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Oxley (P55)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: O Group 1a
Fate: Lost after being torpedoed in error by HMS/m Triton thinking she was a U Boat off the coast Norway on the 10th September 1939. There were two survivors from the bridge including Lt Cdr Bowerman.
Oxley
Oxley
Oxley
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Built for the Royal Australian Navy.

On their delivery voyage to Australia in 1928, Oxley and Otway encountered very severe weather in the Bay of Biscay which badly strained their engine columns, forcing them to remain in Malta for several months whilst British experts repaired the damage.

After useful service in the Royal Australian Navy, the two vessels were transferred to the Royal Navy in 1931 where they served in the Home Flotilla

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HMS Oxley sunk by HMS TritonRead
Lieutenant-Commander H P de C Steel, Royal Navy, HMS Triton testimony given at the Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of the loss of HMS Oxley
 

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Foster, Pliny  Stoker 1st Class  SS 110928    25
RN DoB 27/11/1892. Actual 27/11/1893

Events

24-08-1925 : Laid Down
29-06-1926 : Launched
22-07-1927 : Completed
28-08-1938 : HMS Oxley arrived at Dundee.
25-08-1939 : HMS Oxley departed Portsmouth for Dundee.
04-09-1939 : HMS Oxley departed Dundee for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South-West coast of Norway near Stavanger.
10-09-1939 : HMS Oxley sunk off Obrestad, Norwegian coast, south of Stavanger - torpedoed in error by HMS Triton.

Submarines Oxley and Triton were patrolling off Norway and had been in regular contact when Triton spotted an unidentified submarine off the coast of Norway. Believing it might be Oxley a number of signals of recognition were flashed by Triton. No reply was forthcoming and after several challenges Triton fired two torpedoes that struck the submarine and sent her to the seabed. Triton closed in on the area and found three survivors. A Board of Enquiry found that Oxley was some way out of position and that Triton had acted correctly and was not culpable for the sinking
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