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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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Laid down (26)

1926: US Navy River gunboat Tutuila (PR-4)

1937: Soviet Navy Submarine K-56

1942: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-123 (LCI(L)-123) - Royal Navy Frigate Tavy (K 272) - Royal Navy Frigate Torridge (K 292) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Evarts (DE 5) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-123 (LCI(L)-123) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-222 (LCI(L)-222) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-37 (LCI(L)-37) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 174 (LCT 174) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 465 (LST 465) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 467 (LST 467) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 240 - US Navy Destroyer Escort Wyffels (DE 6)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-382 (LCI(L)-382) - US Navy Frigate Casper (PF-12) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-382 (LCI(L)-382) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 558 (LCT 558) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 559 (LCT 559) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 56 (LST 56)

1944: US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-114 (LCS(L)-114) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 1369 (LCT 1369) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 1118 (LST 1118) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 962 (LST 962) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 589

Launched (49)

1916: Royal Navy MS Trawler Ben Gairn - Royal Navy MS Trawler Ben Urie (FY 1569)

1917: Royal Navy MS Trawler Commiles (FY 636) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Cotsmuir (FY 550)

1932: Royal Navy MS Trawler Rifsnes

1938: Polish Navy Submarine Sep

1939: Royal Navy Submarine Tarpon (N 17)

1940: Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Maryborough (J 195) - Royal Navy Corvette Amaranthus (K 17) - Royal Navy Boom defence vessel Barrhead (Z 40) - Royal Navy Corvette Veronica (K 37) - US Navy Corvette Temptress (PG-62)

1941: Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Cessnock (J 175) - Royal Navy Escort destroyer Wilton (L 128)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-166 (LCI(L)-166) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-165 (LCI(L)-165) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-166 (LCI(L)-166) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-165 (LCI(L)-165) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-166 (LCI(L)-166) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-25 (LCI(L)-25) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 144 (LCT 144) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 31 (LCT 31) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 455 (LST 455) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1227 (PC-1227) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 151 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 86 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1032 (SC-1032) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1044 (SC-1044) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1065 (SC-1065) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-711 (SC-711) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-773 (SC-773) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-216 (YMS-216) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-271 (YMS-271) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-384 (YMS-384)

1943: US Navy Submarine Bream (243) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 284 (LST 284) - US Navy Destroyer McDermut (DD 677) - US Navy Frigate Pocatello (PF-9) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Riddle (DE 185) - US Navy Submarine Shark (ii) (314) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Wesson (DE 184) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Witter (DE 636)

1944: US Navy Submarine Conger (477) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1098 (LCI(L)-1098) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-881 (LCI(L)-881) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-111 (LCS(L)-111) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 200 (LSM 200) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 568 - US Navy Submarine Runner (ii) (476)

Commissioned (45)

1916: US Navy Battleship Arizona (BB 39)

1919: US Navy Submarine R-13 (90) - US Navy Minesweeper Redwing (ARS 4)

1936: Soviet Navy Submarine M-55 - Soviet Navy Submarine ShCh-126 - Soviet Navy Submarine ShCh-127

1939: Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser Arawa (F 12) - Royal Navy Submarine Tribune (N 76)

1941: Royal Canadian Navy Motor Launch ML 054 (ML 054) - Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 347 (ML 347) - Royal Navy Submarine P 38 (P 38)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy MS Trawler Miscou (T 277) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 581 (LCT 581) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 582 (LCT 582) - Royal Navy Destroyer Orwell (G 98) - US Navy Destroyer Kalk (ii) (DD 611) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 29 (LCT 29) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 473 (LCT 473) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 58 (LCT 58) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 145

1943: Royal Navy Frigate Bickerton (K 466) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 291 (J 791)

1944: Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 177 (MGB 177) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 178 (MGB 178) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 179 (MGB 179) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 180 (MGB 180) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 181 (MGB 181) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 182 (MGB 182) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 183 (MGB 183) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 184 (MGB 184) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 185 (MGB 185) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 186 (MGB 186) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 187 (MGB 187) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 188 (MGB 188) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 189 (MGB 189) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 190 (MGB 190) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 191 (MGB 191) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 192 (MGB 192) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 789 (MTB 789) - US Navy Frigate Covington (PF-56) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1097 (LCI(L)-1097) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-876 (LCI(L)-876) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 88 (LSM 88)

