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 14039    22
Banks, John Alfred Thomas  Able Seaman  J 110100    31
Banks, William Frederick  Leading Seaman  C/JX 13976    26
Banks, William Frederick CWGC has Banks, Wiilliam F.
Bargrove, Reginald Ernest John  Chief Petty Officer  J 41545    40
Bennett, Leslie Thomas Hill  Leading Stoker  P/KX 75836    22
Bewick, John Rutter  Able Seaman  C/JX 14417    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
Bishop, John James  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1844    24
Bonnett, Harry Douglas  Chief Stoker  PK 62458    38
Burgess, Herbert Donald  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  M 33700    39
Butt, George Albert  Stoker 1st Class  KX 76126    33
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 13070    29
Chee, Ah  Locally Enlisted Personnel (Hong Kong)     
Cook, George Henry  Warrant Engineer    MID  33
Coppinger, Robert Patrick  Lieutenant      29
Cross, Robert William Bernard  Petty Officer  C/JX 13249    27
Crouch, John Edward  Petty Officer  P/JX 12998    28
Crouch, John Edward CWGC has Crouch, Jack Edward
Davis, Horace Edward  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 86668    22
Dawson, Ralph  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 104811    36
Deacon, Bertram Frank  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 34469    37
Dicker, Robert  Petty Officer  JX 125939    29
At birth Palmer, Robert Dicker. Served as Dicker, Robert
Dover, William Alfred  Signalman  J 113040    30
Edwards, George  Leading Stoker  D/KX 80520    28
Farbrace, Percy John  Leading Seaman  J 108523    31
Faux, Frederick William  Leading Seaman  J 112436    30
Foster, George  Leading Stoker  KX 75831    36
Francis, Alfred Richard  Chief Petty Officer  J 34250    40
Frost, Eric Roland  Leading Stoker  P/KX 81259    26
Fuller, Albert James  Telegraphist  J 106465    32
Gadsby, Arthur Clifford Victor  Able Seaman  P/JX 14094    21
Ganderton, Robert  Leading Stoker  KX 75550    31
At birth Ganderton, Robert Arthur. Served as Ganderton, Robert
Gosling, John Henry  Petty Officer  C/K 61699    36
Graham, William  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 49892    29
Gregory, Peter Francis  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 83851    24
Groom, Ronald Albert  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 13395    25
Gynes, Frank Arthur James  Petty Officer Steward  LX 20007    32
Hale, Joseph William  Telegraphist  D/JX 13365    26
Hartley, John  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/M 38404    31
Henderson, Gordon John  Able Seaman  C/JX 13455    24
Hickey, Campbell James  Petty Officer Cook  M 38178    33
At birth Losmore, Campbell James. Served as Hickey, Campbell James
Holman, Bertram James  Leading Seaman  D/JX 13542    25
Holt, Harold  Stoker 1st Class  KX 76324    32
Hopkins, William James  Able Seaman  J 101323    34
Hunter, Leslie  Leading Stoker  C/KX 80345    32
Hunter, Walter George  Stoker 1st Class  KX 76701    32
Jackson, John Willie  Stoker 1st Class  KX 76978    31
Jenkins, Harold Leslie  Stoker 1st Class  KX 76754    35
Johns, Thomas George  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 46712    32
Jordan, Michael  Stoker 1st Class  K 66610    34
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 12959    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
Livesey, Hezekiah  Leading Stoker  KX 78377    30
Lomas, Ronald  Chief Engine Room Artificer  M 34476    36
Lound, Reginald Calvert  Stoker 1st Class  K 61407    35
Loxley, Ronald  Able Seaman  D/JX 13597    24
Mace, Albert Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 81141    26
Manley, Frederick Kirk  Lieutenant (RNR)      30
Martin, John Herbert  Stoker Petty Officer  KX 76524    31
Miller, Cuthbert  Leading Stoker  KX 76722    33
Miller, William Cornelius Esau  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 13674    23
Mingay, Alfred George  Petty Officer  JX 129665    28
Mitchell, Cyril Robert  Electrical Artificer 1st Class  MX 45921    34
Mockett, Jack  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 50823    31
Morris, Robert Henry  Leading Stoker  KX 76732    32
Morris, William Ronald  Leading Seaman  P/JX 14042    23
Mudge, Frederick Seymour  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 83642    24
Olrog, Ernest Walter  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 83498    24
Palmer, Wilfred Hinton  Sub Lieutenant      22
Pickering, William  Able Seaman  D/JX 14244    21
Robertson, Robert William Crossman  Warrant Engineer  (Ex.M 3703    33
Robson, Ralph  Able Seaman  C/JX 14653    21
Ross, Percy Granville  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84415    26
Sanders, Nathaniel  Able Seaman  J 73151    38
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 12527    29
Stevenson, Laurence  Able Seaman  J 100806    34
CWGC has Stevenson LAWRENCE all other records have the correct LAURENCE
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
Thomas, Reginald Alfred Sherborne Hammond  Leading Telegraphist  J 111595    30
CWGC has Thomas, Reginald Alfred Sherbourne Hammond. Correct is Thomas, Reginald Alfred Sherborne Hammond
Tiley, Frederick James  Leading Seaman  J 109077    32
Tulip, Joshua  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84093    27
Underwood, Arthur William  Telegraphist  J 100481    34
Voss, Percy Reginald John  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 12625    30
Walker, Charles Robert  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1853    21
Waters, Charles Leslie  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 84422    24
Watson, William Bradford  Able Seaman  J 105736    33
Way, William Stuart  Telegraphist  P/JX 12973    29
Webb, Harold Edward  Able Seaman  J 111488    30
Webber, Herbert Randall  Leading Stoker  D/KX 80647    27
White, Donald Percy  Able Seaman  P/JX 14826    20
Wilson, Edward  Able Seaman  C/JX 13895    23
Wilson, Henry Roland  Leading Seaman  JX 131810    26
Woods, Kenneth MacIver  Lieutenant Commander      32
Commanding Officer. At birth Keneth all other documents Kenneth
Woodward, Leslie  Leading Seaman  J 97242    34
Worth, William Norman  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 51189    26


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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