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 (26)
1926: River gunboat Tutuila (PR-4)
1937: Submarine K-56
1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-123 (LCI(L)-123) - Frigate Tavy (K 272) - Frigate Torridge (K 292) - Destroyer Escort Evarts (DE 5) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-123 (LCI(L)-123) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-222 (LCI(L)-222) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-37 (LCI(L)-37) - Landing craft tank LCT 174 (LCT 174) - Tank landing ship LST 465 (LST 465) - Tank landing ship LST 467 (LST 467) - Motor torpedo boat PT 240 - Destroyer Escort Wyffels (DE 6)
1943: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-382 (LCI(L)-382) - Frigate Casper (PF-12) - Destroyer Escort Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-382 (LCI(L)-382) - Landing craft tank LCT 558 (LCT 558) - Landing craft tank LCT 559 (LCT 559) - Tank landing ship LST 56 (LST 56)
1932: MS Trawler Rifsnes
1938: Submarine Sep
1939: Submarine Tarpon (N 17)
1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-166 (LCI(L)-166) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-165 (LCI(L)-165) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-166 (LCI(L)-166) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-165 (LCI(L)-165) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-166 (LCI(L)-166) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-25 (LCI(L)-25) - Landing craft tank LCT 144 (LCT 144) - Landing craft tank LCT 31 (LCT 31) - Tank landing ship LST 455 (LST 455) - Patrol craft PC-1227 (PC-1227) - Motor torpedo boat PT 151 - Motor torpedo boat PT 86 - Submarine chaser SC-1032 (SC-1032) - Submarine chaser SC-1044 (SC-1044) - Submarine chaser SC-1065 (SC-1065) - Submarine chaser SC-711 (SC-711) - Submarine chaser SC-773 (SC-773) - Minesweeper YMS-216 (YMS-216) - Minesweeper YMS-271 (YMS-271) - Minesweeper YMS-384 (YMS-384)
1943: Submarine Bream (243) - Tank landing ship LST 284 (LST 284) - Destroyer McDermut (DD 677) - Frigate Pocatello (PF-9) - Destroyer Escort Riddle (DE 185) - Submarine Shark (ii) (314) - Destroyer Escort Wesson (DE 184) - Destroyer Escort Witter (DE 636)
1944: Submarine Conger (477) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1098 (LCI(L)-1098) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-881 (LCI(L)-881) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-111 (LCS(L)-111) - Medium landing ship LSM 200 (LSM 200) - Motor torpedo boat PT 568 - Submarine Runner (ii) (476)
1916: Battleship Arizona (BB 39)
1942: MS Trawler Miscou (T 277) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 581 (LCT 581) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 582 (LCT 582) - Destroyer Orwell (G 98) - Destroyer Kalk (ii) (DD 611) - Landing craft tank LCT 29 (LCT 29) - Landing craft tank LCT 473 (LCT 473) - Landing craft tank LCT 58 (LCT 58) - Motor torpedo boat PT 145
1944: Motor Gun Boat MGB 177 (MGB 177) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 178 (MGB 178) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 179 (MGB 179) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 180 (MGB 180) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 181 (MGB 181) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 182 (MGB 182) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 183 (MGB 183) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 184 (MGB 184) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 185 (MGB 185) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 186 (MGB 186) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 187 (MGB 187) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 188 (MGB 188) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 189 (MGB 189) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 190 (MGB 190) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 191 (MGB 191) - Motor Gun Boat MGB 192 (MGB 192) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 789 (MTB 789) - Frigate Covington (PF-56) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1097 (LCI(L)-1097) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-876 (LCI(L)-876) - Medium landing ship LSM 88 (LSM 88)
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: Minesweeper Dundalk (J 60)
1941: Corvette Gladiolus (K 34)
1943: Submarine Trooper (N 91)
1944: Minesweeper YMS-70 (YMS-70)
1945: MS Trawler Lord Beaconsfield (FY 608)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 17 October
Heavy cruiser HMS York: Convoy HX 5. This convoy departed Halifax on 17 October 1939 and the bulk of the convoy arrived at Liverpool on 29 October 1939. The convoy was made up of the following ships; Cairnglen (British, 5019 GRT, built 1926), Cairnmona (British, 4666 GRT, built 1918), Cairnvalona (British, 4929 GRT, built 1918), Dunaff Head (British, 5258 GRT, built 1918), Floride (French, 7030 GRT, built 1921), Gracia (British, 5642 GRT, built 1921), Hindpool (British, 4897 GRT, built 1928), Malabar (British, 7976 GRT, built 1938), Manchester Commerce (British, 5343 GRT, built 1925), New Westminster City (British, 4747 GRT, built 1929), Norwegian (British, 6366 GRT, built 1921), Penrose (British, 4393 GRT, built 1928), Rancher (British, 5882 GRT, built 1927), San Ernesto (British (tanker), 8078 GRT, built 1939), Trelissick (British, 5265 GRT, built 1919) and Vaclite (British (tanker), 5026 GRT, built 1928). On departure from Halifax the convoy was escorted by heavy cruiser HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) and the destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. W.B. Creery, RCN) and HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. H.G. de Wolf, RCN). Around 0930/19 the convoy was joined by the light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN). At 1000/19, HMS York parted company with the convoy after which she proceeded on patrol. The destroyers also parted company with the convoy on this day. At 0600/28, the destroyers HMS Grafton (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) and HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN) joined the convoy followed at 1600/28 by HMS Wessex (Lt.Cdr. W.A.R. Cartwright, RN). At 1700/28, HMS Emerald parted company with the convoy and set course for Plymouth. In the early hours of 29 October the German submarine U-34 attacked the convoy and the merchant vessel Malabar was torpedoed and sunk. The survivors were picked up by HMS Grafton. On 30 October the merchant vessel Cairnmona which had split off from the convoy was torpedoed and sunk off the west coast of the U.K. by the German submarine U-13
Light cruiser HMS Liverpool: Around 1730 hours (zone -3.5), HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN), arrived at Diego Saurez from patrol in the Seychelles.