1945: Royal Indian Navy MS Trawler Rampur (T 12) - Royal Navy Destroyer Nizam (G 38)

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 17 October (5)


1940: Royal Navy Minesweeper Dundalk (J 60)

1941: Royal Navy Corvette Gladiolus (K 34)

1943: Royal Navy Submarine Trooper (N 91)

1944: US Navy Minesweeper YMS-70 (YMS-70)

1945: Royal Navy MS Trawler Lord Beaconsfield (FY 608)

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 17 October


1939

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seahorse: HMS Seahorse (Lt. D.S. Massy-Dawson, RN) departed Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the south coast of Norway / Skagerrak. For the daily positions of HMS Seahorse during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Starfish: HMS Starfish (Lt. T.A. Turner, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from her builders yard for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN).

Royal Indian Navy Sloop HMIS Clive: HMIS Clive (Cdr. H.P. Hughes-Hallett, DSC, RIN) departed Bombay for Masirah Island.

1940

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) is ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked at Malta and continued her refit. No logs are available for November 1940 - April 1941 so the progress of her refit is unknown to us at the moment.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rover: At 1830 hours, about 20 miles west of Argostoli, HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) stopped the Vichy French merchant Cap Falcon (1727 GRT, built 1924) towing the pontoon Caxine. She had sailed from Piraeus for Marseille via Bizerta and was released upon examination.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Clyde: At 07.55 hours HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) sighted U-124 in the North Atlantic in position 56°32'N, 22°00'W. The U-boat immediately dived as they assumed the vessel to be a destroyer and did not notice that the submarine fired three torpedoes by ASDIC at 08.06 hours.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSC and Bar, RN) was undocked.

Royal Navy Sloop HMS Folkestone: HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN) picks up 7 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Dokka that was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 60°46'N, 16°30'W by German U-boat U-93.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Bluebell: HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British tanker Languedoc and 39 survivors from the British merchant Scoresby that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 about 160 nautical miles north-west of Rockall in position 59°14'N, 17°51'W.

1941

Royal Canadian Navy Corvette HMCS Baddeck: The Norwegian merchant Barfonn is torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 56°58'N, 25°04'W by German U-boat U-432. The Canadian corvette HMCS Baddeck (T/Lt. A.H. Easton, RCNR) later picks up 2 survivors.

US Navy Destroyer USS Kearny: The USS Kearny (DD 432) (Lt.Cdr. Anthony Leo Danis, USN) was part of the Escort Group 4.1.4 (detached from convoy ON-24) and escorted SC-48 southwest of Iceland. At 04.15 hours on 17 October 1941, the destroyer was hit by one of four torpedoes fired by U-568. The torpedo struck on starboard side, killing eleven men and wounded 22 others including the commanding officer. The vessel steamed at 10 knots under escort by the American destroyer USS Greer (DD 145) to Hvalfjordur, Iceland, arriving on 19 October. After temporary repairs alongside the American repair ship USS Vulcan (AR 5) she left Iceland on 24 December for Boston for permanent repairs, which were completed until March 1942.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 24: At 2200 hours (zone -1) HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) lands a party of two to sabotage a railway near Framura, Italy near position 44°12'N, 09°33'E. The party was to return after a few hours but they were captured by the Italians.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: 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).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Peterhead (Lt. W.R. Tadman, RNR), HMS Poole (Lt. W.L.G. Dutton, RNR), HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Visenda (T/Lt. S.F. Archer, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) departed Malta for her 26th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the East coast of Tunisia off the Gulf of Hammamet. No logs are available for this period so no map can be displayed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regent: In the early moring hours, while still near Benghazi, Libya, HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN), sighted an enemy convoy made up of two small merchant vessels escorted by a destroyer. While trying to attack a flash of lightning lit up the area including Regent which immediately dived.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. Here passengers for Malta left (2 officers and 12 ratings) and her cargo for Malta (spare gear, 6 18" torpedoes and 4000 Lb bombs that were to be used on the Corinth Canal) was unloaded.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Malta for her 19th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to lay mines off Cape Ferrato, Sardinia and off Cavoli Island. Upon completion of this patrol she was to proceed to Gibraltar. In the evening Rorqual returned to Malta with a fractured pipe in the turning gear of the forward hydroplanes. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Rorqual during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) is docked at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Greenway, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to intercept an enemy convoy between Kuriat and Pantelleria (patrol report is missing). No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 38: HMS P 38 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Veronica: HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. D.F. White, RNR (retired)) picks up 21 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Rym that was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 57°01'N, 24°20'W by German U-boat U-558.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-323: Between 2138 and 2227 hours ShCh-323 twice attacked the German merchant Paula Faulbaum (1885 GRT) near Nyn?shamn, Sweden. In both attacks one torpedo was fired and in both attacks the torpedo missed its target. The Paula Faulbaum was however grounded and lost.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR ShCh-402: ShCh-402 torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Vesteraalen (682 GRT) in the Soroysundet in position 70°21'N, 22°32'E.

