Eric Roland John Oddie DSO, RN

Born  10 Apr 1903


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Ranks

15 Sep 1923 A/S.Lt.
30 Apr 1924 S.Lt.
30 Jan 1926 Lt.
30 Jan 1934 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1940 Cdr.

Retired: 1 Aug 1947


Decorations

28 Jun 1940 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Eric Roland John Oddie, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Narwhal (N 45)Lt.Cdr.Submarine18 Jul 193926 Feb 1940
HMS Triad (N 53)Lt.Cdr.Submarine27 Feb 194015 Aug 1940
HMS Indomitable (92)Cdr.Aircraft Carrier24 Jan 194430 Jan 1944

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Submarine HMS Narwhal (N 45)


4 Sep 1939
After completing a refit at the Devonport Dockyard HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) carried out trials off Plymouth.

Upon completion of these trials course was set for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

5 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (1)

6 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. This included laying six dummy mines. (1)

14 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

15 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. This included laying ten dummy mines. (1)

19 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

20 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

26 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

27 Sep 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

3 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland. (2)

10 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

11 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

12 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

13 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

16 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

18 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

19 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

21 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

26 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

31 Oct 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. (2)

3 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Portsmouth for passage to Rosyth. She made the passage together with HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN). They were escorted by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN).

In the afternoon they put into Sheerness to await a convoy for onward passage. (3)

4 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is ordered to return to Portsmouth instead of proceeding to Rosyth. (3)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. At sea he joined HMS L 27 (Lt. P.J. Cowell, RN) and their escort HMS Saltburn (Lt.Cdr. G.E.C. Wood, RN). (3)

8 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (3)

11 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (3)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) was undocked. (3)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Halifax, Canada escorting convoy OA 36 part of the way.

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

(4)

19 Nov 1939
Convoy OA 36 was dispersed. HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) now proceeded to Halifax. (4)

27 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Halifax. (4)

29 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, RN) and Canadian destroyers. (4)

30 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted A/S exercises with Canadian destroyers. (4)

2 Dec 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Halifax together with HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN). They were to proceed to the U.K. escorting convoy HXF 11 en-route.

This was Narwhal's 2nd war patrol.

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

(4)

14 Dec 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Portsmouth. (4)

8 Jan 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rosyth. She made the passage together with HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN).

As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this passage. (3)

10 Jan 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (3)

14 Jan 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises in the Firth of Forth. (3)

15 Jan 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) joined convoy ON 8 off Methil. The convoy was to proceed to Bergen, Norway where it arrived on the 19th.

At Bergen convoy HN 8 was then formed. This convoy was then escorted to Methil where it arrived on the 22th.

This was Narwhal's 3rd war patrol. As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this patrol. (4)

22 Jan 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (4)

4 Feb 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises in the Firth of Forth. (3)

5 Feb 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) joined convoy ON 10 off Methil. The convoy was to proceed to Bergen, Norway where it arrived on the 8th.

At Bergen convoy HN 10 was then formed. This convoy was then escorted to Methil where it arrived safely on the 11th.

This was Narwhal's 4th war patrol. As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this patrol. (4)

11 Feb 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) arrived back at Methil with convoy HN 10.

At Methil she joined convoy ON 11 that was to proceed to Bergen. (4)

12 Feb 1940
During the night of 11/12 February 1940 HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) lost contact with convoy ON 11. Narwhal then returned to Rosyth where she arrived later this day ending her 4th war patrol. (4)

17 Feb 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) joined convoy ON 14 off Methil. The convoy was to proceed to Bergen, Norway where it arrived with some delay on the 22th.

The convoy put into Kirkwall on the 19th as German surface ships had been spotted in the North Sea. The convoy departed again on the 20th.

At Bergen convoy HN 14 was then formed. This convoy was then escorted to Methil where it arrived on the 26th.

This was Narwhal's 5th war patrol. As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of this patrol. (4)

26 Feb 1940
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth. (4)


Submarine HMS Triad (N 53)


28 Feb 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is docked in a floating dock at Rosyth. (5)

2 Mar 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is undocked. (3)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea and Skagerrak.

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

(6)

25 Mar 1940
The German merchant ship Ostpreussen (3014 GRT, built 1920) is observed aground off Hirtshalls. She is in Danish territorial waters and cannot be attacked. (6)

27 Mar 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Rosyth. (6)

8 Apr 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak.

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

(6)

11 Apr 1940 (position 58.30, 10.35)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German troop transport Ionia (3102 GRT, built 1922) in the Skagerrak south of the Oslofjord, Norway in position 58°30'N, 10°35'E. The damaged ship sank the next day after salvage attempts had failed.

0630 hours - Commenced attack on 4000 tons merchant vessel in position 58°55'N, 10°32'E. Two torpedoes were fired, the second torpedo hit the target. She sank at 0705 hours after an attempt to take her in tow fails.

Triad was hunted by A/S trawlers during the whole day. (6)

13 Apr 1940 (position 58.52, 10.20)
At 1250 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is bombed by an aircraft while submerged at 50 feet. The sea is glassy calm but the submarine escapes damage (position is near 58°52'N, 10°20'E). (6)

14 Apr 1940 (position 58.49, 10.45)
While patrolling off the Oslo Fjord, an area that was heavily patrolled by German A/S vessels and aircraft, HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) attacks a convoy of two merchant vessels escorted by a destroyer.

Later Triad attacked a destroyer with torpedoes. Both attacks however failed to produce hits on the targets.

The first attack was most likely on Urundi (5791 GRT, built 1920) and Utlandshörn (2642 GRT, built 1928) escorted by 6 auxiliary minesweepers from the 11th M-Flotilla.

The destroyers sighted (and attacked) were most likely the torpedo boats Jaguar and Falke.

