Events on this day
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.
The Shipyard Report
Laid down (32)
1915: Oiler Cuyama (AO 3)
1916: Destroyer Viceroy (L 21)
1931: Light cruiser La Galissonniere
1934: Submarine ShCh-422
1941: Minesweeper Kentville (J 312) - Minesweeper Mulgrave (J 313) - Escort Carrier Striker (D 12) - Escort carrier Prince William (i) (CVE 19) - Motor torpedo boat PT 74 - Submarine chaser SC-653 (SC-653) - Minesweeper YMS-26 (YMS-26)
1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-193 (LCI(L)-193) - Aircraft Carrier Bennington (CV 20) - Minesweeper Devastator (AM 318) - Destroyer Escort Hopping (DE 155) - Submarine Lancetfish (296) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-193 (LCI(L)-193) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-194 (LCI(L)-194) - Submarine Lionfish (298) - Motor torpedo boat PT 315
1943: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-399 (LCI(L)-399) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-540 (LCI(L)-540) - Landing craft tank LCT 609 (LCT 609) - Landing craft tank LCT 631 (LCT 631) - Landing craft tank LCT 851 (LCT 851) - Destroyer Escort Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587)
1934: Submarine Le Tonnant
1937: Boom defence vessel Barbette (i)
1938: Minelayer Willem van der Zaan (M 08)
1939: MS Trawler Juniper (T 123)
1940: Submarine P 32 (P 32)
1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-249 (LCI(L)-249) - Tank landing ship LST 346 (LST 346) - Tank landing ship LST 358 (LST 358) - Escort Carrier Trumpeter (D 09) - Escort carrier Bastian (CVE 37) - Minesweeper Change (AM 159) - Minesweeper Clamour (AM 160) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-249 (LCI(L)-249) - Tank landing ship LST 343 (LST 343) - Tank landing ship LST 344 (LST 344) - Tank landing ship LST 345 (LST 345) - Tank landing ship LST 346 (LST 346) - Tank landing ship LST 358 (LST 358) - Submarine chaser SC-737 (SC-737)
1943: MS Trawler Colsay (T 384) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 920 (LCT 920) - Destroyer Volage (R 41) - Destroyer Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) - Destroyer Escort Holton (DE 703) - Seaplane tender Kenneth Whiting (AV 14) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-396 (LCI(L)-396) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-521 (LCI(L)-521) - Landing craft tank LCT 946 (LCT 946) - Tank landing ship LST 294 (LST 294)
1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1222 (LCT 1222) - Submarine Amberjack (ii) (522) - Submarine Grenadier (ii) (525) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-130 (LCS(L)-130) - Landing craft tank LCT 1388 (LCT 1388) - Tank landing ship LST 859 (LST 859) - Tank landing ship LST 870 (LST 870) - Submarine Medregal (480) - Submarine Pickerel (ii) (524)
1920: Destroyer Pillsbury (i) (DD 227)
1942: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 282 (MTB 282) - Tank landing ship LST 319 (LST 319) - Motor minesweeper MMS 196 (J 696) - Motor minesweeper MMS 197 (J 697) - Motor minesweeper MMS 198 (J 698) - Motor minesweeper MMS 268 (J 768) - Destroyer Guest (DD 472) - Tank landing ship LST 394 (LST 394) - Patrol craft PC-1119 (PC-1119) - Motor torpedo boat PT 166 - Motor torpedo boat PT 89 - Submarine chaser SC-1016 (SC-1016) - Submarine chaser SC-741 (SC-741) - Destroyer Stevenson (DD 645)
1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1025 (LCT 1025) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1027 (FY 1027) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 365 (MTB 365) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 378 (MTB 378) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 738 (MTB 738) - Minesweeper Kassos - Minesweeper Kos - Minesweeper Leros (M 210) - Minesweeper Patmos (M 2229) - Minesweeper Symi - Destroyer Escort Cates (DE 763) - Destroyer Escort J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219) - Escort carrier Kitkun Bay (CVE 71) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-518 (LCI(L)-518) - Tank landing ship LST 287 (LST 287) - Tank landing ship LST 52 (LST 52) - Patrol craft PCE-873 (PCE-873) - Patrol craft PCS-1459 (PCS-1459) - Heavy cruiser Quincy (ii) (CA 71) - Light fleet carrier San Jacinto (CVL 30)
1944: Motor torpedo boat PT 567
1949: Destroyer Carpenter (DD 825)
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 15 December (7)
1940: Submarine Narval (i)
1952: Submarine ShCh-117
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 15 December
Submarine USSR ShCh-424: Renamed to SC-321.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Batavia, Java.
