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.

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Roll of Honour

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


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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