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 (53)
1907: Battleship Sao Paulo
1913: Gunboat Sacramento (PG-19)
1917: Submarine R-15 (92)
1934: Sloop Deptford (L 53 / U 53)
1937: Submarine K-54
1940: Corvette Celandine (K 75) - Escort destroyer Cowdray (L 52) - Corvette Lavender (K 60) - Submarine P 32 (P 32) - Monitor Roberts (F 40) - Submarine Uproar (P 31) - Escort destroyer Admiral Hastings (L 52)
1941: Corvette Thyme (K 210) - Destroyer Chevalier (i) (DD 451) - Motor torpedo boat PT 41 - Destroyer Strong (i) (DD 467) - Submarine M-215 - Submarine M-216 - Submarine M-217 - Submarine M-218 - Submarine M-219
1942: Minesweeper BYMS 2055 (J 855) - Minesweeper BYMS 2068 (J 868) - Minesweeper BYMS 2209 (J 1009) - MS Trawler Gruinard (T 239) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 346 (LCT 346) - Salvage vessel Anchor (ARS 13) - Oiler Atascosa (AO 66) - Destroyer Escort Harold C. Thomas (DE 21) - Salvage vessel Protector (ARS 14) - Destroyer Escort Wileman (DE 22) - Minesweeper YMS-209 (YMS-209) - Minesweeper YMS-384 (YMS-384)
1943: Frigate Ascension (K 502) - MS Trawler Gulland (T 365) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 667 (LCT 667) - Submarine Bang (385) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-441 (LCI(L)-441) - Patrol craft PCS-1448 (PCS-1448) - Destroyer Escort Savage (DE 386) - Destroyer Escort Vance (DE 387) - Minesweeper YMS-475 (YMS-475)
1944: Landing craft tank LCT 1139 (LCT 1139) - Landing craft tank LCT 1140 (LCT 1140) - Medium landing ship LSM 23 (LSM 23) - Medium landing ship LSM 24 (LSM 24) - Medium landing ship LSM 25 (LSM 25) - Medium landing ship LSM 26 (LSM 26) - Tank landing ship LST 753 (LST 753)
1915: MS Trawler Flandre (FY 1715)
1919: Battleship Tennessee (BB 43)
1923: Submarine S-42 (153)
1931: MS Trawler Ben Idris (FY 1766)
1934: Submarine Salmon (N 65)
1936: Submarine S-3
1940: Destroyer Reshitelniy
1941: Motor torpedo boat PT 24
1942: MS Trawler Cailiff (T 276) - Minesweeper BYMS 2011 (J 811) - MS Trawler Cailiff (T 276) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 382 (LCT 382) - Motor minesweeper MMS 109 (J 609) - Motor minesweeper MMS 207 (J 707) - Destroyer Obedient (G 48) - Escort destroyer Tanatside (L 69) - Frigate Waveney (K 248) - Patrol craft Queen Wilhelmina (PC-468) - Destroyer McCook (ii) (DD 496) - Patrol craft PC-468 (PC-468) - Submarine Peto (265) - Submarine chaser SC-650 (SC-650) - Minesweeper YMS-46 (YMS-46) - Minesweeper YMS-74 (YMS-74)
1944: Submarine Kraken (370) - Landing craft tank LCT 1136 (LCT 1136) - Landing craft tank LCT 1137 (LCT 1137) - Landing craft tank LCT 1138 (LCT 1138) - Medium landing ship LSM 11 (LSM 11) - Medium landing ship LSM 12 (LSM 12) - Medium landing ship LSM 13 (LSM 13) - Medium landing ship LSM 14 (LSM 14) - Tank landing ship LST 668 (LST 668) - Submarine chaser SC-1505 (SC-1505)
1923: Submarine S-12 (117)
1930: Heavy cruiser Norfolk (78)
1937: Submarine Seal (183)
1940: MS Trawler Fir (T 129)
1942: Minesweeper Rajputana (J 197) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1130 (ML 1130) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 342 (LCT 342) - Motor Launch ML 438 (ML 438) - Motor minesweeper MMS 58 (J 558) - Steam Gunboat SGB 6 / Grey Shark (S 306) - Destroyer Bancroft (ii) (DD 598) - Battleship Indiana (BB 58) - Patrol craft PC-479 (PC-479) - Patrol craft PC-482 (PC-482) - Corvette Saucy (PG-65) - Submarine chaser SC-501 (SC-501) - Submarine chaser SC-506 (SC-506) - Destroyer Woodworth (DD 460)
1943: Minesweeper Cootamundra (J 316) - Frigate Barle (K 298) - Minesweeper BYMS 2038 (J 838) - ASW Trawler Fusilier (T 305) - MS Trawler Gairsay (T 290) - Frigate Mourne (K 261) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 251 (MTB 251) - Destroyer Baldwin (DD 624) - Destroyer Escort Buckley (DE 51) - Patrol craft PC-595 (PC-595) - Patrol craft PC-778 (PC-778) - Motor torpedo boat PT 239 - Motor torpedo boat PT 240 - Minesweeper Pursuit (AM 108) - Submarine chaser SC-1298 (SC-1298) - Submarine chaser SC-1351 (SC-1351) - Submarine chaser SC-991 (SC-991) - Fleet tug Seneca (AT 91) - Minesweeper YMS-385 (YMS-385)
