David Caldicott Ingram DSC, OBE, RN

Born  21 Mar 1903


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Ranks

15 Jan 1924 A/S.Lt.
30 Jul 1924 S.Lt.
28 Feb 1926 Lt.
28 Feb 1934 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1940 Cdr.
??? A/Capt.
31 Dec 1945 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1955


Decorations

9 Aug 1940 DSC
11 Apr 1944 OBE
3 Jul 1945 CBE

Warship Commands listed for David Caldicott Ingram, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Phoenix (N 96)Lt.Cdr.Submarine29 Jul 193726 Feb 1940
HMS Clyde (N 12)Lt.Cdr.Submarine18 Apr 19401 May 1942
HMS Cyclops (F 31)A/Capt.Submarine Depot Ship5 Feb 1945mid 1946

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Phoenix (N 96)


3 Sep 1939
When war broke out with Germany HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) was based at Hong Kong.

4 Sep 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Pacific to the East of Luzon Strait.

For the daily positions of HMS Phoenix during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Phoenix 1st war patrol click here for bigger map

12 Sep 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Hong Kong.

23 Sep 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS Perseus during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Phoenix 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map

14 Oct 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Hong Kong.

20 Oct 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN).

24 Oct 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 3rd war patrol. She is ordered to patrol off the Kii-suido, Japan.

For the daily positions of HMS Perseus during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Phoenix 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map

10 Nov 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Hong Kong.

14 Nov 1939
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) commenced a refit at Hong Kong.

22 Feb 1940
With her refit completed HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong.

23 Feb 1940
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong.

24 Feb 1940
HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) searched off Hong Kong for torpedoes she lost the previous day after having fired a test salvo.


Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12)


24 Apr 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Blyth for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north-west of Jutland.

No map can be displayed as there is no log available for HMS Clyde for this period. (1)

25 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) is ordered to abandon her patrol and proceed to Rosyth instead. (1)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) arrived at Rosyth ending her 7h war patrol. (2)

27 Apr 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Rosyth for her 8th war patrol. She is to carry out operation Knife, supply Norwegian forces in the Sondefjord, North of Bergen with arms and ammunition.

No map can be displayed as there is no log available for HMS Clyde for this period. (1)

28 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) is forced to return to Rosyth due to engine defects. She arrived at Rosyth later the same day. (1)

30 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) shifted from Rosyth to Dundee. (2)

2 May 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Dundee for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Fro Havet, Norway.

For the daily and attack position of HMS Clyde turning this patrol see the map below.

(3)

3 May 1940 (position 62.07, 2.29)
At 1300 hours, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN), sighted a small fishing vessel in position 62°07'N, 02°29'E. The vessel turned out to be Norwegian with registration number was M-85-G. On board were 18 persons. Two of which were officers of the Norwegian Navy. One of these was wounded. The other Norwegian officers was taken on board as he was thought that he could be of use during the patrol as he was fluent in both the English and German language. Clyde then supplied the vessel with provisions and sailing directions for Lerwick.

At 1624 hours, HMS Clyde, stopped the Norwegian merchant Bomma (1116 GRT, built 1938, offsite link) in position 62°22'N, 02°32'E. She was en-route to Leith. She was allowed to proceed but was directed to Lerwick. She was also given a large scale chart as she had only a 'general chart' of the North Sea on board. (3)

11 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) is ordered to patrol off Smøla, Norway to intercept a German transport that had been reported / sighted. (3)

12 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Not having sighted the German ship, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN), set course to return to the Fro Havet area. That evening she is ordered to patrol off Stadtlandet. (3)

13 May 1940 (position 62.46, 3.57)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) attacked the German armed merchant cruiser Widder (former merchant Neumark, 7851 GRT, built 1930) with gunfire off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°46'N, 03°57'E.

1302 hours - HMS Clyde sighted what was thought to be a German transport ship to the south. Clyde chased the German ship that fled towards the shore.

1315 hours - Fire with the 4" gun was opened at maximum range.

