Allied Warships

Events on this day

24 March

Choose new date to check


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.

Quick links: War losses - General events

The Shipyard Report


Laid down (40)

1912: Battleship Andrea Doria

1930: Sloop Fowey (L 15 / U 15)

1933: Destroyer Gatineau (H 61)

1936: Destroyer Maury (DD 401)

1938: Submarine Triad (N 53) - Submarine Truant (N 68)

1939: Minelayer Manxman (M 70)

1941: Destroyer Caldwell (DD 605) - Submarine chaser SC-506 (SC-506) - Minesweeper Stalwart (AMc-105) - Minesweeper Summit (AMc-106)

1942: Patrol craft Guaporé (G 1) - Patrol craft Gurupá (G 4) - Minesweeper Benalla (J 323) - Minesweeper BYMS 2024 (J 824) - Patrol craft PC-544 (PC-544) - Submarine chaser SC-681 (SC-681) - Submarine chaser SC-700 (SC-700) - Submarine chaser SC-740 (SC-740)

1943: Minesweeper BYMS 2141 (J 941) - Rescue Tug Earner (W 143) - Destroyer Escort Burrows (DE 105) - Destroyer Escort Leopold (DE 319) - Patrol craft PCS-1402 (PCS-1402) - Net tender Terebinth (AN 59) - Minesweeper YMS-141 (YMS-141) - Minesweeper YMS-340 (YMS-340)

1944: Destroyer John R. Pierce (DD 753) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-598 (LCI(L)-598) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-983 (LCI(L)-983) - Landing craft tank LCT 1061 (LCT 1061) - Landing craft tank LCT 1062 (LCT 1062) - Landing craft tank LCT 750 (LCT 750) - Tank landing ship LST 569 (LST 569) - Minesweeper YMS-432 (YMS-432)

1945: Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 501 (LSM(R) 501) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 502 (LSM(R) 502) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 503 (LSM(R) 503) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 504 (LSM(R) 504) - Motor torpedo boat PT 616

Launched (50)

1913: Armed Yacht Tiercel (4.83) - Battleship Caio Duilio

1915: Torpedo boat Rosolino Pilo

1917: Light cruiser Ceres (D 59) - Destroyer Valentine (i) (L 69)

1922: Light cruiser Milwaukee (CL 5) - Light cruiser Murmansk

1936: Light cruiser Georges Leygues - ASW Trawler Cape Argona (FY 190) - Sloop Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47) - ASW Trawler Lord Middleton (FY 219) - Minesweeper Salamander (J 86) - Destroyer Balch (DD 363)

1937: Light cruiser Liverpool (11)

1938: Destroyer Razyashchiy

1943: Rescue Tug Antic (W 141) - Minesweeper BYMS 2071 (J 871) - Sloop Magpie (U 82) - Minelayer Miner VIII (M 98) - Motor minesweeper MMS 288 (J 788) - Motor minesweeper MMS 290 (J 790) - Destroyer Tenacious (R 45) - Submarine Trenchant (P 331) - Corvette Willowherb (K 283) - Landing craft tank LCT 1025 (LCT 1025) - Patrol craft PCE-872 (PCE-872) - Submarine chaser SC-1327 (SC-1327) - Corvette Vitality (PG-100) - Minesweeper YMS-400 (YMS-400)

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1089 (LCT 1089) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7034 (LCT 7034) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7099 (LCT 7099) - Submarine Sea Scout (P 253) - Submarine Upshot (P 82) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-582 (LCI(L)-582) - Landing craft tank LCT 681 (LCT 681) - Landing craft tank LCT 824 (LCT 824) - Landing craft tank LCT 868 (LCT 868) - Landing craft tank LCT 895 (LCT 895) - Tank landing ship LST 660 (LST 660) - Patrol craft PC-1563 (PC-1563) - Motor torpedo boat PT 422

1945: Medium landing ship LSM 440 (LSM 440) - Medium landing ship LSM 489 (LSM 489) - Medium landing ship LSM 490 (LSM 490) - Medium landing ship LSM 491 (LSM 491) - Medium landing ship LSM 492 (LSM 492) - Tank landing ship LST 1055 (LST 1055) - Tank landing ship LST 1056 (LST 1056) - Tank landing ship LST 1092 (LST 1092)

