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This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.

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Laid down (40)

1918: US Navy Submarine S-21 (126)

1925: Brazilian Navy Submarine Humaita (H)

1926: French Navy Destroyer Bordelais

1940: Royal Navy MS Trawler Mull (T 110) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Rysa (T 164) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Shapinsay (T 176)

1941: Royal Indian Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 279 (MTB 279) - Royal Indian Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 280 (MTB 280) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 279 (MTB 279) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 280 (MTB 280) - Royal Navy Submarine Unruly (P 49) - Royal Dutch Navy Submarine Dolfijn (P 47) - US Navy Destroyer Bache (DD 470) - US Navy Minesweeper Force (AM 99) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-664 (SC-664)

1942: Royal Australian Navy Minesweeper Strahan (J 363) - Royal Canadian Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-271 (LCI(L)-271) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-271 (LCI(L)-271) - Royal Navy Frigate Shiel (K 305) - Royal Navy Minesweeper Skipjack (ii) (J 300) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-271 (LCI(L)-271) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 24 (LST 24) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 189 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1067 (SC-1067)

1943: Royal Navy MS Trawler Hascosay (T 390) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 1034 (LCT 1034) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Carter (DE 112) - US Navy Minesweeper Dipper (AM 357) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-728 (LCI(L)-728) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 601 (LCT 601) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 624 (LCT 624) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 625 (LCT 625) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 934 (LCT 934) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 935 (LCT 935) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1560 (PC-1560) - US Navy Frigate Pueblo (PF-13)

1944: US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-125 (LCS(L)-125) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 308 (LSM 308) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 309 (LSM 309) - US Navy Tank landing ship LST 905 (LST 905)

Launched (38)

1918: Royal Navy Light cruiser Cairo (D 87) - Royal Navy Light cruiser Dunedin (D 93) - Royal Navy Submarine H 32 (N 32) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Milford Countess (FY 564)

1921: US Navy Battleship West Virginia (BB 48)

1926: Royal Hellenic Navy Submarine Papanikolis (Y 2)

1929: Royal Navy ASW Trawler Tekoura (FY 247)

1941: Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 64 (J 564) - Royal Navy MS Trawler Stroma (T 150) - US Navy Minesweeper Assertive (AMc-65) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-473 (PC-473)

1942: Brazilian Navy Patrol craft Gurupá (G 4) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-175 (LCI(L)-175) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-176 (LCI(L)-176) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-175 (LCI(L)-175) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-176 (LCI(L)-176) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 352 (LCT 352) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-1128 (PC-1128) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-605 (PC-605) - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 162 - US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 93 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1008 (SC-1008) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1045 (SC-1045) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-201 (YMS-201)

1943: Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-505 (LCI(L)-505) - US Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-505 (LCI(L)-505) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 573 (LCT 573) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 598 (LCT 598) - US Navy Destroyer Stoddard (DD 566)

1944: US Navy Destroyer tender Arcadia (AD 23) - US Navy Submarine Catfish (339) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-84 (LCS(L)-84) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-85 (LCS(L)-85) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 300 (LSM 300) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 301 (LSM 301) - US Navy Patrol craft PGM-28 (PGM-28)

1945: Royal Navy Landing Craft Tank LCT 4025 (LCT 4025) - US Navy Destroyer Bausell (DD 845)

Commissioned (43)

1913: French Navy Battleship Courbet

1919: US Navy Fleet tug Kalmia (AT 23)

1936: Royal Navy Sloop Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47) - US Navy Submarine Perch (i) (176) - US Navy Submarine Plunger (179) - Soviet Navy Submarine ShCh-133

1940: Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Collingwood (K 180) - Royal Navy Corvette Freesia (K 43) - Royal Navy Corvette Hollyhock (K 64) - Royal Navy Motor Launch ML 138 (ML 138) - Royal Navy Motor minesweeper MMS 1 (J 501) - Royal Navy Rescue Tug Prudent (W 73)