1345 hours - Visibility was decreasing due to the rain. Also the transport opened fire on Clyde with two guns.

1409 hours - The target was obscured by rain and cease fire was ordered. Lt.Cdr. Ingram reluctantly had to break off the action. (3)

14 May 1940 (position 63.07, 4.48)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) sighted the same ship that she attacked yesterday in position 63°07'N, 04°48'E but was unable to reach an attack position. She eventually lossed sight of the ship in the decreasing visibility. (3)

15 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) is ordered to return to base. (3)

17 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Dundee. (3)

29 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. (2)

4 Jun 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Rosyth for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Standtlandet.

Before departure for her patrol area, A/S exercises were carried out in the Firth of Forth with HMS Lowestoft (Cdr. A.M. Knapp, RN).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

9 Jun 1940 (position 64.11, 8.30)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) is ordered to patrol off Fro Havet.

At 1855 hours, HMS Clyde, was machine-gunned by a German aircraft in position 64°11'N, 08°30'E. (3)

10 Jun 1940
At 1340 hours, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN), sighted the masts of two German warships, bearing 065° in position 64°27'N, 09°27'E. The enemy was steering 360° and passed to the northward of Clyde well out of torpedo range.

The German ships sighted were the battlecruiser Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper. They were escorted by four destroyers, Z 7/ Hermann Shoemann, Z 10 / Hans Lody, Z 15 Erich Steinbrinck and Z 20 / Karl Galster. (3)

20 Jun 1940 (position 64.43, 9.53)
While on patrol off Trondheim, Norway, in position 64°43'N, 09°53'E, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) hit the German battleship Gneisenau in the bow with one torpedo. Gneisenau had to return to Trondheim for emergency repairs.

2209 hours - HMS Clyde sighted what were thought to be the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau escorted by a destroyer to the south-east at a distance of about 3 nautical miles. An attack was commenced.

2232 hours - Fired a full bow salvo of six torpedoes at one of the battlecruisers from 4000 yards. About three minutes later one explosion was heard. Clyde now went deep.

2242 hours - One pattern of eight depth charges was dropped rather close. Clyde made off at dead slow speed to the westward.

In fact Scharnhorst was not present, the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper was the other heavy ship that was with Gneisenau. The destroyer was the Z 20 / Karl Galster. They had just left Trondheim for a raid towards the area near Iceland.

21 Jun 1940
At 2200 hours, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN), set course to return to base. (3)

24 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Dundee. At Dundee she was to be docked for repairs. (1)

9 Jul 1940
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Dundee for 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Stadtlandet.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

16 Jul 1940 (position 62.19, 4.19)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) sank the Norwegian fishing vessel SF 52 (15 GRT) through ramming east of Alesund, Norway in position 62°19'N, 04°19'E.

2230 hours - A small fishing vessel was sighted and closed. Clyde was put alongside. The fishing vessel had a crew of four and were brought on board Clyde for interrogation. The fishing vessel was fitted for trawling but no trawl could be seen. The only fishing gear on board was a number of fish baskets. Also the hold was empty. Cdr. Ingram thought this to be suspicious and decided to sink the vessel and hold the crew on board.

22 Jul 1940 (position 58.25, 2.40)
At 2355 hours, in position 58°25'N, 02°40'E, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN), fires 6 torpedoes at what is thought to be and enemy submarine. Luckily the torpedoes missed their target as they we aimed against HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN).

HMS Truant was supposed to have vacated this area earlier that day but was delayed. HMS Clyde rightfully attacked the submarine contact as enemy submarine were expected to operate in this area.

