Events on this day
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.
The Shipyard Report
Laid down (24)
1935: Submarine Perch (i) (176)
1943: Frigate Levis (ii) (K 400) - Minesweeper Mary Rose (ii) (J 360) - Patrol craft PCS-1379 (PCS-1379) - Patrol craft PCS-1441 (PCS-1441) - Motor torpedo boat PT 340 - Submarine chaser SC-1347 (SC-1347) - Submarine Sealion (ii) (315) - Minesweeper YMS-308 (YMS-308)
1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-963 (LCI(L)-963) - Landing craft tank LCT 1009 (LCT 1009) - Landing craft tank LCT 673 (LCT 673) - Landing craft tank LCT 864 (LCT 864) - Tank landing ship LST 696 (LST 696) - Patrol craft PCE-885 (PCE-885) - Motor torpedo boat PT 425
1918: Destroyer Wrestler (D 35)
1933: Aircraft carrier Ranger (CV 4)
1939: Minesweeper Commandant Delage
1940: Submarine M-31
1941: Minesweeper Fulmar (AMc-46)
1942: Minesweeper YMS-62 (YMS-62)
1943: MS Trawler Maimai (T 338) - Frigate Ettrick (K 254) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-304 (LCI(L)-304) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1025 (FY 1025) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 365 (MTB 365) - Sloop Redpole (U 69) - Submarine Sea Rover (P 218) - Motor minesweeper Wieringen (FY 1025) - Destroyer Escort Daniel T. Griffin (DE 54) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-304 (LCI(L)-304) - Tank landing ship LST 167 (LST 167) - Tank landing ship LST 168 (LST 168) - Motor torpedo boat PT 272 - Motor torpedo boat PT 273 - Motor torpedo boat PT 316 - Minesweeper Spear (AM 322) - Minesweeper Swerve (AM 121) - Minesweeper Triumph (AM 323) - Motor Torpedo Boat TKA 223
1944: Submarine Tiptoe (P 332) - Fleet tug Jicarilla (ATF 104) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-1014 (LCI(L)-1014) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-563 (LCI(L)-563) - Landing craft tank LCT 1005 (LCT 1005) - Landing craft tank LCT 671 (LCT 671) - Landing craft tank LCT 987 (LCT 987) - Landing craft tank LCT 988 (LCT 988) - Tank landing ship LST 549 (LST 549) - Tank landing ship LST 657 (LST 657) - Tank landing ship LST 984 (LST 984) - Tank landing ship LST 985 (LST 985) - Patrol craft PCS-1380 (PCS-1380)
1945: Icebreaker Northwind (ii) (WAGB 282) - Submarine Clamagore (343) - Destroyer Goodrich (DD 831) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 411 (LSM(R) 411) - Medium landing ship (rocket) LSM(R) 412 (LSM(R) 412) - Destroyer Norris (DD 859)
1919: Destroyer McKean (i) (APD 5)
1936: Destroyer Gallant (H 59)
1942: Motor torpedo boat PT 60
1943: Motor Gun Boat MGB 117 (MGB 117) - Destroyer Endicott (DD 495) - Tank landing ship LST 464 (LST 464) - Light fleet carrier Princeton (CVL 23) - Motor torpedo boat PT 192 - Motor torpedo boat PT 255
1944: Frigate Dovey (K 523) - Corvette Dumbarton Castle (K 388) - Motor Launch ML 848 (ML 848) - Motor Launch ML 849 (ML 849) - Motor Launch ML 862 (ML 862) - Motor minesweeper MMS 1075 (FY 1075) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-421 (LCI(L)-421) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-560 (LCI(L)-560) - Destroyer O'Brien (ii) (DD 725) - Motor torpedo boat PT 517 - Escort carrier Rudyerd Bay (CVE 81) - Minesweeper YMS-307 (YMS-307)
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 25 February (4)
1941: Escort destroyer Exmoor (i) (L 61)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 25 February
Submarine HMS Unity: HMS Unity (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) departed Portsmouth for Harwich.
Submarine HMS Triton: At 2320 hours, near position 57°56'N, 07°07'E, HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) closes the Norwegian merchant Hellen (5237 GRT, built 1921) to ascertain her destination and then allows her to proceed.