Polish Navy Destroyer ORP Garland: The Polish destroyers Piorun and Garland depart from Gourock as part of the escort of a convoy to Canada.

Polish Navy Destroyer ORP Piorun: The Polish destroyers Piorun and Garland depart from Gourock as part of the escort of a convoy to Canada.

Royal Canadian Navy Corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin: The Norwegian merchant Barfonn is torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 56°58'N, 25°04'W by German U-boat U-432. The Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) later picks up 24 survivors.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 612: Murat Reis (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) arrived in the Clyde area to begin a trial period.

1942

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) arrived at Simonstown. At Simonstown defective machinery (Vulcan clutch for port main engine) is removed and replaced by a Vulcan clutch from HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bach Kolling, RNN(R) that is also in Simonstown en-route from the Far East to the U.K. to be refitted.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) departed Colombo for her 16th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Staits. For the daily and attack positions of HrMs O 23 during this patrol see the map below. Ver HrMs O 23 16th war patrol click here for bigger map ?

US Navy Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Cdr. W.E. Ferrall, USN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf where she transferred 9000 gallons of fuel to USS Tautog (Cdr. J.H. Willingham, Jr., USN). She departed for Fremantle later the same day.

US Navy Submarine USS Barracuda: USS Barracuda arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone for refit and alterations.

US Navy Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Benson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Holland Maru (5870 GRT) near the mouth of Bungo Suido, Kyushu, Japan in position 32°21'N, 132°04'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Wahoo: USS Wahoo (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Kennedy) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Utmost: While on the return passage to Malta, HMS Utmost (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) was ordered to take up a patrol position between Pantelleria and Lampedusa to intercept an enemy convoy to Tripoli, Libya.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS P 42 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) attacked the stranded and damaged German merchant Amsterdam (8673 GRT, built 1921) off Khoms with three torpedoes. No hits were obtained. In the evening orders were received to proceed to the Lampedusa area to intercept a southbound convoy. (All times are zone -2) 1300 hours - Received Capt.S10's 1159A/17 ordering P 42 to torpedo the ship beached off Khoms. Started to close Khoms. 1445 hours - Sighted a Partenope-class torpedo-boat and several aircraft patrolling up and down the coast off Khoms. 1500 hours - Sighted the beached ship in approximate position 5 cables north-east of Khoms main lighthouse. Due to shallow water and the patrol it was not possible to close much further. 1533 hours - Fired a torpedo from 5000 yards. No result was heard or seen. 1538 hours - Fired a second torpedo. No track was seen and it is considered this torpedo failed to run. 1547 hours - Fired a third torpedo from a range of 4000 yards. Again no result was seen or heard. Withdrew to seaward.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS United: In the evening HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) received orders to proceed to a position about 110 nautical miles to the north of Tripoli, Libya (33°41'N, 13°03'E) to intercept an important southbound enemy convoy.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) was ordered to take up a patrol position in the Bay of Biscay as German tankers are thought to try to break out into the Atlantic. The passage to Gibraltar now became her 4th war patrol.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 615: HMS P 615 (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) participated in exercises in Scapa Flow.