23 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Dundee. (3)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) departed Dundee for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kors Fjord, Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

23 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Dundee. (3)

9 Sep 1940
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Skudesness, Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

25 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Dundee. (3)

12 Oct 1940
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to perform an anti-uboat patrol in the North Atlantic.

She was escorted until 1440/13 by HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

17 Oct 1940 (position 56.32, -22.00)
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.

4 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) and HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. V.J.H. Van der Byl, DSC, RN) made rendez-vous off Mounts Bay. They then proceeded in company towards Holy Loch escorted by HMS Rosemary (Lt.(Retd.) H.V. Wheeler, RN). (3)

6 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Holy Loch. (3)

16 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Plymouth. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) which was to proceed on patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea they were escorted HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (1)

18 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) arrived at the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth to refit. (4)

11 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is docked in No.5 dock at the Devonport Dockyard. (5)

16 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is undocked. (5)

18 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having completed her refit at the Devonport Dockyard, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), commenced trials off Plymouth. (5)

18 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted D/G trials at Plymouth. (5)

21 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth. (5)

22 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse. (5)

23 Apr 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (5)

25 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Long.

At 1442 hours, HMS Clyde, grounded. After de-fuelling she was refloated at 0030/26 and proceeded to Holy Loch. No damage was sustained. (5)

27 Apr 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted exercies in the Clyde area with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Jones, RNR). These included night exercises. (5)

28 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last nights exercises. (5)

29 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar. (5)

30 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar.

[No log is available for May 1941 so no details can be given other then the ones currently listed.] (5)

18 May 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted until Wolf Rock by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN).

No map of this passage can be displayed as there is no log available for HMS Clyde for this period. (3)

24 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (3)

28 May 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 15th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

1 Jun 1941 (position 39.07, 9.39)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant San Marco (3076 GRT, built 1919) about 5 nautical miles east of Cape Carbonara, Sardinia, Italy. San Marco was en-route from Civitavecchia to Cagliari, Sardinia. Of the crew, eight were killed and seven wounded. The survivors were picked up by the Italian merchant Langano (1312 GRT, built 1894) and the pilot vessel Cloria

Later the same day the Italian merchant vessel Assunta de Gregori (4219 GRT, built 1914) was attacked off Cape Ferrato but no hits were obtained. A Cant Z 501 (188^Squadriglia, observer S.T.V. Federico D'Andrea and pilot Gino Visintini Scarzanella) had taken off following the sinking of the San Marco earlier that day. The torpedoes were sighted and it attacked the submarine, dropping two depth-charges and claiming a possible sinking.

(All times are zone -1)
0726 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel steering southwards. Closed to attack.

0742 hours - In position 39°07'N, 09°39'E fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards.

0745 hours - Two hits were heard and observed. The vessel was seen to sink immediately. Retired to the north-east.

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1012 hours - In position 39°11'N, 09°43'E sighted a merchant vessel passing Cape Ferrato. Turned towards to close the track.

1049 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 4500 yards. Turned to the north to retire from the area as an air patrol was nearby. No explosions were heard following this attack. (6)

2 Jun 1941 (position 40.58, 9.50)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) attacked an enemy destroyer of torpedo boat with three torpedoes north-east of Tavolara Island. No hits were obtained.

No destroyer or torpedo boat however operted in these waters on this day. The ships were probably the Italian merchant (passenger/cargo) Verdi (2423 GRT, built 1928) and it's escort, the armed merchant cruiser Caralis (3510 GRT, built 1929) wich had left Olbia on this day.

(All times are zone -1)
1948 hours - Sighted two ships leaving Terranova on a course of 055°.

2000 hours - Identified the ships as a small transport and a destroyer. Started attack on the transport.

2008 hours - The enemy altered course 035° towards. Went deep and fired three torpedoes at the escort on the way down at very close range. The torpedoes must have missed under. Position was 40°58'N, 09°50'E.

2012 hours - Returned to periscope depth and followed in the enemy's path.

2050 hours - Surfaced and followed the enemy at high speed.

2125 hours - Sighted the enemy ahead. Altered course to work around and get ahead.