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 shifted from Portland to Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Tamura (later to be named HMS Comet).
Destroyer HMS Escort: German U-boat U-63 tried to attack convoy HN-14, in doing so she was sighted by the British submarine HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN). The escorting destroyers HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, RN) were warned. They located, attacked and sank U-63 with depth charges south east of the Shetland Islands.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: After fuelling from naval tanker TAN 4 (former merchant tanker Pendopo, 5209 GRT, built 1930), HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), departed Ambon for Port Moresby, New Guinea.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) suffers from engine failure. She parted with the convoy and made for Tobermory escorted by HMS Pentland Firth (Skr. H.C. Aisthorpe, RNR) where she arrived late on this day.
Submarine HMS Oberon: HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) acted as a beacon to guide the ships in that participated in operation 'Abstention'. A raiding party of 200 commando's was landed by destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). Gunboat HMS Ladybird (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.F. Blackburn, RN) landed Royal Marines. However the operation was a failure as Italian forces led by Admiral Biancheri reacted with vigour and retook the island.
Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Browne, RN) attacked a southbound enemy convoy north-west of Tripoli, Libya. Two torpedoes were fired at one of the merchant vessels but they both missed. (All times are zone -1) 0630 hours - In position 33°49'N, 12°31'E sighted a convoy of 4 laden merchant vessel escorted by 3 destroyers. Started attack in which two torpedoes were fired at the rear ship of the starboard column from 2500 yards. No hits were obtained. No counter attack followed and the attack was most likely not observed.
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) was docked at Blyth.
Submarine HMS Sunfish: HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Vestfjord, Norway to participate in a raid on the Lofoten Islands (Operation Claymore). For the daily positions of HMS Sunfish during this patrol see the map below. No daily positions are known for the period of 25 - 28 February 1941 as there is no log available for February 1941. Besides that we miss the page for 8 March 1941 from the March 1941 log.
Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. E.D. Norman, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian light cruiser Armando Diaz near the Kerkenah Bank in position 34°33'N, 11°45'E. Upright misses an Italian destroyer in the same attack. According to Italian sources Armando Diaz was company with the light cruiser Giovanni delle Bande Nere and escorted by the destroyers Corazziere and Ascari and were covering the Marburg convoy. There were 153 survivors (including eight seriously wounded) and about 500 were killed or missing. Ascari was also missed and dropped six depth charges in one run followed by four more in another. (All times are zone -1) 0222 hours - In position 34°33'N, 11°45'E sighted three vessel bearing 315°, distance about 2.5 nautical miles. Started attack. While closing it was seen that the targets were two cruisers escorted by a destroyer, all in line ahead. 0240 hours - Fired four torpedoes at the second ship of the line. This was the largest ship. Dived after firing. 0241 hours - Heard a heavy explosion which was also observed through the periscope. Went to 130 feet. 0245 hours - The first depth charges were being dropped. 0330 hours - The 12th and last depth charge was dropped. Only the 10th and 11th depth charge were close but no damage was sustained. 0615 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Two modern Italian destroyers could be seen circling and stopping at the scene of the attack. 0815 hours - The destroyers made off the the West-North-West.
Submarine HMS Urge: HMS Urge (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Fro-Havet, Norway. No log is available so it is not possible to display a map of her movements during this patrol.
Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform a special operation. For the daily positions of Utmost during this patrol see the map below. HMS Utmost 4th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig.
Submarine HMS H 31: HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS PC 74 (A/Cdr. (retired) C.E.H. White, RN).
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN).
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory.
Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. R.D.H.S. Pankhurst, RN) and HNoMS Mansfield (Cdr. F. Ulstrup, RNorN).
Submarine HNMS K XIV: HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik, RNN) was ordered to proceed to Strait Karimata.
Submarine HNMS K XV: At 0937 hours (zone -7.5) HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) is detected and attack by a Japanese aircraft. K XV crash dived. The aircraft dropped three bombs but K XV was not damaged. Approximate position was 00°17'N, 106°45'E.
