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Thistle (N24)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 1
Fate: Torpedoed by U4 off Skudesneshavn Norway on 10 Apr 1940
Thistle (N24)
Thistle (N24)
Thistle being launched
Thistle being launched

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Roll of Honour

Beecham  Stoker 1st Class
Bowen  Lieutenant Commissioned Engineer
Boyse  Able Seaman
Brewer  Stoker 1st Class
Buckie  Able Seaman
Chapman  Stoker 1st Class
Childs  Petty Officer Cook
Cluney  Able Seaman
Davies  Stoker 1st Class
Dixon  Stoker 1st Class
Dolling  Leading Stoker
Drew  Telegraphist
Ennor  Lieutenant RNR
Evans  Leading Steward
Garfin  Able Seaman
Gatward  Able Seaman
Goddard  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Greenslade  Stoker Petty Officer
Hammond  Chief Petty Officer
Hardacre  Able Seaman
Harper  Lieutenant
Haselfoot  Lieutenant Commander
Healey  Leading Seaman
Healey  Leading Telegraphist
Howard  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
Jones  Lieutenant
lcoat  Stoker 1st Class
Livesey  Leading Seaman
Luker  Telegraphist
L’Anson  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Maddison  Stoker 1st Class
Mitchell  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
Morgan  Leading Stoker
Murray  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Owens  Leading Stoker
Penn  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Perkin  Petty Officer
Rae  Able Seaman
Reading  Able Seaman
Richards  Leading Signalman
Rousell  Stoker 1st Class
Saunders  Stoker Petty Officer
Siddell  Leading Stoker
Simpson  Leading Seaman
Summersbee  Petty Officer
Thompson  Chief Petty Officer
Todd  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Vass  Leading Seaman
Warden  Leading Stoker
Wheeler  Able Seaman
Whittaker  Stoker 1st Class


07-12-1937 : Laid Down
25-10-1938 : Launched
04-07-1939 : Completed
09-04-1940 : HMS Thistle missed the German submarine U-4 with a spread of four torpedoes southwest off Stavanger, Norway
10-04-1940 : Lost.

In the belief that a German invasion of Norway was imminent Flag Officer Submarines ordered HMS Thistle to Stavanger with orders to sink any enemy vessel that she may spot in the harbour.

On 10th April Thistle signaled her intentions in complying with this order and that she had two torpedoes remaining after an unsuccessful attack on a U-boat. With this in mind the Admiralty changed her orders to patrol off Skudenes.

No further contact was made with the Thistle. It was later discovered that U4, the U-boat Thistle had previously attacked had, sighted the submarine on the surface and sunk her with torpedoes.


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