1942: Royal Canadian Navy Motor Launch ML 090 (ML 090) - Royal Canadian Navy Motor Launch ML 094 (ML 094) - Royal Navy Minesweeper BYMS 2043 (J 843) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-170 (LCI(L)-170) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-241 (LCI(L)-241) - Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat MGB 646 (MGB 646) - US Navy Seaplane tender Chandeleur (AV 10) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 247 (LCT 247) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 254 (LCT 254) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 255 (LCT 255) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 318 (LCT 318) - US Navy Landing craft tank LCT 352 (LCT 352) - US Navy Minesweeper Nuthatch (AM 60) - US Navy Patrol craft PC-558 (PC-558) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1041 (SC-1041) - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-977 (SC-977)

1943: Royal Navy MS Trawler Gillstone (T 355) - Royal Navy Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-385 (LCI(L)-385) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 367 (MTB 367) - Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 375 (MTB 375) - Royal Navy Escort Carrier Thane (D 83) - US Navy Destroyer McDermut (DD 677) - US Navy Destroyer Mertz (DD 691) - US Navy Destroyer Wadleigh (DD 689) - US Navy Destroyer Escort Whitehurst (DE 634) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-322 (YMS-322) - US Navy Minesweeper YMS-395 (YMS-395)

1944: Royal Navy Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1478 (ML 1478) - US Navy Landing craft support LCS(L)-117 (LCS(L)-117) - US Navy Medium landing ship LSM 108 (LSM 108)

1945: Royal Navy Destroyer Charity (R 29)

Legend:

Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).

Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.

Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.

War Losses on 19 November (8)


1940: Royal Navy MS Trawler Fontenoy - Royal Dutch Navy Submarine O 22 (P 22)

1941: Royal Australian Navy Light cruiser Sydney (D 48)

1942: Royal Navy ASW Whaler Ullswater (FY 252)

1943: US Navy Motor torpedo boat PT 147 - US Navy Submarine chaser SC-1067 (SC-1067) - US Navy Submarine Sculpin (191)

1946: Royal Dutch Navy Motor minesweeper Walcheren (FY 1022)

More information on Allied Warships losses.


General Events on 19 November


1939

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Effingham: HMS Effingham (Capt. J.M. Howson, RN) departed Halifax for Bermuda. [No log is available for November 1939 so no map can be displayed.]

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Gloucester: HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) made a short call at Trincomalee to refuel. She departed again to resume her patrol later the same day.

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Tandjung Pinang, Bintan Island (Pulau Bintan) for Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka).

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) departed Willemstad, Curacao for Aruba.

Royal Navy Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Scotstoun: HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN) captures the German merchant Eilbeck (2185 GRT) north-west of Ireland in position 58°45'N, 14°10'W.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. G.C. Phillips, RN) was docked again at Rosyth.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Narwhal: Convoy OA 36 was dispersed. HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) now proceeded to Halifax.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: Lt. Keith-Roach, RN, the first lieutenant took over command of HMS H 34 temporary as Lt.Cdr. Simons was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Echo: The British merchant Pensilva that was torpedoed and sunk northwest of Cape Ortegal in position 46°51'N, 11°36'W by German U-boat U-49. HMS Echo (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, RAN) later picks up the survivors.

1940

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) ended her 4th war patrol at Dundee.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) and HMS Terje 1 (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HrMs Z 8 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) is ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. F.J. Brooks, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Upon completion of the patrol she was to proceed to Malta. Only a French convoy was sighted. For the daily positions of HMS Upright during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) returned to Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Heather (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, RN) and HMS Rumba (T/Lt. N.E. Hendy, RNVR).

Royal Navy Light cruiser HMS Bonaventure: HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

1941

Royal Navy Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter: HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) arrived at Calcutta from Trincomalee.

Royal Dutch Navy Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Batavia for fuel and stores.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) arrived at Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rothesay.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: Between 0051 and 0105 hours (zone -1), HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) laid 21 mines in three groups of 5 and one group of 6 within a circle of one mile radius from position 45°56'5"N, 01°47'5"W. Flooders were set for 23 December 1941. Shortly afterwards two torpedoes were seen approaching. These could be evaded. As no enemy submarine was in the area the 'torpedoes' sighted were most likely porpoises.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Greece. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trusty during this patrol see the map below.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dundee. The patrol had been hampered by heavy seas and nothing of interest was sighted.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) noise trials in the Clyde area.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR L-3: The German merchant Henny (764 GRT) is sunk off Memel in position 55°45'N, 21°00'E when she hits a mine laid by the Soviet submarine L-3 on 27 June 1941.