Submarine HNMS O 14: HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) was undocked.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) arrived at Tobermory.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) arrived at Londonderry.
Submarine USS Sargo: USS Sargo (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Jacobs) leaves Surabaya for Fremantle, Australia with 31 passengers on board.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area training a class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. D. St. Clair-Ford, RN) is put back in the water.
Submarine HMS Seawolf: HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. W.R. Tadman, RNR).
Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Lerwick.
Submarine HMS Thorn: HMS Thorn (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Norfolk, RN) departed from Alexandria for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Greece. En-route to her patrol area she is to pass to the North of Crete. While at Alexandria divers had inspected the damage from the grounding on 28 January. Thorn had to be docked for repairs but this was not possible at that moment, all docks were in use for other ships. Thorn therefore proceeded on patrol with 4 of her bow torpedo tubes out of order. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Thorn during this patrol see the map below. HMS Thorn 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS P 38: HMS P 38 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) failed to arrive at Malta and is delared overdue.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig.
Submarine HMS H 33: HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) arrived at Londonderry.
Submarine HMS H 44: HMS H 44 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR).
Corvette HMCS Rosthern: British destroyer HMS Montgomery (Lt. K.I. Hamilton, DSC and Bar, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) together pick up 32 survivors from the British merchant Manchester Merchant about 400 nautical miles east-south-east of Cape Race in position 45°10'N, 43°23'W.
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR) and HMS Charlestown (Lt. W.F.B. Webb, DSC, RN).
Submarine USS Trout: USS Trout (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) ended her 7th war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS Tarpon: USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) ended her 6th war patrol at Midway.
Submarine HMS Regent: HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Vigo, Spain. For the daily positions of HMS Regent during this patrol see the map below.
Submarine HMS Severn: HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area.
Submarine HMS Sturgeon: HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Saracen: HMS Saracen (Lt. M. Lumby, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Malta where she was to dock. For the daily positions of HMS Saracen during this passage see the map below. HMS Saracen passage Algiers - Malta click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Norwegian Coast. During the passage to Lerwick she was escorted by HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. A. Mackay, RNR). For the daily positions of HMS Tuna during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tuna 17th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Torbay: HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) damaged the Italian auxiliary minesweeper Monte Argentario (80 GRT) with gunfire off Ajaccio, Corsica, France. (All times are zone -1) 0900 hours - A wooden motor vessel, about 80 feet long, painted grey and flying the Italian colours came out of Ajaccio and headed seaward. She was towing a small target with red sails. The wooden motor vessel had a small gun forward. Decided to let the target go in the hope of a better target. 1000 hours - Nothing of interest was visible in Ajaccio harbour. 1150 hours - The vessel sighted earlier was seen returning and as there was nothing bigger in Ajaccio and Torbay would leave this area the next night Lt. Clutterbuck decided to attack it after all. Surfaced about 1500 yards away, fired 17 rounds for only two hits. The ship was driven ashore by it's crew. The action was broken off when Torbay was fired upon by a shore battery.
Submarine HMS Usurper: HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) was conducting exercises on Inmarnock Water when she was ordered to search in the Clyde area for her missing sister ship HMS Vandal (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN). The following submarines / ships were also ordered to search for HMS Vandal (which was not found until 1994); HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN), HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Warren, RN) and HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN).
Submarine HMS H 28: HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle.
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR).
Submarine HMS H 43: HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR).
Submarine HMS P 511: HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR), HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR) and HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR).
Submarine USS S-32: USS S-32 (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Schmidt) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 4th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Attu.
Submarine USS R-4: USS R-4 (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Garnett, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-11: USS R-11 (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS R-13: USS R-13 (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Gallaher, 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-16: USS R-16 departed Bermuda for New London, Connecticut.
Submarine USS R-20: USS R-20 (Lt. E.T. Shepard, USN) conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USSR M-172: M-171 fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a torpedo boat off the Varangerfjord. Both torpedoes missed their target.
Submarine HNMS O 9: HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR) and HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR).
Submarine HNMS O 10: HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HNoMS Namsos.
Submarine HNMS Zeehond: HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) was ordered to return to Lerwick.
