Allied Warships

HNMS Z 5 (H 97)

Torpedo boat of the Z 5 class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeTorpedo boat
ClassZ 5 
PennantH 97 
Built byKoninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (Vlissingen (Flushing), The Netherlands) 
Ordered 
Laid down18 Feb 1914 
Launched1 Apr 1915 
Commissioned8 Feb 1917 
End service 
History

HrMs Z 5 escaped to the U.K. on 14 May 1940.
She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 2 March 1942. In May 1943 she was renamed HMS Blade.
Returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 9 April 1945 but not commissioned.
Sold and scrapped at Troon, Scotland in October 1945.

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Commands listed for HNMS Z 5 (H 97)

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Willem van Lier, RNN15 Sep 193924 Mar 1941
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Atzo de Boer, RNN24 Mar 194118 May 1941
3luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Jan Julius Steensma, RNN18 May 194125 Jan 1942
4luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Johannes Leonardus Bouman, RNN(R)25 Jan 19422 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Z 5 include:


29 Apr 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN). (1)

10 May 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN). (2)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (3)

15 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (4)

16 Jul 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (5)

27 Jul 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (5)

15 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Rothesay for Blyth. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (6)

18 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), both arrived at Blyth (6)

21 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), both departed Blyth for Sheerness. They were to proceed behind convoy FS 73. (6)

22 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), were ordered to proceed to the Humber where they arried early in the night.

H 31 and HrMs Z 5 departed later the same day for Sheerness and were ordered to proceed astern of convoy FS 74. (6)

23 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), arrived at Sheerness roads. (6)

1 Oct 1941
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Rothesay for Oban. She made the passage together with HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN). They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (7)

9 Oct 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) both departed Tobermory for Rothesay. They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (8)

17 Oct 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (9)

9 Nov 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Lomdonderry. The submarines were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (10)

11 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN). Upon completion of these exercises she set course to proceed to Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN). They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (9)

11 Nov 1941
HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (11)

18 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (12)

3 Dec 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (13)

4 Dec 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (14)

16 Dec 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay as it is feared the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen might breack out from Brest.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN). The submarines were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN) until 1130/18. (15)

24 Dec 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She had made rendez-vous around 0920 hours with HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) and HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN). THey were escorted in by the torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN) and MS trawler HMS Fluellen (T/Lt. D.P. Richardson, RNVR).

After fuelling, provisioning and having effected some repairs H 28 departed Falmouth at 2100 to resume her patrol. She was escorted out until 2320 hours by HMS Night Hawk (T/Lt. B.J.P. Kelly, RNVR). (15)

1 Jan 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) made rendez-vous off Wolf Rock with the Duth submarine HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were then joined by their escort towards Rothesay, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (16)

1 Feb 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.L. Bouman, RNN(R)).

For the daily positions of HMS H 43 during this patrol see the map below.

(17)

14 Feb 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN), HMS H 44 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) departed Falmouh for Rothesay. They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.L. Bouman, RNN(R)). (18)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6387 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16739
  3. File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16731
  5. ADM 173/16783
  6. ADM 173/16732
  7. ADM 173/17012
  8. ADM 173/16765
  9. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. ADM 173/16766
  11. ADM 173/16756
  12. File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  13. ADM 199/1907
  14. ADM 173/16796
  15. ADM 199/1828
  16. ADM 199/1831
  17. ADM 199/1829
  18. ADM 173/17246

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


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