Allied Warships

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24 May

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This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.

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The Shipyard Report


Laid down (38)

1917: Destroyer Winchelsea (D 46)

1933: Destroyer Depot Ship Woolwich (F 80)

1934: Sloop Yarra (L 77 / U 77)

1939: Destroyer Inconstant (H 49) - Destroyer Ithuriel (H 05) - Submarine P 611 (P 611) - Submarine P 612 (P 612) - Submarine P 614 (P 614)

1940: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 266 (MTB 266) - Corvette Sunflower (K 41) - Motor torpedo boat PT 17

1943: Frigate Byron (K 508) - Patrol vessel Kilmington (Z 14) - Dock landing ship Northway (F 142) - Submarine Turpin (P 354) - Destroyer Barton (ii) (DD 722) - Destroyer Escort Crowley (DE 303) - Destroyer Escort Falgout (DE 324) - Minesweeper Gadwall (AM 362) - Destroyer Escort Lowe (DE 325) - Tank landing ship LST 41 (LST 41) - Motor torpedo boat PT 450 - Destroyer Escort Rall (DE 304) - Minesweeper Recruit (AM 285) - Minesweeper Scurry (AM 304) - Minesweeper Spectacle (AM 305)

1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-638 (LCI(L)-638) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-639 (LCI(L)-639) - Landing craft tank LCT 1094 (LCT 1094) - Landing craft tank LCT 1156 (LCT 1156) - Landing craft tank LCT 1157 (LCT 1157) - Landing craft tank LCT 1158 (LCT 1158) - Landing craft tank LCT 838 (LCT 838) - Medium landing ship LSM 218 (LSM 218) - Medium landing ship LSM 324 (LSM 324) - Tank landing ship LST 637 (LST 637) - Minesweeper Waxwing (AM 389)

1945: Motor torpedo boat PT 765

Launched (31)

1906: MS Trawler Fintray (FY 253)

1918: Submarine O-2 (63)

1919: Destroyer Ramsey (G 60) - Destroyer Gilmer (DD 233) - Destroyer Meade (i) (DD 274) - Patrol craft PE-48 (PE-48) - Submarine R-9 (86)

1937: Light cruiser Tromp

1941: Landing Craft Tank LCT 129 (LCT 129) - Mooring vessel Moorfire - Motor torpedo boat PT 29 - Net tender Teaberry (AN 34)

1943: Minesweeper Magic (J 400) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-425 (LCI(L)-425) - Destroyer Escort Ramsden (DE 382) - Submarine chaser SC-994 (SC-994)

1944: Motor minesweeper D 345 - MS Trawler Nasik (T 258) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1131 (LCT 1131) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7061 (LCT 7061) - Frigate Loch Fyne (K 429) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1070 (FY 1070) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1028 (LCI(L)-1028) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1068 (LCI(L)-1068) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-620 (LCI(L)-620) - Landing craft tank LCT 1154 (LCT 1154) - Landing craft tank LCT 1302 (LCT 1302) - Landing craft tank LCT 836 (LCT 836) - Medium landing ship LSM 313 (LSM 313) - Motor torpedo boat PT 448 - Dock landing ship Shadwell (LSD 15)

Commissioned (30)

1922: Submarine A-3

1935: Destroyer Faulknor (H 62)

1938: Torpedo boat Baliste

1939: Submarine Seal (37 M)

1940: Light cruiser Bonaventure (31) - Corvette Gardenia (K 99)

1942: Corvette Ville de Quebec (K 242)

1943: Rescue Tug Allegiance (W 50) - Submarine Bluefish (222) - Aircraft Carrier Bunker Hill (CV 17) - Submarine Cabrilla (288) - Tank landing ship LST 488 (LST 488) - Patrol craft PC-1124 (PC-1124) - Motor torpedo boat PT 244 - Motor torpedo boat PT 246 - Submarine chaser SC-1070 (SC-1070) - Submarine chaser SC-685 (SC-685) - Minesweeper YMS-336 (YMS-336)

1944: Minesweeper St. Joseph (J 359) - Frigate Thetford Mines (K 459) - Submarine tender Howard W. Gilmore (AS 16) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-616 (LCI(L)-616) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-687 (LCI(L)-687) - Medium landing ship LSM 7 (LSM 7) - Tank landing ship LST 1022 (LST 1022) - Tank landing ship LST 910 (LST 910) - Minesweeper Pinnacle (AM 274) - Motor torpedo boat PT 534 - Submarine Sea Devil (400)

1946: Seaplane tender Timbalier (AVP 54)

Legend:

Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).

Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.

Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.

War Losses on 24 May (3)


1940: Large destroyer Chacal - Destroyer Wessex (i) (D 43)

1941: Battlecruiser Hood (51)

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General Events on 24 May


1940

Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Oswald: HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Fraser, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)).

Submarine HMS Shark (i): HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth.

Submarine HMS Spearfish: HMS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Forbes, DSO, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Blyth.

Sloop HMS Enchantress: HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, RN) picks up 23 survivors from the Greek merchant Kyma that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-37 about 175 nautical miles south of Cape Clear in position 48°30'N, 09°30'W.

Destroyer HMS Wessex (i): The Polish destroyer Burza was ordered to join the British destroyers HMS Vimiera and HMS Wessex and shell German positions in Calais area. At 16.20 the Allied vessels opened fire on enemy armoured column at Sangatte Hill, west of Calais. 10 minutes later they were attacked by 27 German airplanes which hit and sank HMS Wessex. HMS Vimiera managed to escape. Then the entire enemy air group concentrated on the Polish destroyer. The AA guns (2 40 mm) jammed due to shrapnel hits, three bombs exploded in the water. They caused boiler damage and loss of speed. The commander (Lt.Cdr. Francki) ordered to emergency launch the torpedoes and drop all depth charges, trying to avoid additional explosions. Shortly after this, two bombs hit the Burza and badly damaged her. However the airplanes had dropped all of their bombs and broke off the attack. The crew managed to stop the leakage and return to Dover. One German airplane was shot down during the action.

Destroyer ORP Burza: The Polish destroyer Burza was ordered to join the British destroyers HMS Vimiera and HMS Wessex and shell German positions in Calais area. At 16.20 the Allied vessels opened fire on enemy armoured column at Sangatte Hill, west of Calais. 10 minutes later they were attacked by 27 German airplanes which hit and sank HMS Wessex. HMS Vimiera managed to escape. Then the entire enemy air group concentrated on the Polish destroyer. The AA guns (2 40 mm) jammed due to shrapnel hits, three bombs exploded in the water. They caused boiler damage and loss of speed. The commander (Komandor Podporucznik Wojciech Francki) ordered to emergency launch the torpedoed and drop all depth charges, trying to avoid additional explosions. Shortly after this, two bombs hit the Burza and badly damaged her. However the airplanes had dropped all of their bombs and broke off the attack. The crew managed to stop the leakage and return to Dover. One German airplane was shot down during the action.

Destroyer HMS Vimiera: The Polish destroyer Burza was ordered to join the British destroyers HMS Vimiera and HMS Wessex and shell German positions in Calais area. At 16.20 the Allied vessels opened fire on enemy armoured column at Sangatte Hill, west of Calais. 10 minutes later they were attacked by 27 German airplanes which hit and sank HMS Wessex. HMS Vimiera managed to escape. Then the entire enemy air group concentrated on the Polish destroyer. The AA guns (2 40 mm) jammed due to shrapnel hits, three bombs exploded in the water. They caused boiler damage and loss of speed. The commander (Lt.Cdr. Francki) ordered to emergency launch the torpedoed and drop all depth charges, trying to avoid additional explosions. Shortly after this, two bombs hit the Burza and badly damaged her. However the airplanes had dropped all of their bombs and broke off the attack. The crew managed to stop the leakage and return to Dover. One German airplane was shot down during the action.

1941

Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya.

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) arrived at Rothesay.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She is escorted by HMS Northern Dawn (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR).

Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious: Sailed from the Clyde despite being in incomplete state to take part in the hunt for the Bismarck. Her planes carried out 2 attacked and scored torpedo hits (3 claimed) on the battlewagon but were unable to slow her down (see Ark Royal entry).

Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. I.L.M. McGeoch, RN in command as her regular Commanding Officer Lt. Mackenzie was sick) departed Malta for her 20th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol the approaches to Tripoli, Libya. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below. HMS Ursula 20th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Sheerness for Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Pandora: At 1137 HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sighted an Italian submarine west of the Portuguese coast in position 41°04'N, 11°12'W. This was Mocenigo on her way from Bordeaux, France for an Atlantic patrol. Two rounds with the deck gun were fired. The enemy submarine then dived.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) is joined by HMS Primrose (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR). Both ships proceeds together towards the U.K.

Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) attacked a heavily escorted troop convoy, 10 nautical miles east of Siracusa, Sicily, Italy in position 36°41'N, 15°42'E and torpedoed and sank the Italian liner (used as troop transport) Conte Rosso (17879 GRT, built 1922). Upholder was heavily depth charged following this attack. (All times are zone -2) 2030 hours - Sighted three very large two-funnel liners in position 36°48'N, 15°42'E. Course was 215°. Closed to attack. It was later seen that there were at least four destroyers but most likely six. 2043 hours - Fired the last two torpedoes at the centre ship which was the biggest. The nearest destroyer (a Grecale-class) was then only 400 yards ahead. Upholder went to 150 feet upon firing and retired to the East. Two explosions were heard about a minute after firing. 2047 hours - Depth charging started. In all 37 depth charges were dropped. The last four at 2107 hours were very close. No damage was sustained. 2120 to 2125 hours - The target was heard to sink. 2250 hours - Surfaced and passed a report to Malta. There was a strong smell of fuel oil in the breeze upon surfacing. [The convoy Upholder attacked was made up of the above mentioned liner Conte Rosso as well as the liners Esperia (11398 GRT, built 1920), Marco Polo (12272 GRT, built 1912) and Victoria (13098 GRT, built 1931). They were escorted by the Italian destroyer Freccia as well as the Italian torpedo boats Orsa, Procione and Pegaso. The number of victims varies slightly according to sources, perhaps the more precise figures are 1291 killed or missing and 1441 survivors picked up.]

Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. E.D. Norman, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Calabria, Italy. She also carried a raiding party to blow up a railway ashore if the opportunity occured. For the daily positions of HMS Upright during this patrol see the map below. HMS Upright 11th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, RN) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Hammamet and to perform a special operation. For the daily and attack positions of Utmost during this patrol see the map below. HMS Utmost 9th war patrol click here for bigger map

Battlecruiser HMS Hood: HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) rescued the 3 survivors from the British battlecruiser HMS Hood, which was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck, off Iceland.

Battleship HMS Prince of Wales: At 0000 hours Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN) and Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) were now on their own, their escorting destroyers by now trailing them well behind. Durning the night they were kept informed on the position of the German ships by the shadowing cruisers HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.J.L. Phillips, RN). Shortly before 0600 hours Hood and Prince of Wales spotted the German ships and engaged them with their forward guns while closing the range rapidly. At 0605 hours, and when just turning to allow the after guns to fire as well, HMS Hood was hit by Bismarck and exploded and sank. Prince of Wales, who was having problmes with her quadruple gun turrets, broke off the action shortly afterwards. She then joined the cruisers in shadowing the German ships. The following is an extract from the log of Prince of Wales 0010 hours - Speed was reduced to 25 knots. 0015 hours - HMS Prince of Wales went to action stations and course was altered due north. 0203 hours - Altered course to 200º. 0214 hours - Increased speed to 26 knots and nine minutes later to 27 knots. 0320 hours - Changed course to 220º. 0341 hours - Changed course to 240º. 0353 hours - Increased speed to 28 knots. 0535 hours - Sighted the German ships at a range of nearly 42000 yards. 0537 hours - Changed course to 260º. 0549 hours - Changed course to 300º. 0552 hours - In position 63º21'N, 32º47'W, HMS Hood opened fire on what she thought was the German battleship Bismarck but was in fact the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen which had taken the lead in the German task force due to the radar of Bismarck being defective. 0553 hours - Prince of Wales opened fire from a range of approximately 25000 yards on the second ship in line which she correctly identified as the Bismarck. 0555 hours - Bismarck and Prince Eugen now also opened fire, both had chosen Hood as the target. 0557 hours - Straddled Bismarck with our sixth salvo. Meanwhile it was reported that Hood had received a hit by an 8" shell from Prinz Eugen. 0605 hours - Bismarck hit Hood between the mainmast and after funnel after which there was a huge explosion after which Hood sank in a little over three minutes. Both German ships now shifted their fire to Prince of Wales which was experiencing diffuculties with her quadruple 14" gun turrets. Hood and Prince of Wales had started a 20º turn to port shortly before Hood was hit to open the bearing so that the after gun turrets could also open fire on the enemy. 0607 hours - Prince of Wales was hit by Bismarck. 0611 hours - Ceased fire shortly after the Germans had done the same. Turned hard to port. Bismarck had been hit three times by HMS Prince of Wales during the action. In return Prince of Wales had been hit three times by Bismarck and four times by Prinz Eugen. Prince of Wales had sustained thirteen casualties to her crew and nine were wounded of which one died the following day. 0623 hours - Formed in line astern of HMS Norfolk with HMS Suffolk also joining. Throughout the day the three British ships shadowed / trailed the German ships. 1843 hours - Bismarck came within 10 miles from Suffolk. She opened fire on the German ship. 1845 hours - Prince of Wales opened fire on Bismarck. 1853 hours - Norfolk opened fire. 1855 hours - Suffolk made smoke. 1859 hours - Ceased fire. See 25 May 1941 for the continuation of the events.

