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Swordfish (N61)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: S Group 1
Fate: 7 November 1940 - Mined of St. Catherine's Point Isle of Wight

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Roll of Honour

D Apps  Able Seaman
W Blackmore  Able Seaman
R Bush  Chief Petty Officer
H Buttress  Leading Stoker
J Cox  Leading Seaman
W Crean  Leading Stoker
T Dando  Petty Officer
H Davies  Leading Signalman MID
A Fry  Lieutenant RNR
F Grattan  Able Seaman
A Hollingworth  Leading Seaman
T Jarret  Stoker
A Jones  Able Seaman
O Kellet  Petty Officer
V Kennard  Stoker Petty Officer
M Langley  Lieutenant DSC
W Lee  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
C Loines  Leading Seaman
T McMann  Leading Telegraphist
J Millerick  Stoker 1st Class
C Morrison  Leading Stoker
R Nichols  Able Seaman
A Northwood  Petty Officer Telegraphist
A Owen  Engine Room Artificer
J O’Neill  Stoker 1st Class
E Plested  Stoker 1st Class
J Preddy  Leading Stoker
M Ratcliffe  Lieutenant
H Selway  Weapons Engineer
J Shipley  Able Seaman
E Souris  Stoker 1st Class
D Sproat  Stoker 1st Class
H Spurgeon  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
H Stacey  Lieutenant
E Stapley  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
L Tonks  Leading Telegraphist
F Ward  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class MID
N Williams  Able Seaman
J Wood  Telegraphist
J Young  Leading Seaman



01-12-1930 : Laid Down
10-11-1931 : Launched
28-11-1932 : Completed
20-04-1940 : HMS Swordfish fires 6 torpedoes against the German merchant Santos about 17 nautical miles south-south-east of Larvik, Norway. All torpedoes fired missed their target.
28-07-1940 : HMS Swordfish comes across the Norwegian yacht Maski in the North Sea. The four Norwegians aboard the yacht were trying to flee to the United Kingdom. After the Norwegians were taken aboard and the Maski was sunk with gunfire.
01-10-1940 : HMS Swordfish attacks the German torpedo boats Falke and Kondor with torpedoes in the English Channel about 12 nautical miles north-east of Cherbourg, France. All torpedoes missed their target.
07-11-1940 : Believed sunk by mine

HMS Swordfish sailed from Portsmouth on 7th November 1940 for a patrol in the North Sea. Nothing was heard from the Swordfish after her departure despite efforts on the 15th and 16th to have her report her position. It was believed at the time that she had fallen victim to a German destroyer in the vicinity of Brest. This belief remained until 1983 when her wreck was discovered off the Isle of Wight at a depth of 150 feet. It is now clear that the submarine struck a mine shortly after sailing from Portsmouth.


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