Commissioned (45)

1919: Battleship Idaho (BB 42)

1920: Destroyer Borie (i) (DD 215)

1925: Submarine K XI (N 53)

1936: Light cruiser Achilles (70)

1939: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 18 (MTB 18)

1941: Motor minesweeper MMS 9 (J 509)

1942: Minesweeper Algerine (J 213) - Corvette Surprise (PG-63) - Minesweeper Valor (AMc-108)

1943: Minesweeper Fremantle (J 246) - Minesweeper BYMS 2209 (J 1009) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-286 (LCI(L)-286) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-287 (LCI(L)-287) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-288 (LCI(L)-288) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 874 (LCT 874) - Motor minesweeper MMS 200 (J 700) - Motor minesweeper MMS 201 (J 701) - Tank landing ship LST 163 (LST 163) - Light cruiser Mobile (CL 63)

1944: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 744 (MTB 744) - Minesweeper Fairy (J 403) - MS Trawler Fuday (T 385) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1396 (ML 1396) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1417 (ML 1417) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 7098 (LCT 7098) - Motor Launch ML 907 (ML 907) - Frigate Allentown (PF-52) - Frigate Carson City (PF-50) - Minesweeper Climax (AM 161) - Destroyer Escort Durik (DE 666) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-666 (LCI(L)-666) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-948 (LCI(L)-948) - Patrol craft PCS-1431 (PCS-1431) - Motor torpedo boat PT 459 - Motor torpedo boat PT 524

1945: Repair Ship Dutiful (F 176) - Destroyer Escort Heyliger (DE 510) - Repair ship Laertes (AR 20) - Medium landing ship LSM 348 (LSM 348) - Medium landing ship LSM 395 (LSM 395) - Medium landing ship LSM 396 (LSM 396) - Medium landing ship LSM 436 (LSM 436) - Medium landing ship LSM 473 (LSM 473) - Tank landing ship LST 1067 (LST 1067) - Fleet tug Wenatchee (ATF 118)

Legend:

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

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

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

War Losses on 24 March (3)


1940: Destroyer La Railleuse

1941: Armed Yacht Wilna (FY 323)

1942: Escort destroyer Southwold (L 10)

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 24 March


1940

Submarine HMS Unity: HMS Unity (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) departed Blyth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. No log is available so no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) ended her refit at the Chatham Dockyard. She shifted to Sheerness late in the morning.

Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Rosyth for Scapa Flow, she is escorted by HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN).

1941

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) carries out an A/S exercise off Gibraltar with the British sloop HMS Rochester (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Allen, RN) and the British corvette HMS La Malouine (Lt.Cdr. (retired) R.W. Keymer, RN). Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 57 (9th war patrol for O 23). For the daily positions of HrMs O 23 during this patrol see the map below. Ver HrMs O 23 9th war patrol click here for bigger map

Submarine HNMS O 24: At 1925 hours, off Wolf Rock, HrMs O 24 and the British submarine HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) were released by their escort, the British armed yacht HMS Shemara (Cdr.(retired) H. Buckle, RN). Both submarines now proceeded to their patrol areas in the Bay of Biscay.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Londonderry for Falmouth. She was escorted by HMS St. Zeno (T/Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR).

Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.J. Mackenzie, RN) makes a torpedo attack on a convoy East of Cape Bon, Tunisia in position 37°05'N, 11°13'E. No hits were obtained. [Unidentified convoy so far, possibly French?]. (All times are zone -2) 0333 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel against the hazy horizon. Closed. 0345 hours - Sighted a torpedo boat coming towards. Dived to avoid detection. 0350 hours - The torpedo boat passed close. 0357 hours - Surfaced. Sighted one large merchant vessel of 10000 tons and one smaller merchant vessel of 3000 tons in line ahead. Range was 3000-4000 yards. Started attack on the larger merchant vessel. 0427 hours - In position 37°05'N, 11°13'E fired four torpedoes from 2000 yards. Just as the fourth torpedo left the tube the target altered course 45° away to a course of 185°. All torpedoes now missed the target. Ursula meanwhile chased the convoy bit a firing position could not be reached before sunrise.

Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) arrived at Harwich.

Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Harwich.

Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 13th war patrol. The object of this patrol was the reconnaissance of certain beaches in the Dodecanese. This was to be achieved by Triumph approaching the selected landing places in the dark and landing a party by Folbot canoe after the landing placed had been examined by periscope observation during the day. For the daily positions of HMS Triumph during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Triumph 13th war patrol in a larger map

Submarine HMS Tetrarch: HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.M.T. Peacock, RN) was docked at Alexandria.

Battleship HMS Prince of Wales: Late in the afternoon HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) departed Rosyth for a trial run and to proceed to Scapa Flow upon completion. She was escorted by the destoyers HMS Liddesdale (Cdr. A.G. West, RN), HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) and HMS Quantock (Lt.Cdr. D.J.A. Heber-Percy, RN). At 0550/25 the three destoyers of the screen were replaced by HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) and HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN). At 1050/25 this destoyer screen was replaced by the original three destroyers that had escorted Prince of Wales out of Rosyth. Early in the evening of the 25th Prince of Wales entered Scapa Flow.

Submarine HMS Undaunted (i): HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) arrived at Harwich.

Destroyer ORP Piorun: Piorun and British destroyers escorted a convoy to USA. The convoy was also protected by the battleships HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson and the light cruisers HMS Edinburgh and HMS Cairo, this was due to the fact that the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were operating in the North Atlantic.

Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Harwich.

1942

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) arrived at Gibraltar.

Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rochester (Cdr. (retired) C.B. Allen, RN), HMS Bulldog (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN), HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. (emergency) R.C. Gervers, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Bradford (Lt.Cdr. J.N.K. Knight, RN) and ORP Blyscawica (Lt.Cdr. T. Gorazdowski, ORP, ORP).

Submarine USS Trout: USS Trout (Lt.Cdr. F.W. Fenno) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

Submarine USS Cuttlefish: USS Cuttlefish (Lt.Cdr. M.P. Hottel) ended her 1st war patrol when she returned to base at Midway.

Submarine HMS Thorn: HMS Thorn (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) arrived at Port Said.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

Minesweeper HMS Sharpshooter: German U-boat U-655 was sunk in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, in position 73°00'N, 21°00'E, by ramming from the British minesweeper HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. D. Lampen, RN).

1943

Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) shifted from the New York Navy Yard to Bayonne, New York where she was docked.

Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) ended her 17th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Colombo.

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMS Tulip (Lt. C.W. Leadbetter, RNR).

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises with ML's off Ardishaig. Also a practice attack was made on HDML 1252.

Submarine USS Drum: USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Truk in the Caroline Islands area.

Submarine USS Flying Fish: USS Flying Fish (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu and Hokkaido in Japanese home waters.

Submarine USS Scorpion: USS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. William N. Wylie) arrived at Pearl Harbor from the US East coast.

Submarine USS Tunny: USS Tunny (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Scott) departed from Midway after topping off with fuel and replacing one of her periscopes.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: The Italian auxiliary minesweeper G.19 / Giorgio (196 GRT, 1912) sank 0800 hours after hitting a mine laid on 22 March by the British submarine HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, RN).

Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS Sahib (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the small Italian merchant Tosca (474 GRT, built 1908) west of Cape Calava, Sicily, Italy. She was on a trip from Termini Imerese to Messina. (All times are zone -1) 1254 hours - Sighted one merchant ship coast crawling Eastward. She was escorted by an MA/SB. Started attack. The target was thought to be a 2500 tons tanker or water carrier. 1315 hours - In position 38°11'N, 14°54'E fired 3 torpedoes from 2500 yards and took avoiding action so the result could not be observed. One torpedo was heard to hit after just over 2 minutes after firing the first torpedo. 2 Much fainter explosions were heard about 15 seconds after the hit. It was thought the third torpedo had hit and that the first and second torpedo hit the shore beyond. 1345 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target was observed stern down at an angle of 30°. The MA/SB was with her picking up survivors. 1355 hours - Went to 60 feet to reload and to withdraw to the West. Tosca sank one mile from Cape Cavalla, there were four killed or missing. VAS 204 and VAS 205 were sent to hunt the submarine but the search was fruitless.

Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Splendid: At 1350 hours, when north of Cape Cefalù, HMS Splendid (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) opened fire on a schooner but it was soon checked when it was realised that it was just a fishing vessel. The vessel was Maria Stella del Mare and she had killed and wounded but did not sink.

