Allied Warships

HMS Untiring (P 59)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 59 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Davey Paxman & Ricardo 
Ordered12 Jul 1941 
Laid down23 Dec 1941 
Launched20 Jan 1943 
Commissioned9 Jun 1943 
End service25 Jul 1945 
History

Loaned to Greece as Amphitriti on 25 July 1945. Returned to the Royal Navy in 1952. Sunk as an Asdic target off Start Point on 25 July 1957.

The wreck sits upright in 53 meters of water in an area of generally reasonable visibility and is easily reached from Salcombe or Plymouth. She is still in very good condition with little sign of collapse over the 46 years since she was sunk. The boat lists slightly to port and the propellors are still both visible above the loose gravel of the bottom. When Underwater Explorers UK (offsite link) dived her last, on 6 July 2003, the boat had a good colection of growth on her and was home to numerous species of fish.

 

Commands listed for HMS Untiring (P 59)

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1Lt. Robert Boyd, DSC, RN7 Feb 194328 Dec 1944
2Lt. George Edward Lynton Foster Edsell, RN28 Dec 194425 Jul 1945

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30 May 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted trials in the Tyne estuary. Upon completion of these trials she proceeded to Blyth. (1)

1 Jun 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (2)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (2)

6 Jun 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. She was initially escorted by HMS ML 300 (CO ?) until 1600 hours when HMS ML 454 (T/Lt. W.M. Russell, RNVR) took over the escort.

At 0635/7 HMS Stella Pegasi (T/Lt. T.G. Hornsby, RNR) took over the escort and finally at 1740/7 HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN) took over the escort. (2)

8 Jun 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (2)

9 Aug 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) was docked at Holy Loch. (3)

11 Aug 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) was undocked. (3)

20 Aug 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage north together with HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cotillion (T/Lt. S.G. Fowler, RNR). (3)

22 Aug 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

23 Aug 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to perform an anti-uboat patrol in the Norwegian Sea. (4)

27 Aug 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) sank the Norwegian fishing vessel M-96-G / Havbris I (Master Andreas Strandkleiv) with gunfire about 55 nautical miles west of the Norwegian coast in position 62°51'N, 02°11'E. Havbris I was fishing for halibut at the time of her sinking. The crew of 7 men was captured and put ashore in the Shetlands 10 days later.

(All times are zone -1)
0330 hours - Sighted a light bearing 265°. Proceeded to investigate at full speed.

0420 hours - Identified the target as a fishing vessel. It had been impossible to identify the target earlier due to her bright working lights and with the clear dawn horizon behind it was thought that Untiring herself had been sighted by this time. Decided to sink this fishing vessel.

0450 hours - The crew of seven was ordered to jump aboard the submarine. The weather was to rough for boarding so sank the vessel with gunfire in position 62°51'N, 02°11'E. (4)

5 Sep 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for Holy Loch escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 0715/6 when off Scapa Flow where HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) joined and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) took over the escort. (4)

8 Sep 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (5)

18 Sep 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to perform an anti-uboat patrol in the Bay of Biscay and to proceed to Gibraltar upon completion of this patrol.

During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (4)

3 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Gibraltar. (4)

7 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Isis (Cdr. B. Jones, DSO, DSC, RN). (6)

10 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France and to proceed to Algiers upon completion of this patrol.

Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with Wellington aircraft. (4)

15 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked the German U-boat U-616 with four torpedoes off Toulon, southern France. U-616 sighted three torpedoes and managed to evade them.

(All times are zone -1)
0655 hours - Heard HE bearing 320°. Untiring was at that moment at 60 feet.

0658 hours - At periscope depth.

0700 hours - Sighted a u-boat approaching. Started attack.

0703 hours - In position 42°57'N, 05°57'5"E fired four torpedoes from 5800 yards. Went to 90 feet on firing.

0709 hours - Heard one torpedo explosion. HE of the submarine stopped.

0712 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The submarine was not seen. A trawler could be seen hull down bearing 030°. Went to 180 feet and retired from the area. (4)

19 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked two German landing barges with two torpedoes south-east of Fréjus, France. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1142 hours - Sighted two landing barges bearing 245°. Range was 1700 yards. Started attack.

1152 hours - In position 43°21'N, 06°49'5"E fired two torpedoes from 850 yards. It is thought they ran under. (4)

21 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel with two torpedoes off the Les Magnons rocks in approximate position 43°03'N, 05°45'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1327 hours - Sighted masts and funnel bearing 320°. Closed to investigate.

