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Thrasher (N37)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: T Grp2
Fate: Scrapped in March 1947 at Briton Ferry.
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Petty Officer Thomas William GouldRead
On February 16th, in daylight, HM Submarine Thrasher attacked and sank a heavily escorted supply ship she was at once attacked by depth-charges and was bombed by aircraft. The presence of two unexploded bombs in the gun-casing was discovered when after dark the submarine surfaced and began to roll. Lieutenant Roberts and Petty Officer Gould volunteered to remove the bombs, which were of a type unknown to them.
 
The Lucky ThirteenRead
HM Submarine Thrasher was one of the most successful submarines of the Second World War. She was definitely the most decorated, being the only submarine to have two VCs among her host of decorations.
 
Lieutenant Peter Scawen Watkinson RobertsRead
On February 16th, in daylight, HM Submarine Thrasher attacked and sank a heavily escorted supply ship she was at once attacked by depth-charges and was bombed by aircraft. The presence of two unexploded bombs in the gun-casing was discovered when after dark the submarine surfaced and began to roll. Lieutenant Roberts and Petty Officer Gould volunteered to remove the bombs, which were of a type unknown to them.
 

Events

14-11-1939 : Laid Down
28-11-1940 : Launched
14-05-1941 : Completed
17-07-1941 : HMS Thrasher heavily damages the French fishing vessel Virgo Fidelis with gunfire in the Bay of Biscay off San Sebastian, Spain.
15-08-1941 : HMS Thrasher fires four torpedoes against the German transport Ankara off Cape Sunion, Greece. All torpedoes miss.
20-08-1941 : HMS Thrasher sinks the Greek sailing vessel San Stefano with gunfire off Cape Malea, Greece.
28-10-1941 : HMS Thrasher sinks the Italian sailing vessel Esperia with gunfire north-east of Benghazi, Libya.
25-11-1941 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Attilio Deffenu about 20 nautical miles east of Brindisi, Puglia, Italy.
10-01-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Fedora about 35 nautical miles north-east of Cape Dukato, Greece.
16-02-1942 : On February 16th, in daylight, HM Submarine Thrasher attacked and sank a heavily escorted supply ship she was at once attacked by depth-charges and was bombed by aircraft. The presence of two unexploded bombs in the gun-casing was discovered when after dark the submarine surfaced and began to roll. Lieutenant Roberts and Petty Officer Gould volunteered to remove the bombs, which were of a type unknown to them for which they each received the VC.
09-04-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Gala about 20 nautical miles west-south-west of Bengasi, Libya.
13-04-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the German army cargo ship Atlas south-west of Bengasi, Libya. She also sinks the Italian tug Pilo 210 with gunfire in roughly the same area.
19-04-1942 : HMS Thrasher attacks the German barge F 184 with gunfire west of Derna, Libya. Return fire forced Thrasher to break off the attack.
19-05-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Penelope about 5 nautical miles north-west of Monopoli, Italy.
23-06-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Sant Antonio in the Gulf of Sirte.
29-06-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian sloop Diana north of Tobruk, Libya.
26-07-1942 : HMS Thrasher is bombed in error by a British Swordfish aircraft off Port Said, Egypt. She is under repair for about a month due to the damage sustained.
04-09-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Padenna about 40 nautical miles north of Tobruk, Libya.
12-10-1942 : HMS Thrasher sinks a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire in the Aegean Sea, about 15 nautical miles east of Cape Drepano, Sithonia peninsula, Greece.
13-10-1942 : HMS Thrasher sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire in the Aegean Sea about 10 nautical miles south-west of Cape Pinnes, Athos peninsula, Greece.
19-10-1942 : HMS Thrasher sinks the Italian tug Roma with gunfire off Stampalia, Greece.
20-10-1942 : HMS Thrasher torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Lero between Symi and Rhodos Islands, Greece.
22-01-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks four Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.
27-01-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.
28-01-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.
16-03-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire of the west coast of Burma.
18-03-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire of the west coast of Burma.
19-03-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.
22-06-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks three Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire off the west coast of Siam.
25-07-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire north of the Strait of Malacca.
27-07-1945 : HMS Thrasher sinks four Japanese coasters and a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the northern part of the Strait of Malacca.


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