Allied Warships

HMS Thames (N 71)

Submarine of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 71 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Sep 1930 
Laid down6 Jan 1931 
Launched26 Jan 1932 
Commissioned14 Sep 1932 
Lost3 Aug 1940 

HMS Thames (Lt.Cdr. William Donald Dunkerley, RN) was most likely mined off Norway late July 1940 or early August 1940. She was reported overdue on 3 August 1940.


Commands listed for HMS Thames (N 71)

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1Cdr. Denis Vaughan Sprague, RN27 Dec 19394 Jul 1940 (+)
2Lt.Cdr. William Donald Dunkerley, RN4 Jul 1940Jul/Aug 40

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Notable events involving Thames include:

26 Jul 1940
HMS Thames (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Dunkerley, RN) torpedoed and sank the German torpedo boat Luchs in the North Sea in approximate position 58°27'N, 04°12'E.

Luchs was part of the escort for the damaged German battlecruiser Gneisenau that was on passage from Trondheim, Norway to Kiel, Germany.

The sinking of the Luchs is often credited to HMS Swordfish.
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