1332 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel bearing 320°. Range 7100 yards. There was a trawler on each bow. Started attack. The target was later seen to be in ballast and about 3500 tons in size.

1400 hours - In position fired two torpedoes from 400 yards. It is thought the torpedoes ran under.

No counter attack followed. (4)

24 Oct 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. (4)

4 Nov 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France and the Italian riviera. (4)

21 Nov 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Bizerta. (4)

22 Nov 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Bizerta for passage to Malta. She made the passage together with HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN). They were escorted by HMS BYMS 2028 (Skr. J.R. Clark, RNR). (4)

23 Nov 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (4)

5 Dec 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, RN). (7)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France.

Passage through the Tunisian War Channel she was made in convoy MKS 33 together with HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) and HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN). (4)

14 Dec 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German net layer Netztender 44 / Prudente (396 GRT) inside Monaco harbour.

(All times are zone -1)
1215 hours - Sighted a ship off Monaco in position 43°41'N, 07°22'E. Range was 10000 yards. Closed to investigate.

1420 hours - The target set course for Monaco harbour which she entered shortly afterwards. Untiring followed hoping to attack shipping in the harbour.

1556 hours - Fired one torpedo at the vessel sighted earlier from 550 yards. She was berthed so that she could be attacked from outside the harbour. A rumbling explosion was heard half a minute after firing and the bow of the target was seen to have disintegrated and she was settling by the bow. Untiring then retired from the area. (4)

17 Dec 1943
While patrolling off Cape da Noli, HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN), was twice detected and attacked. First by an enemy destroyer which fired torpedoes at her (they missed) and later by two UJ-boats.

(All times are zone -1)
0603 hours - Sighted a vessel inshore bearing 307°. Altered course to close the range and to attack.

0614 hours - The target came clear of the coast and was now seen to be a destroyer travelling at high speed. Broke off the attack. Range was now 6000 yards. Set course to patrol of Cape di Noli.

0659 hours - The Asdic operator reported torpedoes running on the starboard beam. Altered course to evade. A small destroyer was sighted beam on at a range of 4000-5000 yards. Untiring then dived to 130 feet.

0707 hours - The destroyer appeared to gain contact but fortunately no attack developed.

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0930 hours - Sighted two UJ boats close inshore. As it was thought they were part of an escort screen ran in at high speed.

0940 hours - Sighted no other ships then the two UJ boats. They were then 3000 yards away with Untiring right ahead. Retired to 130 feet and endeavoured to close the coast.

0952 hours - One vessel obtained contact.

0957 hours - The second vessel was now in contact as well. Both vessels held firm contact for the next 30 minutes, during which time they carried out two very good attacks but fortunately the only charges dropped were listening charges.

1030 hours - Both vessels lost contact after their last run.

1050 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Both vessels were to the north-east. Range 4000 yards.

1100 hours - Both vessels disappeared to the north. (4)

19 Dec 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

31 Dec 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Genoa. (4)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German barge F 296 south of Moneglia, Italy in position 44°13'N, 09°29'E. F 296 was in convoy with F 513 and F 519.

(All times are zone -1)
1120 hours - In position 124°, Sestri Levanto Lighthouse, 5 nautical miles sighted 3 F-lighters. Started attack.

1135 hours - Fired three torpedoes at two of the F-lighters which overlapped. The first torpedo was seen to hit first F-lighter amidships. The F-lighter was not seen to sink but it was obvious she was going to do so soon. (4)

12 Jan 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

23 Jan 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France and the Italian riviera. (4)

30 Jan 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked an enemy convoy off Cape Camarat, France. The convoy was made up of the Italian merchants Ravello (6142 GRT, built 1941), Rovigo (1880 GRT, built 1905). They were escorted by the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 2209 and UJ 2229 (former SG 15). They were en-route from Genua to Marseilles.

(All times are zone -1)
0855 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 355°. Closed at high speed for 15 minutes.

0912 hours - Sighted several ships bearing 340°. Closed at high speed for a further 7 minutes.

0924 hours - The target was now seen to be a large merchant vessel of about 7000 tons and a medium seized merchant vessel of about 3500 tons. Range was 5700 yards. Enemy course was 215 degrees.

0944 hours - In position 43°08'N, 06°45'E fired four torpedoes at both merchant vessels that overlapped.

