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Spearfish (N69)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: S Group 2
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.
Spearfish (N69)
Spearfish (N69)

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Roll of Honour

Archer  Communications Engineer
Best  Lieutenant
Binns  Stoker 1st Class
Bird  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
Bird  Telegraphist
Browne  Lieutenant
Bruce  Leading Signalman
Carlton  Petty Officer Telegraphist DSM MID
Carpenter  Able Seaman
Carter  Able Seaman
Clifford  Leading Signalman
Darch  Leading Stoker
Delussey  Stoker 1st Class
Evans  Stoker 1st Class
Forbes  Lieutenant Commander DSO
Foster  Petty Officer
Gillet  Able Seaman
Gimblet  Lieutenant RNR
Glover  Leading Seaman
Hawes  Able Seaman
Hill  Able Seaman
Holland  Leading Seaman
Ibbotson  Chief Petty Officer
Iverson  Leading Seaman
James  Able Seaman
Lynch  Able Seaman
Maxwell  Stoker 1st Class
Mordue  Stoker 1st Class
Morey  Able Seaman DSM MID
Oliver  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
O’Hair  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Peel  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class DSM
Pirie  DSC
Rawlings  Leading Stoker
Royle  Stoker Petty Officer
Smith  Petty Officer
Smith  Telegraphist
Smith  Stoker 1st Class
Smith  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class MID
Tuson  Leading Telegraphist
Walker  Stoker 1st Class
Walker  Leading Seaman
Williams  Telegraphist


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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