HMS Oxley (55 P)
Submarine of the O class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Ordered||19 May 1925|
|Laid down||24 Aug 1925|
|Launched||29 Jun 1926|
|Commissioned||1 Apr 1927|
|Lost||10 Sep 1939|
|Loss position||58.30N, 05.30E|
HMS Oxley (Lt.Cdr. Harold Godfrey Bowerman, RN) was torpedoed and sunk in error by HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. H.P. De C. Steele, RN) about 28 nautical miles south-south-west of Stavanger, Norway in position 58º30'N, 05º30'E. HMS Triton picked up two survivors.
Oxley was 4 nm inside Triton's area due to a navigational error. Lt.Cdr Steel of Triton made 2 challenges which went unanswered then fired a green signal grenade which also produced no response. He therefore had to assume the sub was hostile and fired 2 torpedoes, sinking Oxley.
The puzzling lack of response from Oxley was explained by Lt.Cdr Bowerman, who survived the sinking with one of the bridge watch: he stated he was called to the bridge following the sighting of Triton's signal grenade, but when he tried to answer, his grenade malfunctioned.
|Former name||OA 1|
Commands listed for HMS Oxley (55 P)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Harold Godfrey Bowerman, RN||2 Aug 1939||10 Sep 1939|
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