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P514

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

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

Events

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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