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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.
Snapper (N39)
Snapper (N39)

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Alston, George Michael Hamilton  Sub Lieutenant      22
Ashby, Eric Arthur Ernest  Lieutenant (RNR)      28
Bashford, Fred George Sidney James  Leading Stoker  C/KX 83867  MID  25
Bell, Alfred  Leading Stoker  C/KX 82831    28
Chittleburgh, Leslie William  Leading Seaman  D/JX 14965    20
Clements, Ronald Frederick  Leading Seaman  D/J 111140    31
Connolly, Reuben  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 12560  MID  30
Cooper, Arthur John  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/M 35070  DSM  37
Dearn, Archie Sidney Albert  Petty Officer  D/J 105902    34
Dobbie, Richard  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1811    21
CWGC has C/SS 18117
Dodson, Richard Arthur Wilkinson  Telegraphist  C/SSX 2536    20
Doucy, Charles Arthur  Able Seaman  P/JX 16738    21
Farmer, Robert Gale  Leading Stoker  D/KX 84307    25
Furlong, James William  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 52491    26
Gray, James Leonard  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2005    23
Halloran, Daniel Patrick  Warrant Engineer  (Ex.M38824  MID  31
CWGC has Age 30, with DoB of 07/10/1917 Age is 23
Hill, Walter Ernest Henry  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 94286    21
Hobbs, Ronald Arthur  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 14813    20
Jones, Kenneth Watkins  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 52698    25
Laker, John William  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 103942    34
Lawson, Myles Edward  Leading Seaman  C/JX 12764  MID  29
Matthews, Edward George  Petty Officer  C/JX 10672  MID  33
McCleave, Thomas John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 10858    21
Mellows, George Harry  Able Seaman  D/JX 12728  MID  30
Munro, William  Leading Stoker  C/KX 88739    25
Nesling, Reginald Ashton  Leading Signalman  C/JX 14012    23
Palmer, Stephen  Able Seaman  P/SS 10028    40
Parsons, Victor John  Leading Stoker  P/KX 82762  DSM  26
Penny, Raymond Roy  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 1873    21
Plumb, Charles  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 78684  MID  37
Pownall, Harold William  Leading Telegraphist  P/J 114652    32
Prowse, Geoffrey Vernon  Lieutenant      28
Rosewarne, William Alfred  Able Seaman  D/J 125972    30
Stewart, Archibald  Petty Officer  D/J 103391  DSM  35
Straw, Clarence  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 79136    31
Talbot, Edward Bartle  Lieutenant      25
Thompson, Edward Hutchinson  Telegraphist  D/JX 13405    27
Thompson, Edward Hutchinson. CWGC has Thompson, Edward Hutchison
Undy, Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class  C/MX 70111    21
Watson, James  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 94647    21
White, Kenneth Rhesa  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 92291    23
White, Percival John  Able Seaman  P/J 46779    40
Winder, John Thurston  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 60552    21

Events

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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