|Built By:||Cammell Laird (Mersey)|
|Build Group:||T Grp2|
|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.|
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|
|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|
|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|
|06-01-1940 :||Laid Down|
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.