Marcel Ivan Usher, RN

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Ranks

1 Sep 1940 S.Lt.
16 Oct 1941 Lt.
16 Oct 1949 Lt.Cdr.

Retired: 15 Oct 1964


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Marcel Ivan Usher, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS L 27 (N 27)Lt.Submarine23 Aug 1943
HMS Sea Nymph (P 223)Lt.Submarine15 Apr 1944Nov 1945

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Submarine HMS Sea Nymph (P 223)


15 Apr 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, M.B.E., RN) arrived at New London. (1)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed New London for Philadelphia. (1)

19 Apr 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Philadelphia to begin her refit. (1)

16 Sep 1944
With her refit completed HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London. (2)

17 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at New London to begin a period of trials and training. (2)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off New London, Connecticut, U.S.A. (3)

21 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off New London, Connecticut, U.S.A. (3)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off New London, Connecticut, U.S.A. (3)

25 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off New London, Connecticut, U.S.A. (3)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed New London for St. John's, Canada. She was escorted by HMCS Edmundston (T/Lt. J. Lecky, RCNVR). (1)

4 Oct 1944
After some delay by heavy weather HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at St. John's, Canada. (1)

10 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed St. John's for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. B. James, RNVR). (1)

18 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Holy Loch where she started a training period. (1)

6 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted noise trials at Loch Goil. (4)

10 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar (Loch Long). These were followed by exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

13 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted D/G trials off Helensburgh. (4)

14 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted radar trials off Campbeltown. She put into Campbeltown on completion. (4)

15 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted radar exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

16 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted S.T.U. (mine detection) trials at Largs Bay. She proceeded to Holy Loch on completion. (4)

18 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises. (4)

19 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (4)

21 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a COPP party. (4)

23 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a COPP party. (4)

25 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. (4)

26 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. Upon completion of these night exercises HMS Sea Nymph proceeded to Holy Loch. (5)

29 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the targets. (4)

30 Nov 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which and HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. Upon completion of these night exercises HMS Sea Nymph proceeded to Holy Loch. (4)

1 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (5)

2 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) shifted from the Clyde area to Larne. (5)

4 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Affleck (Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Bentley (Lt. F.L. Boyer, RN) and HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (5)

6 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with ships from the 21st Escort Group. (5)

7 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises off Larne. (5)

8 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

10 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (5)

11 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

12 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with aircraft. (5)

15 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Larne. (5)

16 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

18 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted exercises off Larne. (5)

19 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) shifted from Larne to Holy Loch. (5)

21 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. (5)

22 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted bombardment exercises off Arran. (5)

23 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. Upon completion of these night exercises HMS Sea Nymph proceeded to Holy Loch. (5)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed the Clyde for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (6)

6 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea on an anti-uboat patrol.

No positions are noted in the ships log so no map can be displayed. (1)

17 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR).

Early the next morning, off Scapa Flow, she was joined by HMS Unsparing. HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) then took over the escort. (6)

26 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. She soon went to Eldersly to have a new battery installed. (6)

24 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) returned to Holy Loch.

[no logs are available for HMS Sea Nymph after February 1945.] (7)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed the Clyde for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of her passage to the Far East. She made the passage to Gibraltar in convoy OS 116 / KMS 90.

No logs are available so no map of the passage to the far east can be displayed. (8)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (9)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (9)

27 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

2 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Malta for Port Said. (9)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Port Said. (9)

8 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Suez. (9)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (9)

14 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Aden. She is having problems with her battery. (9)

26 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Aden to return to Port Said where a new battery will be installed. It had been decided to sent Sea Nymph back to Port Said due to congestion at the Colombo shipyards. (9)

1 May 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Suez. (9)

2 May 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said. (9)

16 May 1945
With a new battery installed HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Port Said, transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Suez. (9)

17 May 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (9)

22 May 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed later the same day for Trincomalee. (9)

2 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (9)

12 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Trincomalee for passage to Subic Bay where she was to join the 8th Submarine Flotilla. (9)

28 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) arrived at Subic Bay. (10)

13 Jul 1945
While alongside HMS Maidstone (Capt. L.M. Shadwell, RN, also Capt. S 8), HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) suffered a fire. The next day damage was inpected and although less then expected it was beyond the repair facilities in the Far East and she should be sent home for repairs. (10)

31 Jul 1945
After temporary repairs HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Subic Bay to return to the U.K.

Passage was taken through Leyte, Manus, Darwin, Trincomalee, Suez, Port Said, Gibraltar, Portsmouth to Harwich where she arrived on 30 October.

In the end HMS Sea Nymph was not repaired but paid off into reserve. (10)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1840
  2. ADM 199/1912
  3. War diary Sub. base New London / Sep. 1944
  4. ADM 173/18667
  5. ADM 173/18668
  6. ADM 173/19605
  7. ADM 173/19606
  8. ADM 199/1913
  9. ADM 199/2570
  10. ADM 199/1919

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


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