Shark (N54)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: S Group 2
Fate: Scuttled off Stravanger to prevent capture following aircraft damage on 6 July 1940. Majority of crew taken POW.

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Descriptions of the events in WWII that led to the loss of Royal Navy Submarines in actions where the submarines were sunk, usually by scuttling, with the captains and crew taken prisoner. Included are two variations - in one case the submarine was captured and in another the captain was killed in action.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Benton, Richard Henry  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1813    21
Died when POW Buried in Berlin
Foster, Eric  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 82041    26
Buried in SOLA Norway
Gibson, James Sturrock  Petty Officer  C/JX 12752    29
Walsh, James Joseph  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 92110    22
Buried in EIGANES, Stavanger Norway


12-06-1933 : Laid Down
31-05-1934 : Launched
31-12-1934 : Completed
06-07-1940 : While on patrol and minelaying operation off Skudesnes, SW Norway, HMS Shark was on the surface when a seaplane was sighted astern. As the submarine submerged to avoid the aircraft two or three bombs exploded close to the stern, followed closely by at least two more. The explosions caused considerable damage.

Without steering gear and the hydroplanes jammed hard to rise, the submarine's bow broached the surface to be greeted by more bombs. The submarine began to sink by the stern and all high-pressure air was used to return her to the surface.

Once on the surface Shark got underway steering on main engines. Being sighted yet again the submarine came under sustained attack and No. 4 ballast tank was holed. Finally more aircraft arrived and Shark had no option but to capitulate.

At about 0400 hours the next day German minesweeping trawlers M-1803, M1806 and M-1807 arrived to take Shark under tow but the submarine was beyond saving and she began to sink stern first


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