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Tempest (N86)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: T Group 2
Fate: 13th Feb, 1942 the boat was detected and depth charged by the Italian Circe in the Gulf of Taranto. Following an epic struggle the submarine was forced to the surface in heavy seas. The Italians botched the rescue and there were just twenty-four survivors.
Tempest (N86)

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Roll of Honour

E Baines  Leading Telegraphist
J Burns  Petty Officer
D Cameron  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class Buried in Bari
W Cavaye  Lieutenant Commander
A Collett  Stoker 1st Class
T Cope  Stoker 1st Class
A Cronin  Able Seaman
G Davies  Stoker 2nd Class
R Eales  Able Seaman
E Fiddes  Stoker Petty Officer
C Frain  Leading Seaman
R Gomer  Petty Officer Cook
G Hardy  Stoker 1st Class
P Jackson  Telegraphist
A Jury  Leading Stoker MID
D Kelly  Stoker 1st Class
F Lavender  Stoker 1st Class
D Loose  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
E Lowin  Leading Seaman
J Meek  Able Seaman
J Morrison  Stoker 1st Class
M Neel-Wall  Lieutenant
G Parsons  Leading Cook
H Pritchard  Able Seaman
F Rear  Stoker 1st Class
J Sanders  Petty Officer Telegraphist
E Shipley  Leading Steward
A Spowart  Chief Stoker
F Stevens  Chief Engine Room Artificer
C Waddell  Leading Stoker
R Wainwright  Stoker Petty Officer
A Waugh  Able Seaman
H Whitfield  Able Seaman
D Williams  Able Seaman
J Winter  Able Seaman

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Descriptions of the events in WWII that led to the loss of Royal Navy Submarines in actions where the submarines were sunk, usually by scuttling, with the captains and crew taken prisoner. Included are two variations - in one case the submarine was captured and in another the captain was killed in action.


06-01-1940 : Laid Down
10-06-1941 : Launched
06-12-1941 : Completed
13-02-1942 : Lost

HMS Tempest sailed from Malta on the night of 10th Feb 1942 to patrol the Gulf of Taranto. On the evening of the 11th, Tempest was signalled that the Italians were aware of a submarine in her vicinity and that it should be assumed that her patrol had been compromised.

At 03:02 on the 13th, the Italian destroyer Circe sighted the submarine on the surface. Tempest had also seen the destroyer and began to dive. Circe moved in to attack , and at 03:32 began depth charging the area.

At 07:16 Circe still in contact with the Tempest began a second attack, resulting in oil being seen on the surface. The submarine had been crippled.

At 09:45 Tempest returned to the surface to be met with gunfire from the Circe. The order was given to abandon the submarine, the crew being picked up by the destroyer. The Italians attempted to board the abandoned vessel but were held back by rough seas.

By 13:00 the submarine had settled in the water and the demolition charges set by the crew had failed. With boarding of the submarine impossible due to bad weather, the Italian destroyer opened fire and, although more than a dozen direct hits were recorded the submarine refused to sink.

Finally the Italians attempted to take the submarine in tow. Two members of the destroyers crew boarded her and prepared the tow. As Circe Manoeuvered to take up the tow, Tempest suddenly started to sink, forcing those on board to jump into the sea. HMS Tempest slipped beneath the waves stern first with the bows disappearing vertically.


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