Polish Navy Submarine ORP Sokol: At 0830 hours (zone -2), ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki), ran into the net defence of Navarino Bay while attempting to enter the bay to attack enemy ships inside it. She managed to break out of the net defence and retired to seaward having sustained some minor damage.

1942

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) fires a torpedo against the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39 / Fertilia (223 GRT) off the Libyan coast. The torpedo missed its target.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Giulio Giordani (10534 GRT, built 1939) about 45 nautical miles north-east of Misurata, Libya in position 32°58'N, 15°38'E. Giulio Giordani had been torpedoed and damaged two days before by British aircraft and was abandoned. She had departed Taranto for Tripoli on the 15th and was escorted by the Italian destroyers Bersagliere and Granatiere. 17 November 1942 2140 hours - Sighted aircraft flares to the eastward. Altered course to 090° and increased speed. 2150 hours - Altered course to 105°. Flares now appeared much closer and now appeared right ahead of Porpoise. Just before 2200 hours a large explosion was seen and another one followed a few minutes later. Continued to close at speed. 18 November 1942 0210 hours - Sighted a burning ship ahead. 0225 hours - Identified the target as a large modern tanker that was on fire from stem to stern and was listing about 15° to port. There appeared to be an enormous gash in the hull, port side amidships. No escorts were seen in the area. The tanker was in a bad shape and it was thought the Italians would have to finish her off as she appeared beyond salvage. 0235 hours - Set course to return to our patrol area. 19 November 1942 0323 hours - Sighted a flickering light on the port bow. Altered course to 360° to get to the seaward of it. 0413 hours - Altered course to 030° and a few minutes later to 070°. At about this time it was discovered that the light was a small fire. 0500 hours - Sighted a large ship with a small fire burning aft. Closed at full speed. The ship was soon identified as the same tanker seen the previous night. She was floating upright. no trace could be seen of the rent in the port side. The tanker appeared to be 6 feet down by the bow. Decided to finish her off. 0546 hours - Fired one torpedo at the tanker. The torpedo hit forward of the bridge and started a large fire. After about 5 minutes th whole ship burst into one huge conflagration. 0608 hours - Dived in position 32°43'N, 15°46'E. The tanker was seen to sink at 0624 hours.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS P 222: HMS P 222 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Gibraltar.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) conducted exercises of Blyth training a class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unison: HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) participated in exercises at / off Scapa Flow.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) proceeded from Tobermory to Oban.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Corvette HMS Jasmine: The British tanker Scottish Chief is torpedoed and sunk about 200 miles east-southeast of Durban, South Africa in position 30°39'S, 34°41'E by German U-boat U-177. HMS Jasmine (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.D.B. Coventry, RNR) later picks up 5 survivors and HMS Genista (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Pattinson, DSC, RNR) later pick up 7 survivors.

US Navy Submarine USS S-40: USS S-40 (Lt. F.M. Gambacorta) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Kehl, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR L-24: L-24 lays a minefield off Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria.

US Navy Submarine USS S-16: USS S-16 departed New London, Connecticut for the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a refit.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Graph: HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Graph: For the daily positions of HMS Graph during this patrol see the map below. HMS Graph 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map

1943

US Navy Battleship USS Iowa: Around 1100 hours, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) and her escort; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). In the afternoon USS Ellson, USS Rodman and USS Emmons were detached.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Gibraltar for Port Said. She made the passage in convoy KMS 32.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) was undocked.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. E.J. Powell, RNR) and HMS Burnet (Lt. D.S. Charles, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises O 9 departed Tobermory for Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR).

US Navy Submarine USS Nautilus: While supporting the US landings on Tarawa that were to commence the next day USS Nautilus (Cdr. William Davis Irvin, jr.) is damaged by friendly fire from the US light cruiser Santa Fe and the US destroyer Ringgold off Tarawa, Gilbert Islands in position 01°05'N, 173°03'E. Despite some damage to her conning tower Nautilus is able to remain on patrol.

