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Otus (N92)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: O Group 2
Fate: The last submarine of this type to be taken out of service in April 1946. Scuttled in September 1946 off the coast of Durban.
Otus (N92)
Otus (N92)
Otus in dry dock
Otus in dry dock

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Served in the East Indies, in 1940 going on to the Mediterranean, in 1942 to Home Waters, in 1943 to the South Atlantic for anti-submarine training purposes.

Adoption

The inscription on the plate says: Presented by the Lords of the Admiralty to Depwade R.D. to Commemorate the Adoption of HMS Otus During Warship Week February 21st 1942
The inscription on the plate says: Presented by the Lords of the Admiralty to Depwade R.D. to Commemorate the Adoption of HMS Otus During Warship Week February 21st 1942

By Dr Peter Schofield

Diss and Depwade with Harleston Warship Week 14-21 February 1942. Target £175,000 the cost of a submarine hull.

Following the week, the Warship Week Committee was left with a deficit and decided not to present a plaque to HMS Otus; there was no Admiralty requirement to do so. The deficit was greater than the cost of a plaque. Another reason given, was that the district had not reached their target, falling £42,000 short and therefore did not consider it right to present a plaque. A function was held to clear the deficit and the surplus was devoted to sending books each month to the submarine.

However, plaques commemorating the adoption of Otus were presented to Diss Urban District and Depwade Rural District. The Deepwade Rural District adoption plaque appears as: the MALCOLM S. FORBES COLLECTION on the Heritage Auctions Site – America’s Auction House. Another piece of Britain’s heritage crossing the pond. The Urban District plaque presented to Diss should still be held by the town?

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Events

31-05-1927 : Laid Down
31-08-1928 : Launched
05-07-1929 : Completed
03-09-1941 : HMS Otus fires a torpedo at an enemy armed merchant cruiser of 4000 tons in the central Mediterranean about 175 nautical miles east of Valetta, Malta. The torpedo misses.
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