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Sickle (P224)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Fate: Believed lost when she struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. Sickle was the last British submarine to be lost in the Mediterranean during WW2

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HMS Sickle left for a patrol in the Northern Aegean on 31st May 1944. The Submarine was in action on 4th June when she fired on shipping in Mitylene Harbour.

She was later engaged in a gun battle with two German patrol vessels and, during the fight, one member of the crew (Able Seaman Richard Blake) was washed overboard. He was rescued by the patrol vessels and became a Prisoner of War – and the only survivor. HMS Sickle escaped the engagement by diving and continued on her patrol.

On 12th June the Commanding Officer spotted a convoy in the approaches to Steno Pass. The presence of a submarine was suspected by the convoy escort and dropped two depth charges. Soon afterwards all contact with HMS Sickle was lost.

It is assumed that HMS Sickle probably struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. The Submarine was lost with all hands.

Roll of Honour

Bigglestone  Leading Telegraphist
Bowen  Stoker Petty Officer
Brookes  Leading Telegraphist
Cooke  Stoker 1st Class
Crook  Able Seaman
Cuthbert  Leading Signalman
Davidson  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Davies  Leading Stoker
Drummond  Lieutenant DSO DSC
Duncan  Stoker 1st Class
Evans  Leading Stoker
Francis  Weapons Engineer
Gilmore  Leading Stoker
Goodman  Lieutenant RNVR
Green  Able Seaman
Hallett  Able Seaman
Hancock  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Harratt  Able Seaman
Hockless  Able Seaman
Jack  Leading Seaman
Jakeman  Lieutenant RNVR
Jones  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Learmouth  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Mackay  Able Seaman
Marshall  Able Seaman
Martin  Leading Stoker
McNeill  Able Seaman
Mitchell  Chief Petty Officer
Mobbs  Leading Seaman
Nettleton  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Pearson  Stoker 1st Class
Pope  Petty Officer
Rolph  Chief Petty Officer
Roose  Leading Seaman
Seymour  Leading Stoker
Sinclair  Lieutenant
Stark  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Stevens  Able Seaman
Sturgess  Stoker 1st Class
Tugwell  Petty Officer
Walker  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR
Willcocks  Stoker 1st Class

Events

08-05-1941 : Laid Down
27-08-1942 : Launched
01-12-1942 : Completed
23-04-1943 : HMS Sickle fires two torpedoes against the Italian merchant Mauro Croce off Sagunto, Spain. The torpedoes ran under the target and Sickle fired 19 rounds with her deck gun but failed to hit the target.
15-05-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ-2213/Heureux south of Nice, southern France.
21-05-1943 : HMS Sickle attacked U-755 but missed. Sickle then torpedoed & sank U-303 south of Toulon
18-07-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweepers No. 61/Costante Neri and No. 164/Rosa Madre with gunfire 7 miles north of the island of Gorgona, Italy.
19-07-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper V 131/Amgiola Maria C. with gunfire off Porto Vecchio, Italy.
21-07-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Oriani 8 miles west-north-west of Elba.
28-08-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the German escort vessel SG-10/Felix Henri east of Corsica, France.
01-10-1943 : HMS Sickle fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2210 off Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy. The three torpedoes missed their target.
18-11-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire off Leros island, Greece.
19-11-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant (in German service) Giovanni Boccaccio off Monemvasia, Greece.
25-11-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks two sailing vessels with gunfire near Milos island, Greece.
26-12-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks two Greek sailing vessel with gunfire east of Mykonos Island, Greece.
08-05-1944 : HMS Sickle sinks three sailing vessels, with gunfire scuttling charges and ramming, in the Doro Channel (between Euboea Island and Andros Island).
12-05-1944 : HMS Sickle sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire off Standia Island, Greece.
14-05-1944 : HMS Sickle claims the sinking of a sailing vessel with gunfire north of Rhetymon, Crete.
31-05-1944 : HMS Sickle left for a patrol in the northern Aegean
04-06-1944 : Sickle fired upon shipping in Mitylene Harbour and was engaged in gunfire with German patrol vessels GA76 and GA91 during which Able Seaman Richard Blake, a member of the submarines 3 inch gun crew who was blown over board. The submarine had to make an urgent dive to avoid further hits, and Blake was left in the water and picked up by the Germans to become a POW. Sickle escaped the engagement and continued on her patrol
06-06-1944 : HMS Sickle sinks the German merchant Reaumur with gunfire in the Aegean between Andros and Skyros islands.
09-06-1944 : HMS Sickle attacks the German transport Lola to the west of Lemnos, Greece.
12-06-1944 : Sickle signalled that she had spotted a convoy in the approach to Steno Pass. The convoy suspected the presence of a submarine and dropped two depth charges and, although it seems unlikely that this attack accounted for the loss of the submarine, no further contact was made with her.
16-06-1944 : Believed lost when she struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. Sickle was the last British submarine to be lost in the Mediterranean during WW2
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