1944: Net tender Cliffrose (AN 42) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-946 (LCI(L)-946) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-947 (LCI(L)-947) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-974 (LCI(L)-974) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-975 (LCI(L)-975) - Medium landing ship LSM 202 (LSM 202) - Tank landing ship LST 1012 (LST 1012) - Tank landing ship LST 907 (LST 907) - Oiler Pamanset (AO 85)
1945: Minesweeper Delegate (AM 217) - Medium landing ship LSM 441 (LSM 441) - Medium landing ship LSM 491 (LSM 491) - Submarine Mapiro (376) - Patrol craft PCE-885 (PCE-885) - Patrol craft PCE-902 (PCE-902)
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 30 April (9)
1944: Gunboat Tahure
1946: Destroyer Escort Solar (DE 221)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 30 April
Heavy cruiser HMS York: Evacuated Franco-British troops from Namsos, Norway, with HMS Devonshire, French cruiser Montcalm and 3 French transports. On conclusion of the Norwegian Campaign went to the Mediterranean and joined the 3rd Cruiser Sqn.
Submarine HMS Rainbow: HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Moore, RN) departed Singapore for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Sunda Stait. For the daily positions of HMS Rainbow during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine HMS Seal: HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN) departed Immingham for her 11th war patrol. she was ordered to lay a minefield (F.D. 7) south of the Swedish island of Vinga in the Kattegat, across a German convoy route to Norway.
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) departed Blyth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the south-west of Stavanger, Norway. For the daily positions of HMS Sturgeon during this patrol see the map below.
Destroyer ORP Burza: In dense fog the British tanker Boardale (8400 GRT) hit the rocks in the Asan Fjord near Narvik and was abandoned by the crew. The Polish destroyer Burza rescued the survivors.
Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) arrived at Scapa Flow.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted exercises off Holyhead.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR).
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, DSO, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) conducts engine trials off Halifax after a period of repairs.
Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) is docked at Troon.
Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).
Sloop HMS Erne: While still at the builders yard (4 days after commissioning) HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN) is heavily damaged by a near miss during a German air attack. Repairs were only completed in June 1942.
Light cruiser HMS Trinidad: During the night of 29/30 April Trinidad was damaged when she received a direct hit during a German air raid. She was however not seriously damaged.
Destroyer HMS Hurricane: HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Henri Mory that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-110 about 330 nautical miles west-north-west of Blasket Islands, Ireland.
Destroyer ORP Piorun: Piorun and four British destroyers were ordered to join four troop ships returning from the Middle East to the U.K.
Minesweeper HMS Abingdon: HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was slightly damaged in detonating an acoustic mine.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) is undocked.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt. W.J. de Vries, RNN) was undocked. She continued her refit at Dundee.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Mayflower (A/Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, RCNR) and HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR).