1943

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR), HMS Grassholm (T/Lt. J.A. Antonsen, RNR), HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, DSC, RN) and HMS Northern Sun (T/Lt. H. Meredith, RNVR),

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Shemara (Cdr. (retired) H. Buckle, RN).

US Navy Submarine USS Swordfish: During 17 and 18 October 1943, USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker, USN) conducted post repair trials off Pearl Harbour.

US Navy Submarine USS Tarpon: USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) torpedoed and sank the German armed merchant cruiser Michel (4740 GRT) off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands in position 33°42'N, 140°08'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Nautilus: USS Nautilus (Cdr. W.D. Irvin) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS Paddle: USS Paddle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Nauru and in the Marshall Islands area.

US Navy Submarine USS Puffer: USS Puffer (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Jensen) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle.

US Navy Submarine USS Balao: USS Balao (Cdr. R.H. Crane, USN) attacked a Japanese convoy north of New Guinea with six torpedoes. No hits were obtained. Balao was depth charged following the attack and sustained some damage but was able to continue her patrol. The convoy attacked was Japanese convoy SO-406 enroute from Palau to Rabaul. This convoy was made up of Asuka Maru (7523 GRT, built 1924), Ryuosan Maru (2456 GRT, built 1940), Taga Maru (2868 GRT, built 1939), Fukko Maru (3834 GRT, built 1924), Tairin Maru (1915 GRT, built 1941) and Hokkai Maru (2278 GRT, built 1940). The convoy was escorted by the Japanese submarine chasers Ch 17 and Ch 40 (all links are offsite links). (All times are zone -11) 0957 hours - Sighted smoke over the horizon bearing 006°. Distance 20 to 30 nautical miles. Closed to investigate. 1004 hours - Commenced tracking. Used high speed to obtain a position ahead and on track. 1358 hours - Submerged and went to battle stations. Continued to close. Still only smoke in sight. 1429 hours - In position 00°36'N, 141°33'E sighted masts of one ship bearing 290°, range about 16000 yards. Smoke columns indicated at least four ships. Later one escort was seen on the starboard beam and another was heard pinging on the port beam but this one was not sighted. Started attack. 1530 hours - Fired six torpedoes from a range of 2400 yards. The closest escort was only 1200 yards away. Just after firing the convoy zigged towards us so all torpedoes missed. They were all heard to explode at the end of their run. 1542 hours - Four depth charges exploded very close as Balao was passing 400 feet. Balao had lost trim and ended up at 490 feet but then leveled off at 400 feet. She had sustained some damage from the depth charges. 1805 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. 1947 hours - Surfaced. Inspected the boat carefully and commenced repairs. Balao chased the enemy convoy until the 19th but was unable to attack again.

US Navy Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut to continue her training programme.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said for repairs to her battery.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) arrived at Plymouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Storm: HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Plymouth where she arrived later this day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) was put on the slipway at Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-9: USS R-9 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Bermuda.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR S-31: S-31 fires four torpedoes against the German barge F 418 some 23 nautical miles south-west of Yevpatoriya, Crimea in position 44°59'N, 32°56'E. The torpedoes missed their target.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Sunflower: German U-boat U-631 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 58°13'N, 32°29'W, by depth charges from the British corvette Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR).

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Byard: German U-boat U-841 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 59°57'N, 31°06'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Byard (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Phillips, RN).