Submarine USS Salmon: USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Nicholas) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Dace: USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) ended her 2nd war patrol at Milne Bay, New Guinea.
Submarine USS Gabilan: USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.
Submarine USS Hoe: While operating south of Davao Gulf, Philippines USS Hoe (Lt.Cdr. V.B. McCrea) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Nissho Maru (10526 GRT) in position 05°50'N, 126°00'E and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet tanker Kyokuto Maru (10051 GRT, offsite link) in position 05°38'N, 126°00'E.
Submarine USS Rasher: While operating north of Bali USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Ryusei Maru (4805 GRT) in position 07°55'S, 115°15'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tango Maru (6200 GRT) in position 07°41'S, 115°10'E.
Submarine USS Tang: USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Choko Maru (1790 GRT) west of Saipan in position 15°46'N, 144°10'E.
Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) receives a signal that the special operation is cancelled.
Submarine HMS Stonehenge: HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Nicobar Islands and Northern end of the Malacca Strait. Stonehenge did not return from this patrol and to this day it is not clear what happened to her.
Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted exercises off Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Syrtis: HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) is docked at Colombo.
Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners.
Submarine HMS United: HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth.
Submarine HMS Unsparing: HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) sank the Greek caique SYR 547 / Evangelistria with gunfire south of the Sithonia Peninsula, Greece. Later the same day she sank the Greek caique VOL 329 / Panagia also with gunfire a bit further to south-east. (All times are zone -2) 0820 hours - Sighted sails of a two masted caique in position 39°58'N, 24°02'E. Closed to investigate. 0850 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. The crew immediately abandoned ship in their small boat that was towed astern. The crew was made up of seven people. Manouvered to board the caique. The cargo was found to be made up of oranges in small crates. One of these was taken for consumption and also papers and some Greek money was taken off. The caique was then sunk with gunfire. 0928 hours - Dived and withdrew to the eastward. ------------------------------------------- 1134 hours - Sighted another medium seized two-masted caique of about 80-100 tons to the eastward on a course of 270°, obviously coming from Lemnos. 1223 hours - Surfaced in position 39°53'N, 24°04'E and opened fire. The first round hit the waterline amidships. The third round hit the base of the mainmast which carried away and started a fire in the cargo. The fire spread rapidly and in no time the caique was a flaming inferno. The crew of five were seen to abandon ship into a small boat towed astern and were last seen towing towards the land. 1230 hours - Dived.
Submarine HNoMS Ula: HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars) fires three torpedoes against the Norwegian merchant (German controlled) Ryfylke (898 GRT, built 1929, offsite link) off Lista, Norway. All torpedoes fired missed their target. (All times are zone -1) 0810 hours - Heard HE bearing 015°. 0817 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel of 2000 tons bearing 020°. This was a combined passenger / cargo ship. Enemy course was 135°. 0832 hours - Fired three torpedoes from a range of 6500 yards. (The patrol report does not mention a position as the page with the 'attack form' of this attack in missing. 0836 hours - Two explosions were heard. 0838 hours - Periscope depth. The target was not sighted and is thought to have sunk.
Submarine HMS H 32: HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. H. Crighton, RNR).
Submarine HMS H 34: HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Woodstock (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR).
Submarine HMS H 50: HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland. She was escorted by FFS Chasseur 10.
Submarine HMS P 512: HMS P 512 (Lt. J.A. Wingate, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Bermuda.
Destroyer HMCS Columbia: HMCS Columbia (Lt.Cdr R.A.S. MacNeil, OBE, RCNR) was heavily damaged when owing to faulty radar & heavy fog, she rammed a cliff without grounding in Motion Bay, Newfoundland on 25 February 1944, not repaired and decommissioned 17 March 1944. Photographs taken by Charles James Sadler RCNVR, Stoker, Service NO. V-4963 HMCS Columbia / HMCS Avalon / HMCS Joliette
Destroyer HMS Inglefield: Casualties: 35 dead, 157 survivors.
Submarine USS R-10: USS R-10 (Lt. G.F. Sharp, 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.
Light cruiser HNMS Tromp: HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Melbourne.