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(retired) H. Buckle, RN), HMS La Cordeliere (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Palomares (A/Capt. (retired) J.H. Jauncey, RN).
Submarine USS Greenling: USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Seia Maru (6659 GRT) east-north-east of Truk in position 09°32'N, 156°03'E. Due to faulty torpedoes Lt.Cdr. Bruton is unable to finish her off.
Submarine USS Grunion: With her torpedo trials completed, USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele, USN), returned to New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.
Submarine USS Silversides: USS Silversides (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Burlingame) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kii Suido in Japanese home waters.
Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. C.P Norman, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) arrived at Bermuda.
Submarine HMS Thunderbolt: HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Colombo.
Submarine HMS P 552: P 552 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut for St. John's, Canada.
Submarine USS S-35: USS S-35 (Lt. J.E. Stevens) ended her 1st war patrol at Dutch Harbour.
Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt. J.D.L. Grant, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.
Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-5: USS R-5 departed her patrol area, 300 nautical miles north of Bermuda for New London, Connecticut.
Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. B.E. Lewellen, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) conducted trials and exercises in Chesapeake Bay.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR).
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Rothesay for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, RN), HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) and HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars). They were escorted by HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN).
Submarine USS Gudgeon: USS Gudgeon (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Post, Jr) lands 6 men and 3 tons of equipment on Panay, Philippines.
Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Cdr. R.L. Rutter, USN) was undocked.
Submarine USS Barracuda: USS Barracuda arrived at Casco Bay, Maine from New London, Connecticut.
Submarine USS Narwhal: USS Narwhal (Cdr. F.D. Latta) left Dutch Harbour for her 4th war patrol. On 11 May she rendezvoused with her sister ship USS Nautilus off the northern side of Attu, and the two ships, debarked Army Scouts in rubber boats for the preliminary landings in the recapture of the island, a venture successfully completed 29 May. Narwhal returned to Pearl Harbor with a stopover at Dutch Harbor from 14 to 18 May.
Submarine USS Guardfish: USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane.
Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Benson) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.
Submarine USS Haddo: USS Haddo (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Lent) ended her 1st war patrol at Rosneath, Scotland.
Submarine USS Scorpion: USS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Wylie) sank the Japanese guard boat Ebisu Maru No.5 (131 GRT) with gunfire east of Japan in position 37°24'N, 154°40'E.
Submarine USS Snook: USS Snook (Lt.Cdr. C.O. Triebel) lays mines off Saddle Island, China.
Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Port Said for her 18th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to conduct a special operation and to patrol in the Aegean. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Parthian during this patrol see the map below. The positions had to be taken from the patrol report as there is no log available, therefore not all days have positions.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, RN) laid another 50 mines off Favignana Island, to the west of Sicily, Italy. This minefield may have caused the loss of the Italian schooner Sempre Avanti (135 GRT, built 1904) on 5 May 1943. (All times are zone -1) 0957 hours - Laid the first mine of the first line of 25 mines in position 38°02'1"N, 12°12'1"E. The mines were laid in a direction of 137° for 1.3 nautical miles. Depth settings were 10 feet, spacing between the mines was 300 feet. 1014 hours - Laid the 25th mine and set course for the position where the second line of 25 mines were to be laid. 1405 hours - Laid the first mine of the second line in position 38°00'8'N, 12°03'1"E. 25 mines were laid in direction 312° for 1.3 nautical miles. The settings were the same as for the first line of mines. 1433 hours - Laid the last mine. Set course to return to Malta.
Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) is undocked.
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) is undocked.
Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) fired three torpedoes against the French passenger/cargo vessel Cap Corse (2444 GRT, built 1929) North-East of Bastia, Corsica. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -1) 0615 hours - While in position 067°, Cape Sagro, 3.5 nautical miles a French merchant vessel of approximately 2000 tons was sighted steering North at a speed of about 11 knots. Started attack. 0624 hours - Fired three torpedoes. No hits were obtained. 0630 hours - Withdrew to the South. Cap Corse was on a trip from Bastia to Nice escorted by a seaplane of 146^Squadriglia. She reported being missed by three torpedoes.
Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN) arrived at Londonderry.
Submarine HMS Truculent: HMS Truculent (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) and HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars). They were escorted by HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN).
Submarine HMS Ultimatum: HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. Passage north through the Minches was made together with HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, RN), HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) and HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN).
Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (also 16th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Ultor: At 0320 hours HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) sighted an E-boat in 38°14’N, 10°51’E on a south-west course and dived immediately. The enemy dropped fifteen depth charges, three or four were quite close. In fact, two Italian E-boats were involved, these were MS 32 and MS 33 operating from Marsala. They reported attacking a submarine with twelve depth charges 20 miles north of Keith Reef.
Submarine HMS Untamed: HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) returned to Holy Loch. Later she spent a few days at Larne before returning to Holy Loch on 24 May 1943.
Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Londonderry. En-route A/S exercises had been carried out with HMS Keppel (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN) and FFS Roselys had taken over escort of Upstart upon completion of these exercises.
Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) departed from Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) and HMS Truculent (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) that were to proceed to Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN).
Destroyer HMS Nubian: The British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN) and HMS Paladin (Lt.Cdr. L.St.G. Rich, RN) intercept the small Italian transport ship Fauna (575 GRT) about 20 nautical miles south of Capo San Marco, Sicily, Italy and sink it with gunfire.
Destroyer HMS Paladin: The British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN) and HMS Paladin (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) intercept the small Italian transport ship Fauna (575 GRT) about 20 nautical miles south of Capo San Marco, Sicily, Italy and sink it with gunfire.
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. P.W. Garnett, 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. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
ASW Trawler HMS Birdlip: HMS Birdlip (Lt. E.N. Groom, RNR) picks up 77 survivors from the British merchant Bandar Shahpour, 39 survivors from the British merchant Corabella, 73 survivors from the Dutch merchant Kota Tjandi and 111 survivors from the British merchant Nagina that were all torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-515 from convoy TS-37 about 130 miles southwest of Freetown.HMS Arran (T/Lt. D.S. Hutton, RNR) and HMS Birdlip together pick up 97 survivors from the British merchant City of Singapore that was torpedoed and sunk in a second attack on the convoy by the same U-boat on 1 May.
Destroyer USS Barton (ii): USS Barton (Cdr. J.W. Callahan) arrived at Norfolk.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound.
Submarine USS Darter: USS Darter (Cdr. W.S. Stovall, Jr.) refuels and restores at Darwin, Australia and then continues her 2nd war patrol.
Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Whitaker) torpedoed and sank the Vichy French gunboat Tahure (644 tons) in the South China Sea off Cape Varella, French Indochina in position 13°02'N, 109°28'E.
Submarine USS Hake: USS Hake (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Broach) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Muskallunge: USS Muskallunge (Lt.Cdr. M.P. Russillo) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.
Submarine USS Puffer: USS Puffer (Lt.Cdr. F.G. Selby) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sulu Sea.
Submarine USS Rasher: USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Makassar Strait and the Celebes Sea.
Submarine USS Steelhead: While on her 5th war patrol USS Steelhead (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Whelchel) sank a Japanese trawler with gunfire off the Ryukyu Islands in position 26°10'N, 125°34'E.
Submarine USS Barbel: USS Barbel (Cdr. R.A. Keating, Jr., USN) was undocked.