US Navy Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS Harder: USS Harder (Cdr. S.D. Dealey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transports Hokko Maru (5385 GRT) and Udo Maru (3936 GRT) north-east of the Marianas in position 22°28'N, 147°22'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Batfish: USS Batfish (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Merrill, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) collided with a ship from a convoy. She and HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) put into Aberdeen. Passage was continued later the same day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sickle: HMS Sickle (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant (in German service) Giovanni Boccaccio (3160 GRT, built 1919) off Monemvasia, Greece. (All times are zone -3) 1550 hours - Rounded Cape Monemvasia. Sighted a medium-sized merchant vessel of about 3500 tons at anchor very close inshore in the South-West corner of the Bay. Two patrol vessels were at anchor a few cables away from the merchant vessel. Started attack. 1645 hours - The periscope was sighted by the merchant ship that opened fire with machine guns and a 3pdr gun. The sea was glassy calm. 1646 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 1200 yards. The first two torpedoes hit. The third was not heard to run. 1650 hours - The ship was seen to be over on its side and sinking. The two patrol vessels were closing at speed. Went deep. During the next hour Sickle was hunted but no depth charges were dropped. Most of the crew of Boccaccio survived, we have no information on casualties at this time.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spiteful: HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) arrived at Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Spirit: HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) was docked at Holy Loch.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with a training class of new submariners.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Kempenfelt (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Marjoribanks, RN) and HMS Halcyon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Martin, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) conducted / participated in exercises at / off Scapa Flow. These involved exercises with aircraft and HMS King George V (Capt. T.E. Halsey, DSO, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Truculent: HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She is to proceed to the Far East. For the daily positions of HMS Truculent during this passage see the map below. HMS Truculent passage Holy Loch - Trincomaleeclick here for bigger map

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tally-Ho: HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Colombo.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS Umbra was towed from Fishguard to Milford Haven. Both her main engines were damaged and could not be used. She arrived at Milford Haven the following day.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unseen: HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel with four torpedoes west-south-west of Toulon, France in position 43°03'N, 05°43'E. No hits were obtained. The target may have been Port de Bouc (1743 GRT, built 1916) which was in convoy with Linois (7473 GRT, built 1907) escorted by SG 11 and UJ 2210 on passage from Genoa to Marseille where they arrived later in the afternoon. The attack was apparently unobserved. (All times are zone -1) 1150 hours - In position 43°03'N, 05°43'E sighted masts and funnel of a ship bearing 080°, range 4 nautical miles. 1200 hours - Identified the target as a 2500 - 3000 tons merchant vessel escorted by a trawler and an UJ-boat. Started attack but visibility was bad. 1256 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 1800 yards. No hits were obtained and no counter attack followed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. J. Smallwood, RN).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel off Cape Ferrat, France with four torpedoes. No hits were obtained. This was the liner Cassino (Former French El-Djezair, 5790 GRT, built 1934) escorted by SG 15. Two torpedo tracks were observed by the Germans. (All times are zone -1) 0957 hours - Sighted smoke rounding Cape Ferrat bearing 067°. The weather was very bad, depth keeping being difficult. Rain, spray and fogging of the periscope made it impossible to get a good look. 1000 hours - Started attack on a merchant vessel bearing 072°. Enemy course was 224°, speed 12 knots. 1015 hours - Saw the enemy clearly now for the first time. She was a medium seized one funneled passenger liner escorted by an Italian type torpedo-boat stationed about 1000 yards on her port bow. Range was thought to be 5600 yards but ranging was very difficult due to the weather. 1020 hours - In position 43°26'N, 07°08'E fired four torpedoes from 5500 yards. All torpedoes are thought to have missed astern. No counter attack followed.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Unswerving: HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Primrose (T/Lt. R.F. Pembry, RNR) and HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, DSC, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Plymouth for Portsmouth. She made the passage in a convoy.

US Navy Submarine USS S-45: After an overhaul USS S-45 (Lt. R.H. Caldwell, Jr.) departed from San Diego, California bound for Dutch Harbour, Alaska.

US Navy Submarine USS R-2: USS R-2 (Lt. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. G.F. Sharp, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

US Navy Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Soviet Navy Submarine USSR M-119: M-119 torpedoed and sank the German patrol vessel Nerissa (992 GRT) off the Syltefjord.

Polish Navy Submarine ORP Sokol: ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) sank two sailing vessels and the German auxiliary submarine chaser Mowe (60 GRT) with gunfire north of Crete.

US Navy Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise: USS Enterprise supported US landing at Makin Island.

