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Narwhal (N45)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: G2
Fate: 23 July 1940 - Bombed and sunk, probably as a result of German decoding of wireless transmissions.

Roll of Honour

J Ackery  Lieutenant (E) DSC
J Ackroyd  Telegraphist
T Andrews  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
E Austin  Petty Officer
A Baillie  Telegraphist
C Blyth  Stoker 1st Class
K Brooks  Able Seaman
A Brown  Able Seaman
R Buckland  Able Seaman
R Burch  Lieutenant Commander DSO
J Burton  Able Seaman
L Cordery  Leading Seaman
J Cringle  Lieutenant RNR
H Davis  Stoker 1st Class
W Daw  Signalman
W Denner  Chief Petty Officer
H Duckham  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist
A Earwaker  Able Seaman
H Elvin  Leading Stoker
W Frost  Stoker 1st Class
E Geeling  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
H Golding  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
F Govier  Able Seaman
G Grant  Leading Seaman
C Green  Lieutenant DSO
J Grey  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
A Hearn  Petty Officer Steward
G Henderson  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
W Hendy  Leading Stoker
A Horstead  Leading Seaman
G Huelin  Leading Seaman MID
A Jarvis  Petty Officer
W Johns  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
H Kitching  Stoker 1st Class
G Lawson  Stoker 1st Class
W Marchant  Leading Telegraphist MID
H Marsden  Stoker 1st Class
R Mitchell  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
J Moor  Able Seaman
F Newell  Able Seaman
J Parish  Leading Stoker MID
T Prior  Stoker 1st Class
C Quin  Leading Seaman MID
T Richlieu  Telegraphist
N Robinson  Petty Officer
A Ross  Stoker Petty Officer
S Simnett  Leading Stoker
F Simpson  Stoker 1st Class
J Smith  Stoker 1st Class
G Stearn  Able Seaman
C Stone  Stoker 1st Class
W Stubbington  Leading Stoker
H Twynam  Lieutenant
G Vincer  Stoker 1st Class
G Wells  Stoker 1st Class
F Whalebone  Chief Petty Officer
S White  Lieutenant Commander
A Wilson  Chief Engine Room Artificer
A Wood  Petty Officer Cook
T Wood  Stoker 1st Class
R Yates  Leading Stoker

 

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Events

29-05-1934 : Laid Down
29-08-1935 : Launched
28-02-1936 : Completed
04-04-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 1 (50 mines) in the North Sea.
13-04-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 5 (50 mines) in the Kattegat.
01-05-1940 : HMS Narwhal torpedoes and sinks the German troop transport Buenos Aires and torpedoes and damages the German troop transport Bahia Castillo in the Kattegat about 20 nautical miles north of Anholt, Denmark.
01-05-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 6 (50 mines) in the Kattegat.
11-05-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 12 (50 mines) off Bud, Norway.
03-06-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 16 (50 mines) off Jaederens Point, Norway.
12-06-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 19 (50 mines) off Haugesund, Norway.
04-07-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 21 (50 mines) north of Kristiansund, Norway.
22-07-1940 : HMS Narwhal left the Humber on 22 July for a minelaying mission off Norway, she fails to return

On the afternoon of 23rd July she should have passed through (German) grid square 4856, where an aircraft reported attacking a submarine. This was believed to be Porpoise by the Germans but as Narwhal did not report again, it was assumed this attack sank her.


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