Patrick Lainson Field, RN

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Died  16 Dec 1941Killed in a plane crash


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Ranks

1 Nov 1931 S.Lt.
1 Jan 1934 Lt.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Patrick Lainson Field, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS L 26 (N 26)Lt.Submarine11 Mar 1940Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (N 47)Lt.Submarine18 Aug 19409 Oct 1941

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Submarine HMS L 26 (N 26)


10 May 1940
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS L 26 during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

18 May 1940
At 0450 hours, in position 52°23'N, 03°05'E, HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), found an open boat containing one women and eight men. They came from IJmuiden, the Netherlands and were taken on board.

HMS L 26 ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich later the same day. (1)

22 May 1940
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Harwich for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea.

[As there is no log available for this period and the patrol report does not give daily positions, no map can be displayed.] (2)

31 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Harwich. (2)

1 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Harwich to Sheerness. (2)

2 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) is docked at the Sheerness Dockyard for repairs.

[The date of undocking is currently not known to us.] (2)

18 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Sheerness for Dundee. She made the passage in a convoy. (3)

20 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

27 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt.Cdr. W. van Lier, RNN) arrive Dundee. (2)

28 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S training exercises.

[As there are no logs available for this period, no further details can be given.] (2)


Submarine HMS Seawolf (N 47)


24 Aug 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. These included A/S exercises with HMS Woolston (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) and HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN). Also a practice attack was made on HMS Fleetwood. (4)

28 Aug 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Rosyth for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway.

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

(5)

14 Sep 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

16 Sep 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (6)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was undocked. (7)

4 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. These included A/S exercises with HMS Vimiera (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN), HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN) and HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. T.A.O. Ellis, RD, RNR). (7)

6 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. These included A/S exercises with HMS Fame (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN). (7)

11 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Rosyth for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Fro Havet, Norway.

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

(5)

20 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was ordered to patrol off Bergen, Norway. (5)

26 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

6 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Rosyth for Methill. (8)

7 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Methill for passage to Portsmouth.

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

(8)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Campbeltown. (8)

12 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Campbeltown for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Troubadour (Cdr.(ret) D.H. Milward, DSC, RNR). (8)

15 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (8)

20 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Cherbourg, France.

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

(5)

29 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

16 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (9)

17 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. (9)

20 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dartmouth for Portsmouth. (9)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (9)

30 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth. (9)

31 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. (9)

1 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dartmouth for Blyth.

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

(10)

4 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) made a short stop at Rothesay. She departed for Blyth later the same day. (10)

7 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Blyth. (10)

10 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Blyth to Newcastle where she was to refit at the Swan Hunter shipyard. (10)

27 Mar 1941
With her refit completed, HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), shifted from Newcastle to Blyth. (11)

30 Mar 1941 (position 56.02, -2.20)
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Blyth to Dundee. At 1435 hours Seawolf was attacked by a German aircraft in position in position 56°02'N, 02°20'W. Seawolf dived to escape. (11)

5 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted mine laying trials off Dundee. (12)

7 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee. (12)

9 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN). (12)

10 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (12)

2 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, RNR). (13)

3 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Blyth. (13)

11 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Blyth for Portsmouth.

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

(13)

13 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (13)

16 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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

(5)

25 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was ordered to take up a patrol position off Brest, France to intercept the German battleship Bismarck making for this French port. (5)

27 May 1941
After the German battleship Bismarck had been sunk, HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), was ordered to return to Portsmouth. (5)

2 Jun 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

14 Jun 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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

(5)

2 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) made a short stop at Falmouth before proceeding to Dartmouth where she arrived later the same day. (5)

3 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Portsmouth ending her 18th war patrol. (5)

17 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (14)

21 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 19th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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

(5)

30 Jul 1941 (position 46.41, -3.32)
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) attacked the German submarine U-562 with six torpedoes about 60 nautical miles south-west of Saint-Nazaire, France in position 46°41'N, 03°32'W. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0923 hours - In position 46°41'N, 03°32'W the officer of the watch sighted a German U-boat bearing 315°, range 1 nautical mile. Started attack.

0929 hours - Fired six torpedoes from 2500 yards. No hits were obtained. The Germans were able to evade two of the torpedoes. (5)

8 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 19th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

10 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (15)

18 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was undocked. (15)

21 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (15)

22 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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

(5)

5 Sep 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

11 Sep 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (16)

22 Sep 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

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

(5)

29 Sep 1941
At 1627 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), sighted a German submarine in position 46°52'N, 03°11'W. Enemy course was 220°, speed 14 knots. By the time the tubes were brought to the ready the range was 6000 yards. No torpedoes were therefore fired.

The submarine sighted was most likely U-71 that had departed Saint-Nazaire earlier the same day. (5)

7 Oct 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1830
  2. ADM 199/373
  3. ADM 199/2560
  4. ADM 173/16526
  5. ADM 199/1836
  6. ADM 173/16527
  7. ADM 173/16528
  8. ADM 173/16529
  9. ADM 173/16530
  10. ADM 173/16966
  11. ADM 173/16968
  12. ADM 173/16969
  13. ADM 173/16970
  14. ADM 173/16972
  15. ADM 173/16973
  16. ADM 173/16974

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


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