Light cruiser HMS Southampton: HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) proceeded to the Rosyth Dockyard for repairs.
Submarine HMS Clyde: After repairs, HMS Clyde (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN), departed Freetown for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to make a short patrol off the Cape Verde Islands. No map can be displayed as there is no log available for HMS Clyde for this period.
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.
Submarine HMS Starfish: HMS Starfish (Lt. T.A. Turner, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth.
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).
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland.
Submarine HMS H 34: For the daily positions of HMS H 34 during her 3rd war patrol see the map below.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt.Cdr. B.T. Simons, RN) departed 'Port A' (Loch Ewe) for her 3rd war patrol with the special service trawler HMS Euryalus (later to be renamed HMS Hoverfly) (Lt.Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN).
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS H 49: HMS H 49 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland.
Sloop HMIS Clive: HMIS Clive (Cdr. H.P. Hughes-Hallett, DSC, RIN) departed Bombay for Masirah Island.
Battlecruiser HMS Renown: In the early evening HMS Hardy (Capt. B.A. Warburton-Lee, RN) was fuelled at sea by HMS Renown (Capt. C.E.B. Simeon, RN).
Destroyer HMS Diana: HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Port Said. She departed again later the same day to patrol in the Aegean (contraband control).
Destroyer HMS Duchess: HMS Duchess (Lt.Cdr. R.C.M. White, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.
Destroyer HMS Jersey: HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN) arrived at Rosyth after patrol.
Destroyer HMS Juno: HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Rosyth late in the evening. Shortly after 1800 hours she had been attacked by a German aircraft that had been shadowing her.
Destroyer HMS Kelly: HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) arrived at Plymouth from convoy escort duties.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) is ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.
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.
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.
Submarine HMS Clyde: At 0755 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), sighted the German submarine 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 HMS Clyde had fired three torpedoes aimed by ASDIC at 0806 hours which all missed.
Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSC and Bar, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) arrived at Tobermory.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course).
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off / at Scapa Flow with with local defence craft, HMS Douglas (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Crossley, RN) and HMS Quorn (Lt. E.A.F. Drought, RN).
Submarine HMS H 49: HMS H 49 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) departed Harwich for her 13th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands.
Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN).
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.
Destroyer HMS Kashmir: After German destroyers proceeding westwards in position 48°24'N, 05°33'W had been reported at 0719 hours, the light cruisers, HMS Newcastle (Capt. E.A. Aylmer, DSC, RN), HMS Emerald (Capt. F.C. Flynn, RN) and the destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN with Capt.(D.5) Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN on board), HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN), HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Plymouth at 1100 hours to intercept them. Contact with the enemy was made at 1610 hours HMS Newcastle reported enganging the enemy at extreme range in position 49°29'N, 06°40'W. The enemy turned back at the British started to chase. Around 1800 hours they were ordered to return to Plymouth as adequate air protection could not be given. The German destroyers had sortied from Brest to conduct a raid against shipping in the west entrance to the Bristol Channel. The destroyers were the Z 10 / Hans Lody, Z 14/Friedrich Ihn, Z 15 Erich Steinbrinck and Z 20 / Karl Galster. A fifth destroyers, the Z 6/Theodor Riedel had to return to Brest shortly after sailing due to problems with her boilers.
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.
Destroyer HMCS Margaree: HMCS Margaree (Cdr. J.W.R. Roy, RCN) departed Plymouth for Londonderry.
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.
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.
Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers: HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, RN) and HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. J. Houtsmuller, RNN) both split off from convoy SL 90 and proceeded to Bathurst to top off with fuel. They re-joined convoy SL 90 the following day.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted independent exercises in Lower Loch Long.
Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) C.E. Lowther, RAN).
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.
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.
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.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSC, RN) is docked in No.2 dock at Malta.
Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Greenway, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.
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.
