Frederick Danford Gordon Challis DSC, RN

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Ranks

16 Sep 1937 S.Lt.
23 May 1938 Lt.
16 Apr 1946 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1951 Cdr.
30 Jun 1958 Capt.

Decorations

28 Jun 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
25 Nov 1941 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Frederick Danford Gordon Challis, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 43 (N 43)Lt.Submarine7 Mar 1942May 1942
HMS H 34 (N 34)Lt.Submarine13 May 194211 Jun 1942
HMS Seawolf (N 47)Lt.SubmarineJul 1942Aug 1943
HMS Voracious (P 78)Lt.Submarine15 Jan 194414 May 1945

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS H 43 (N 43)


9 Mar 1942
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.E. Faber, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN). (1)

10 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (1)

15 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) served as target for attack exercises in the Clyde area by HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN). (1)

16 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) served as target for attack exercises in the Clyde area by HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN). (1)

18 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Ardrossan where she was immediately docked. (1)

22 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) is undocked at Ardrossan. She immediately returned to Rothesay. (1)

25 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown where she participated in A/S exercises. (1)

26 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

27 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

28 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

29 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

30 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

31 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (1)

1 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

2 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

3 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

5 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

6 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

7 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

8 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

9 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

10 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

12 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

13 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

14 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

15 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

16 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

17 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

19 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

20 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR). (2)

21 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN), HMCS Fennel (T/Lt. J.M. Gillison, RCNR), HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, RNR), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. J.C. Littler, RCNR) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RNR). (2)

22 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hartland (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Billot, RNR), HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, RNR), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RNR), HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. S.G. Rivers-Smith, RN). (2)

23 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Benson, HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR), HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and FFS Aconit. (2)

26 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Buxton (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Moens, RN), HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chavasse, RN) and aircraft. (2)

27 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Harvester (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises she set course for Rothesay escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (2)

28 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (2)

29 Apr 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) which was to proceed to Gibraltar. The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (3)

4 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (4)

7 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Sheerness. She made the passage in convoy. (4)

8 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Sheerness Roads. (4)

9 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) proceeded to the Sheerness Dockyard where she was taken in hand for refit. (4)


Submarine HMS H 34 (N 34)


20 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. (5)

21 May 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (5)

22 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (5)

23 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Jasper (T/Lt. W.T. Hodson, RNVR). (5)

24 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (5)

29 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 29/30 May 1942, HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN), conducted exercises off Plymouth with aircraft. These included night exercises. (6)

31 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (5)

3 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (7)

6 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (7)

7 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (7)

8 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (7)

9 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (7)

10 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (7)

11 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (7)


Submarine HMS Seawolf (N 47)


31 Jul 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for St. John's, Newfoundland. Seawolf was to proceed to the U.S.A. where she was to refit at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Seawolf was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) until position 57°25'N, 10°00'W.

[As there is are no logs available for July 1942 onwards no map for this passage can be displayed.] (3)

10 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland. (8)

13 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed St. John's, Newfoundland for Halifax, Canada. (8)

15 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax, Canada. (8)

19 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Halifax, Canada for Philadelphia, U.S.A. (8)

22 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to refit. (8)

9 Dec 1942
Having completed her refit, HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN), departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut. (8)

10 Dec 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (8)

28 Dec 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut for Halifax, Canada. (8)

30 Dec 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax, Canada. (8)

3 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Halifax, Canada for St.John's, Newfoundland. She was escorted by HMS Granby (T/Lt. J.R. Biggs, RCNR).

6 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at St.John's, Newfoundland.

Seawolf was originally to return to the U.K. but due to a shortage of submarines in Canadian waters for A/S training it was decided to retain Seawolf there until further orders.

15 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed St.John's, Newfoundland to return to Halifax.

17 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax for A/S training duties.

Not much details about her operations in Canadian waters are currently known to us as there are no logs available for HMS Seawolf after June 1942.


Submarine HMS Voracious (P 78)


15 Sep 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2110 5 nautical miles north of Skopelos Island, Greece. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

17 Sep 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against ' what is identified as 'a merchant in the Skopelos Channel, Greece. All four torpedoes fired missed their target.

10 Feb 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) was put on the slipway at Fremantle. (9)

11 Feb 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) was put back in the water. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17247
  2. ADM 173/17248
  3. ADM 199/424
  4. ADM 173/17249
  5. ADM 173/17237
  6. ADM 173/17235
  7. ADM 173/17238
  8. ADM 199/2570
  9. ADM 199/1919

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


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