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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 (43)

1925: Submarine Giovanni da Procida

1927: Destroyer Fougueux - Heavy cruiser Dorsetshire (40)

1933: Light cruiser Georges Leygues

1935: Submarine Diaspro

1939: Sloop Erne (U 03) - Corvette Geranium (K 16) - Sloop Ibis (U 99)

1942: Landing Craft Tank LCT 559 (LCT 559) - Tank landing ship LST 411 (LST 411) - Destroyer Abbot (ii) (DD 629) - Submarine Corvina (226) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-22 (LCI(L)-22) - Landing craft tank LCT 252 (LCT 252) - Landing craft tank LCT 278 (LCT 278) - Landing craft tank LCT 320 (LCT 320) - Landing craft tank LCT 34 (LCT 34) - Landing craft tank LCT 35 (LCT 35) - Landing craft tank LCT 460 (LCT 460) - Tank landing ship LST 17 (LST 17) - Tank landing ship LST 264 (LST 264) - Tank landing ship LST 411 (LST 411) - Tank landing ship LST 483 (LST 483) - Minesweeper Opponent (AM 269) - Minesweeper Palisade (AM 270) - Patrol craft PC-1233 (PC-1233) - Motor torpedo boat PT 168

1943: MS Trawler Colsay (T 384) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-376 (LCI(L)-376) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1019 (LCT 1019) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1022 (LCT 1022) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-376 (LCI(L)-376) - High speed transport Pavlic (APD 70) - Patrol craft PC-1146 (PC-1146)

1944: Frigate Burghead Bay (K 622) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1218 (LCT 1218) - Sloop Snipe (U 20) - Destroyer Kenneth D. Bailey (DD 713) - Medium landing ship LSM 200 (LSM 200) - Medium landing ship LSM 295 (LSM 295) - Medium landing ship LSM 417 (LSM 417) - Tank landing ship LST 858 (LST 858) - Motor torpedo boat PT 586

Launched (36)

Tug Volatile (W 61)

1915: MS Trawler Star of Deveron

1918: Destroyer Campbell (D 60) - Barrage / Gate vessel Reigate (Z 11) - Rescue Tug St. Fagan (W 74) - Submarine L-55

1929: MS Trawler Alafoss (FY 715)

1933: ASW Trawler Regal (FY 180)

1936: Destroyer Winslow (DD 359)

1937: ASW Whaler Simbra (FY 321) - ASW Whaler Sobkra (FY 331)

1940: Corvette Arvida (K 113) - Corvette Nigella (K 19)

1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-10 (LCI(L)-10) - Tank landing ship LST 303 (LST 303) - Tank landing ship LST 304 (LST 304) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-10 (LCI(L)-10) - Landing craft tank LCT 365 (LCT 365) - Tank landing ship LST 303 (LST 303) - Tank landing ship LST 304 (LST 304)

1943: Frigate Labuan (K 584) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1009 (LCT 1009) - Landing craft tank LCT 581 (LCT 581) - Tank landing ship LST 227 (LST 227) - Motor torpedo boat PT 558

1944: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1155 (LCT 1155) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-818 (LCI(L)-818) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-819 (LCI(L)-819) - Landing craft tank LCT 1243 (LCT 1243) - Landing craft tank LCT 1360 (LCT 1360) - Landing craft tank LCT 1433 (LCT 1433) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 190 (LSM(R) 190) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 191 (LSM(R) 191) - Tank landing ship LST 771 (LST 771) - Tank landing ship LST 810 (LST 810)

1945: Destroyer Rupertus (DD 851)

Commissioned (35)

1917: MS Trawler Moy (T 79)

1920: Destroyer Sturtevant (i) (DD 240)

1936: Submarine Turchese

1939: Sloop Pansy - Auxiliary patrol vessel Prabhavati - Destroyer Hughes (DD 410)

1941: Motor minesweeper MMS 79 (J 579)

1942: Minesweeper BYMS 2011 (J 811) - Minesweeper Constant (AM 86) - Destroyer De Haven (i) (DD 469) - Motor torpedo boat PT 135 - Motor torpedo boat PT 80 - Submarine chaser SC-1013 (SC-1013) - Minesweeper YMS-115 (YMS-115)

1943: Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 256 (MTB 256) - Oiler Cacapon (AO 52) - Destroyer Escort Enright (DE 216) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-465 (LCI(L)-465) - Destroyer Picking (DD 685) - Minesweeper YMS-283 (YMS-283)