Submarine HMS P 38: HMS P 38 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Battleship HMS Malaya: In the evening, HMS Malaya (Capt. C. Coppinger, DSC, RN), HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) and HMS Sheffield (Capt. A.W. Clarke, RN) conducted exercises off the Orkneys.
Destroyer HMS Jackal: Shortly after 0700/17, the fast minelayer HMS Latona (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Alexandria for a supply run to Tobruk. They returned to Alexandria at 1220/18.
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.
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.
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.
Destroyer ORP Garland: The Polish destroyers Piorun and Garland depart from Gourock as part of the escort of a convoy to Canada.
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.
Destroyer HMS Decoy: In the early hours of 17 October 1941 the German submarine U-97 torpedoed and sank the merchant vessels Samos and Pass of Balmaha during their passage from Alexandria to Tobruk. The destroyers HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) and HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN) departed Alexandria to hunt the submarine. They were joined later at sea by destroyers HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) which had departed Alexandria two hours later then they had did. They all returned to Alexandria the next day not having found the attacker.
Submarine HMS P 612: Murat Reis (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) arrived in the Clyde area to begin a trial period.
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.
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.
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.
Submarine USS Barracuda: USS Barracuda arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone for refit and alterations.
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.
Submarine USS Wahoo: USS Wahoo (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Kennedy) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.
Submarine HMS Trespasser: Having completed her torpedo discharge trials, HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN), shifted from Arrochar to Holy Loch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Battleship HMS Royal Sovereign: HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. D.N.C. Tufnell, DSC, RN), HMS Duncan (Capt. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO, RN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN) arrived at Bermuda.
Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, 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-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine HMS L 23: HMS L 23 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted exercises / trials at / off Loch Cairnbawn (Port HHZ).
Submarine HMS L 26: HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS L 27: HMS L 27 (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay.
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),
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).
Submarine USS Swordfish: During 17 and 18 October 1943, USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Parker, USN) conducted post repair trials off Pearl Harbour.
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.
Submarine USS Nautilus: USS Nautilus (Cdr. W.D. Irvin) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
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.
Submarine USS Puffer: USS Puffer (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Jensen) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle.
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.
Submarine USS Archerfish: USS Archerfish (Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut to continue her training programme.
Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said for repairs to her battery.
Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.
Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriott, DSO, RN) arrived at Plymouth.
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).
Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted RDF (radar) exercises off Campbeltown. On completion of these exercises she proceeded into Campbeltown harbour for evaluation.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Plymouth where she arrived later this day.
Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Unruffled: HMS Unruffled (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted exercises off Algiers.
Submarine HMS Venturer: HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne.
Submarine HMS Viking: HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of the special A/S trials.
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR).
Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR).
Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) and HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN).
Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) was put on the slipway at Key West.
Submarine USS R-9: USS R-9 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Bermuda.
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.
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).
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).
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).
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN).
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.
Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Cdr. V.C. Turner, USN) is ordered to patrol off the Nansei Shoto.
Submarine USS Devilfish: USS Devilfish (Cdr. E.C. Stephan, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida from New London, Connecticut.
Submarine USS Escolar: USS Escolar (Cmdr William John Millican) has her last communication with USS Perch.
Submarine USS Batfish: With the repairs to her periscope completed USS Batfish (Cdr. J.K. Fyfe, USN) departed from Darwin for her patrol area.
Submarine USS Baya: USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN) transited Lombok Strait southbound.
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).
Submarine USS Hawkbill: USS Hawkbill (Lt.Cdr. W. Scanland, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted D/G trials off Helensburgh.
Submarine HMS Safari: HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted attack exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area during which HMS Milford (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN) served as target.
Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) is undocked.
Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) ended her refit at Blyth.
Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Scythian: HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) conducted attack exercies in the Clyde area. These included night exercises.
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.
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.
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with ships from the 26th Escort Group.
Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) made the southbound passage of Lombok Strait.
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.
Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Unrivalled: HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Larne.
Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Sars) ended her 13th war patrol at Lerwick.
Submarine HMS Upshot: HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) arrived at Holyhead.
Submarine HMS Urtica: HMS Urtica (Lt. R.M. Seaburne-May, DSC, RN) conducted special torpedo trials off Arrochar.
Submarine HMS Vampire: On board HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), a defect occured on the starboard engine. This could not be repaired on board so it was decided to proceed to Casteloriso for repairs.
Submarine HMS Varne: HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Virulent: HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Campbeltown. RD/F exercises were cancelled due to the poor visibility.
Submarine HMS Voracious: HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Mitylene for a survey for mines in the Imbros area.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. I.M. Stoop, DSC, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Port Bannatyne where she was docked.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine USSR V-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)
Submarine USS S-15: USS S-15 arrived at Trinidad from the Panama Canal Zone.
Submarine HMS L 23: HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Digby.
Submarine HMS P 614: HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) conducted exercises off Port HHX.
Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed from Malta bound for Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty departed from Portsmouth for Falmouth.
Submarine HMS Vigorous: HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Gibraltar.