Robert Malcolm Galloway, RN

Born   1913London
Died  20 Jul 1941(28)HMS Union


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Ranks

16 May 1932 S.Lt.
16 Jul 1934 Lt.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Robert Malcolm Galloway, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS L 23 (N 23)Lt.Submarine14 Jul 194026 Aug 1940
HMS Union (N 56)Lt.Submarine3 Jan 194120 Jul 1941 (+)

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS L 23 (N 23)


16 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 23 (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HrMs Z 8 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN). (1)

17 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 23 (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow for A/S training.

[As no log is available for this period no details can be given.] (2)

12 Aug 1940
HMS L 23 (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by HrMs Z 6 (Lt.Cdr. A.C. Lunbeck, RNN). (3)

13 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 23 (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) arrived at Dundee. (2)

25 Aug 1940
HMS L 23 (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. (2)

26 Aug 1940
HMS L 23 (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow for A/S training.

[As no log is available for this period no details can be given.] (2)


Submarine HMS Union (N 56)


21 Feb 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. (4)

22 Feb 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (4)

24 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) conducted independent exercises in lower Loch Long. (4)

25 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) conducted independent exercises in lower Loch Long. (4)

26 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) conducted independent exercises in lower Loch Long. (4)

27 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) conducted speed trials in lower Loch Long. These were followed by independent exercises. (4)

28 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) conducted independent exercises in lower Loch Long. (4)

17 Mar 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth. She made the passage through the Irish Sea together with HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN). They were escorted during the passage South by FFS La Moqueuse. (5)

20 Mar 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) is ordered to take up a patrol position in the Bay of Biscay. The passage to Portsmouth now became her 1st war patrol.

As no log is available for March 1941 no map can be displayed. (5)

1 Apr 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Portsmouth. (6)

10 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (7)

13 Apr 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. Union is to proceed to Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla that is based there.

For the daily positions of HMS Union during this passage see the map below.

(7)

22 Apr 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (7)

26 Apr 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Union during this passage see the map below.

(7)

4 May 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) arrived at Malta. (8)

21 May 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Malta for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol North of Lampedusa Island.

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

(9)

25 May 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) was ordered to a new patrol position on the convoy route between Messina and Tripoli. (9)

2 Jun 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

15 Jun 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Malta for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol South of Pantelleria Island.

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

(9)

22 Jun 1941 (position 36.09, 11.58)
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Pietro Querini (1004 GRT, built 1906) about 30 nautical miles South of Pantelleria Island in position 36°09'N, 11°58'E.

The other ships in company with Pietro Querini were the salvage vessel Rostro (333 GRT, built 1917) and Fieramosca.

(All times are zone -2)
1400 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 013°. Lt. Galloway closes.

1425 hours - Sighted a convoy of one trawler, one schooner and one merchant of about 2800 tons. Closed to attack.

1507 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 1200 yards. The second torpedo was a hit.

1525 hours - The first depth charge was dropped.

1543 hours - Returned to periscope depth and observed the trawler and schooner coming directly towards Union so went to 70 feet. Depth charges were dropped but these did no damage. While at periscope depth the merchant was observed to be sinking.

1625 hours - Returned to periscope depth but found nothing in sight. (9)

27 Jun 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

28 Jun 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol South of Cape Spartivento.

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

(9)

3 Jul 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) ended her 4h war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (9)

14 Jul 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Pantelleria Island. (10)

20 Jul 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) was sunk by the Italian torpedo boat Circe during an attack on the damaged German merchant vessel Menes (5609 GRT, built 1926).

Menes was in tow of the Italian tug Ciclope and and the German tug Max Berendt and had departed Tripoli on the 17th.

Menes had been torpedoed and damaged by HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) on 21 February 1941.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/373
  2. ADM 199/2560
  3. ADM 173/373
  4. ADM 173/17114
  5. ADM 199/400
  6. ADM 199/1821
  7. ADM 173/17115
  8. ADM 173/17116
  9. ADM 199/1154
  10. ADM 199/1115

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


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