1944: Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1457 (ML 1457) - Destroyer Borie (ii) (DD 704) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1091 (LCI(L)-1091) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-814 (LCI(L)-814) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-815 (LCI(L)-815) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-13 (LCS(L)-13) - Medium landing ship LSM 239 (LSM 239) - Minesweeper YMS-418 (YMS-418)

1945: Tank landing ship LST 3015 (LST 3015) - Tank landing ship LST 3519 (LST 3519) - Minesweeper Niger (iii) (J 442) - Minesweeper Cruise (AM 215) - Motor torpedo boat PT 617 - Motor torpedo boat PT 724 - Destroyer William R. Rush (DD 714)

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 21 September (4)


1941: Destroyer Frunze

1942: Rescue Tug St. Olaves (W 40)

1943: Corvette Polyanthus (K 47)

1944: Submarine ShCh-402

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General Events on 21 September


1939

Light cruiser HMS Manchester: HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Bombay.

Submarine HMS Osiris: HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta.

Submarine HMS Regulus (i): HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong.

Submarine HMS Cachalot: HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN).

Submarine HMS Seal: HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN) put into Perim harbour.

Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Dundee.

Submarine HMS Starfish: HMS Starfish (Lt. T.A. Turner, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Dundee.

Submarine HMS Sealion: HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN).

Destroyer HMS Ardent: HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN) escorted Convoy OA-7. Ardent took wounded from the British tanker Teakwood aboard after it was torpedoed by German U-boat U-35. Ardent accompanied damaged Teakwood back to Falmouth.

1940

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Dundee.

Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H. Tichelman, RNN) departed Bermuda for Halifax, Canada.

Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Triton: HMS Triton (Lt. G.C.I.S.B. Watkins, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 13th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Genoa before proceeding to Malta. As no log is available no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Utmost: While bottoming at Portsmouth during an air raid HMS Utmost (Lt. J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN) sustained damage to her fore hydroplanes.

Sloop HMS Flamingo: The British tanker Invershannon is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 480 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 22°04'W. 17 survivors were later picked up by the British sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) and 15 survivors were picked up by the British ASW trawler HMS Fandango (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNVR).

Corvette HMS Arabis: HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. Arthur Blewett, RNR) picks up 23 survivors from the British whale factory ship New Sevilla that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-138 52 miles northwest of Rathlin Island in position 55°50'N, 07°30'W.

ASW Trawler HMS Fandango: The British tanker Invershannon is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 480 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 22°04'W. 17 survivors were later picked up by the British sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) and 15 survivors were picked up by the British ASW trawler HMS Fandango (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNVR).

1941

Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) departed from Gibraltar for her 14th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She is to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the East Coast of Sardinia. For the daily and attack positions of HrMs O 21 during this patrol see the map below. HrMs O 21 14th war patrolclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Porpoise: HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) sailed to carry out gunnery and torpedo exercises with La Capricieuse in the Holy Loch. During the firing of a six-torpedo salvo, two failed to leave the tubes and one had a hot run causing minor damage.

Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Polyarnoe.

Submarine HMS Torbay: While on patrol off the Gulf of Athens HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) attacked a merchant ships escorted by three A/S vessels and aircraft. Two torpedoes were fired but these both missed. Torbay is depth charged by the escorts but not damaged. (All times are zone -2) 0930 hours - In position 358° St. Georgio 7.7 nautical miles sighted a merchant ship of about 2000 tons escorted by aircraft and three A/S vessels. Commenced attack. 1030 hours - In position 015° St. Georgio 10.4 nautical miles fired two torpedoes from very close range and went deep. The target was seen to be the Rumanian Virginia wearing the German colours. No hits were obtained as both torpedoes ran under the target. Torbay was now counter attacked by the escorts with depth charges but these caused no damage. Virginia was escorted by the German escorts 12 V 1, 12 V 4 and 12 V 5 and by the Italian Motor torpedo Boat MAS 534. This last one left the escort near Chalkis.

Submarine HMS Ultimatum: While en-route to Gibraltar HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) is ordered by signal to conduct a short patrol off Cape Finisterre, Spain. This made the passage to Gibraltar P 34's 1st war patrol.

Sloop HMS Deptford: The British merchant Runa is torpedoed and sunk north-north-east of the Azores in position 46°20'N, 22°23'W by German U-boat U-201. HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN) later picks up 9 survivors.

Submarine USSR D-5 / Spartakovets: D-5 fires a torpedo at the Italian tanker Tampico (4958 GRT) north-east of Varna, Bulgaria. The torpedo however misses it's target.

