HNMS Z 5 (H 97)
Torpedo boat of the Z 5 class
|Navy||The Royal Dutch Navy|
|Built by||Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (Vlissingen (Flushing), The Netherlands)|
|Laid down||18 Feb 1914|
|Launched||1 Apr 1915|
|Commissioned||8 Feb 1917|
HrMs Z 5 escaped to the U.K. on 14 May 1940.
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Commands listed for HNMS Z 5 (H 97)
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|1||luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Willem van Lier, RNN||15 Sep 1939||24 Mar 1941|
|2||luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Atzo de Boer, RNN||24 Mar 1941||18 May 1941|
|3||luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Jan Julius Steensma, RNN||18 May 1941||25 Jan 1942|
|4||luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Johannes Leonardus Bouman, RNN(R)||25 Jan 1942||2 Mar 1942|
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Notable events involving Z 5 include:
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.
H 31 and HrMs Z 5 departed later the same day for Sheerness and were ordered to proceed astern of convoy FS 74. (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)
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)
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.
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.
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)
- File 2.12.03.6387 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16739
- File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16731
- ADM 173/16783
- ADM 173/16732
- ADM 173/17012
- ADM 173/16765
- File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16766
- ADM 173/16756
- File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1907
- ADM 173/16796
- ADM 199/1828
- ADM 199/1831
- ADM 199/1829
- ADM 173/17246
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.