Destroyer HMS Electra: HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) rescued the 3 survivors from the British battlecruiser HMS Hood, which was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck, off Iceland.

Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 2nd war patrol at Portsmouth.

1942

Submarine HNoMS Uredd: At 1107 hours in 71°03.5’N, 11°07’E, HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) observed a submarine which was later identified as HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) when signals were exchanged.

Destroyer USS Goff: USS Goff picks up 48 survivors from the American tanker Samuel Q. Brown that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-103 about 100 miles south of Cape Corrientes, Cuba in position 20°15'N, 84°37'W.

Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: Very late in the evening, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), arrived back at Sydney.

Submarine USS Snapper: USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Stone) ended her second war patrol at Fremantle.

Submarine USS Pompano: USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Parks) sank the Japanese fishing vessel Kotoku Maru with gunfire in position east of Formosa in position 25°16'N, 122°41'E.

Submarine USS Nautilus: USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Pearl Harbor to take part in the defence of Midway. She was ordered to patrol north-west of Midway.

Submarine HMS Proteus: After exercising with a trawler and a “homing aircraft” [ROOSTER exercise], HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed Alexandria for her 14th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte. Later she patrolled in the central Mediterranean to provide cover during a convoy operation to Malta (Operation Vigorous). For the daily and attack positions of HMS Proteus during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Traveller: HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Gibraltar

Submarine HMS Turbulent: At 2130 hours (zone -3) an aircraft attacked HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN), dropping 8 small bombs, Turbulent crash-dived and had reached a depth of 60 feet when they exploded (position of the attack was 33°28'N, 16°46'E).

Submarine HMS United: HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 1st war patrol (also 1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Alboran Sea. This was a work-up patrol. For the daily positions of HMS P 44 during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS P 514: HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Harbour Grace.

Submarine USS S-20: USS S-20 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.

Submarine USS S-38: USS S-38 (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane.

1943

Destroyer USS Turner (ii): USS Turner picks up 2 survivors from the Canadian sailing vessel Angelus that was shelled and sunk on 19 May 1943 north of Bermuda in position 38°40'N, 64°00'W by German U-boat U-161

Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) arrived at Bayonne, New York where she was immediately docked.

Submarine HNMS O 24: No suitable junk had been found so late on this day HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) launched the members of party Gustavus I on the coast of Malaya in the Dindings area.

Submarine USS Sculpin: With her overhaul completed USS Sculpin (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Chappell) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off the coast of Honshu.

Submarine USS Barracuda: USS Barracuda arrived at Casco Bay, Maine for New London, Connecticut.

Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Cdr. F.C. Lucas, Jr., USN) arrived at Newport, Rhode Island from New London, Connecticut for her torpedo firing trials.

Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) arrived at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Syrtis: In the morning HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN). During the evening she conductd attack exercises on the ‘battlefleet’.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. S.A. Porter, RN) departed from Plymouth for Portsmouth where she arrived later the same day. It has been decided due to the ever returning engine troubles to use Tribune as training boat. At Portsmouth she will undergo repairs to make her fit for her role as training boat.

Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course).

Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform special operation Snapdragon. A commando party of two officers and six other ranks was to be landed on Pantelleria with the object to capture a sentry. For the daily positions of HMS Unshaken during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) arrived at Londonderry to participate in A/S exercises.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) was docked at Rothesay.

