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Spearfish (N69)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: S Grp2
Fate: Believed sunk by U34 off coast of Norway on 1st August 1940. Sole survivor AB William Pester later killed in an accident 01-07-1945.

Roll of Honour

H Archer  Communications Engineer
J Best  Lieutenant
H Binns  Stoker 1st Class
A Bird  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
H Bird  Telegraphist
G Browne  Lieutenant
R Bruce  Leading Signalman
E Carlton  Petty Officer Telegraphist DSM MID
R Carpenter  Able Seaman
J Carter  Able Seaman
R Clifford  Leading Signalman
E Darch  Leading Stoker
A Delussey  Stoker 1st Class
M Evans  Stoker 1st Class
J Forbes  Lieutenant Commander DSO
J Foster  Petty Officer
A Gillet  Able Seaman
A Gimblet  Lieutenant RNR
A Glover  Leading Seaman
H Hawes  Able Seaman
R Hill  Able Seaman
G Holland  Leading Seaman
W Ibbotson  Chief Petty Officer
W Iverson  Leading Seaman
T James  Able Seaman
F Lynch  Able Seaman
M Maxwell  Stoker 1st Class
J Mordue  Stoker 1st Class
E Morey  Able Seaman DSM MID
O Oliver  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
E O’Hair  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
S Peel  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class DSM
D Pirie  DSC
E Rawlings  Leading Stoker
R Royle  Stoker Petty Officer
A Smith  Petty Officer
E Smith  Telegraphist
E Smith  Stoker 1st Class
J Smith  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class MID
G Tuson  Leading Telegraphist
H Walker  Stoker 1st Class
P Walker  Leading Seaman
F Williams  Telegraphist

 

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Events

23-05-1935 : Laid Down
21-04-1936 : Launched
11-12-1936 : Completed
24-09-1939 : HMS Spearfish was heavily damaged by German warships off Horns Reef. She was unable to submerge but nevertheless managed to escape. A rescue mission was undertaken by the British Humber force and Home fleet. Spearfish safely put in Rosyth on the 26th. Repairs to Spearfish were completed in early March 1940.
11-04-1940 : HMS Spearfish torpedoes & damages German pocket battleship Lutzow N of Skaw, putting her out of action for about a year
20-05-1940 : HMS Spearfish sinks the Danish fishing vessels S.130 and S.175 with gunfire in the North Sea.
01-08-1940 : HMS Spearfish sailed from Rosyth on 31 July 1940. The next day she was hit by a torpedo from U-34 and sank. U-34 was returning from her last patrol as a combat boat. She had only one torpedo remaining after a successful patrol (already 4 ships sunk). The U-boat surfaced to look for survivors and found AB William Pester (on his first patrol) who was the only survivor of the sinking, 29 became casualties


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