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On This Day - March 23

1922H42Sunk in Collision with HMS Versatile off Gibraltar

As part of the 3rd Submarine Flotilla H42 had spent Christmas 1921 in Portsmouth before sailing in January 1922 for exercises in the Mediterranean. H42 surfaced just off Gibraltar 120 yards in front of the destroyer HMS Versatile who at that time was cruising at 20 knots. The Destroyer was unable to take avoiding action and ploughed into the submarine almost slicing her in two.
1942Unison (P43)HMS Unison torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Zeila off Cape Spartivento.
1943Sidon (P259)Sidon arrived back at Lerwick after completing her working up patrol.
1943Sahib (P212)HMS Sahib torpedoes ans sinks the small Italian merchant Tosca west of Cape Calava, Sicily, Italy.
1943Stonehenge (P232)Launched
1943Talent (P322)Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy.
1944Urtica (P83)Launched
1945P553Sunk as target
Lastest Comments
16.03.23 on page Regulus (N88)
Ken Usher wrote:
    Ernest Smith, LS, on HMS Regulus, was my great uncle (who I never knew as I was born in 1961), but heard some great dits about him from my late dad. I was always told that she was sunk, but it seems that she struck a mine. Would be interested in finding out more about the ship, if possible. Also hav...
01.03.23 on page Melvyn Whymark's Memories Of HMS Valiant
read john wrote:
    As in the case of Malcolm my boat Warspite was constantly at sea, usually around the North Cape and was indeed involved in the Black Iceberg incident in 68, I like Malcolm was a volunteer and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent on this great boat and feel very privileged to have served under Cmdr John...
19.02.23 on page Seahorse (S98)
Hannah White wrote:
    My grandfather was on this submarine when it was lost. My dad rarely spoke of it, he was only 2yrs old when his dad was at war. I just like that I can look this up and see grand dad has been remembered somewhere. I would have loved to have met my grandfather John Henry White....
16.02.23 on page Sea Scout (P253)
Timothy Whittingham wrote:
    We cremated an old boy last month (jan2023) who served on Sea Scout when she was new. He had talked a little of entering Hong Kong to take the surrender of the Japanese there and the terrible conditions they found when they went ashore....
08.02.23 on page Uredd (P41)
stuart webber wrote:
    I can confirm that one of those Norwegian soldiers was my uncle Ina Holm who was married to my aunt in Blyth Northumberland which was a submarine base in world war one and two....