Submarine USSR M-34: M-34 fires a torpedo against the Italian tanker Superga (6154 BRT) off Cape Tuzla, some 10 nautical miles south-east of Constanta, Romania in position 43°59'N, 28°44'E. The torpedo misses its target.

Destroyer HMS Vimy: The Italian submarine Luigi Torelli (offsite link) is heavily damaged by depth charges from HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) while escorting the convoy HG-73 in the North Atlantic. The loss of the Italian submarine Alessandro Malaspina (offsite link) that is often credited to HMS Vimy is incorrect. Her fate was revised in March 2004 by Dr. Axel Niestlé and Eric Zimmerman.

1942

Submarine HNMS K XI: From 21 to 25 September 1942, HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Deketh, RNN), participated in A/S exercises off Bombay.

Submarine HNMS K XII: In the early morning hours HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) is bombed by mistake by a Catalina flying boat. No damage was done to K XII.

Submarine HNMS O 19: HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bach Kolling, RNN(R)) departed East London for Simonstown. She was escorted by the British corvette HMS Thyme (Lt. H. Roach, RNR)

Submarine USS Trout: USS Trout (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary net layer Koei Maru (863 GRT) south of Truk in position 06°54'N, 151°51'E.

Submarine USS Swordfish: USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. A.C. Burrows, USN) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

Submarine USS Grouper: USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Tone Maru (4070 GRT) in the East China Sea, east of Shanghai, China in position 31°18'N, 123°27'E.

Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Lord Stonehaven (Skr. A.F.S. Jenner, RNR).

Submarine HMS Otus: HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) shifted from Blyth to Newcastle upon Tyne where she was to refit.

Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) shifted from Sheerness to Chatham.

Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar.

Submarine HMS Unruffled: At 0105 hours HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper N 10 / Aquila (305 GRT) with gunfire off the Tunisian near Mehedia. All were saved of her crew of twenty-six but three were wounded. The auxiliary minesweeper S. Michele was in company but escaped unscathed. Shortly afterwards P 46 torpedoed and sank the Vichy-French merchant Liberia (3890 GRT, built 1905) north-east of Mehedia, Tunisia in position 35°36'N, 11°09'E. She was on passage from La Goulette to Sfax. Four men were killed. (All times are zone -2) 20 September 1942 2245 hours - Sighed a darkened ship bearing 240°. The target was proceeding to the south. Closed to investigate. 21 September 1942 0017 hours - The vessel was identified as a large three-masted auxiliary schooner. A small motor craft was seen astern. Decided to attack the schooner with gunfire. The small craft was difficult to identify. It could not be seen if it was an escort. 0105 hours - In position 35°33'N, 11°08'E opened fire on the schooner from 1000 yards and still closing. 12 rounds were fired for 8 hits. The crew was seen to abandon ship. The schooner was set on fire and this could still be seen 4 hours later. The small boat was not seen again but later it was thought she was seen picking up survivors. 0130 hours - Proceeded to investigate lights of a vessel seen bearing 330°, also on a southerly course. 0200 hours - The vessel was seen to fly French colours and the name Liberia was illuminated on her side. Decided to attack as all ships in these waters were to be considered hostile. 0213 hours - In position 35°36'N, 11°09'E fired two torpedoes from 1000 yards. The first torpedo circled to starboard with a gyro failure. The second hit just abaft the mainmast. 0228 hours - The ship was seen to sink.

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.

Submarine USS S-38: USS S-38 (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) departed from Brisbane for her 8th war patrol. She is to proceed to Pearl Harbor and then to the US west coast for an overhaul. en-route she is to reconnoitre several of the Gilbert Islands.

Submarine USS S-41: USS S-41 (Lt. I.S. Hartman) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol the Ellice Islands and then to continue on for Pearl Harbor.

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

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

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

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USSR M-35: M-35 fires a torpedo against the Bulgarian merchant Varna (2141 GRT) escorted by the Romanian torpedo boat Naluca east of Zhebriyani, Ukraine in position 45°54'N, 30°22'E. The torpedo fired missed its target.

Submarine USSR S-31: S-31 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 1500 tons south of Yalta, Crimea. Both torpedoes missed their target.

1943

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) arrived at Aden.

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) ended her 4th war patrol at Lerwick.

Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr. (retired) W.R.T. Clements, RNR).

Submarine USS Gato: USS Gato (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Foley) departed from Tulagi. She is to undertake a special mission off the east coast of Bougainville.