Submarine USS S-30: USS S-30 (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Stevenson) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 4th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kurils.

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-12: USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USSR ShCh-215: At 0959 hours ShCh-215 fires 4 torpedoes against the Italian tanker Celeno (3741 GRT) north-north-west of Sevastopol, Crimea in position 44°42'N, 33°28'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

Submarine ORP Dzik: Near Cape Spartivento ORP Dzik fires a 4 torpedo salvo and damaged the Italian oil tanker Carnaro (8357 GRT). After the attack, two Italian corvettes dropped over 60 depth charges.

Submarine USS S-15: USS S-15 (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Acker, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS S-16: USS S-16 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.

1944

Destroyer Escort USS England: The Japanese submarine RO-116 (offsite link) is sunk north of the Admiralty Islands, in position 00°53'N, 149°14'E, by Hedgehog depth charges from the US destroyer escort USS England (Lt.Cdr. Walton B. Pendelton, USN).

Destroyer USS Barton (ii): USS Barton (Cdr. J.W. Callahan) arrived at Greenock, Scotland.

Destroyer USS Laffey (ii): USS Laffey (Cdr. F.J. Beston) arrived at Greenock, Scotland.

Destroyer USS Walke (ii): USS Walke arrived at Greenock, Scotland.

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Boarhound (A/Ch.Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Tuscarora.

Submarine USS Narwhal: USS Narwhal (Cdr. J.C. Titus) lands 22 men and supplies at Alusan Bay, Samar.

Submarine USS Flying Fish: USS Flying Fish (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Risser) is damaged by the premature explosion of own torpedo in the Philippine Sea in position 12°54'N, 134°52'E. Nevertheless she remains on patrol.

Submarine USS Gurnard: USS Gurnard (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Andrews) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Tatekawa Maru (10009 GRT, offsite link) off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines in position 05°45'N, 125°43'E.

Submarine USS Lapon: While operating in the South China Sea USS Lapon (Cdr. L.T. Stone) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Wales Maru (6586 GRT) in position 07°16'N, 109°04'E and Bizen Maru (4667 GRT) in position 07°20'N, 109°20'E.

Submarine USS Pargo: USS Pargo (Lt.Cdr. I.C. Eddy) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

Submarine USS Raton: USS Raton (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Davis) torpedoed and sank the Japanese frigate Iki (870 tons, offsite link) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese frigate Matsuwa (870 tons, offsite link) about 220 nautical miles east of Singapore in position 01°17'N, 107°53'E.

Submarine USS Cabrilla: USS Cabrilla (Cdr. W.C. Thompson, Jr., USN) attacked the Japanese replenishment vessel Shioya with six torpedoes north of Celebes, Netherlands East Indies. No hits were obtained. Shioya was escorted by the Japanese minesweeper W-30 which depth charged Cabrilla following the failed attack. (All times are zone H, -8) 0534 hours - In position 01°35'N, 121°15'E sound picked up noise and periscope observation verified two ships bearing 238°(T), estimated range 20000 yards. Went to battle stations and commenced approach. 0547 hours - The targets were seen to zig towards. 0552 hours - An aircraft was seen patrolling well ahead of the targets. 0600 hours - Range now 5200 yards. The main target was thought to be a seaplane tender of old light cruiser. The escort was a new looking destroyer patrolling ahead of the target. 0604 hours - Flooded all torpedo tubes. 0608 hours - Range now 3900 yards. 0610 hours - The target had zigged away. Range now 2200 yards. 0613 hours - In position 02°04'N, 121°03'E fired a full bow salvo of six torpedoes from 2100 yards. 0614 hours - The destroyer was seen coming towards. One torpedo was seen to jump clear from the water. Went deep and rigged for depth charging. 0615 hours - Heard a single explosion, possibly a torpedo hit. The screws of the target were heard before the explosion but no longer after the explosion. Several more, but smaller, explosions were head during the next minutes, most likely depth charges. 0643 hours - The destroyer was now heard echo-ranging. 0704 hours - The last depth charges were now dropped. Most had been close but no damage was sustained. 0730 hours - All quite. 0800 hours - Pinging was still heard but getting more distant. 0820 hours - Slowly proceeded towards periscope depth. 0840 hours - At periscope depth. All clear. 0914 hours - An aircraft dropped a bomb near the stern. Some minor damage was sustained. Went deep again expecting the destroyer to return. 1300 hours - The destroyer had not returned as expected so surfaced. All clear.