Submarine HMS Thistle: HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) left dock.
Submarine HMS Unity: HMS Unity (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Blyth.
Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) is ordered to proceed to the River Plate and to investigate Ilha da Trinidade en-route if possible.
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Blyth after having been recalled.
Submarine HMS Seahorse: HMS Seahorse (Lt. D.S. Massy-Dawson, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Blyth after having been recalled.
Submarine HMS Snapper: HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Harwich.
Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Harwich.
Submarine HMS Triad: HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Peers, RN) is docked at Rosyth.
Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I. Horton, RN) and HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN).
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Plymouth.
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted trials off Plymouth.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Ambon, Moluccas. She departed later the same day for Mapia Island (Pulau Mapia), north of New Guinea.
Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) was towed from Grangemouth to Rosyth for degaussing.
Submarine HMS Severn: Having completed her refit at the Devonport Dockyard, HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), departed Plymouth for Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) torpedoed and sank Italian submarine Capitano Tarantini (offsite link) south-west of the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux, France in position 45°25'N, 01°22'W. Thunderbolt was part of a patrol line with HMS Unique, HMS Upholder and HMS Usk. They were to intercept Italian submarines which were due to arrive in Bordeaux. (All times are zone 0) 0835 hours - In position 45°25'N, 01°23'W sighted an object that was later made out to be the conning tower of a submarine. Later two trawlers were sighted on the same bearing. 0900 hours - Now sighted that the contact was a submarine escorted by three trawlers. Started an attack on the submarine. 0920 hours - Fired six torpedoes. Range was 4000 yards. 4min9sec after firing the first torpedo an explosion was heard. Lt. Crouch was at the periscope and saw a tall column of water rise into the air at the same time. 15 explosions followed the first explosions, some of the would be some of the torpedoes exploding when they hit the bottom at the end of their run and some were most likely depth charges dropped by the trawlers. The trawlers were never in contact and Thunderbolt cleared the area. Actually the trawlers (German V-401, V-407 and V-409) were not escorting the Tarantini but the French merchant Chateau Yquem. The Tarantini was not escorted at the time of her sinking. Also the attack was not observed. The loss of the Tarantini was thought by the Germans and Italians to be caused by a mine.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for the Java Sea where at 1213 hours she made rendes-vous with HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN). Course was then set for the Kumai Bay, south Borneo where the ships anchored late on this day and all Commending Officers went to the flagship for a breefing. With the breefing over the ships departed Kumai Bay at 0830/16 for Strait Karimata.
Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) ended her 1st war patrol at Surabaya. The Commanding Officer was sick and was replaced by Lt.Cdr. C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld, RNN as his own boat was still refitting. Also fuel and provisions were taken on board and small defects were made good. She departed Surabaya later the same day for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.
Submarine HNMS K XVI: After taking on board fuel, supplies and having some small repairs done to the boat, HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN) departed Surabaya for the South China Sea.
Submarine HNMS K XVII: The patrol line was ordered to proceed towards the coast of Malaya on a course of 270 degrees.
Submarine HNMS K XI: HrMs K XVII (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Besançon, RNN), HrMs K XIII (Lt.Cdr. M.A.J. Derksema, RNN), HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Deketh, RNN) and HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. H.C.J. Coumou, RNN(R)) are ordered to proceed towards the East coast of Malaya.
Submarine HNMS K XII: Around noon HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. H.C.J. Coumou, RNN(R)) set course to close the shore of Malaya as she had been ordered to do by signal. Early in the evening course was set (as ordered) towards Singapore.