0948 hours - Heard a torpedo hit giving a running range of 6500 yards. The torpedo explosion was followed 7 seconds later by another torpedo explosion. A destroyer or UJ boat was approaching Untiring.

0952 hours - Heard one torpedo exploding on the shore.

0955 hours - Depth charging started. A total of 5 patterns were dropped but no damage was done to Untiring.

1006 hours - After the last pattern the escort lost contact.

1033 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight.

(4)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) sank the German barges FP 352 / Jean Suzon and FP 358 / St. Antoine south-east of Cape Drammont, southern France in position 43°24'N, 06°54'E. These barges were in convoy together and were escorted by the German auxiliary minesweepers M 6041, M 6046, M 7001, M 7010.

(All times are zone -1)
1057 hours - Sighted various ships approaching bearing 265°.

1115 hours - The target was now seen to consist of two coasters of about 500 tons escorted by an UJ boat, 2 chasseurs and 4 E-boats. Started attack.

1128 hours - In position 43°24'N, 06°54'E fired four torpedoes. Three torpedoes were heard to hit at a range of about 2000 yards. The fourth torpedo was heard to explode on hitting the shore.

1138 hours - Depth charging started. A total of 14 depth charges were dropped. A few light bulbs were broken on board Untiring but no other damage was done.

1227 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The escorts were hunting inshore. The coasters were not in sight and it is considered that both were sunk. (4)

1 Feb 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France. (4)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. The patrol had been uneventful. (4)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for Malta. She made the passage together with HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hoy (T/Lt. G.H. McNair, MBE, RNVR). (8)

3 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (8)

4 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) was docked at Malta. (8)

10 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) was undocked. (8)

17 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (8)

26 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Malta for La Maddalena. Passage through the Tunisian War Channel was made in convoy MKS 44. (8)

30 Mar 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at La Maddalena. (8)

4 Apr 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France. (4)

11 Apr 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) sank the German auxiliary minesweeper M 6022/Enseigne (built 1931) south of Cannes, southern France in position 43°22'N, 07°00'E.

M 6022 was escorting the merchant Potenza (2114 GRT, built 1921) from Cannes to Toulon together with the auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 2207 and UJ 2210.

(All times are zone -2)
0028 hours - In position 43°22'N, 07°00'E heard HE and Asdic impulses bearing 335°. Closed to investigate.

0056 hours - Several vessels were seen clearing Cape Dramont. Radar gave a range of 8000 yards. The target was seen to be a fairly large vessel. Four escort vessels were sighted thought to be two destroyers and two UJ boats.

0128 hours - Range was now 5000 yards.

0130 hours - Turned towards the target and fired four torpedoes from 5200 yards.

0134 hours - A mass of flame, smoke and flaming debris shot into the air, followed by the sound of two torpedoes exploding, three seconds apart.

0138 hours - Heard breaking up noises on the Asdic. Untiring meanwhile retired at speed on still on the surface. (4)

12 Apr 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Diana (1454 GRT, built 1903) 5 nautical miles south of Oneglia in position 43°25'N, 06°51'E.

(All times are zone -2)
1419 hours - Observed three vessels west of Port Mauritizio close inshore. The largest was a 1500 tons armed vessel stopped beam on. A small tug was also stopped close by bows on. A small yacht or auxiliary craft was patrolling at slow speed nearby.

1420 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the largest vessel from 5000 yards.

1424 hours - One torpedoes was seen to hit the target amidships. It is possible the second torpedo also hit but due to flying debris this could not be observed.

1432 hours - The target was seen to settle slowly by the stern. As she was close to the coast another torpedo was fired which struck the target at the foremast. By 1500 hours the decks of the target were awash and may have been sitting on the bottom in shallow water. Untiring meanwhile withdrew to seaward. (4)

13 Apr 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

25 Apr 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 10th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France. (4)

27 Apr 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 6075 / Clairvoyant (built 1923) off Toulon, southern France in position 43°01'N, 05°58'E. She had been out on an A/S patrol together with UJ 6078.

(All times are zone -2)
1705 hours - In position 43°00'N, 06°00'E sghted two UJ boats patrolling. Both were transmitting on Asdics. Decided to attack.

1901 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the nearest UJ boat, a vessel of 800 to 1000 tons. Range was 1500 yards.

1902 hours - Heard one torpedo explosion giving a running range of 1800 yards. HE and Asdic impulses ceased from this craft.