2136 hours - Lost contact. Continued to work ahead but the enemy was not sighted again. (6)

8 Jun 1941 (position 39.54, 15.32)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) attacked what is thought to be an Italian destroyer of the Oriani-class off the Gulf of Policastro. No hits were obtained. No destroyer or torpedo boat were however present in these waters on the given time and place. The only vessel possibly in the area was the schooner S. Matteo on passage from Naples to Messina

Later the same day HMS Clyde sank the old Italian merchant Sturla (1195 GRT, built 1884) with gunfire in the Golfo di Policastro about 5 nautical miles from Maratea. Ten of the crew of the Sturla were missing, there were five survivors, one of them was wounded. The torpedo-boat Generale Antonio Cascino was ordered to hunt the submarine

(All times are zone -1)

0410 hours - Sighted a destroyer coming straight towards.

0419 hours - In position 39°51'N, 15°34'E fired two torpedoes from the stern tubes. Both missed. No counter attack followed.

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1635 hours - In position 39°54'N, 15°32'E sighted a ship off Cape Scalea coming towards.

1730 hours - Surfaced in position 39°54'N, 15°35'E and attacked the merchant vessel with gunfire. The crew soon abandoned ship and after a while the ship was on fire and sank by the stern. Clyde then dived and cleared the area to the south-west. (6)

14 Jun 1941 (position 38.34, 8.54)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) sank the Italian sailing vessel / auxiliary patrol vessel V 125 / Giovanni Bottigliere (331 GRT) with gunfire about 20 nautical miles south of Spartivento Sardo, Sardinia, Italy.

(All times are zone -1)
0330 hours - In position 38°32'N, 08°58'E sighted an auxiliary patrol vessel. Dived and shadowed submerged to await full daylight.

0554 hours - Surfaced in position 38°34'N, 08°54'E and sank the vessel with gunfire and rescued the seven survivors. (6)

16 Jun 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (6)

20 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is docked in no.2 dock at Gibraltar. (7)

21 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is undocked. (7)

27 Jun 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Canary Islands.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

2 Jul 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) set course to return to Gibraltar. (6)

5 Jul 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Gibraltar. (6)

11 Jul 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is docked in no.2 dock at Gibraltar. (8)

15 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is undocked. (8)

18 Jul 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to join the escort of convoy HG 68 for part of the way of the passage to the U.K.

For the daily position of HMS Clyde see the map below.

(9)

25 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) detached from convoy HG 68. (9)

29 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Gibraltar. (9)

5 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Jasmine (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.D.B. Coventry, RNR) and HMS Rhododendron (Lt.Cdr. W.N.H. Faichney, DSO, RNR). (10)

9 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to join the escort of convoy HG 70 for part of the way of the passage to the U.K. (10)

10 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) detached around 2100 hours (zone -1) from convoy HG 70 and set course to return to Gibraltar. (10)

11 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 18th war patrol at Gibraltar. (10)

14 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN). (10)

15 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR) and HMS Marigold (T/Lt. J. Renwick, RNR). (10)

18 Aug 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 19th war patrol. She was initially ordered to patrol off the Canary Islands. Before making off for her patrol area Clyde conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN).

For the daily position of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

9 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 19th war patrol at Gibraltar. (11)

22 Sep 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Canary Islands. This was later changed to the Cape Verde Islands.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

28 Sep 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) unsuccessfully attacked a German U-boat off Tarafal Bay, Cape Verde Islands with a full bow salvo of six torpedoes. This was either U-68 or U-111.

Shortly afterwards HMS Clyde encountered another U-boat off Tarafal Bay, this was U-67 which rammed Clyde which sustaned some minor damage. U-67 herself however sustained serious damage to her bow and had to abandon her patrol.

(All times are zone +1)
0030 hours - Sighted two enemy submarines leaving the anchorage. Commenced attack. Position was 16°57'N, 25°22'W.

0037 hours - Fired a full salvo of six bow torpedoes from 1400 yards at one of the uboats. While firing the uboat changed course so adapted to it. Non the less no hits were obtained.

0048 hours - Dived to reload. Eighteen and twenty minutes after firing two distant explosions were heard which might have been two of the torpedoes hitting the bottom.

