Allied Warships

HMS Sea Devil (P 244)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 244 
ModThird Group 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Dec 1941 
Laid down5 May 1943 
Launched30 Jan 1945 
Commissioned12 May 1945 
End service4 Jun 1962 
History

Scrapped at Newhaven on 15 December 1965.

 

Commands listed for HMS Sea Devil (P 244)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Denis Woolnough Mills, DSC, RNDec 194425 Sep 1945
2Lt. Peter Dove Courtenay Bennett, RN25 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Sea Devil include:


The history of HMS Sea Devil as compiled on this page is extracted from the logbooks of this submarine

This page was last updated in February 2020.

28 Apr 1945
Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted D/G trials off Helensburgh followed by trials in the Clyde area. On completetion of these trials Sea Devil returned to her builders yard at Greenock. (1)

30 Apr 1945
Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area. On completion of these trials Sea Devil returned to her builders yard at Greenock. (1)

2 May 1945
Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area. On completion of these trials Sea Devil returned to her builders yard at Greenock. (1)

14 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) shifted from her builders yard at Greenock to Holy Loch. (1)

14 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard for Holy Loch where she arrived after only one hour. She was to start a program of trials and exercises on the Scottish West coast. (1)

16 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

17 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included night exercises. (1)

18 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

19 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

20 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (1)

21 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (1)

22 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (1)

23 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (1)

24 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials at the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (1)

25 May 1945
Havng completed her torpedo discharge trials, HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN), shifted from Arrochar to Holy Loch. (1)

28 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted D/F trials in the Clyde area. (1)

29 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (1)

31 May 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) served as the target. These attack exercises were followed by gunnery exercises. (1)

1 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN) served as the target. (2)

2 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN) served as the target. These attack exercises were followed by a night bombardment exercise. (2)

3 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) proceeded to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (2)

4 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. (2)

5 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (2)

7 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

8 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Hodgkinson, DSC and Bar, RN). (2)

11 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

13 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Caesar (Capt. G.N. Brewer, DSO, RN). (2)

14 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Caesar (Capt. G.N. Brewer, DSO, RN). Also a practice attack was carried out on this destroyer.

Later this day an RDF tracking exercises was carried out with HMS Belfast (Capt. R.M. Dick, CBE, DSC, RN). (2)

18 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with Chevron (Lt.Cdr. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and 2 Bars, RN).

[Note: this destroyer had not been commissioned as of this date, she had completed construction but was not yet fitted with the new type of control tower due to delays. It had been decided to partially work-up the ship before the control tower was fitted.] (2)

20 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Myngs (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN) and HMS Comet (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN). (2)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Myngs (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN). Also a practice attack was carried out on this destroyer. (2)

22 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted radar exercises at / off Scapa Flow with a merchant ship. Upon completion of these she set course for Holy Loch. (2)

23 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (2)

25 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) was docked in AFD 7 at Holy Loch to inspect the Starboard propeller. (2)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) was undocked. She then departed Holy Loch for a simulated war patrol. (2)

27 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises during which HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) served as the target. (2)

28 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises during which HMS Sanguine (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR), HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) and HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the targets. These also included night attacks. (2)

29 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) conducted night attack exercises during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the targets. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Sea Devil proceeded to Holy Loch.

[Note; no log is available for July 1945 so no details of the work-up exercises for this month can be given.] (2)

6 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde area for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of the trip to the Far East.

For the daily positions of HMS Sea Devil during the passage to Malta see the map below. (though incomplete)

(3)

10 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (3)

11 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (3)

15 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Devil (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.

Now that the war with Japan had ended HMS Sea Devil was to return to the U.K. (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19595
  2. ADM 173/19596
  3. ADM 173/19597

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


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