1905 hours - Heard breaking up noises.

1915 hours - Endeavoured to returned to periscope depth but was attacked immediately by the other UJ boat. Went deep again.

2113 hours - Depth charging ceased. A total of 82 had been counted. The first pattern had been unpleasantly close causing some minor damage. (4)

1 May 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Siena (2147 GRT, former French Astrée) (2147 GRT, built 1921) off Port Vendres, southern France.

(All times are zone -2)
0348 hours - In position 115°, Cape l'Abeille, 4 nautical miles heard HE bearing 300°. Radar gave a contact at 3000 yards.

0410 hours - The target drew clear of Cape Bear and was seen to be a merchant vessel of about 2000 tons. Started attack.

0444 hours - In position 040°, Cape Bear Lighthouse, 5 cables, fired four torpedoes from 800 yards. One torpedo hit the target amidships. The target was seen to settle on an even keel. The remaining torpedo was now being loaded just in case it would be needed to finish this ship off.

0509 hours - The target was now seen to be very low in the water.

0525 hours - The target had now disappeared. Shortly afterwards an E-boat, R-boat or motor launch was seen near the position where the ship had sunk. Untiring then set course to return to La Maddalena. (4)

3 May 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

14 May 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France. (4)

28 May 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. The patrol had been uneventful. (4)

5 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 12th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France. (4)

9 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 6073/Nimeth Allah off Toulon, southern France in position 43°03'N, 05°43'E. The target was not damaged.

(All times are zone -2)
1322 hours - Sighted an escort vessel at 7100 yards. Started attack.

1342 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 2300 yards. One torpedo was heard to hit. The target was partially obscured by a cloud of smoke and spray. It was thought that the target had been hit and sunk but in fact one torpedo had prematured. (4)

10 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 6078/La Havraise (398 GRT) about 12 nautical miles south-west of La Ciotat, southern France in position 43°08'N, 05°36'E.

(All times are zone -2)
1100 hours - Heard A/S transmissions to the westward. As there was a heavy rain squall visibility was bad and nothing could be seen.

1112 hours - Sighted a vessel at a range of approximately 5000 yards. Started attack.

1123 hours - The target was seen to be an UJ boat. Also a chasseur was sighted close by the target. Both were transmitting on Asdics.

1133 hours - Fired three torpedoes against the UJ boat from 1600 yards. One minute later a loud explosion was heard. The target was hit and sank in less than a minute. (4)

12 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

15 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for Algiers. (9)

18 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Algiers. (9)

27 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for La Maddalena. (9)

29 Jun 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at La Maddalena. (9)

1 Jul 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 13th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off southern France. (4)

10 Jul 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attacked the German patrol vessel FNi 06 with 4 torpedoes off Cannes, southern France. The torpedoes however fail to hit their target.

(All times are zone -2)
2235 hours - When about to surface for the night, HE was detected astern. A little later the source of this HE was seen to be a small tug and two chasseurs in line ahead formation.

2310 hours - Untiring surfaced and as Lt. Boyd was making up his mind as how to attack the rear chasseur challenged Untiring by lamp. Now four torpedoes were fired in position 42°32'N, 03°08'E. The enemy formation broke apart but no hits were obtained. Untiring had dived by now and easily eluded the three enemy vessels. No depth charges were dropped. (4)

14 Jul 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (4)

28 Jul 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for her 14th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation off north Corsica. For the moment no further details are known on this operation. (10)

1 Aug 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at La Maddalena. (11)

5 Sep 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for Malta. (12)

7 Sep 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (12)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (12)

14 Sep 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) was docked at Malta. (12)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) was undocked. (12)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. (4)

4 Oct 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) fires 4 torpedoes against the German torpedo-boat TA 18 (former Italian Solferino) off the Kassandra peninsula, Greece. All four torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
1425 hours - Sighted smoke bearing 165°.

1428 hours - Sighted mast and the bridge of a destroyer on the same bearing. Started attack.

1447 hours - In position 39°49'N, 23°23'E fired four torpedoes from 1000 yards. Went deep on firing. After 55 seconds a torpedo explosion was heard.

1451 hours - Returned to periscope depth. The target was seen stern on and continued on it's way. (4)

5 Oct 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire about 35 nautical miles north-north-west of the Skiathos Channel.

