Pieter Andréa Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN

Born  25 Jun 1902Den Helder, Netherlands
Died  30 Apr 1959(56)Den Haag, Netherlands


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13 Aug 1925 luitenant ter zee 3e klasse (S.Lt.)
13 Aug 1927 luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.)
23 May 1938 luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)
1 Mar 1947 kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.)
1 Aug 1951 kapitein ter zee (Capt.)

Retired: 1 Nov 1955


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Pieter Andréa Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HNMS K XIV (N 22)luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Submarine16 Dec 19392 Jan 1940
HNMS K XVIIluitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Submarine2 Jan 19401 Mar 1940
HNMS K XV (N 24)luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Submarine18 Mar 194011 May 1940
HNMS K XIV (N 22)luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Submarine11 May 194015 Dec 1941
HNMS K XIV (N 22)luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Submarine12 Feb 194231 Mar 1942
HNMS Van Galen (ii) (G 84)luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Destroyer20 Apr 19457 Sep 1946

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Submarine HNMS K XIV (N 22)


18 Nov 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) departed Surabaya for Tarakan together with HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN) (this is the 3rd Dutch submarine division). They arrived in the Tarakan area on 22 November 1941.

8 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and the other submarines of the 3rd Dutch submarine division HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN)) patrolled in the Northern entrance to the Makassar Strait.

K XIV was however ordered to patrol off Manado, Celebes. This patrol now had become HrMs K XIV's 1st war patrol.

9 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) arrived at Manado but nothing was sighted.

11 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and the other submarines of the 3rd Dutch submarine division HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN)) are ordered to proceed towards the Java Sea. This was later changed to the South China Sea.

13 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) and the other submarines of the 3rd Dutch submarine division HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) and HrMs K XVI (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Jarman, RNN)) are ordered to return to Surabaya first for fuel and supplies (and small repairs if needed).

15 Dec 1941
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) ended her 1st war patrol at Surabaya. The Commanding Officer was sick and was replaced by Lt.Cdr. C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld, RNN as his own boat was still refitting. Also fuel and provisions were taken on board and small defects were made good.

She departed Surabaya later the same day for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

14 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) departed Surabaya for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the north of Banka Strait.

21 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) was ordered to patrol off the Anambas Islands.

25 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) was ordered to proceed to Strait Karimata.

26 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) was ordered to proceed to the western part of the Java Sea.

28 Feb 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) was ordered to patrol off the Sunda Stait but to proceed to Tandjong Priok (now Batavia) first to fuel and take on board provisions.

In the evening K XIV was en-route to Tandjong Priok as ordered when a signal was received about Japanese landings to the east of the place. Course was then set towards Eretan Bay.

1 Mar 1942
Around noon HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) sighted a Japanese light cruiser patrolling the area. As the range was to great an attack was not possible at that moment.

Around 1430 hours the cruiser was again sighted and an attack was started in which two torpedoes were fired from a range of about 2500 meters. Both missed and were possibly seen and evaded by the Japanese in the flat calm sea. The target was the Japanese light cruiser Yura (offsite link).

Following this attack K XIV was depth charged but no serious damage was done to her.

3 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) sent out a signal requisting to arrive at Tandjong Priok in the evening for fuel, provisions and repairs. A reply was received that this was no longer possible and orders were received to proceed to Colombo. Course was then set towards Sunda Strait which was succesfully passed during the night of 3/4 March 1942.

13 Mar 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) ended her 4th war patrol at Colombo, Ceylon.

K XIV was in a bad state of repair and unfit for patrol.

31 Mar 1942
Due to expected Japanese air attacks on Colombo HrMs K XIV (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Colombo for the Gulf of Mannar to shelter there. (1)


Destroyer HNMS Van Galen (ii) (G 84)


28 Apr 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During her refit at Southampton, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) is undocked. (2)

3 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During her refit at Southampton, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) is docked in No.4 dock. (2)

11 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During her refit at Southampton, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) is undocked. (2)

21 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her refit completed, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN), commenced a port refit trial period which was completed on 24 June 1945. (2)

24 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2130A/24, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) departed Spithead for Scapa Flow. (2)

26 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900A/26, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) arrived at Scapa Flow to commence a post-refit work-up programme. (2)

29 Jun 1945
HMS Truncheon (A/Lt.Cdr. R.J. Clutterbuck, DSO, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises at Scapa Flow with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN).

HrMs Van Galen also conducted gunnery exercises. (3)

11 Jul 1945
HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN).

HrMs Van Galen also conducted refuelling at sea exercises. (2)

13 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa flow.

These were followed by A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR).

Finally exercises with aircraft were carried out before HrMs Van Galen returned to Scapa Flow. (2)

14 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) and HMS Armada (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

16 Jul 1945
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) and HMS Armada (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow.

HrMs Van Galen later briefly joined the screen of several ships of the Home Fleet during an A/S exercise. (2)

18 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR).

Later gunnery exercises were carried out with HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN). (2)

19 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) and HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow.

HrMs Van Galen then conducted rangefinding and inclination exercise (RIX) with HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN).

In the afternoon, HrMs Van Galen and HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR). (2)

20 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN), HMS Zest (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN), HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Hopper, DSC, RN), HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) and ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess) departed Scapa Flow for exercises in the Pentland Firth. Due to fog the exercises were however cancelled and the destroyers returned to Scapa Flow. (2)

21 Jul 1945
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow during which ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess) acted as target.

These were followed by A/S exercises together with HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN). The A/S target was HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR).

Following the A/S exercises, HrMs Van Galen and HMS Comet conducted rangefinding and inclination exercises (RIX), AA gunnery and towing exercises. (2)

23 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the morning, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) and HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Saga (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR). (2)

24 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the late afternoon and early evening, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN), conducted exercises off Scapa Flow.

On completion of the exercises HrMs Van Galen and HMS Scourge set course for Portsmouth. (2)

26 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0730A/26, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) arrived in Spithead where they anchored. (2)

28 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) proceeded to the Portsmouth Dockyard. (2)

2 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1800A/2, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) departed Portsmouth for Rotterdam. (2)

3 Aug 1945
Around 1000A/3, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) arrived at Rotterdam from Portsmouth.

Almost the entire crew now went on leave, most of them had not seen their loved ones for several years. (2)

23 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1430A/23, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) departed Rotterdam for Portsmouth. (2)

24 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900A/24, HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNethN) arrived at Portsmouth from Rotterdam.

On 15 September 1945 she departed Portsmouth for the Dutch East Indies. (2)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.37.205 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.1620 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/20030 + File 2.12.03.1620 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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