Odin (N84)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: O Group 2
Fate: Believed to be sunk by gunfire from Italian destroyer Strale & TB Baleno in the Gulf of Taranto on 14 June 1940

Odin (Lt. Cdr. Kenneth Maciver Woods, RN) went missing on her 1st Mediterranean War Patrol in June 1940 and was reported to have been ‘lost with all hands’ in the Gulf of Taranto about seventeen nautical miles east-north-east of Punta Alice, Crotone, Italy by the Italian destroyers Strale and Baleno on 14th June 1940, although this cannot be proved beyond doubt.
Odin (N84)
Odin (N84)
Odin (N84)
Odin (N84)

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On the outbreak of WWII HMS Odin was based with the 4th Submarine Flotilla on the Far East Station. After completing four Far East War Patrols (in the Sunda Straits, off the Maldives, off the Chagos Archipelago and in the Indian ocean) HMS Odin changed bases to the Mediterranean in June 1940.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Anderson, Ian McKenzie  Lieutenant      25
Ansell, Sydney James  Able Seaman  P/JX 140395    22
Banks, William Frederick  Leading Seaman  C/JX 139767    26
Bennett, Leslie Thomas Hill  Leading Stoker  P/KX 75836    22
Bewick, John Rutter  Able Seaman  C/JX 144176    21
Bickerton, Arthur  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 84588    24
Biggerstaff, Edward James  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 99732    35
Given DoB 22/11/1905. Actual 22/03/1905
Caslin, Michael  Leading Signalman  D/J 58120    39
Chaplain, Ernest George  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 79595    30
Chapman, William John  Leading Seaman  C/JX 130706    29
Chee, Ah  Locally Enlisted Personnel     
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Cook, George Henry  Warrant Engineer  (Ex SSX12839)  MID  33
Cross, Robert William Bernard  Petty Officer  C/JX 132495    27
Crouch, John Edward  Petty Officer  P/JX 129986    28
Dawson, Ralph  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 104811    36
Deacon, Bertram Frank  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 34469    37
Edwards, George  Leading Stoker  D/KX 80520    28
Frost, Eric Roland  Leading Stoker  P/KX 81259    26
Gadsby, Arthur Clifford Victor  Able Seaman  P/JX 140940    21
Gosling, John Henry  Petty Officer  C/K 61699    36
Hale, Joseph William  Telegraphist  D/JX 133658    26
Hartley, John  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/M 38404    31
Holman, Bertram James  Leading Seaman  D/JX 135425    25
Hunter, Leslie  Leading Stoker  C/KX 80345    32
Johns, Thomas George  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 46712    32
Kavanagh, Samuel William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 83094    27
Kerr, Robert Colhoun  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M 39457    30
Landers, Edward Willam  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 13823    23
Laws, Walter George  Able Seaman  C/JX 129599    29
Leader, Eric  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 55080    31
Leahy, William  Able Seaman  D/J 113237    31
Lee, Peter Lauriston Charles Melville  Sub Lieutenant      21
Loxley, Ronald  Able Seaman  D/JX 135972    24
Mace, Albert Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 81141    26
Miller, William Cornelius Esau  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 136744    23
Morris, William Ronald  Leading Seaman  P/JX 140427    23
Mudge, Frederick Seymour  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 83642    24
Olrog, Ernest Walter  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 83498    24
Robson, Ralph  Able Seaman  C/JX 146536    21
Ross, Percy Granville  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84415    26
Scarlett, John  Leading Stoker  C/KX 85200    28
Sidebotham, Harold  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 84665    25
Simpson, Richard Rowell  Lieutenant      24
Sinden, Arthur  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/J 109703    31
Smith, Ernest Stanley  Able Seaman  D/JX 125275    29
Stradling, James Henry  Leading Cook  C/MX 49050    26
Sweetman, William  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 80063    29
Talbot, Leslie Ernest  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 48694    25
Tulip, Joshua  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84093    27
Voss, Percy Reginald John  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 12625    30
Walker, Charles Robert  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1853    21
Way, William Stuart  Telegraphist  P/JX 12973    29
Webber, Herbert Randall  Leading Stoker  D/KX 80647    27
White, Donald Percy  Able Seaman  P/JX 14826    20
Wilson, Edward  Able Seaman  C/JX 138957    23
Woods, Kenneth MacIver  Lieutenant Commander      32
Commanding Officer. At birth Keneth all other documents Kenneth


23-06-1927 : Laid Down
05-05-1928 : Launched
21-12-1929 : Completed
14-06-1940 : Sunk in the Gulf of Taranto by Italian destroyers Strale & Baleno

The Italian Destroyer Strale sighted HMS Odin at 23.21 on 13th June. The Destroyer turned to attack, first with torpedoes, and then with gunfire. Strale then attempted to ram the submarine, which fired a torpedo from a stern tube before diving. Having failed to ram the submarine, the Strale launched a pattern of depth charges before returning to her designated patrol. At 0157 the Torpedo Boat Baleno sighted Odin surfacing about 9 miles from the position of the original attack. The Baleno also attempted to ram the submarine, which once again dived to avoid her pursuer. Passing over the area Baleno dropped two depth charges, turned and dropped three more. Later that morning aerial reconnaissance by the Italian Air Force revealed oil slicks in both attack areas. The Italians believed the attacks to be on two separate submarines. But it is believed that both attacks were on Odin. The first badly damaging the submarine, the second finished her off.


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