Submarine HMS Sportsman: HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.

Submarine HMS Unseen: HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) fired four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Saluzzo (3747 GRT, former French Tamara, built 1937) that was in a convoy about 30 nautical miles west-south-west of Isola Marettimo, Italy in position 37°52'N, 11°27'E. A torpedo explosion was heard at the correct interval but in fact no hits were obtained. The convoy attacked was made up of the above mentioned Saluzzo as well as the Italian merchant Nicolo Tommaseo (4573 GRT, built 1943). They were escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Libra, Perseo and Tifone. (All times are zone -1) 0925 hours - In position 37°52'N, 11°27'E sighted a convoy of two merchant vessel escorted by two destroyers and aircraft. Started attack. The merchant vessels were of about 4000 and 3500 tons. Enemy course was about 050°, speed 12 - 12.5 knots. 1011 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the 3500 tons merchant vessel from 5000 yards. 1015 hours - Heard one explosion at about the correct interval. One of the destroyers then counter attacked but only four depth charges were dropped of which only two were close but these caused no damage. 1115 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

Submarine HMS Usurper: HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Switha (T/Lt. L.H. Green, RNR) and HMS Bressay (T/Lt. J.E. Wilmot, RNVR).

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(retired) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

Submarine USS S-43: USS S-43 arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

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. W.B. Parham, 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-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USSR M-174: At 1340 hours M-174 hits a mine off the Varangerfjord in position 70°10'N, 30°68'E. The submarine is heavily damaged with part of her bow blown off (see also the photograph above). She managed to return to base the following day.

Submarine USS S-17: USS S-17 arrived at Casco Bay, Maine from New London, Connecticut.

1944

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Lotus (Lt. C.S. Thomas, RNR).

Submarine HNMS Zwaardvisch: HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick.

Submarine HNMS Zeehond: HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Lerwick for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN), HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN). They were escorted by the British minesweepers HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN).

Submarine USS Seadragon: During 24/25 March 1944, USS Seadragon (Cdr. R.L. Rutter, USN), conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Mitchell (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Erdahl, USNR), USS Florikan (Cdr. G.A. Sharp, USN), USS Allen (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Nielsen, USN), USS Salmon (Cdr. H.K. Nauman, USN) and USS Bang (Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN). These exercises included night exercises.

Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Cdr. V.C. Turner, USN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

Submarine USS Bowfin: During an attack on a Japanese convoy about 95 nautical miles south of Davao, Mindanao, Philippines, USS Bowfin (Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) torpedoed sank the Japanese troop transport Shinkyo Maru (2672 GRT, built 1933) and the Japanese army cargo ship Bengal Maru (5399 GRT, built 1921) in position 05°27'N, 125°39'E. The ships sunk were part of convoy H-22 (Manila - Kau, Halmahera) which was made up of, besides the two ships sunk, the auxiliary gunboat Anshu Maru (2601 GRT, built 1937), Atlas Maru (7349 GRT, built 1919), Kuramasan Maru (1995 GRT, built 1927), Mito Maru (7061 GRT, built 1921) and Toyooka Maru (7097 GRT, built 1915). They were escorted by the torpedo boat Hayabusa and the auxiliary submarine chaser Kyo Maru No.12 (344 GRT, built 1940). (All times are zone H, -8) 1418 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 315°(T). Only sighted smoke once and it could not be picked up again. 1435 hours - Sighted masts of a large Maru bearing 250°(T) drawing to the left in position 05°27'N, 125°10'E. Range 8 miles. Came to normal approach course at full speed. 1450 hours - Sighted a floatplane circling the target at mast height. 1600 hours - The target was out of sight. 1630 hours - Decided to surface so as not to lose him. 1638 hours - When about to surface sighted five columns of smoke bearing 340°(T). This convoy was hugging the Mindanao coast. If we had not chased the single ship we would have been in a perfect position to attack the convoy. Decided to let the convoy pass and then surface for a night attack as our battery was very low. 1736 hours - Could see masts and bridge of five large Maru's. Estimates tonnages six to eight Thousand tons. 1749 hours - Pinging from the direction from the convoy. The convoy tracked at a speed of 8 knots. 1824 hours - Surfaced and commenced run around Sarangini Islands to the convoy's estimated 2100 hours position. 2018 hours - Radar contact on targets at 15600 yards. There were five targets on the radar screen. Commenced tracking. Targets course was 090°(T), speed 8 knots. 2231 hours - Started in for attack. Planned to give the largest ship four bow tubes, the ship astern of him one bow tube, then swing and give this second ship two more torpedoes from the stern tubes. 2246 hours - In position 05°27'N, 125°39'E fired five bow topedoes at the largest Maru and the overlapping Maru beyond. Range was about 3000 yards. The first three torpedoes hit the largest Maru, one forward of the bridge and two aft of the bridge. The other two torpedoes hit the overlapping Maru beyond. Both Maru's stopped cold and went down astern. In the meantime Bowfin had swung hard right to fire two stern tubes at another Maru. 2249 hours - Fired two stern tubes. Both hit aft of his bridge. 2250 hours - Stopped to watch them sink. A destroyer was now seen coming towards and signalling. 2251 hours - All ahead flank. 2259 hours - Now at 9000 yards range. Radar showed only three Maru's and two destroyers. One of the Maru's was stopped and well down as her pip was very small, two of the Maru's had been sunk. Set course to return to Fremantle.