Submarine HNMS K XIII: HrMs K XVII (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Besançon, RNN), HrMs K XIII (Lt.Cdr. M.A.J. Derksema, RNN), HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Deketh, RNN) and HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. H.C.J. Coumou, RNN(R)) are ordered to proceed towards the East coast of Malaya. If nothing is spotted then HrMs K XIII and K XII are ordered to proceed towards Singapore for fuel, provisions and small repairs.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban. She was escorted by HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. W.J. Griffiths, RNR).
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR).
Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) is ordered to return to Gibraltar. She is needed to patrol in the Bay of Biscay as it is feared that the German capital ships currently at Brest were to leave port.
Submarine HMS Una: At 1111 hrs, a torpedo track was seen in position 42°55'N, 10°31'W but this attack was apparently bogus. However following a B-Dienst intercept of 10 December that the submarine HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was to pass through German naval grid BF 7795 (or 43°03'N, 10°30'W, which was remarkably close to the 'attack'), Admiral Doenitz ordered U-105 and U-332 to intercept but they did not observe any submarine and did not carry out any attack.
Submarine HMS Olympus: HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 2nd storage trip to Malta. For the daily positions of HMS Olympus during this storage trip see the map below.
Submarine HMS Proteus: HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) set course to return to Alexandria passing north of Crete.
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, DSO, RN) sank three Greek sailing vessels with gunfire off Cape Methoni. These were the: Agios Georgios / Kal 208 (25tons) Maria / Kal 185 (45 tons) Kyriakula / Kal 220 (15 tons) Torbay also torpedoed the grounded and wrecked Italian passenger / cargo ship Sebastiano Venier (6311 GRT, built 1940) off Cape Methoni. (All times are zone -2) 0800 hours - While in position 280° Cape Methoni 1.4 nautical miles spotted three sailing vessels approaching through the Methoni Channel. They all seemed well laden. 0839 hours - The sailing vessels were now well through the channel and in deep water. Surfaced in position 292° Cape Methoni 1.0 nautical miles and sank the three sailing vessels (estimated as two of 30 tons and one of 15 tons) with gunfire (31 rounds used). All three sank very quickly without catching fire. 0851 hours - Dived and retired to the southwest. An Italian Mas boat was seen coming down the channel. It later picked up the survivors. 0936 hours - Manouvered to get into position to torpedo (and destroy) the grounded wreck of the merchant ship that was torpedoed by HMS Porpoise 6 days previously. 1031 hours - Fired a torpedo from 1800 yards at the grounded wreck. The torpedo went slightly off course and hit the rocks. 1038 hours - Fired a second torpedo from 1200 yards. It hit the wreck. The ship now seemed beyond salvage and would most likely break up in the next gale.
Submarine HMS Ultimatum: At 0700 hours, as P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) was proceeding eastward, in a position about 110 miles west of Zante, a U-boat was observed proceeding on the surface. P 34 closed submerged to intercept but lost sight of the enemy. This was probably the Italian Ciro Menotti on a transport mission to Benghazi.
Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay.
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN) and HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN). Later the same day, HMS H 34 departed Londonderry for Rothesay together with HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN). They were escorted by HMS Notts County (T/Lt. R.H. Hampton, RNR).
Corvette HMS Coltsfoot: HMS Coltsfoot (Lt.Cdr. Hon W.K. Rous, RNVR) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Empire Barracuda that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-77 34 nautical miles bearing 310 from Cape Trafalgar in position 35°30'N, 06°17'W.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Wellington.
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) was undocked.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, DSC, RN) and Adrias.
Submarine USS Tautog: USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) leaves Fremantle for her fifth war patrol. She is to patrol in the Java Sea.
Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS P 339 (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Lerwick.
Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) sank the Italian merchant Sant'Antioco (4994 GRT, built 1919) about 35 nautical miles north-north-west of Cape Bon, Tunisia in position 37°37'N, 10°44'E. Twenty-nine were killed or missing, over 200 survivors were rescued. Sant'Antioco was in convoy with the German merchant Brott (1583 GRT, built 1937, former Norwegian, then French, the Brott looked like a tanker). They were escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Orione and Groppo. (All times are zone -1) 1050 hours - Aircraft circling on the horizon bearing bearing 050°. Altered course to close. 1240 hours - Sighted two merchant vessels approaching on a course for Bizerta. These two ships were later seen to be a 4000-ton merchant vessel and a medium sized tanker (which was a merchant ship that looked like a tanker). They were escorted by two torpedo boats. 1330 hours - In position 37°32'N, 10°39'E fired four torpedoes at the 4000-ton merchant ship. Range was 4000 yards. 1333 hours - Heard two timed torpedo explosions. The result could not be observed as P 46 had gone deep. 1336 hours - A depth charge was dropped. This was followed by a pair of charges and then another single one. 1406 hours - A pattern of 12 depth charges was dropped very close causing some minor damage. The hunt continued until about 1830 hours. By then a total of 62 depth charges were counted. 2008 hours - Surfaced.
Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS P 55 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) was undocked.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bulldog (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, DSO, RN).
Destroyer HMS Petard: The Italian submarine Uarsciek (620 tons) was sunk south off Malta by the British destroyer HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga.
Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.
Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. E.D`H. Haskins, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-12: USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from Key West, Florida.
Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-15: USS R-15 departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Lerwick. The submarine arrived at Lerwick with a delay of 10 hours due to bad weather. After two hours at anchor in port the anchor was lost and Sokol grounded but sustained no damage. She then left Lerwick to ride out the gale outside the harbour.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the US submarine USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN).
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Aden for Colombo.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).
Submarine USS Salmon: USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Nicholas) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.
Submarine USS Finback: With her overhaul completed USS Finback (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Tyree, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.
Submarine USS Bashaw: USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida for duty with the Fleet Sound School.
Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher (Lt.Cdr. Reuben Thornton Whitaker) arrived at Pearl Harbor from New London.
Submarine USS Flounder: USS Flounder (Cdr. C.A. Johnson, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Newport, Rhode Island for torpedo trials.
Submarine USS Aspro: USS Aspro (Cdr. H.C. Stevenson, USN) attacked a tanker in Japanese convoy with four torpedoes. No hits were obtained. The convoy attacked was made up of naval tankers Amatsu Maru (10568 GRT, built 1943), Ominesan Maru (10536 GRT, built 1943), army tanker Zuiho Maru (5135 GRT, built 1943), transports Kagu Maru (6806 GRT, built 1936), Nishi Maru ( 2655 GRT, built 1921), Shozui Maru (2719 GRT, built 1940) and Juyo Maru (5458 GRT, built 1926). They were escorted by the Japanese frigate Tsushima (all offsite links). The convoy (HI-25) was en-route from Moji to Takao where it arrived safely later the same day. (All times are zone -9) 0650 hours - In position 25°06'N, 122°34'E bbtained radar contact on a ship bearing 070°, range 21700 yards. 0656 hours - Sighted the masts of a ship bearing 070°. Dived and commenced approach. 0730 hours - Saw a ship through the periscope. 0750 hours - Sighted a convoy of three ships with a tanker in the center of two freighters. Two destroyers were seen to be the escort, one ahead, one astern. Started attack. 0816 hours - In position 25°07'N, 122°33'E fired four bow torpedoes at the tanker thought to be of about 7500 tons. Had to go deep after iring to avoid one of the destroyers. Enemy course was 260°, speed 12 knots, range 1675 yards. 0819 hours - Heard a torpedo explosion. 0821 hours - Deth charging started. Four deth charges were dropped over the next four minutes. No damage was done to Aspro. 1432 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.
Submarine USS Batfish: USS Batfish (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Merrill, USN) refuels at Midway and made some minor voyage repairs. She departed for her patrol area the next day.
Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. For the daily positions of HMS Seraph during this passage see the map below.
Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Syrtis: HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted practice attacks on HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN).
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Crosswell, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).
Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Colombo for her 9th war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She is to carry out a special operation and to patrol of Car Nicobar and Sabang. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Taurus during this patrol see the map below. HMS Taurus 9th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Gleaner (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Regal (A/Skr.Lt. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR).
Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) was docked at Port Said.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Rimouski (T/Lt. R.J. Pickford, RCNVR), HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Pictou (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.K. Fox, RCNVR).
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Ardrishaig with ML's.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. N.D. Gage, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.
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.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., 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 R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)
Destroyer USS Adams: USS Adams departed from New York bound for the Pacific.
Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. N.J. Sampson) participated in the shore bombardment during the landings on Mindoro Island.
Destroyer USS Barton (ii): USS Barton takes part in the ladings at Mindoro Island.
Destroyer USS Walke (ii): USS Walke arrived off Mindoro.
Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) is undocked. She continued her refit at Grangemouth by the Grangemouth Dockyard.
Submarine HNMS Dolfijn: HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) shifted from Dundee to Leith. She was escorted by HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR).
Submarine USS Balao: USS Balao (Cdr. M.R. de Arellano, USN) arrived at Saipan.
Submarine USS Dragonet: USS Dragonet (Cmdr Jack Hayden Lewis) is damaged when she runs aground off Matsuwa Island, Kuriles; and is forced to terminate her patrol.
Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. J.F. Enright, USN) ended her 5th war patrol at Guam. She was escorted in by USS Motive.
Submarine USS Chub: USS Chub (Cdr. C.D. Rhymes, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS Brill: USS Brill (Cdr. H.B. Dodge, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone from New London, Connecticut.
Submarine USS Bugara: USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island Sound together with USS Richey (Cdr. J.H Forney, USCG), USS Decatur (Lt. B.B. Kirkland, USNR) and USS Tigrone (Cdr. H. Cassedy, USN).
Submarine USS Hawkbill: USS Hawkbill (Lt.Cdr. W. Scanland, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese escort destroyer Momo (1262 tons, offsite link) about 140 nautical miles west-south-west of Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippines in position 16°40'N, 117°39'E.
Submarine USS Pomfret: USS Pomfret (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Hess) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Spot: USS Spot (Cdr. W.S. Post, Jr.) arrived at Saipan. She departed from this base for her patrol area two day later.
Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) attacked a Japanese merchant vessel with a salvo of 6 torpedoes in the Java Sea to the East of the Kangean Islands. No hits were obtained. Spiteful was depth charged but sustained no damage. (All times are zone -8) 0938 hours - Sighted a mast bearing 260°. This proved to be a destroyer weaving ahead of a merchant ship. Enemy course was 080°. Further inspection showed that the merchant vessel was a mineweeper. The masts of a third ship were seen astern. This was thought to be a merchant vessel so started an attack on this ship. However this later proved to be a small escort. A Rufe aircraft was also patrolling the area. Target was now shifted to the 2nd ship again but the most favourable attack position was now gone. 1035 hours - In position 07°12'S, 116°15'E fired 6 torpedoes at the merchant vessel (first thought to be a minesweeper) from 4000 yards. All missed. 1039 hours - A counter attack followed. 18 Depth charges were dropped but none were close. 1250 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight except for a Rufe aircraft that was patrolling the area.
Submarine HMS Shalimar: HMS Shalimar (A/Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) sank a Japanese tug and two lighters with gunfire in the Malacca Strait. (All times are zone -6.5) 0940 hours - Sighted a small tug flying the Japanese ensign that was towing two large lighters. 1000 hours - Surfaced ahead of the tug in position 04°31'N, 98°12'E and opened fire from a range of 1200 yards. Sank the tug and then shifted fire to the lighters. These were laden with empty oil drums and therefore difficult to sink. In the end one was sunk with gunfire but the other, also holed by the gunfire, refused to sink. She was finished off by a demolition charge. Took on board four prisoners, one of them was badly wounded. During the action 26 rounds were fired. 1038 hours - Dived for an aircraft and withdrew from the scene submerged.
Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) is docked at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 2nd in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle, Australia.
Submarine HMS Tudor: HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 4th war patrol. She is to patrol along the coast of Burma. For the daily positions of HMS Tudor during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tudor 4th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Aden bound for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) is put back in the water.
Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) participated in special trials off Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) was put back in the water.
Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. M. Abrahams, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) arrived at Port HHX.