HMS H 49 (N 49)
Submarine of the H class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland)|
|Launched||15 Jul 1919|
|Commissioned||25 Oct 1919|
|Lost||18 Oct 1940|
On 17 October 1940 HMS H 49 (Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, DSC, RN) sailed from Harwich with orders to patrol off Texel, on the Dutch coast. She was sunk the following day off Texel by depth charges from the German UJ 116 and UJ 118.
Commands listed for HMS H 49 (N 49)
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|1||Lt. Edward Francis Balston, RN||2 Aug 1939||24 Nov 1939|
|2||Lt. Charles Joseph Reginald Cave, RN||24 Nov 1939||8 Jan 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Wilfrid Frederick Haselfoot, RN||8 Jan 1940||26 Jan 1940|
|4||Lt. Peter Ronald Ward, RN||26 Jan 1940||15 Apr 1940|
|5||Lt. Michael Armitage Langley, RN||15 Apr 1940||13 Oct 1940|
|6||Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, RN||13 Oct 1940||18 Oct 1940 (+)|
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Notable events involving H 49 include:
10 May 1940
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN), HMS H 44 (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN), HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. They were escorted by HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd. H. Buckle, RN).
Later the same day all four submarines departed Portsmouth again for patrol in the North Sea. They were escorted until 1700/11 by HMS Foxglove (Lt.Cdr. T.I.S. Bell, RN).
16 Sep 1940
At 0439 hours HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) fired 4 torpedoes at a large, 16 ship, convoy and 8 bunched ships were fired at. After 60 and 75 seconds two dull explosions were heard but no further explosions. It is / was assumed that two torpedoes hit and two missed and hit a sand bank. 'Breaking-up' noises were heard. It was assumed by the British that tanker ILL was damaged but as she was in ballast she was able to absorb the hits without much damage.