Submarine USS Pintado: USS Pintado conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) departed Lerwick for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN), HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by the British minesweepers HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN).

Submarine HMS Safari: HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed Lerwick for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN), HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by the British minesweepers HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN).

Submarine HMS Satyr: HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Nordnorge (339 GRT, built 1883, offsite link) off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°14'N, 05°08'E. (All times are zone -1) 0941 hours - Sighted the masts and funnel of a ship coming Northwards round Stadlandet. Started attack. The target was seen to be a Norwegian merchant vessel (the markings were very clear on her side) of about 2000 tons. 0959 hours - In position 62°13'6"N, 05°08'2"E fired a salvo of 4 torpedoes from 2000 yards. 1 minute and 6 seconds after firing a very heavy and prolonged explosion was heard and the HE of the target ceased. The other torpedoes were heard to explode on hitting the shore. Satyr dipped below periscope depth on fining but upon returning to periscope depth the target was not seen any more.

Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) was docked at Holy Loch.

Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) fires 5 torpedoes against a tanker in a German convoy about 25 nautical miles west of Namsos, Norway in position 64?33'N 10?37'E. The German merchant Moshill (2959 GRT, former Norwegian) was missed in this attack. (All times are zone -1) 0630 hours - Sighted 2 aircraft circling bearing 190° and very distant. Obviously escorting a convoy. Started attack. 0826 hours - Finally saw the target, a large tanker of about 10000 tons. 0833 hours - Fired the first of six torpedoes from 3500 yards and went to 80 feet. 0836 hours - One torpedo hit was heard. Also a depth charge exploded very close by causing minor damage through which Taku ended up at 280 feet. This depth charge was most likely dropped by one of the escorting aircraft. No more depth charges were dropped after this single one. 1000 hours - No HE was heard so came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight except a few fishing vessel. Withdrew to the Westward and reloaded the torpedo tubes. According to German sources Moshill was escorted by the minesweeper M-132.

Submarine HMS Truant: As it by now had become clear to the British high command that Tirpitz was not proceeding towards Germany, HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) was ordered to leave Lerwick and proceed to Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN), HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN), HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by the British minesweepers HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN).

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Unbroken (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) and HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) that were both to proceed to Blyth. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (4th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. This was HMS Trespassers last patrol of her first commission. She will be sent home to the U.K. for refitting.

Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) attacked a German convoy off Lista, Norway in position 58°09'N, 06°28'E and torpedoed and damaged the German catapult ship Schwabenland (8186 GRT, built 1925) and the German tanker Wörth (6256 GRT, former Dutch Omala, built 1938). The Schwabenland is grounded to prevent her from sinking and the W?rth is towed to port. Both ships were out of action for the remainder of the war. (All times are zone -1) 1200 hours - Sighted two Arado float planes and several ME 109's patrolling to the Northwards. Prepared to attack to upcoming convoy. 1253 hours - Sighted that the convoy was made up of 2 columns, 6 ships in all. The first column was seen to be made up of 1 tanker of 5000 tons, 1 merchant of 4000 tons and one of 1000 tons. The second column was made up of a 3000 tons tanker and 2 1000 tons merchants. The escorts was made up of 2 M-class minesweepers ahead of each column with a trawler on each beam and another one astern, so 3 trawlers in all. 1312 hours - Fired 4 torpedoes at the leading ship of the Starboard column (the tanker type of 5000 tons). 1313 hours - Fired 2 torpedoes at the second ship in the Starboard column (the merchant of 4000 tons). One hit was observed on the first target and another torpedo was also hit this target but could not be observed as Terrapin was spotted by one of the escorting minesweepers that started dropping depth charges. 33 Depth charges in all were dropped by the escorts but these did little damage.