Submarine USS Haddock: USS Haddock (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Davenport) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese collier Shinyubari Maru (5354 GRT) west-north-west of Truk in position 08°53'N, 148°30'E.

Submarine USS Trigger: USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Dornin) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet oilers Shiriya (14050 GRT) and Shoyo Maru (7498 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Argun Maru (6661 GRT), and torpedoed and damaged the fleet oiler Gyoku Maru (6854 GRT) north of Keelung, Formosa in position 26°27'N, 122°40'E.

Submarine USS Wahoo: USS Wahoo (Cdr. D.W. Morton) sank the Japanese merchant fishing vessel Hokusei Maru (1394 GRT) west of the Kuril Islands in position 45°45'N, 145°46'E.

Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Schoeni, USN) arrived at Coco Solo.

Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) was docked at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Simoom: HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers.

Submarine HMS Stoic: HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN), HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) and HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks on HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN) escorted by destroyers.

Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed from Beirut bound for Port Said to dock.

Submarine HMS Tactician: HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) transits the Suez Canal and proceeds towards Aden. As there is nog log available for this period no map can be displayed.

Submarine HMS Tantalus: HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

Submarine HMS Unbroken: HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) and HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN).

Submarine HMS Unseen: HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the German minelayer Brandenburg (3895 GRT, former French Kita, built 1937) and the German night fighter direction vessel Kreta (2600 GRT, former French Ile de Beaute, built 1930) about 7 nautical miles north-east of Isola di Capraia, Italy in position 43°08'N, 09°58'E. They were escorted by the minesweepers R 189 and R 201 and two Arado seaplanes. Both vessels were each hit by a torpedo. Brandenburg sank at 1647 and Kreta at 1740 hours. Twenty-five were reported missing and thirty wounded (seven seriously) from Brandenburg and five were killed or missing and eleven wounded (four seriously) from Kreta. A total of 486 survivors were picked up by the minesweepers and brought to Leghorn. (All times are zone -2) 1603 hours - In position 43°08'N, 09°58'E sighted two merchant vessels bearing 058°, range 5 nautical miles. Started attack. Two E-boats were seen as escort and two aircraft were patrolling overhead. 1623 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3500 yards at the overlapping targets. Went deep on firing. 1626 hours - Heard two hits. Only HE from the E-boats was heard from now on. 1630 hours - The first of two depth charges was dropped. The second depth charge was very close. 1650 hours - Heard dull rumbling noises thought to be a ship breaking up. 1820 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Saw an aircraft and an E-boat patrolling the area. Started reloading the tubes.

Submarine HMS Varangian: HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN), HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) and HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Submarine HMS Uther: HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill).

Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR).

Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. N.D. Gage, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

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

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

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

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-14: USS R-14 (Lt.Cdr. R. Holden, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

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

Submarine ORP Dzik: ORP Dzik (Lt.Cdr. Romanowski) fired torpedoes in Bastia harbour, Corsica, France and sank the German tanker Nikolaus (6397 GRT, former Greek Nicolaou Ourania) and the German tug Kraft (333 GRT). Dzik also claimed the sinking of three German landing craft, normally identified as SF 172 (130 GRT), SF 176 (130 GRT) and F 420 (220 GRT). However, it has been established that SF.176 and S.110 were both lost in the explosion of their ready-use ammunition in the air attack and Dzik had no part in their loss, while SF.176 was sunk in action against MGB.658 off Elba on 15 October and possibly not even present at Bastia that day.

1944

Destroyer USS Rathburne: Arrived off Ulithi, debarked UDT-10 to recon Falalop and Asor beaches

Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

Submarine HNMS O 19: HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) was undocked.

Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training.

Submarine HNMS O 15: HrMs O 15 (Lt. W.C.M. de Jonge van Ellemeet, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Pimpernel (Lt. H.D. Hayes, RNR).

Submarine USS Searaven: USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Rizan Maru (4850 GRT) off Etorofu, Kuril Islands in position 49°13'N, 145°30'E.

Submarine USS Seawolf: USS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Bontier) left Brisbane for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to transport stores and Army personnel to the east coast of Samar. Seawolf called at Manus on 29 September.

Submarine USS Permit: USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Scherer) left Brisbane for her 14th and final war patrol. Once again she was assigned to lifeguard duty off Truk.

Submarine USS Shad: USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Fumi Maru No.2 (304 GRT) east of Shinto, Japan in position 34°45'N, 139°40'E.