French Navy Submarine FR Amazone: Amazone conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1944

US Navy Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. N.J. Sampson) departed from Ulithi to join Task Group 38.4 for a carrier strike against Yap Island.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS K XI: From 19 to 21 November 1944, HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN), participated in A/S exercises off Varsova, near Bombay.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 23: During her refit by the Grangemouth Dockyard HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) is docked.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) arrive at Tobermory.

Royal Dutch Navy Submarine HNMS Zeehond: HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) arrive at Tobermory.

US Navy Submarine USS Halibut: USS Halibut (Cdr. I.J. Galantin) ended her 10th war patrol at Saipan. She later heads on to San Francisco where she arrived on 12 December 1944. On 16 February 1945 she left for Portsmouth on the US east coast where it was found that her damage was too expensive to justify repair.

US Navy Submarine USS Hake: USS Hake (Lt.Cdr. F.E. Haylor) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese light cruiser Isuzu (offsite link) about 55 nautical miles west of Corregidor, Philippines in position 14°22'N, 119°38'E.

US Navy Submarine USS Baya: With her repairs completed, USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN) departed from Fremantle to resume her 2nd war patrol.

US Navy Submarine USS Sea Devil: USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

US Navy Submarine USS Sea Owl: USS Sea Owl (Cdr. C.L. Bennett) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

US Navy Submarine USS Sennet: USS Sennet (Cdr. G.E. Porter, Jr., USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone from Solomons, Maryland.

US Navy Submarine USS Thornback: With her torpedo trials completed, USS Thornback (Cdr. E.P. Abrahamson, USN), arrived at New London Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Una: HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) participated A/S exercises off Tobermory.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sea Rover: HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) arrived at Darwin.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (Lt. C.R. Pelly, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Nichinan Maru (1945 GRT, built 1943) in the Malacca Strait in position 01°36'N, 102°53'E.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Scythian: HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a training period.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Shalimar: HMS Shalimar (A/Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) was docked at Trincomalee.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Sturdy (ii): HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Darwin for fuel, water and fresh provisions.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Supreme: HMS Supreme (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) tried to attack a small merchant vessel of Port Blair, the attack however had to be broken off. (All times are zone -6.5) 1345 hours - In position 11°39'N, 92°54'E sighted 2 aircraft to the North-East. Looked like something was about to show up. Started to close Port Blair harbour. 1455 hours - Sighted mast bearing 340°. This turned out to be a submarine chaser. 1505 hours - Sighted mast of a small merchant vessel steering 210°, close inshore. 3 Aircraft were now flying overhead. Two escorts were now seen. Range to the merchant vessel was 9000 yards. Started attack. 1507 hours - The Port escort had altered round to seaward. The 3 aircraft were circling overhead. 1510 hours - The escort came straight towards and Lt. Barlow thought Supreme had been detected. When the range was 2000 yards he went deep with the intention to return to periscope depth after he had passed. However depth control was lost due to an error in drill and it took several minutes before depth control was regained. By now the chance for a torpedo attack was gone and it had to be broken off.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thule: On board HMS Thule (A/Lt.Cdr. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, DSC, RN) the Chief Stoker had fallen ill with similar symptoms than the late stoker Acton (see 16 November). Lt. Mars now suspected a contagious or infectious disease, possibly cholera. A signal was made to base about the situation.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tantivy: HMS Tantivy (Lt. P.H. May, RN) conducted exercises off Fremantle.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) lays mines in the Strait of Malacca near position 03°20'N, 99°38'E. (All times are zone -6.5) 1810 hours - Surfaced and proceeded towards the intended position for the minefield. 1825 hours - Laid the 1st string of 4 mines 600 feet apart on a course of 195° from position 03°20'2"N, 99°38'2"E. 1905 hours - Laid the 2nd string of 4 mines 500 feet apart on a course of 275° from position 03°19'8"N, 99°38'E. 2006 hours - Laid the 3rd and last string of 4 mines 600 feet apart on a course of 220°from position 03°20'N, 99°37'8"E. 2010 hours - Completed the mine lay and withdrew to seaward.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS Untamed: HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. J.B. Newland, RNVR) and HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. D.O. Denton, RNVR).

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Royal Navy Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, RD, RNR) and HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN).

US Navy Submarine USS S-20: USS S-20 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.

US Navy Submarine USS S-14: USS S-14 departed New London, Connecticut for Casco Bay, Maine.

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