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Built By: Union Iron Works (USA)
Build Group: R (USS)
Fate: In an appalling case of mistaken identity, the boat was rammed and sunk by a Canadian convoy escort HMC MS Georgian off Newfoundland, 21st June 1942

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Roll of Honour

R Allen  Able Seaman
F Bakis  Stoker 2nd Class
A Barnes  Stoker 2nd Class
T Barron  Leading Stoker
T Battensby  Stoker 1st Class
G Beal  Able Seaman
C Bentley  Lieutenant RNR
J Binns  Stoker Petty Officer
B Black  Stoker Petty Officer
H Bowden  Petty Officer
R Burgess  Petty Officer
R Carter  Petty Officer Telegraphist
A Chambers  Able Seaman
W Cunningham  Stoker Petty Officer
W Dawson  Stoker 1st Class
G Dickson  Leading Stoker
L England  Able Seaman
J Gillan  Leading Seaman
F Holt  Able Seaman
G Laing  Able Seaman
A Lidstone  Ordinary Seaman
G Mason  Able Seaman
J McAlister  Petty Officer
J McDowall  Leading Stoker
J Milford  Stoker 1st Class
R Murray  Stoker 2nd Class
A Musgrave  Telegraphist
R Pain  Lieutenant Commander
H Patterson  Telegraphist
W Phillimore  Lieutenant
R Powell  Able Seaman
J Steele  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
C Tall  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
J Taylor  Lieutenant RNR
F Ward  Telegraphist
D Wilson  Able Seaman
W Worlock  Able Seaman



23-06-1917 : Laid Down
28-01-1918 : Launched
09-03-1942 : USS R-19 was transferred to the Royal Navy at New London.
09-03-1942 : Completed
21-06-1942 : Sunk by accident in western Atlantic

P514 was on passage around the coast of Newfoundland from Argentia to St Johns. On 20 June 1942 P514 left the Canadian village of Argentia bound for St Johns, Newfoundland. At 0300 on the 21st the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Georgian was waiting to provide escort for a convoy bound for Sydney. The Georgian, unaware that any friendly submarines were in the area, assumed that the dark shape of P514 crossing her bow, was an enemy vessel. The Georgian rammed the mystery submarine amidships and reported it sunk. A rescue mission was immediately sent out but no survivors were found. A Board of Enquiry into the accident accepted that the Commanding Officer of the Georgian had acted correctly as there had been no reply from the submarine to his identification challenge.


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