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On This Day - July 20

1915E11E11 moved into the Gulf of Izmir and during the night the submarine's first officer, Lt Guy D'Oyly-Hughes, swam ashore and blew up a section of the Constantinople to Baghdad railway line, a feat for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
1915E11Stoker Henry Mayne was accidentally lost over board in the Mediterranean about 150 miles from Malta. E11's First Lieutenant, Lieutenant Guy D'Oyly-Hughes, jumped in to save him but Mayne was lost. D'Oyly-Hughes was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Humane Society in 1915 for his efforts to save Mayne.

1918E34Lost with all hands. The submarine had sailed from Harwich on the morning of 14th July 1918 with orders to lay a minefield off Vlieland and was reported lost on the 20th July 1918. No reason has been discovered for her loss, but it is possible that she was mined. There were no survivors.
1940Parthian (N75)HMS Parthian landed an agent on Crete
1941Union (N56)HMS Union sailed from Malta at 0100 on 14 July 1941. On 20 July 1941 she was sunk by the Italian torpedo boat Circe 25 miles SW of Pantelleria Island in the Strait of Sicily. Union was reported overdue on 22 July 1941
1943Safari (P211)HMS Safari torpedoes and sinks the Italian pilot vessel F 50/Silvio Onorato between Bastia and Maddalena.
1943Spirit (P245)Launched
1943Vampire (P72)Launched
1944Unswerving (P63)HMS Unswerving fires three torpedoes at the German transport Pelikan and it's escort the German torpedo boat TA 19 off Suda Bay, Crete. The torpedoes miss.
1944Vengeful (P86)Launched
1945Thule (P325)HMS Thule sinks a Japanese coaster with gunfire of the north coast of Java, Netherlands East Indies.
1950Sidon (P259)Sidon towed the midget submarine "XE8" from Plymouth to Portsmouth.
1960PolarisIn first launch of Polaris missile, USS George Washington successfully fires 2 operational Polaris missiles while submerged off Florida
Lastest Comments
13.07.19 on page Midget Submarines Canal Zone
Lynne wrote:
    My late father Alan (Ben) Beeney was a stoker on one if these x craft. He served on both Minnow and Sprat so I'm not sure which was he was on at the time. He told many a tale of his trip up the canal. Now on eternal watch ...
08.07.19 on page Seraph (P219)
Duncan wrote:
    My Uncle William (Bill) Garland had medals with HMS Seraph engraved around the edge, I saw a picture once of the ships crew assebled around the conning tower and looked right into his eyes..does anyone know anything about him please as he never spoke about his service..he was unusally tall for a sub...
10.06.19 on page Stratagem (P234)
John Edward Howlett wrote:
    My Uncle Reg was on board, it seems he survived the sinking but was executed the execution was registered on 31/12/44. If anyone has any information on this submarine or my Uncle Reginald Charles Howlett D/KX 16493 anything would be very much appreciated...
22.05.19 on page Who gives a f***, it tastes good
3 Badgeman wrote:
    Been through all recipes. Reminded me of my days as a Jungly {FAA Term}, Pot Mess reminded me of returning from 2 weeks in the Snow to see Chef? opening tins of Bubby's Heads. Having lived on Chicken Supream, only flavour for Sailors Rat Packs, for 2 weeks was first in Queue for Bubby's Head to be g...
16.05.19 on page HM Submarine A5 (Forgotten Submariners)
Paul Jones wrote:
    PO 1st Class William John PRYOR was my Great Grandfather, he lived in St Helier Jersey with his wife and his two sons William Alfred Pryor (my Grandfather) and his brother (my great Uncle) Richard Davey Pryor. Uncle Dick remained on the Island and Pop joined the British Army in 1914 and enjoyed a ca...