Submarine USS Bluegill: USS Bluegill (Lt.Cdr. Eric Lloyd Barr, Jr.) refuels at Exmouth Bay.

Submarine USS Haddo: USS Haddo (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Nimitz, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minelayer Katsuriki (1540 tons) about 80 nautical miles south-west of Manila, Philippines in position 13°35'N, 119°06'E.

Submarine USS Bowfin: USS Bowfin (Cdr. J. Corbus, USN) arrived at the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

Submarine USS Bergall: At 1654 hours (Zone I, -9), USS Bergall (Cdr. J.M. Hyde, USN), sighted a small boat with five Japanese soldiers. They declined to be picked up. Position was 16°41'N, 138°33'E.

Submarine USS Blackfin: USS Blackfin (Cdr. G.H. Laird, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Charles R. Greer (Cdr. A. Jackson, Jr., USNR), USS Tisdale (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Hatfield, USNR).

Submarine USS Picuda: USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Awaji Maru (1948 GRT) off Cap Bojeador, Luzon in position 18°43'N, 120°53'E.

Submarine USS Bang: USS Bang (Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, USN) attacked an enemy convoy east of Formosa. A total of 10 torpedoes were fired. Several hits are claimed but no sinkings could be attributed to Bang. (All times are zone -10) 20 September 1944 1648 hours - Picked up pinging on sound bearing 217°(T). Turned towards. 1655 hours - In position 25°07'N, 122°57'E sighted smoke on more or less the same bearing. Started approach. The masts of two ships were soon in sight, later a total of six ships were seen. 2030 hours - Surfaced. Went ahead at full speed. Started a batterry charge. 2041 hours - Obtained contact with SJ radar at a range of 23200 yards. Commenced an end around and started tracking. There appeared to be six Maru's in three columns with an escort ahead on each beam an probably another one astern. 21 September 1944 0015 hours - In position 25°21'N, 123°58'E fired six bow tubes. Swung right with full rudder and flank speed. 0017 hours - Fired four stern tubes at the second ship in the south column. Range on firing was 1700 yards. Three hits were heard from the bow tubes. Flashes of hits were seen on two targets. The escorts never saw Bang and moved over to the other side of the convoy. Following the attack three radar pips disappeared from the screen. 0636 hours - Submerged.

Submarine USS Redfish: USS Redfish (Cdr. L.D. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Mizuho Maru (8506 GRT) north of Luzon, Philippines in position 18°37'N, 120°43'E.

Submarine HMS Rover: HMS Rover (Lt. F.M. Piggott, RNR) was undocked.

Submarine HMS Seraph: HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. Seraph was now assigned to training duties often out of Holyhead.

Submarine HMS Surf: HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises with HMIS Hindustan (A/Cdr. H.C. Bird, OBE, RIN) and HMAS Geraldton (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Carter, RANR).

Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) is undocked.

Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 16th war patrol. This is the 1st patrol of her third commission, a work-up patrol in the Norwegian Sea to hunt enemy submarines. For the daily positions of HMS Thrasher during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Thrasher 16th war patrol in a larger map

Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Dundee.

Submarine HMS Telemachus: HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Exmouth Gulf.

Submarine HMS Trump: At 0744 hours (time zone -1), HMS Trump (Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN), arrived at Lerwick. She departed from Lerwick at 1615 hours for her 1st war patrol (work-up patrol). She is to patrol in the North Sea. HMS Trump 1st war patrol (work-up patrol) daily positionsclick here for bigger map

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J. Whitton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth.

Submarine USS R-1: USS R-1 (Lt. W.A. Schoenfeld, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt. D.C. Peto, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. R.D. McWenthy, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Parham, USN ? or Lt. M. Abrahams, USN ?) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Dudley, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.

1945

Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Fremantle for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. For the daily positions of HrMs O 23 during this passage see the map below. Ver HrMs O 23 passage Fremantle - Batavia click here for bigger map

Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. L.L. Davis, Jr., USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from Key West, Florida.

Submarine USS Bowfin: USS Bowfin (Cdr. A.K. Tyree, USN) arrived at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York from the Panama Canal Zone.

Submarine USS Catfish: USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR) departed Pearl Harbour for Seattle, Washington, USA.

Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Suez.

Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) arrived at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Subtle: HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) arrived at Alexandria.

Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle bound for the U.K. for a refit. The first leg of the trip is to Aden.

Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. O. Lascelles, DSC, RN) completed her refit at Blyth.

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