Later the same day, off the Kassandra peninsula, Untiring attacked a merchant vessel with four torpedoes which missed. The merhant vessel was however the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2102 that was on an A/S sweep together with UJ 2144. Untiring was depth charged following this attack but she was not damaged.

(All times are zone -1)
4 October 1944
2320 hours - Sighted a caique close inshore. Closed to attack.

5 October 1944
0009 hours - Opened fire on a 80 tons caique fitted with an auxiliary engine. Range was 1000 yards.

0010 hours - The caique's crew abandoned ship.

0013 hours - The caique was buring fiercely.

0015 hours - The caique was seen to sink in position 39°40'N, 23°12'E.

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0924 hours - Sighted smoke and masts in the direction of Saloniki bearing 345°. Closed to investigate.

1059 hours - In position 39°50'N, 23°34'E fired four torpedoes at a merchant vessel thought to be Bourgas. Range was 4300 yards. A large patrol caique was on her starboard bow.

1101 hours - Saw the target coming straight towards. It was now seen that the target was an UJ boat. Went deep.

1109 hours - A pattern of 10 depth charges was dropped but they caused no damage. No further depth charges were dropped although she passed overhead several more times but was never in contact. By 1300 hours the hunt had dropped well astern.

(4)

6 Oct 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Chios, Greece where she embarked four new torpedoes. She departed Chios to resume her patrol later the same day. (4)

7 Oct 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) attack a German landing barge with one torpedo west of Lemnos. The torpedo missed.

(All times are zone -1) 1500 hours - In position 39°53'N, 24°37'E sighted smoke and masts bearing 067°. Closed to investigate. This turned out to be a small merchant vessel with an F-lighter.

Shortly afterwards explosions were heard and Untiring returned to periscope depth to find Allied aircraft attacking and sinking the merchant vessel. Anticipated that the F-lighter would stop to pick up survivors.

1602 hours - Fired one torpedo at the stopped F-lighter from just over 1000 yards. The depth setting of the torpedo was 2 feet. The torpedo missed and the target got underway.

1609 hours - The target was proceeding to the westward. Untiring surfaced and opened fire with her gun. During the chase the target wa hit 11 times before it was lost in her smokescreen and the gathering dusk. (4)

17 Oct 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (4)

25 Oct 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Malta. (13)

13 Nov 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. She was to return to the U.K. to refit. (9)

18 Nov 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (9)

25 Nov 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Rothesay. She made the passage in convoy MKS 68/SL 177. (9)

4 Dec 1944
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. HMS Untiring was temporary assigned to training duties before shee could started her refit. (14)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She made the passage together with HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN). They were escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN). (15)

3 Feb 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (15)

5 Feb 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Plymouth for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Reboundo (Skr. S.F. Cleveland, RNR). (15)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) arrived at Sheerness where she started a refit at the Sheerness Dockyard. (15)

25 May 1945
With her refit completed HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) shifted from the Sheerness Dockyard to the Chatham Dockyard to ammunition the ship. (16)

26 May 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) returned to Sheerness. (16)

27 May 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Sheerness. (16)

28 May 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Sheerness. (16)

29 May 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth where she arrived late on the same day. (16)

1 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (17)

4 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (17)

6 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (17)

8 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (17)

11 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (17)

12 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (17)

13 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (17)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) was undocked. (17)

20 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Portsmouth or Gibraltar. (17)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (17)

3 Jul 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (18)

7 Jul 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) arrived at Malta. (18)

14 Jul 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) departed Malta for Piraeus, Greece. (18)

16 Jul 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) arrived at Piraeus. (18)

19 Jul 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Piraeus. (18)

24 Jul 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted exercises off Piraeus. Upon completion of the exercises she went to the Salamis Dockyard. (18)

25 Jul 1945
At 1030 hours HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) was decommissioned by the Royal Navy and turned over the the Royal Hellenic Navy being renamed Xifias (Swordfish in English). (18)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18434
  2. ADM 173/18435
  3. ADM 173/18437
  4. ADM 199/1818
  5. ADM 173/18438
  6. ADM 173/18439
  7. ADM 173/18441
  8. ADM 173/19275
  9. ADM 199/2576
  10. ADM 173/19277
  11. ADM 173/19278
  12. ADM 173/19279
  13. ADM 173/19280
  14. ADM 173/19281
  15. ADM 173/20168
  16. ADM 173/20171
  17. ADM 173/20172
  18. ADM 173/20173

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


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