HMS L 26 (N 26)
Submarine of the L class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Launched||29 May 1919|
|Commissioned||12 Oct 1926|
Completed at Chatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.).
Expended as a target of the Canadian coast on 25 September 1945.
Commands listed for HMS L 26 (N 26)
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|Charles Walderne St Clair Lambert, RN|
|1||Lt.Cdr. John Hugh Lewes, RN||5 Aug 1932||Jun 1933 (1)|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Hugh Lewes, RN||26 Oct 1933||Nov 1934 (1)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Frank Woodgate Lipscomb, OBE, RN||19 Apr 1938||11 Mar 1940|
|4||Lt. Patrick Lainson Field, RN||11 Mar 1940||Jul 1940|
|5||Lt. John Bertram de Betham Kershaw, RN||Jul 1940||late 1940|
|6||Lt. Richard Prendergast Raikes, RN||late 1940||21 Feb 1941|
|7||Lt. Stephen Lynch Conway Maydon, RN||21 Feb 1941||24 Apr 1941|
|8||Lt. Michael Beauchamp St. John, RN||24 Apr 1941||1 Oct 1941|
|9||Lt. Geoffrey Deryck Nicholson Milner, RN||1 Oct 1941||9 Jan 1942|
|10||Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN||9 Jan 1942||7 Jun 1942|
|11||Lt. Cyril Astell Pardoe, RNR||7 Jun 1942||29 Jul 1942|
|12||Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN||29 Jul 1942||2 Aug 1943|
|13||Lt. Andrew George Prideaux, DSC, RN||2 Aug 1943||14 Oct 1944|
|14||Lt. Richard Thomas Sallis, DSC, RN||14 Oct 1944||21 Dec 1944|
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Notable events involving L 26 include:
Wreckage of L26 rediscovered during the 1998/1999 investigation of Swiss-air flight 111 crash. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_L26 http://youtu.be/ULvDoh1KMw0 (2)
7 Nov 1939
At 1648 hours, HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN), HMS L 26 (Lt.Cdr. F.W. Lipscomb, OBE, RN) and their escort towards Portsmouth, HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) near the North Goodwin light vessel. (3)
Off Scapa Flow they were joined by the British submarine HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN). (4)
21 Mar 1941
During 21/22 March 1941, HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN), conducted exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) and HMS L 26 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN).
Upon completion of these exercises HMS Oberon proceeded to Rothesay. (5)
26 Aug 1942
HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). These included practice attacks on HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN). (6)
4 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR), HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) and HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR). (7)
- Personal communication
- ADM 199/1827
- File 2.12.03.6420 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16816
- ADM 173/17705
- ADM 173/17342
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.