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On This Day - February 24

1910D4Laid Down
1910D6Laid Down
1916E5One of the crew of submarine E5 was reported to have died. He was:
Leading Telegraphist Arthur Thomas Crane O/N J6686 (Po)

Arthur Crane was born in Hornsea (Highgate) in London on 10th Jul 1893 and he was the twenty three year old son of Thomas Charles and Martha Annie Crane of 25, Minard Road, Catford, London. He joined the Royal Navy on 6th January 1910.

Arthur Crane joined Submarines on 20th November 1913 and was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Maidstone (9th Submarine Flotilla) ‘for Submarine E5’ on 15th January 1914. It is reported that he was accidentally lost overboard and drowned .

Arthur Crane is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial on Panel No. 15.
1917E19Leading Stoker Thomas Baker died from influenza/pneumonia.
1943Vandal (P64)HMS Vandal was lost.

The shortest living vessel built at Barrow. Left Barrow on 20-02-1943 for trials and passage to Holy Loch where she arrived later that day. She was to operate in Kilbrannan Sound on 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Upper Inchmarnock North and carry out a deep dive. She was expected back at Holy Lock 1900 hours on 24 February but did not arrive. Searches were carried out to locate her but no trace was found.

The last known sighting of her was on the morning of the 24 February 1943 as she left Lochranza at the northern end of the Isle of Arran. The wreck was located in June 1994 but the cause of her loss remains unknown.
1943Rorqual (N74)HMS Rorqual lays 50 mines off Isola Marettimo, to the west of Sicily, Italy.
1943Tantalus (P318)Launched
1943Trenchant (P331)Launched
1944Upshot (P82)Launched
1944Varne (P66)Launched
1945HMS Terrapin and HMS TrenchantWhile operating together HMS Terrapin and HMS Trenchant sink 4 coasters with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca.
1945Thorough (P324)HMS Thorough sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.
1945Trenchant (P331)HMS Trenchant sinks one 100 ton vessel, two 20 ton lighters and 3 junks.
1945Supreme (P252)Launched

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