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Taku (N38)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: T Group 1
Fate: Scrapped in November 1946 at Llanelly.
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Taku's attempted trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1941Read
On Monday 14th February 1941, HM Submarine Taku sailed quietly from Holy Loch in Scotland bound for Nova Scotia. She was under escort and commanded by Lieutenant Brown. No-one could possibly have imagined or foreseen what would happen in the days following this departure
 

Events

18-11-1937 : Laid Down
20-05-1939 : Launched
03-01-1940 : Completed
17-04-1940 : While searching for 5 German destroyers reported to be in her area HMS Taku fires 4 torpedoes against the British destroyer HMS Ashanti. Luckily all torpedoes missed their target.
08-05-1940 : HMS Taku attacks a German convoy with ten torpedoes and torpedoes and damages the German torpedo boat Mwe east of Denmark. After the attack Taku was depth charged for 10 hours.
02-11-1940 : HMS Taku hit the the German tanker Gedania in the Bay of Biscay about 35 nautical miles south-west of Belle-Isle island with a dud torpedo.
06-05-1941 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Cagliari in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 20 nautical miles north-north-west of Stromboli Island, Italy.
11-06-1941 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the German munitions transport Tilly L.M. Russ at Bengasi, Libya.
12-06-1941 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Silvio Scaroniin the Gulf of Syrte 70 nautical miles off Benghazi, Libya.
13-07-1941 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the Italian passenger/cargo ship Caldea 10 nautical miles off the Bengasi lighthouse, Libya.
15-07-1941 : HMS Taku sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper Vincenso P. about 25 nautical miles south-east of Auegia, Libya.
15-08-1942 : HMS Taku attacks the German merchant Menes with 4 torpedoes about 90 nautical miles north-east of Benghazi, Libya. All 4 torpedoes missed their target.
24-10-1942 : HMS Taku sinks a small Greek sailing vessel with gunfire west of Kos, Greece
25-10-1942 : HMS Taku attacks the Italian tanker Arca off Chios, Greece. The torpedoes missed their target.
26-10-1942 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Arca south-west of Chios, Greece.
27-10-1942 : HMS Taku sinks the Greek sailing vessel Lora with gunfire off Lemnos, Greece.
31-10-1942 : HMS Taku fires four torpedoes against the Italian tanker Cerere about 10 nautical miles south of Cape Sounio, Greece. All torpedoes fired missed their target.
14-12-1942 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Delfin in the Aegean Sea about 5 nautical miles north of Macrosini island, Greece
22-12-1942 : HMS Taku sinks the Greek sailing vessel Nikiwith gunfire in the Potidea Channel.
07-02-1944 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Rheinhausen about 20 nautical miles north of Stavanger, Norway.
12-02-1944 : HMS Taku torpedoes and heavily damages the German merchant Harm Fritzen off Stavanger, Norway.
13-02-1944 : HMS Taku torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Hans Bornhofen in the Boknafjorden, 8 nautical miles south of Skudeneshavn, Norway.
24-03-1944 : HMS Taku fires 5 torpedoes against the German merchant Moshill in a German convoy about 25 nautical miles west of Namsos, Norway, but missed.


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