The submarines sighted were U-68 and U-111.

They had been in the Bay to transfer some torpedoes from U-111 to U-68.

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0215 hours - Surfaced after having reloaded the torpedo tubes.

0315 hours - A battery charge was started with two hours of darkness left.

0330 hours - Clyde was now about 4 nautical miles west of the position in which the first encounter with the uboats took place and was steering 280° at 10 knots while charging. Position was 16°56'N, 25°25'W.

A streak of white foam was then sighted broad on the starboard bow and the wheel was put hard to starboard towards. A few seconds later the conning tower of a uboat was sighted and her course was thought to be the same as ours, parallel to us. It was evident that this uboat must have just surfaced. Full speed was ordered as well as gun action. When Clyde began to swing it was noticed that the uboat was on a much more converging course then first estimated and that she was also turning towards and there was fear that Clyde could be rammed amidships. Evasive action was taken. The uboat did strike Clyde but aft on no.7 torpedo tube at 0332 hours. The uboat started to dive shortly afterwards and was soon lost out of sight.

0340 hours - Clyde dived after having determined that the damage sustained was not a problem for doing so. Clyde patrolled submerged for the next eight hours but the enemy was not sighted again.

The enemy encountered was not one of the boats previously encountered but was U-67. This boat was ordered to make rendez-vous with U-111 in Tarafal Bay the next night but was early off the bay. She sustained heavy damage to her bow and had to abandon her patrol. (6)

4 Oct 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Gibraltar. (6)

13 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is docked at Gibraltar for repairs. (12)

21 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is undocked. (12)

3 Nov 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN). Clyde also conducted gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Laurel (T/Skr. T.W. Morgan, RNR). (13)

4 Nov 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN). (13)

5 Nov 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN) and HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RNR). Also night A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Wishart and aircraft. (13)

7 Nov 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 21st war patrol. She is ordered to accompany the oiler RFA Dingledale and her escorts, the corvettes HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) into the Atlantic.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(13)

20 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1800 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), RFA Dingledale, HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR), set course to return to Gibraltar. (13)

21 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1800 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) parted company with RFA Dingledale, HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR), and proceeded to Gibraltar independently. (13)

24 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 21st war patrol at Gibraltar. (13)

29 Nov 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 22nd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She is ordered to patrol in the Alboran Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(13)

2 Dec 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 22nd war patrol at Gibraltar.

Later the same day she departed Gibraltar for her 23rd war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to take over the patrol off Oran from the Dutch submarine HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN).

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

14 Dec 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 23rd war patrol at Gibraltar. (6)

29 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 24th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). The purpose of this patrol is not 100% clear to us at the moment but it seems likely that HMS Clyde was ordered to intercept the German blockade runner Lipari (1943 GRT, built 1930) which was reported to have left Malaga at 2300/28.

HMS Clyde returned to Gibraltar afteronly a few hours at sea. (14)

5 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Stella Carina (Lt. J.V. Lobb, RANVR). (15)

8 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN). The exercises were abandoned due to an A/S hunt in the area. (15)

10 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN).

Also A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, RN), HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR) and HMS Erin (T/Lt. W.G. Swanston, RNVR). (15)

12 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Hesperus (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Tait, RN) and HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN).

HMS Clyde also conducted independent exercises and attack exercises with HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN). (15)

13 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Gibraltar. (15)

20 Jan 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 25th war patrol. She is ordered to offer anti-raider protection to RFA Dingledale and her escorting corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR). These ships were to operate in the mid-Atlantic to support operations by Force H as it was thought that heavy German units at Brest, France might break out into the Atlantic.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this patrol see the map below.

