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Porpoise (N14)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: G2
Fate: Bombed by Japanese aircraft in the Malacca Strait 19 Jan 1945.

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Roll of Honour

Adams  Weapons Engineer
Brennan  Petty Officer
Brockbank  Steward
Bullen  Stoker 1st Class
Carter  Leading Signalman
Chitty  Able Seaman
Clark  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Cooper  Able Seaman
Coupe  Leading Seaman
Cowton  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Crouchman  Able Seaman
Draper  Stoker Petty Officer DSM
Edwards  Leading Telegraphist
Fraser  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Gasgoigne  Able Seaman
Griffiths  Able Seaman
Henderson  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Hiscock  Chief Engine Room Artificer DSM
Hood  Able Seaman
Hughes  Stoker 1st Class
Julian  Able Seaman
Kennedy  Lieutenant
Kerry  Leading Telegraphist
Lee  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Livingstone  Able Seaman
Lucking  Leading Stoker
Malliband  Able Seaman
Martin  Petty Officer
Nash  Able Seaman
Pallister  Leading Stoker
Passmore  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Proudfoot  Leading Seaman BEM
Ranken  Leading Telegraphist
Richardson  Able Seaman
Roberts  Lieutenant
Rogers  Able Seaman
Rogers  Petty Officer MID
Rowlands  Able Seaman
Sant  Leading Stoker
Sherrif  Telegraphist
Simpkins  Petty Officer
Skeoch  Able Seaman
Smith  Stoker 1st Class
Smith  Petty Officer Cook
Smith  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Smith  Able Seaman
Spencer  Leading Stoker
Taylor  Lieutenant RNVR
Thomas  Lieutenant
Trier  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR
Turner  Lieutenant Commander DSC
Tyler  Able Seaman
Vaughan  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Webb  Leading Stoker
Webber  Telegraphist
Whittaker  Able Seaman
Williams  Stoker 1st Class
Wimble  Stoker 1st Class
Woodward  Leading Stoker
Wright  Stoker 1st Class

Events

22-09-1931 : Laid Down
30-07-1932 : Launched
10-02-1937 : Completed
16-04-1940 : HMS Porpoise fires 6 torpedoes against the German submarine U-3 about 10 nautical miles south-west of Egersund, Norway. All torpedoes miss.
16-04-1940 : HMS Porpoise makes a torpedo attack on U-3 SW of Stavanger, U-3 is unharmed
16-05-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 11 (48 mines) off Kalvag, Norway.
14-06-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 18 (50 mines) off the Ramsoyfjord, Norway.
29-07-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 23 (50 mines) off southern Norway.
13-09-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 26 (48 mines) in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, France.
07-03-1941 : While enroute to Halifax, Canada, HMS Porpoise makes an unsuccessful torpedo attack on a submarine in the North Atlantic.
09-12-1941 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and heavy damages the Italian passenger/cargo ship Sebastiano Venier about 5 nautical miles south of Navarino. The Sebastiano Venier is transporting more then 1800 Allied POW's. Despite the bad weather almost 1700 of these are rescued.
11-01-1942 : HMS Porpoise lays 50 mines off Suda Bay, Crete.
18-01-1942 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Citta di Livorno about 15 nautical miles north-east of Cape Maleka, Crete.
12-08-1942 : HMS Porpoise lays a minefield (46 mines) off Ras el Tin, Libya and torpedoes and sinks the Italian transport Ogaden 9 nautical miles from Ras el Tin, Libya.
15-08-1942 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Lerici about 120 nautical miles north of Ras Amir, Libya.
19-08-1942 : HMS Porpoise attacks the Italian merchant Iseo off Derna, Libya. All torpedoes miss. During the counter attack by the Italian escorts, Porpoise was damaged by depth charges from the torpedo boat Lince.
03-10-1942 : HMS Porpoise lays a minefield (46 mines) west of Tobruk, Libya.
18-11-1942 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Giulio Giordani about 45 nautical miles north-east of Misurata, Libya.
19-11-1942 : HMS Porpoise fires a torpedo against the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39/Fertilia off the Libyan coast. The torpedo missed.
23-11-1942 : HMS Porpoise sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39/Fertilia with gunfire off Kerkennah, Tunisia.
06-07-1944 : HMS Porpoise sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca. Also on this day she lays 30 mines off the mouth of the Deli river, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.
08-07-1944 : HMS Porpoise lays 16 more mines of the mouth of the Deli river and 10 mines in the Strait of Malacca.
09-12-1944 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield ML 019 with 50 mines off Penang.
10-12-1944 : HMS Porpoise sinks a small Japanese sailing vessel in the Strait of Malacca.
09-01-1945 : On or around this date HMS Porpoise lays mines off Penang.
19-01-1945 : Last British submarine to be lost during WW2

On 2nd January 1945 HMS Porpoise left Trincomalee to lay mines in the vicinity of Penang. The signal received from the submarine confirming that this had been successfully carried out was the last contact made. Japanese records show that a submarine was spotted and bombed by aircraft in the vicinity of Penang. Although not destroyed in this attack, the submarine was wounded and leaking oil that left a trail for the Japanese anti-submarine forces to follow as they closed in for the kill.
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