, RN26 Jan 194015 Apr 1940
5Lt. Michael Armitage Langley, RN15 Apr 1940Oct 1940
6Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, RNOct 194018 Oct 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving H 49 include:

10 May 1940
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN), HMS H 44 (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN), HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. They were escorted by HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd. H. Buckle, RN).

Later the same day all four submarines departed Portsmouth again for patrol in the North Sea. They were escorted until 1700/11 by HMS Foxglove (Lt.Cdr. T.I.S. Bell, RN). (1)

3 Jun 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN), HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) departed Portsmouth for Harwich. They were escorted by HMS Warrior II (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

16 Sep 1940
At 0439 hours HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) fired 4 torpedoes at a large, 16 ship, convoy and 8 bunched ships were fired at. After 60 and 75 seconds two dull explosions were heard but no further explosions. It is / was assumed that two torpedoes hit and two missed and hit a sand bank. 'Breaking-up' noises were heard. It was assumed by the British that tanker ILL was damaged but as she was in ballast she was able to absorb the hits without much damage.


  1. ADM 199/1828
  2. ADM 173/16303

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

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