Eduard Herbert Vorster, RNN
|Born||21 Sep 1905||Ambon, Netherlands East Indies|
|Died||Jun 1940||(34)||HrMs O-13|
Warship Commands listed for Eduard Herbert Vorster, RNN
|HNMS O 13 (N 13)||luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)||Submarine||6 Oct 1939||25 Jun 1940|
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Submarine HNMS O 13 (N 13)
9 May 1940
HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) is ordered to leave base (Den Helder) and take up a patrol position of the Dutch coast. (1)
10 May 1940
HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) is ordered to proceed to the U.K. (1)
12 May 1940
Several Dutch ships that escaped from the Netherlands to the Downs proceed to Portsmouth. The ships involved are;
Unfinished light cruiser HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Lt.Cdr. A. van Foreest, RNN),
Minesweeper HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN),
Submarine HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) unfinished submarines HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) and HrMs O 22 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN).
All ships arrived safely in Portsmouth later the same day. (1)
29 May 1940
HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to pstrol in the English Channel. (2)
1 Jun 1940 (position 49.54, -0.46)
At 0100 hours HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) sighted 'what was thought to be' an enemy submarine in position 49°54'N, 00°46'W. This submarine was seen to fire two White Very lights. O 13 dived but did not attack. [No German submarine was operating in this area, if it was a submarine it was more likely an Allied one as several were operating in the English Channel, so far we have been unable to match one.]
Later the same day HrMs O 13 ended her 1st war patrol at Portsmouth. (2)
3 Jun 1940
The Dutch submarine HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). The British submarines HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A Woodward, RN) and HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) were also in company until Blyth. (3)
6 Jun 1940
HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) arrived at Dundee. (4)
11 Jun 1940
HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) conducted wireless trials off Dundee. (4)
12 Jun 1940
HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea near position 57°00'N, 05°50'E.
She was ordered to return to Dundee on 19 June 1940 where she was to arrive on 21 June. She failed to return to base.
- File 188.8.131.52 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1856
- ADM 199/373
- ADM 199/400
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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