HMS H 31 (N 31)
Submarine of the H class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Laid down||19 Apr 1917|
|Launched||16 Nov 1918|
|Commissioned||11 Feb 1919|
|Lost||26 Dec 1941|
Took part in patrols off Brest in the Spring of 1941.
H 31 (Lt. Frank Bridger Gibbs, RN) sailed from Falmouth and left escort on the 19th December 1941 for a Bay of Biscay patrol, 250 nautical miles north of Cape Finisterre. She was reported overdue on 26 December 1941. The cause of her loss unknown. Possibly a German minefield or drifting British mines. lost with all hands.
The date of her loss given is an approximate one.
Commands listed for HMS H 31 (N 31)
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|William Richmond Fell, RN||20 Sep 1939|
|1||Lt. Peter Ronald Ward, RN||20 Sep 1939||25 Jan 1940|
|2||Lt. Malcolm David Wanklyn, RN||25 Jan 1940||Feb 1940|
|3||Lt. Rowland John Hemingway, RN||Feb 1940||11 Jun 1940|
|4||Lt. Malcolm David Wanklyn, RN||11 Jun 1940||7 Aug 1940|
|5||Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, RN||7 Aug 1940||14 Oct 1940|
|6||Lt. Reginald Denis Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN||14 Oct 1940||20 Apr 1941|
|7||Lt. Rowland John Hemingway, DSC, RN||20 Apr 1941||11 Aug 1941|
|8||Lt. Frank Bridger Gibbs, RN||11 Aug 1941||Dec 1941 (+)|
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Notable events involving H 31 include:
3 Jun 1940
The Dutch submarine HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). The British submarines HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A Woodward, RN) and HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) were also in company until Blyth. (1)
18 Jul 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary patrol vessel UJ 126/Steiermark (422 GRT) in the North Sea north-west of the Island of Terschelling, Netherlands in position 53°28'N, 05°01'E.
14 Apr 1941
At 0230 hours, HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) sighted a submarine in position 49°54'N, 04°45'W. This turned out to be HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN), they exchanged recognition signals. (2)
- ADM 199/373
- ADM 199/1820
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.