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Snapper (N39)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: S Group 2
Fate: Lost in the Bay of Biscay cause unknown on 11th February 1941.

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Roll of Honour

E Ashby  Lieutenant RNR
F Bashford  Leading Stoker
A Bell  Leading Stoker
L Chittleburgh  Leading Seaman
R Clements  Leading Seaman
A Cooper  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class DSM
R Dobbie  Able Seaman
C Doucy  Able Seaman
R Farmer  Leading Stoker
J Furlong  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
J Gray  Able Seaman
D Halloran  Weapons Engineer
W Hill  Stoker 1st Class
R Hobbs  Leading Telegraphist
K Jones  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
J Laker  Chief Petty Officer
M Lawson  Leading Seaman
E Matthews  Petty Officer MID
T McCleave  Stoker 1st Class
G Mellows  Able Seaman
W Munro  Leading Stoker
R Nesling  Leading Signalman
S Palmer  Able Seaman
V Parsons  Leading Stoker DSM
R Penny  Leading Seaman
C Plumb  Stoker Petty Officer
G Prowse  Lieutenant
A Stewart  Petty Officer
C Straw  Stoker 1st Class
E Thompson  Telegraphist
J Watson  Stoker 1st Class
K White  Stoker 1st Class
P White  Able Seaman
J Winder  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class



18-09-1933 : Laid Down
14-06-1935 : Completed
25-10-1935 : Launched
03-12-1939 : HMS Snapper is mistakenly attacked by a British aircraft when returning to Harwich after a patrol in the North Sea. Although suffering a direct hit no damage was done.
12-04-1940 : HMS Snapper sinks the small German tanker Moonsund with gunfire off Larvik, Norway.
14-04-1940 : While operating in the Skaggerak HMS Snapper torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Florida.
15-04-1940 : Still operating in the Skaggerak HMS Snapper torpedoed and sinks the German auxiliary minesweepers M 1701/H.M. Behrens and M 1702/Carsten Janssen north-east of Skagen, Denmark.
06-05-1940 : HMS Snapper attackes the German armed merchant cruiser Schiff 21/Widder with 2 torpedoes east of Denmark. However the torpedoes miss their target.
25-06-1940 : HMS Snapper torpedoes and sinks the German armed trawler V 1107/Portland south of Stavanger, Norway.
03-07-1940 : HMS Snapper torpedoes and sinks the Norwegian merchant Cygnus west of Hadryet, Norway.
11-02-1941 : HMS Snapper sailed from the Clyde to patrol in the Bay of Biscay off Ushant. She was not heard from again. It is possible that she fell victem to German minefield.

However it is also possible that she was sunk by German warships since a submarine attacked the German minesweepers M-2, M-13 and M-25 on the night of the 10/11th February in the area where Snapper might have been. The submarine was subjected to a counterattack in which 56 depth charges were dropped


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