Submarine USS Bang: USS Bang (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) again attacked the same convoy as yesterday and torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Nittatsu Maru (2859 GRT, built 1943) in the South China Sea off the north-west coast of Luzon, Philippines in position 19°11'N, 119°10'E. Continuation of the events of 29 April 1944. (All times are zone -10) 0020 hours - Heaving heard nothing for 30 minutes, carefully reloaded three torpedo tubes while at 450 feet, then planed up to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. Came up to radar depth, no contacts. 0138 hours - Surfaced and began chase. 0150 hours - SJ radar contact bearing 166°(T), range 19000 yards. Began end around to the east. The moon was low in the west. 0210 hours - Second radar contact, smaller pip, 8000 yards astern of the first target. Shortly afterwards sighted a large freighter bearing 160°(T) and a destroyer bearing 260°(T). 0230 hours - Two more smaller radar pips, one 1500 yards ahead and one 1500 yards astern of the freighter. Range to the freighter was now 12000 yards. The situation now seemed to be a large freighter with two esorts in close and with a third escort about 4 nautical miles astern. 0246 hours - The escort well astern headed towards Bang. When the range was 7500 yards she was recognized to be a fleet type destroyer. Angle on the bow was 25° port, she then began signalling, and was answered by a ship on her starboard quarter. This other ship could not be seen except for her signal lights, also no radar pip was seen of this ship. Just after signalling the destoyer went over towards this other ship. The approach on this destroyer was now given up. Changed course to continue our end around on the freighter. Now the rear escort of the freighter proceeded towards the area where the destroyer had been. Shortly afterwards this contact was seen to be another fleet type destroyer. Now started an approach on this destroyer. Range could not be closed to within 4500 yards so resumed our approach on the freighter. Bang however had now ended up almost astern of the freighter so decided to come up from astern. As this freighter was so heavily escorted decided she must be very valuable. Decided to fire all six bow torpedoes at her. 0353 hours - In position 19°22'N, 119°00'E fired six torpedoes at the freighter. Range was 2300 yards. The target unfortunately zigged shortly after firing and all torpedoes missed. 0356 hours - Fired four stern torpedoes. Due to an error in drill these also all missed the target. 0400 hours - Started reload and began an end around. Decided to come in from ahead this time. 0506 hours - In position ahead of the target at a range of 7000 yards. Started our run in. 0518 hours - In position 19°11'N, 119°10'E fired four bow torpedoes from 1800 yards. Two hits were obtained. The first explosion caused a tremendous flash from the center of the target. The second hit casued a ripple of flame throughout the entire lenght of the target. The target soon sank amid a cloud of dense smoke. 0519 hours - Swung hard left to bring the stern tubes to bear on the escort, another fleet type destroyer. She evidently thought the attacker was on the other side of the ex-target because she ran out and dropped a few depth charges, then she came over near where a section of the stern of the ex-target was sticking out of the water and dropped four of what appeared small lights into the water, these were most likely life rafts. The destoyer could not be attacked as she was maneuvering too radically to fire torpedoes against. Range had opened up to 3800 yards when the destroyer came towards at high speed. Bang meanwhile had gone ahead flank but the destroyer soon changed course and the range began to open up again. 0535 hours - Set course 160°(T) to sesrch for the convoy. During the day Bang shadowed and reported the convoy so that USS Tinosa and USS Parch could attack. In the evening Bang was detected and attacked by two enemy destroyers. 2110 hours - In position 119°36'N, 118°24'E obtained SJ radar contact bearing 081°(T). Range 12100 yards. Started approach. 2112 hours - Sighted two destroyers coming in fast with 0° angle on the bow. 2114 hours - The leading destroyer fired two rounds from her forward gun. Submerged. Range to the leading destroyer was 7800 yards. 2117 hours - While Bang passed 100 feet two depth charges exploded. Went to 400 feet. 20 more depth charges were dropped during the next three hours. None were very close.
Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee.
Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.
Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Gibraltar. She is to proceed to the Far East. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). For the daily positions of HMS Terrapin during this passage see the map below. HMS Terrapin U.K. - Trincomaleeclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Uproar: HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Unruly: HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Malta for La Maddalena. She joined convoy GUS 38 for passage through the Sicilian War Channel. For the daily positions of HMS Ultor see the map below.
Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Frigate USS Natchez: German U-boat U-879 was sunk east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36°34'N, 74°00'W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffman, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas.
Destroyer Escort USS Bostwick: German U-boat U-879 was sunk east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36°34'N, 74°00'W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffman, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas.
Destroyer Escort USS Coffman: German U-boat U-879 was sunk east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36°34'N, 74°00'W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffman, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas.