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS Unbroken (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS Unbroken (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) departed Lerwick for Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway together with HMS Lancer (A/Skr.Lt. J.A. Cornelius, RNR) and HMS Grenadier (A/Skr.Lt. A.G. Day, RNR).

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

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

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, 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-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN or Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1945

Destroyer USS Lindsey: USS Lindsey arrived in the Okinawa area.

Destroyer USS Shea: USS Shea arrived in the Okinawa area.

Submarine USS Plunger: USS Plunger departed New London, Connecticut for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Submarine USS Cod: USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

Submarine USS Billfish: USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Burden R. Hastings (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Stivers, USNR).

Submarine USS Besugo: USS Besugo (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Miller, USN) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java and Sunda Seas. Before she proceeded on patrol exercises were carried out with HMAS Bunbury (Lt. J.F. Bleckman, RANR(S)). For daily and attack positions for USS Besugo during this patrol see the map below.

Submarine USS Cabezon: USS Cabezon (Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, USN) conducted exercises in Panama Bay together with USS Paul Jones (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Payne, USNR), USS Bulmer (Lt. T.C. Farrell, USNR), USS MacLeish (Lt. D.S. Cramer, USNR) and USS USS SC-1299.

Submarine USS Capitaine: USS Capitaine (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Friedrick, USN) conducted exercises in Panama Bay together with USS Paul Jones (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Payne, USNR) and USS USS SC-1299.

Submarine USS Sea Cat: USS Sea Cat (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bowers) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) carried out the first phase of special operation 'Caprice III'. (All times are zone -6.5) 1730 hours - Sighted four natives off the beach of Trega Island in a canoe. They displayed the correct identification signals. They successfully made contact and stores were landed early in the evening. The operation was completed by 2015 hours.

Submarine HMS Scotsman: HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN).

Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) was docked at Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Stygian: HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) sank a Japanese sea truck with gunfire North of Bali, Netherlands East Indies. (All times are zone -8) 0535 hours - Sighted a small vessel silhouetted against the dawn, the target appeared to be stopped. 0544 hours - Dived and closed to investigate. Soon after the target was identified as a sea truck of 200 tons. One machine gun was visible on the bridge. 0806 hours - Surfaced up sun in position 07°28'S, 115°04'E and opened fire. 0808 hours - Checked fire as the crew were abandoning ship and putting up no fight. The target was already ablaze and settling. 0810 to 0845 hours - Picked up 10 of 11 survivors seen in the water. The 11th swam away twice and was not seen later. 0935 hours - One of the Javanese survivors had died and was buried at sea. He was the 2nd engineer of the sea truck. While in the water he had a large chunk of his side bitten out by a shark. The survivors / prisoners stated that there had been 22 men aboard the sea truck of which 4 were Japanese. They had broken down with engine trouble. The master, chief engineer, two Japanese and two Javanese had taken off in their boat to look for assistance and spare parts. Casualties were 2 Japanese and 4 Javanaese including the already mentioned 2nd engineer. As there was not enough room aboard the submarine and it was still quite early in the patrol all survivors were put on board fishing vessels that evening.

Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

Submarine HMS Taciturn: HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Colombo.

Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS Ultor (Lt. J.P. Harvey, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.

Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt.Cdr. L.G. Bernard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

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

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt. J.R. Edmands, USNR) conducted trials off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Cunningham, Jr., USNR) conducted exercises off Key West.

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

Submarine USSR L-21: L-21 torpedoed and sank the German tug Erni (105 GRT) off Kolberg in position 55°10'N, 17°36'E.

Submarine USS S-12: USS S-12 departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for New London, Connecticut.

Choose new date to check



Return to the Allied Warships section