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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)
Tempest (N86)

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Baines, Edward Lewis  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 143981    21
Burns, John  Petty Officer  D/JX 140126    25
Burns, John Hugh Paul  Able Seaman  D/JX 167231    21
Cameron, Donald  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 73098    34
Buried in Bari
Cavaye, William Alexander Keith Napier  Lieutenant Commander      35
Collett, Albert Harry  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 88439    29
Cope, Thomas Smith  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 114379    22
Cronin, Alfred john  Able Seaman  C/JX 266184    31
Davies, George William  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 132023    19
Drew, Frederick  Signalman  P/JX 154013    20
Eales, Robert Charles  Able Seaman  D/JX 203162    20
Fiddes, Ernest Herbert Alfred  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 82259  MID  27
Frain, Christopher  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 23655    22
Gomer, Ronald Charles  Petty Officer Cook  D/MX 49082    28
Hardy, George Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 93965    22
Jackson, Peter George William  Telegraphist  P/JX 157500    19
Jury, Archie Edward  Leading Stoker  D/KX 79574    32
Kelly, Daniel  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 93894    29
Lavender, Fred  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 82135    28
Loose, Douglas Edwin Alfred  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 78277    22
Lowin, Ernest Thomas Joseph  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 20128    23
Meek, Joseph Anthony  Able Seaman  C/JX 152623    24
Morrison, John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 80906    30
Neel-Wall, Michael Neel  Lieutenant      21
Parsons, George Emmanuel Henry  Leading Cook  C/MX 54986    23
Parsons, George Emmanuel Henry C/MX 54986. CWGC has Parsons, George E H.
Pritchard, Hugh  Able Seaman  C/SSX 33930    19
Rear, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 93380    22
Sanders, John Alfred  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 138319    24
Shipley, Edward  Leading Steward  P/LX 21906    26
Spowart, Albert  Chief Stoker  P/K 60766    40
Stevens, Frederick Arthur  Chief Engine Room Artificer  C/M 37007    35
Waddell, Christopher McTaggart  Leading Stoker  C/KX 91739    26
Wainwright, Reginald John  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 85580    25
Waters, Christopher Paul  Able Seaman  D/JX 206092    22
Waters, Christopher Paul D/JX 206092. No Paul on Birth or Marriage Registers
Waugh, Andrew  Able Seaman  P/SSX 21188    22
Whitfield, Harry Cromwell  Able Seaman  C/SSX 17514    24
Williams, David Isaac  Able Seaman  D/JX 137378    25
Winter, John Leslie  Able Seaman  D/JX 198481    20
Worth, Alan George  Able Seaman  D/JX 153135    20


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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