Destroyer Escort USS Thomas (ii): German U-boat U-879 was sunk east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36°34'N, 74°00'W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffman, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas.
Destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson: USS Lyman K. Swenson returns to Ulithi.
Destroyer USS Stormes: USS Stormes arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Destroyer USS Taussig: USS Taussig returns to Ulithi.
Battleship USS Iowa: USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN) and USS Bullard (Cdr. B.W. Freund, USN), with fuel.
Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) was docked at Dundee.
Submarine HNMS Zeehond: HrMs Zeehond (Lt. S.H. de Boer, RNN) was docked at Dundee.
Submarine USS Ray: USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) departed from Guam for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kyusyu in Japanese home waters and in the Yellow Sea.
Submarine USS Sunfish: USS Sunfish departed from Pearl Harbor bound for the Mare Island Navy Yard where she is to receive a major overhaul.
Submarine USS Sealion (ii): USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. C.F. Putnam) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the northern part of the South China Sea.
Submarine USS Carp: USS Carp (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Hunnicutt, USNR) conducted exercises in Panama Bay together with USS MacLeish (Lt. D.S. Cramer, USNR), USS Bulmer (Lt. T.C. Farrell, USNR), USS Moray (Cdr. F.L. Barrows, USN) and USS Runner (Cdr. R.H. Bass).
Submarine USS Guitarro: The Japanese army tanker Yuno Maru (2345 GRT) is sunk by a mine, most likely laid by USS Guitarro on 20 April 1945, off the east coast of Sumatra in position 01°00'S, 104°30'E.
Submarine USS Parche: USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.
Submarine USS Trepang: While on her 4th war patrol USS Trepang (Cdr. A.R. Faust) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Miho Maru (4667 GRT) in the Yellow Sea in position 34°27'N, 123°48'E.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) was docked at Blyth.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) departed Fremantle for her 33th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 1st in the south-east Pacific area). She was ordered to lay a minefield of Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Rorqual during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 14th war patrol (2nd in the East Indies). She was ordered to patrol off and the West coast of Siam, the Andaman Islands and Northern Sumatra. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Seadog during this patrol see the map below. HMS Seadog 14th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Supreme: HMS Supreme (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Barlow, RN) attacked an enemy merchant vessel in a convoy to the South of Kangean Island. 5 Torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained. (All times are zone -9) 1105 hours - In position 07°34'S, 115°41'E sighted smoke bearing 338°. Closed at speed. 1155 hours - It was now clear that the smoke was a convoy of a 1500 tons merchant vessel with funnel aft, an old fashioned passenger-cargo steamer, 2 trawlers, a destroyer escort and 2 Jake aircraft were circling overhead. Started attack. 1301 hours - In position 07°25'S, 115°45'E fired 5 torpedoes at the 1500 tons merchant vessel. No hits were obtained, most likely the tracks were seen and evaded in the flat calm sea. 1335 hours - The only counter attack was 1 single depth charge. Returned to periscope depth and saw the convoy making for Kangean Island. Decided to trail them but they were not seen again although during the evening Supreme was detected by the destroyer escort and depth charged but no damage was caused.
Submarine HMS Sidon: HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Spearhead: HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Trespasser: More exercises in the Inchmarnock area with HMS Bridgewater.
Submarine HMS Tudor: HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) is put back in the water.
Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, DSC, RN) conducted excercises off Fremantle.
Submarine HMS Totem: HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) left dock.
Submarine HMS Tapir: HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Upstart: HMS Upstart (Lt. R. Westlake, RNVR) ended her refit at Blyth. A period of trials and exercises was then commenced.
Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt. W.A. Schoenfeld, USN) conducted A/S exercises off Casco Bay, Maine together with USS Roy O. Hale (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Pogue, Jr., USNR) and USS Martin H. Ray (Lt.Cdr. H.V. Tucker, Jr., USNR).
Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. D.C. Peto, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. M. Abrahams, USN) is put on the slipway at Key West.
Submarine USS R-18: USS R-18 conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.