Submarine USS Crevalle: At 1430 hours, USS Crevalle (Cdr. F.D. Walker, Jr., USN), made rendez-vous with USS Angler (Cdr. R.I. Olsen, USN). Shortly before she sighted Angler, Crevalle had joined up with USS Childs (Lt. C.D. Ingebrand, USNR) which was also to render assistance to Angler. Later in the afternoon USS Flasher (Cdr. R.T. Whitaker, USN) also joined.

Submarine USS Barbel: USS Barbel (Cdr. R.A. Keating, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Stork (Cdr. (retired) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN) and HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN).

Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) was docked at Rosyth.

Submarine HMS Sirdar: HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Aden for Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) departed Blyth for Port H.H.Z. (Loch Cairnbawn). She was escorted by HMS Berkshire (A/Skr.Lt. A.H. Sandford, RNR).

Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Trincomalee at 1650 hours (time zone -6.5) for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in Far Eastern waters), patrol area is the Straits of Malacca. Escort was provided by HMS Magnolia. For HMS Tantalus daily (1200 hours) positions during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tantalus 3rd war patrol daily positionsclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR), HMS Lochy (Lt.Cdr. W.J.> Roberts, RNR) and HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR).

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS Pipefish: USS Pipefish (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Deragon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol west of the Mariana Islands and in the Philippines.

1945

Destroyer USS James C. Owens: USS James C. Owens (Cdr. R.H. Blair) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Okinawa (through Eniwetok and Ulithi).

Destroyer USS Laffey (ii): USS Laffey (Cdr. Frederick Julian Becton) arrived at Seattle for full repairs at the Todd-Pacific Yard.

Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Ulithi for more raids against the Japanese. She was still part of Task Force 58.4. Light carrier USS Langley (Capt. J.F. Wegforth, USN) had been detached from that force but aircraft carriers USS Ticonderoga (Capt. W. Sinton, USN) and USS Shangri La (Capt. J.D. Barner, USN) had been added. For the daily positions of USS Iowa during these operations see the map below.

Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Fremantle for her 12th war patrol. She was to carry out a special operation. A party ('Parsnip') was to be landed on the North coast of Java. For the daily positions of HrMs K XV during this patrol see the map below. HrMs K XV 12th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Dundee for Rotterdam. She makes the passage together with HrMs Tijgerhaai (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN). They are escorted by the British Auxiliary patrol trawler HMS Fort Rose (A/Ch.Skr. W.J. Barlow, RNR).

Submarine HNMS Tijgerhaai: HrMs Tijgerhaai (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN) departed from Dundee bound for Rotterdam.

Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. L.L. Davis, Jr., USN) departed San Francisco, California for the US East Coast via the Panama Canal.

Submarine USS Pompon: USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bogley) ended her 8th war patrol at Guam.

Submarine USS Becuna: USS Becuna (Cdr. H.D. Sturr, USN) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle where she was refitted by Sub.Div 302 relief crew and USS Clytie.

Submarine USS Blower: USS Blower (Cdr. J.H. Campbell, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines. She was escorted in by USS Jaccard (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Hamilton, USNR). At Subic Bay she was refitted by a relief crew from Submarine Division 262 and USS Anthedon.

Submarine USS Dentuda: USS Dentuda (Cdr. J.S. McCain, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Pruitt (Lt. D.B. Harby, USNR).

Submarine USS Catfish: USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine HMS Sibyl: At 1652 hours (zone -6.5) a junk of 10-15 tons was damaged by gunfire by HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) and forced to beach itself near position 04°58'N, 97°50'E.

Submarine HMS Scythian: HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. HMS Scythian was not fit for further patrols until her battery was replaced. She also had to be fumigated as she was infested with rats.

Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Sea Scout: HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Fremantle.

Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted A/S exercises off Casco Bay, Maine together with USS Tenacity (Lt. B.D. Barker Jr., USNR) and USCGC Laurel (Lt. C. Howard, USCG(R)).

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. R.D. McWenthy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN or Lt. R.G. Black, USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

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