1944

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) fuelled the destroyers, USS Halsey Powell (Cdr. S.D.B. Merrill, USN), USS Tingey (Cdr. J.O. Miner, USN), USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN) and USS Hickox (Cdr. J.H. Wesson, USN).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Bretwalda and HMS Tuscarora.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Zwaardvisch: HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minelayer Itsukushima (1970 tons, built 1929, offsite link) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese minelayer Wakataka (1608 tons, built 1941, offsite link) in the Java Sea off Bawean Island in position 05°26'S, 113°48'E. (All times are zone -8) 0845 hours - Sighted many masts bearing 040°. Started a submerged attack. When Zwaardvisch came closer Lt.Cdr. Goossens saw that it was the minelayer Itsukushima that was surrounded by four escorts, one other unidentified minelayer of roughly the same size and what looked like three torpedo boats of the Chidori-class. (the submarine chasers Ch-2 and Ch-26 (both offsite links) appeared to have been part of the escort, no clue about the other escort) 0958 hours - Fired five bow torpedoes, first two at the patrolling minelayer (range 800 yards) and than three at the Itsukushima (range 2000 yards). The first torpedo was seen to hit the patrolling minelayer about 10 yards ahead of its bridge. Meanwhile Zwaardvisch went deep as the escorts most likely would not stay idle. While Zwaardvisch went deep a loud explosion was heard, this was a torpedo hit on the Itsukushima giving, as though, a running range of 2000 yards. 1016 hours - The escorts started dropping depth charges. A total of 18 were dropped and Zwaardvisch received some minor damage. Lt.Cdr. Goossens decided to retire to the Westward. While Zwaardvisch slowly crept away, from 1050 to 1100 hours sinking noises were heard. 1200 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The minelayers were not seen but the escorts were still patrolling in the area. One of them was only a mile astern so Zwaardvisch went deep again. 1330 hours - Came to periscope depth again. Found the escorts were still patrolling the area of the crime but were now a bit farther off so a proper 'look around' was done through the periscope. Zwaardvisch went deep again and continued her retreat. Only the escorts were visible and Lt.Cdr. Goossens assumed he had sunk both minelayers. 1359 hours - 16 Depth charge were dropped by the escorts but they were not close. It appeared they had got a contact and depth charged it. Maybe they had depth charged their own sunken ship's.

US Navy Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Cdr. V.C. Turner, USN) is ordered to patrol off the Nansei Shoto.

US Navy Submarine USS Devilfish: USS Devilfish (Cdr. E.C. Stephan, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida from New London, Connecticut.

US Navy Submarine USS Escolar: USS Escolar (Cmdr William John Millican) has her last communication with USS Perch.

US Navy Submarine USS Batfish: With the repairs to her periscope completed USS Batfish (Cdr. J.K. Fyfe, USN) departed from Darwin for her patrol area.

US Navy Submarine USS Baya: USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN) transited Lombok Strait southbound.

US Navy Submarine USS Charr: USS Charr (Cdr. F.D. Boyle, USN) conducted exercises in the New London area together with USS Daniel T. Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Eastwood, USNR) and USS Semmes (Lt.Cdr. F.L. Fullaway, USNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Hawkbill: USS Hawkbill (Lt.Cdr. W. Scanland, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) ended her refit at Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): During the night of 17 / 18 October 1944 HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) passed through Lombok Strait Southbound.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) sank three small vessels with gunfire near the mouth of the Bernam river. (All times are zone -6.5 0600 hours - Surfaced in position 03°39'N, 100°46'E and boarded a junk. The junk was found to be under Japanese control. The cargo was oil drums amongst other general cargo. Sank the junk by a demolition charge. 0625 hours - Sighted a coaster bearing 010°, range 5 nautical miles. Enemy course was 130°, speed 8 knots. The target was about 130 feet long and of about 350 tons. Opened fire with the deck gun. It sank in position 03°45'N, 100°49'E after 37 rounds. Then a large junk of about 100 tons was sighted close inshore. Closed and then opened fire. 20 Rounds were fired. By now the target was beached. The range was 4000 yards and could not be closed. to destroy this junk a lot of 3" ammo would be needed. Left the area for deeper water. 0718 hours - Sighted a small vessel with a very tall mast bearing 310°. When the range was about 5 nautical miles this ship was seen to be a small submarine chaser. Turned away to the Southward and increased to full speed. 0811 hours - The submarine chaser was lost astern.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) made the southbound passage of Lombok Strait.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trenchant: During 17-19 October 1944, HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee, these included night exercises.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Untiring: HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Norwegian Navy Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Sars) ended her 13th war patrol at Lerwick.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR B-2: V-2 torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1220 (542 GRT) off Nordkyn, Norway. (25 men missing, 37 saved, incl. commander)

US Navy Submarine USS S-15: USS S-15 arrived at Trinidad from the Panama Canal Zone.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) conducted exercises off Port HHX.

1945

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed from Malta bound for Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty departed from Portsmouth for Falmouth.

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