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On This Day - July 3


On 2nd July 1916 a German Patrol boat reported a trail of oil on the surface just off the Ems that was thought to be emanating from a submarine. The following day German forces attacked a British submarine with both gunfire and bombs. E26 did not return from her patrol. The crew were all lost.
19201920 - 1952: Wolfe (F37)Launched
1940Snapper (N39)HMS Snapper torpedoes and sinks the Norwegian merchant Cygnus west of Hadryet, Norway.
1940Sealion (N72)HMS Sealion fires 6 torpedoes against a German convoy off the Boknafjord, Norway. None of the torpedoes found it's target and Sealion was heavily depth charged following this failed attack.
1941Upholder (N99)HMS Upholder torpedoes in sinks the Italian merchant Laura C off Saline Ioniche, Calabria
1942Truant (N68)HMS Truant torpedoes and sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Tamon Maru No.1 in the Strait of Malacca.
1943Trident (N52)HMS Trident torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Vesta west of Leros, Greece.
1943Rorqual (N74)HMS Rorqual lays 21 mines in the Skiathos Channel.
1944Ultimatum (P34)HMS Ultimatum fires two torpedoes at the German auxilary patrol vessel Uj 6073/Nimeth Allah off Toulon, southern France. The torpedoes miss the target.
1944Unruly (P49)HMS Unruly fires three torpedoes at the German merchants Erpel and Pelikan north-east of Mykonos. The torpedoes miss.
1944Vox (P67)HMS Vox sinks two sailing vessels with gunfire off Monemvassia, Greece.
1945Selene (P254)HMS Selene damages a Japanese coaster with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam.
Lastest Comments
19.06.22 on page Repulse (S23)
Alec Elliot wrote:
    Served on Stbd crew from late 73 through to 88 with the exception of courses. I believe I was the first junior they had seen on board. I remember Tom Patrick (Chief Tiff) scratching his head and saying I couldn't keep night watches! Great boat. Lots of good memories....
05.06.22 on page Sceptre (S104)
Debra Burgess wrote:
    I too attended the launch of Sceptre at Barrow-in-Furness. As a child you just accept what is before you, but now when I recall the event I consider myself to have been extremely fortunate to have witnessed such a thing. My uncle worked at Vickers as an electrical draughtsman....
18.05.22 on page H31
Richard Waring wrote:
    Between 24 April to 13 June and 15 July to 31 August of 1941, HMS H31 was at HMS Ferret Londonderry for A/S Exercises. My Grandfather & Grandmother had a Sailors Home for tea/lunch & the sailors from H31 were among them. My grandmother took it very hard when H31 was reported missing in 1942. The...
12.05.22 on page Tetrarch (N77)
Platon Alexiades wrote:
    Unfortunately, the above claim of a submarine graveyard at Tabarka is groundless. This has already been exposed as a hoax. None of these submarines ever operated in the Tabarka area. HMS Tetrarch route was along the southwest coast of Sicily (where she was to cross two Italian minefields) and hence ...
20.03.22 on page Vandal (P64)
Paul Griffiths wrote:
    Thank you for the hard work you've put into this website. Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist, Alfred 'Alf' Charles Hinds, was my grandfather's brother. His death was a big loss to the family, and they were never told what happened to Alf, other than that his submarine had been lost. It wasn't until th...