Submarine USS Seadragon: USS Seadragon (Lt.Cdr. L.L. Davis, Jr., USN) departed Pearl Harbour for the US West Coast.
Submarine USS Flasher: USS Flasher (Cdr. G.W. Grider) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo vessel Koho Maru (850 GRT) near Hainan in position 20°01'N, 111°19'E.
Submarine USS Hoe: USS Hoe (Lt.Cdr. M.P. Refo III) torpedoed and sank the Japanese frigate Shonan (940 tons, offsite link) south of Hainan Island in position 17°05'N, 110°05'E.
Submarine USS Lionfish: USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance) arrived at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Chub: USS Chub (Cdr. C.D. Rhymes, Jr., USN) departed Saipan for her patrol area. She was escorted out by USS LCI(L)-1063.
Submarine USS Bumper: USS Bumper (Cdr. J.W. Williams, Jr., USN) arrived at Key West, Florida for further services with the Fleet Sound School.
Submarine USS Cabezon: USS Cabezon (Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida for services with the Fleet Sound School.
Submarine USS Pampanito: USS Pampanito (Cdr. P.E. Summers) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.
Submarine USS Piper: USS Piper (Cdr. B.F. McMahon) sank the Japanese guard boat Hosen Maru No.3 (111 GRT) with gunfire west of Miyake Jima in position 34°06'N, 138°22'E.
Submarine USS Torsk: USS Torsk (Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.
Submarine HMS Otway: HMS Otway (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Statesman: HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (5th in the Far East) at Trincomalee.
Submarine HMS Solent: HMS Solent (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) made a short stop at Colombo to take on board fuel. She departed for Trincomalee later the same day.
Submarine HMS Trespasser: With her refit completed HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Terrapin: HMS Terrapin (Lt. R.H.H. Brunner, RN) makes a torpedo attack on a convoy of coasters in the Malacca Strait. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -6.5) 0905 hours - Sighted a twin-engined bomber patrolling over the banks, bearing 290°. 0952 hours - Sighted masts of 2 small ships bearing 265°, they were Southbound. 1012 hours - Passed operation order to HMS Trenchant. Both submarines were to engage the enemy with gunfire if the bomber escort allowed. 1014 hours - Passed the fire distribution signal. The 2 small vessels however soon showed themselves to be part of a convoy of at least 9 vessels. Unfortunately the bomber still remained overhead. 1040 hours - Terrapin was now 2000 yards on the Port beam of the leading ship of the convoy which spread over a distance of about a mile, for the most part the ships were in single line ahead formation. The bomber was out of sight for a while but Trenchant reported that she had him in sight. Fine on the convoys Port quarter there were two small escorts, either Motor Torpedo Boats or Motor Launches. 1108 hours - In position 03°09'N, 99°56'E fired a stern salvo of 3 torpedoes against 3 overlapping coasters but no hits were observed, neither did the escorts take any action. Withdrew from the scene.
Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSO, DSC, RN) makes a torpedo attack on a convoy of coasters in the Malacca Strait in position 03°08'N, 99°57'E. No hits were obtained. (All times are zone -6.5) 0953 hours - Received an SST report from HMS Terrapin about the sighting of a convoy of coasters escorted by an MTB and an aircraft. 1013 hours - Sighted masts bearing 287°. 1111 hours - In position 03°08'N, 99°57'E fired four torpedoes against a group of three overlapping coasters. One explosion was heard shortly afterwards but this was not thought to be a hit. 1113 hours - Grounded forward in 6.5 fathoms of water. Turned to seaward and withdrew. No counter attack followed by either the MTB nor aircraft.
Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Smiths Falls (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.T. Byers, RCNR) and HMCS Stratford (T/Lt. R.G. Magnussen, RCNVR).
Submarine HMS Ultor: HMS Ultor (Lt. J.P. Harvey, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine HMS Unshaken: HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Ardrossan where she was immediately docked.
Submarine HMS Universal: HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) ended her refit at Blyth.
Submarine HMS Untamed: HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown.
Submarine USS Trutta: With her trials and training completed USS Trutta (Cdr. A.C. Smith) arrived at Pearl Harbor.