(16)

26 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) made a practice attack on RFA Dingledale with the purpose to give an A/S exercises to her escorting corvettes, HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR). (16)

30 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Hermione (Capt. G.N. Oliver, RN), joined RFA Dingledale and her escorts, submarine HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) and corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR). Hermoine then fuelled from RFA Dingledale which took until midnight. At 1830 hours, HMS Geranium was detached. (16)

31 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0815 hours, HMS Hermione (Capt. G.N. Oliver, RN), parted comapany with RFA Dingledale and her escorts, submarine HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) and corvette HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR).

At 1330 hours, the escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN), HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN) and the corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR) joined.

The escort destroyers were to fuel from RFA Dingledale but the swell was too high and they parted company at 1500 hours as did HMS Spiraea which was to proceed to the U.K. for the fitting of radar equipment. (16)

1 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
While south of Ponta Delgada, Azores, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), parted company with RFA Dingledale and the corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR).

Clyde then kept a diving patrol in the area.

The escort destroyers were to fuel from RFA Dingledale but the swell was too high and they parted company at 1500 hours as did HMS Spiraea which was to proceed to the U.K. for the fitting of radar equipment. (16)

3 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), embarked some fresh provisions from RFA Dingledale which the tanker had obtained at Ponta Delgada, Azores. (16)

4 Feb 1942
In the morning, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), embarked some 40 tons of fuel from RFA Dingledale. (16)

4 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), embarked some 40 tons of fuel from RFA Dingledale. (17)

5 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) made a practice attack on RFA Dingledale with the purpose to give an A/S exercises to her escorting corvettes, HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR). (16)

8 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
RFA Dingledale and her escorts, submarine HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) and the corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR) are ordered to return to Gibraltar. (16)

13 Feb 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) ended her 25th war patrol at Gibraltar. (16)

22 Feb 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Fowey (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR), HMS Stonecrop (A/Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR), HMS Myosotis (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR), HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN) and HMS Carnation (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Houchen, OBE, RNR). (18)

24 Feb 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Gibraltar. (18)

25 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS St. Nectan (Lt. J.B. Osborne, RANVR). (18)

26 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Lord Nuffield (Skr. D.E.S. Mair, RNR). (18)

28 Feb 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Arctic Ranger (Skr. G.T. Lilley, DSC, RNR), HMS St. Nectan (Lt. J.B. Osborne, RANVR) and aircraft. (18)

9 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted D/G trials off Gibraltar. (19)

10 Apr 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 1st storage trip to Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Clyde during this storage trip from Gibraltar to Malta and back to Gibraltar see the map below.

(20)

16 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. Unloading of the cargo started during the night of 16/17 April 1942. (21)

17 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0530 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), casted off and bottomed at 11 feet in Pie Ta Creek for the day.

At 1600 hours Clyde surfaced and proceeded to the torpedo depot to continue unloading the cargo. (21)

18 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0500 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), again bottomed in Pie Ta Creek.

At 1700 hours a large bomb was dropped about 100 yards away but Clyde sustained no damage.

At 2010 hours, HMS Clyde surfaced and again secured at the torpedo depot to continue unloading the cargo. (21)

19 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0430 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), completed unloading the cargo.

At 0525 hours, Clyde dived in the swept channel. As balance had shifted she went out of control.

At 0600 hours, Clyde broke surface and was immediately machine gunned by German aircraft.

At 0830 hours, Clyde bottomed in 30 fathoms of St. Pauls Bay with her after hydroplanes out of action and the battery dangerously low.

At 2020 hours, Clyde surfaced and proceeded to Marsamxett. (21)

20 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0424 hours, HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN), proceeded out of Marsamxett harbour and bottomed for the day in 25 fathoms about one mile east of Tinge Point.

At 2012 hours, HMS Clyde surfaced and finally departed from Malta. A trial dive was caried out in the swept channel before final departure. (21)

21 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1945 hours trim was lost and HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) bottomed. While doing so the Asdic dome was damaged. (21)

26 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar after a difficult return passage. (21)

29 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) is docked in No.3 dock at Gibraltar for repairs. (21)

Sources

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  7. ADM 173/16706
  8. ADM 173/16707
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  21. ADM 173/17182

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


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