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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 being launched

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Roll of Honour

E Beecham  Stoker 1st Class
G Bowen  Lieutenant Commissioned Engineer
S Boyse  Able Seaman
V Brewer  Stoker 1st Class
K Buckie  Able Seaman
T Chapman  Stoker 1st Class
G Childs  Petty Officer Cook
T Cluney  Able Seaman
H Davies  Stoker 1st Class
J Dixon  Stoker 1st Class
R Dolling  Leading Stoker
W Drew  Telegraphist
E Ennor  Lieutenant RNR
W Evans  Leading Steward
F Garfin  Able Seaman
R Gatward  Able Seaman
F Goddard  Petty Officer Telegraphist
R Greenslade  Stoker Petty Officer
H Hammond  Chief Petty Officer
R Hardacre  Able Seaman
K Harper  Lieutenant
W Haselfoot  Lieutenant Commander
M Healey  Leading Seaman
W Healey  Leading Telegraphist
A Howard  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
L Jones  Lieutenant
A lcoat  Stoker 1st Class
C Livesey  Leading Seaman
J Luker  Telegraphist
J L’Anson  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
G Maddison  Stoker 1st Class
W Mitchell  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
J Morgan  Leading Stoker
T Murray  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
W Owens  Leading Stoker
A Penn  Petty Officer Telegraphist
W Perkin  Petty Officer
T Rae  Able Seaman
J Reading  Able Seaman
W Richards  Leading Signalman
W Rousell  Stoker 1st Class
L Saunders  Stoker Petty Officer
J Siddell  Leading Stoker
H Simpson  Leading Seaman
J Summersbee  Petty Officer
J Thompson  Chief Petty Officer
J Todd  Chief Engine Room Artificer
J Vass  Leading Seaman
J Warden  Leading Stoker
F Wheeler  Able Seaman
J 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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