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On This Day - February 23

1910D5Laid Down
1916B3Submarine B3 (Lieutenant Colin Mayers, RN) is reported to have grounded off the mouth of the River Lochy near Fort William. There were no reports of any injuries. The Court of Enquiry considered it was ‘due to a mistake on the part of the Commanding Officer and that blame in a measure must be attributed’.

Lieutenant Mayers ‘was brought to notice for good work in getting her off’.

The First Lieutenant of Submarine B3 was Lieutenant Nicholas Manley, RN
1940Seal (N37)HMS Seal ended her 8th war patrol at Rosyth.
1941Upright (N89)HMS Upright torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Silvia Tripcovich about 60 nautical miles north-east of Sfax, Tunisia.
1942Trident (N52)HMS Trident sights heavy cruiser KMS Prinz Eugen in the North Sea and fires three torpedoes; one of which hits aft, damaging Prinz Eugen's rudder and blowing away 30 feet of her stern. She is taken into Lo Fjord at Drontheim, and temporary repairs (including the fitting of two jury rudders) is completed by the beginning of May
1942P38HMS P38 left Malta on 16th February 1942 to intercept a convoy off Tripoli. By the 23rd she was in position as the convoy hove into view. Amongst the convoy was the Italian destroyer Circe.

At 0800 the Circe reported contact with a submarine and the warships turned to attack. A periscope was sighted but was quickly replaced by bubbles as the submarine dived realising it had been spotted.

At 1050 after a flurry of attacks HMS P38 rose stern first out of the water, her propellers turning wildly, before crashing back beneath the waves. A large patch of oil appeared on the surface as well as debris - clear evidence of the submarines destruction.
1942Ultimatum (P34)HMS Ultimatum fires 4 torpedoes against the Italian merchants Ravello and Unione about 80 nautical miles east of Tripoli, Libya. All torpedoes fired missed.
1943Turbulent (N98)HMS Turbulent sailed from Algiers for a patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Turbulent did not respond to any further messages and did not return.
1945Sea Scout (P253)HMS Sea Scout sinks two Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca.
1945Thorough (P324)HMS Thorough sinks two Japanese sailing vessels, a coaster and a barge with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.
1948Artful (P456)Completed

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