Allied Warships

HMS L 27 (N 27)

Submarine of the L class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassL 
PennantN 27 
Built byVickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
OrderedDec 1916 
Laid down 1917 
Launched14 Jun 1919 
Commissioned25 Mar 1926 
End service 
History

Completed at Chatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.).

Sold to be broken up for scrap to Metal Industries, Montreal, Canada in July 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS L 27 (N 27)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Patrick James Cowell, RN24 Jul 19392 Feb 1940
2Lt. Charles Gordon Walker, RN2 Feb 194029 Feb 1940
3Lt. Cecil Bernard Crouch, RNFeb 194015 Apr 1940
4Lt. John Dennis Martin, RN15 Apr 194011 Jun 1940
5Lt. Robert Elphinstone Campbell, RN11 Jun 194024 Oct 1940
6Lt. John Symons Huddart, RN24 Oct 194011 Jan 1941
7Lt. Harry Noel Edmonds, DSC, RN11 Jan 194112 Aug 1941
8Lt. Norman Limbury Auchinleck Jewell, RN12 Aug 19412 Jan 1942
9Lt.Cdr. Richard Michael Eames Pain, RN2 Jan 1942

10Lt. Geoffrey Deryck Nicholson Milner, DSC, RN11 Jul 194223 Aug 1942
11Lt. Walter Neal Eade, RNR23 Aug 194213 Oct 1942
12Lt. Tobin Subremont Weston, RN13 Oct 194218 Oct 1942
13Lt. Walter Neal Eade, RNR18 Oct 194211 Apr 1943
14Lt. Robert George Pierson Bulkeley, RN11 Apr 194317 Apr 1943
15Lt. Walter Neal Eade, RNR17 Apr 194324 Apr 1943
16Lt. Robert George Pierson Bulkeley, RN24 Apr 19433 May 1943
17Lt.Cdr. Walter Neal Eade, RNR3 May 194330 May 1943
18Lt. Robert George Pierson Bulkeley, RN30 May 194323 Aug 1943
19Lt. Marcel Ivan Usher, RN23 Aug 1943

20Lt. James Newenham Elliott, RN28 Apr 1944

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Notable events involving L 27 include:


7 Nov 1939
HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. At sea he joined HMS L 27 (Lt. P.J. Cowell, RN) and their escort HMS Saltburn (Lt.Cdr. G.E.C. Wood, RN). (1)

15 Oct 1940
HMS L 27 attacked a German convoy in the English Channel off Cape Barfleur, France. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

20 Apr 1941
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Sheerness for passage to Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN) in convoy FN 56. (2)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (3)

17 Jul 1942
With her refit completed, HMS L 27 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

5 Aug 1942
HMS L 27 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for St. John's, Canada. She was escorted by HMS Qualicum (T/Lt. F.S. Tolliday, RNR).

28 Sep 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR). (4)

27 Oct 1942
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR). (5)

4 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR), HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) and HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR). (6)

25 Feb 1943
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). (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/373
  2. ADM 173/17001
  3. File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/17340
  5. ADM 173/17341
  6. ADM 173/17342
  7. ADM 173/18388

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


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