Allied Warships

FR Junon

Submarine of the Minerve class

NavyThe French Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassMinerve 
Pennant 
Built byCh Augustin Normand (Le Havre, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down9 Jun 1932 
Launched15 Sep 1935 
Commissioned20 Sep 1937 
End service6 Dec 1954 
History

Seized by the British on 3 July 1940 and transferred to the Free French on 27 July.
Decommissioned 6 December 1954.

 

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Notable events involving Junon include:


16 Dec 1941
HMS P 39 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept German capital ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in case they would leave Brest.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) and FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Upon completion of the patrol P 39 was to proceed to Gibraltar.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (1)

17 Feb 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) and FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (2)

19 Oct 1942
The Free French submarine Junon torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Nordland (725 GRT, offsite link) off the west coast of Norway in position 67°12'N, 12°57'E.

23 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. Off Scapa Flow she was joined by HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) and FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). They were escorted by HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).

29 Apr 1944
Off Dundee, HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR), made rendez-vous with FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) then took over the escort. (3)

14 May 1944
HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for the Far East. The first leg of the trip is to Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with the French submarine FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).

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

(4)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/400
  2. File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/19222
  4. ADM 173/19059

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


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