1748 hours - In position 58°49'N, 10°45'E fired two torpedoes against two merchant vessels escorted by a destroyer. Range was very long, 12000 yards. No hits were obtained.

2130 hours - Surfaced.

2204 hours - Sighted a destroyer in position 58°44'N, 10°19'E. Fired two torpedoes. Range was 2 nautical miles. No hits were obtained.

2205 hours - Dived. Another ship, possibly a cruiser passed overhead. (6)

15 Apr 1940 (position 58.43, 9.50)
While charging the batteries on the surface HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is detected by an enemy surface vessel. Triad dived and was depth charged.

2312 hours - In position 58°43'N, 09°50'E two flares were fired into the air about one nautical mile away. Triad dived and was subsequently depth charged. Eight charges were dropped, all were fairly close.

0047 hours (16th) - Surfaced.

These events had most likely something to do with the sinking of the German gunnery training ship Brummer that was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Sterlet around that time. Brummer was escorted by the Torpedo boats Falke, Jaguar and the sloop F 5. (6)

19 Apr 1940 (position 58.18, 10.49)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) fires four torpedoes against a German convoy in the Skagerrak south of the Oslofjord in position 58°18'N, 10°49'E. All torpedoes fired however missed their target.

0445 hours - Sighted ' what was thought to be the German depot ship Tsingtao escorted by four A/S trawlers. Started attack.

0459 hours - In position 58°18'N, 10°49'E fired four torpedoes from 9000 yards. All missed.

The targets were actually M 581/Nautilus escorting Moltekefels (7862 GRT, built 1940), Hanau (5892 GRT, built 1921) and Porto Alegre (6105 GRT, built 1936) that were returning to Germany. (6)

20 Apr 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) attacked a German convoy with six torpedoes. One or two hits were claimed.

0930 hours - Sighted a convoy of three ships escorted by four destroyers and one MTB.

1008 hours - Near position 58°14'N, 10°50'E fired six torpedoes from 2700 yards. Triad went deep upon firing. One or two hits were claimed.

1020 hours - Depth charging started. They were quite close causing some minor damage. Triad retired to the South at slow speed. HE slowly faded away.

Triad had now expanded all torpedoes.

According to German sources this convoy was made up of Togo (5042 GRT, built 1938), Pionier (3264 GRT, built 1934) and Ahrensburg (2988 GRT, built 1939). They were escorted by the torpedo-boats Jaguar, Falke, escort vessels F-5, F-8 and five R-boats. No torpedo hits were obtained. (6)

23 Apr 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Rosyth. (6)

6 May 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea to the North-West of the Dutch coast.

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

(6)

9 May 1940 (position 53.22, 3.36)
At 0047 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) sighted a submarine on the surface in position 53°22'N, 03°36'E. This was thought to be the French submarine Calypso (Lieutenant de Vaisseau (= Lt.) J.M. Petit).

In fact it was German U-boat U-7 that also reported sighting a submarine at 0145 hours (zone +1 = German time) in position 53?21N, 03?45'E. (6)

15 May 1940 (position 54.36, 4.00)
At 1200 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) stops the Danish fishing trawler Siscator (33 GRT) in position 54°36'N, 04°00'E. (The Danish Siscator was fishing from the Dutch port of IJmuiden). After inspection she was allowed to proceed. (6)

18 May 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Rosyth. (6)

29 May 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea to the North-West of the Dutch coast.

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

(6)

12 Jun 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Rosyth. (6)

15 Jun 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is docked in a floating dock at Rosyth. (7)

19 Jun 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is undocked. (7)

25 Jun 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (7)

27 Jun 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Norway, near Trondheim.

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

(6)

28 Jun 1940 (position 57.24, 0.36)
At 0855 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is bombed by a biplane believed to have been a German Heinkel 59 in position 57°24'N, 00°36'E. Triad escapes without damage. (6)

3 Jul 1940 (position 64.53, 7.59)
At 2330 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is bombed by a flying boat as she is charging her batteries near position near 64°53'N, 07°59'E. Triad suffers no damage. (6)

7 Jul 1940 (position 65.15, 8.32)
At 1930 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) is bombed by a seaplane near position 65°15'N, 08°32'E and sustains slight damage to the CO2 cooling system, lamps and telephones. (6)

9 Jul 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) makes a torpedo attack on a so far unidentified vessel. The vessel had Swedish markings on her side but might have been a German Q-ship.

0525 hours - In position 65°29'N, 07°03'E fired two torpedoes against a vessel with Swedish markings on her side. The target was about the size of a large trawler. Range was 1000 yards. Both torpedoes were set to 4 feet and due to the heavy swell they may have been affected. (6)

13 Jul 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Rosyth. (6)

27 Jul 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Norway, near Bergen.

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

(6)

3 Aug 1940 (position 58.33, 1.23)
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) attacks the German U-Boat U-46 with gunfire. U-46 dived before hits were obtained.

2218 hours - Dived near position 58°33'N, 01°23'E. Almost at once picked up loud diesel HE. Shortly afterwards sighted a type 7 U-boat 1000 yards away.

2230 hours - Surfaced for gun action. Fired three rounds at a range of 3500 yards before the U-boat dived. The last shot was seen to fall close to the U-boat.

2235 hours - Dived and manoeuvred to attack with torpedoed or to ram. Contact was however soon lost. (6)

4 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Rosyth. (6)

8 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) proceeds from Rosyth to Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR).

9 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN) is docked in the eastern graving dock at Dundee for a short refit before she is to proceed to the Mediterranean. (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15791
  2. ADM 173/15792
  3. ADM 199/373
  4. ADM 199/1827
  5. ADM 173/16612
  6. ADM 199/1847
  7. ADM 173/16615
  8. ADM 173/16617

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


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