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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

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allen, Ronald William  Able Seaman  P/JX 15789    24
Bakis, Francis  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 13467    19
Barnes, Anthony Frederick  Stoker 2nd Class  C/KX 13233    20
Barron, Thomas  Leading Stoker  C/JX 14568    22
Battensby, Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11434    32
Beal, George  Able Seaman  P/JX 20492    19
Bennett, Norman Cyril  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 68816    30
Bentley, Claude Albert  Lieutenant (RNR)      26
Binns, James Landless  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 87964  MID  24
Black, Bruce James  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 75061    34
Bowden, Harry Henwood  Petty Officer  D/JX 14094    24
Burgess, Reginald Francis  Petty Officer  P/J 113499    33
Carter, Richard Harold  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 13950    25
Chambers, Arthur William Stanley  Able Seaman  C/J 95485    38
Curran, Edward  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11586    34
Curran, Edward C/KX 115867 DoB 04/01/1908 Age 34 CWGC has Age 40
Dawson, William John  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 13474    19
Dickson, George  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84898    26
England, Leonard Nelson  Able Seaman  D/SSX 2043    22
Gillan, James  Leading Seaman  P/JX 14493    23
Goodwin, Herbert  Able Seaman  D/JX 20430    22
Gray, John  Stoker Petty Officer  P/K 58483    46
Holt, Frank  Able Seaman  D/JX 20055    24
James, Ronald Stanley  Leading Stoker  C/KX 90535    27
Laing, George  Able Seaman  P/JX 27252    31
Lidstone, Albert  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 20011    21
Magill, James Flevalle  Engineer Lieutenant (RCNR)      44
Mason, George Robert  Able Seaman  C/JX 23523    21
McAlister, James  Petty Officer  P/SSX 1515    27
McDowall, James Ronald  Leading Stoker  P/KX 85957    26
Milford, John Rose  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 85065    25
Murray, Robert  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 13445    20
Musgrave, Arthur  Telegraphist  D/SSX 3192    22
Pain, Richard Michael Eames  Lieutenant Commander      32
Patterson, Hugh  Telegraphist  D/JX 15660    20
Phillimore, Walter Augustus  Lieutenant      26
Powell, Richard William Walter  Able Seaman  P/SSX 2544    22
Steele, Jack Maurice  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 73576    21
Birth register Steele, James M. Served as Steele, Jack Maurice
Tall, Cyril  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/MX 49836    30
Taylor, Joseph  Lieutenant (RNR)      29
Ward, Frederick Charles  Telegraphist  C/JX 15784    22
Wilson, David Reginald  Able Seaman  C/JX 15274    21
Worlock, William Henry Gilbert  Able Seaman  P/JX 12779    31

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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