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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

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Apps, David  Able Seaman  C/JX 141903    21
Blackmore, William George  Able Seaman  D/SSX 17741    29
Bush, Roland William  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 109431  MID  32
Buttress, Harry  Leading Stoker  D/KX 81751    30
Cox, James Frank  Leading Seaman  P/J 60278    40
Crean, William John  Leading Stoker  D/KX 82122    29
Dando, Trevor John Bladon  Petty Officer  C/J 105215    35
Davies, Harold  Leading Signalman  P/JX 127080  MID  30
Fry, Alexander Frederick  Lieutenant (RNR)      25
Gratton, Francis Arthur John  Able Seaman  D/JX 126186    30
Hollingworth, Arthur Charles  Leading Seaman  D/JX 151882    23
Jarrett, Thomas John Charles  Able Seaman  C/KX 92020    21
Jones, Edward Lewingdon  Able Seaman  P/JX 127991    30
Kellet, Oswald  Petty Officer  D/J 98620    35
Kennard, Victor Albert  Stoker Petty Officer  C/K 59839    36
Langley, Michael Armitage  Lieutenant    DSC  28
Commanding Officer
Lee, William Thomas  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/MX 45635  MID  29
Loines, Charles Walter Leonard  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 179106    22
McMann, Thomas  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 134363    26
Millerick, Frank Frederick William  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 79882    31
Morrison, Charles Archibald  Leading Stoker  C/KX 84966    29
Nichols, Richard Thomas  Able Seaman  P/J 58646    40
Northwood, Arthur  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 135736    24
O'neill, Joseph Patrick  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 84929    30
Owen, Amos John  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 52169    31
Plested, Edward  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86488    24
Preddy, Leonard John  Leading Stoker  D/KX 83716    25
Ratcliffe, Michael Eric Price  Lieutenant      22
Selway, Harry Thomas  Warrant Engineer  (Ex.M38756)    31
Shipley, James Henry Newton  Able Seaman  P/JX 145303    20
Souris, Edward George  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 83535    29
Sproat, David Jameson  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 83324    25
Spurgeon, Harold Vincent  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 46961    28
Stacey, Harry Arthur  Lieutenant      25
Stapley, Ernest William  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 56585    22
Tonks, Leonard  Leading Telegraphist  D/J 112969    31
Ward, Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 46205  MID  34
CWGC has Ward, Fred
Williams, Norman Charles  Telegraphist  D/JX 142211    21
Williams, Reginald Herbert  Able Seaman  C/JX 148322    25
Wood, John Hardy  Telegraphist  D/JX 134058    26
Young, Jack  Leading Seaman  C/JX 144322    21


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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