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Thunderbolt (N25)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: T Group 1
Fate: Depth charged by by Italian MA/SB Cicogna north of Sicily 14 Mar 1943
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Beckett  Able Seaman
Bird  Petty Officer Cook
Blane  Leading Telegraphist
Boulton  Stoker Petty Officer DSM
Bradley  Able Seaman
Brister  Able Seaman
Cale  Petty Officer
Cannon  Stoker 1st Class
Cooper  Leading Stoker
Crane  Petty Officer
Crouch  Lieutenant Commander DSO
Curry  Petty Officer
Curtis  Chief Engine Room Artificer DSM
Daly  Stoker 1st Class
Doughty  Stoker 1st Class
Downham  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Edgar  Lieutenant
Elliott  Petty Officer
Freeman  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Galloway  Able Seaman
Golding  Stoker 1st Class
Harris  Able Seaman
Heathcote  Leading Seaman
Hines  Leading Stoker
Horick  Lieutenant
Hughes  Able Seaman
Hussey-Yeo  Able Seaman
Japp  Telegraphist
Johnson  Able Seaman
Keenan  Able Seaman
Kelsey  Able Seaman
King  Leading Signalman
Lee  Petty Officer
Lowe  Stoker Petty Officer
Lynch  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Macleod  Stoker 1st Class
Maw  Lieutenant RNVR
McGow  Stoker 1st Class
McNally  Stoker 1st Class
Mitchell  Able Seaman
Moore  Able Seaman DSM
Murray  Leading Telegraphist
J E Newcombe  Able Seaman
Newman  Stoker 1st Class
Newton  Leading Stoker
Norwood  Stoker 1st Class
Preece  Able Seaman
Prince  Stoker 1st Class
Rice  Able Seaman
Ringham  Chief Petty Officer
Saunders  Able Seaman
 Simpson  Able Seaman Charioteer lost in ‘Operation Principal’
Simpson  Able Seaman
Stanley  Stoker 1st Class
Traylor  Ordinary Seaman
Walters  Chief Petty Officer DSM
Webb  Lieutenant
Whitbread  Petty Officer DSM
White  Able Seaman
Wilson  Able Seaman
Woodcock  Weapons Engineer
York  Petty Officer Steward


21-12-1936 : Laid Down
29-06-1938 : Launched
01-11-1940 : Completed
15-12-1940 : At 1017 hours the Italian submarine Capitano Tarantini was torpedoed and sunk south-west of the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux, France.
15-06-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt fires torpedoes at the German submarine U-557 in the North Atlantic. The torpedoes miss.
07-09-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Sirena about 50 miles west of Benghasi, Libya.
10-09-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V 224/Svan I with gunfire in the Gulf of Syrte off Marsa el Auegia.
11-09-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Livorno about 35 nautical miles west-south-west of Benghazi, Libya.
14-09-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt fires three torpedoes against the German merchant Tinos about 30 nautical miles north-west of Benghazi, Libya. All torpedoes missed.
10-10-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian sailing vessel Citta di Simi with gunfire some 12 miles north-east of Cape Sidero, Crete.
25-11-1941 : HMS Thunderbolt sinks the German sailing vessel L VII with gunfire off Kythera, Greece.
02-01-1942 : HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Anna Capano off Argostoli, Keffalonia Island, Greece.
04-01-1942 : HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper R 195/Nuovo San Pietro with gunfire west off Keffalonia Island, Greece.
30-01-1942 : HMS Thunderbolt fires four torpedoes against the Italian torpedo boat Solferino in the Ionian Sea.
01-02-1942 : HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Absirtea about 6 nautical miles off Cape Dukato, Greece.
03-02-1942 : HMS Thunderbolt damages the Italian auxiliary submarine chaser AS 80/Lanciotto Piero with gunfire off Gheregambe.
06-03-1942 : HMS Thunderbolt attacks the German submarine U-431 south-west of Crete. The German submarine escapes unharmed.
13-02-1943 : HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No.112/Mafalda with gunfire off Isola Lungha.
18-02-1943 : HMS Thunderbolt damages the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 95/San Giorgio with gunfire north-west of Pola.
20-02-1943 : HMS Thunderbolt sinks an Italian sailing vessel with gunfire off Bari.
12-03-1943 : Torpedoed the Italian merchant ship Esterel two miles north of Capo San Vito.
14-03-1943 : At 2210 on Friday 12th March the Italian merchant ship Esterel was torpedoed two miles north of Capo San Vito. Following the attack the torpedo boat Libra was ordered to seek out the submarine responsible - HMS Thunderbolt.

The Libra made contact with the Thunderbolt that night and carried out seven depth charge attacks with no result.

On Sunday 14th March the Italian corvette Cicogna obtained a contact and shortly after 0734 a periscope was sighted 2000 yards off the corvettes bow. At 0845 the periscope was again sighted, this time less than 10 feet away. Depth charges were launched at once and the corvette increased it speed and turned for another attack when an explosion lifted the submarines stern out of the sea at an angle of 90 degrees. The submarine sank through a discharge of air and oil. A further two depth charges were dropped resulting in air bubbles, oil and smoke appearing on the surface were the submarine had sunk. The Cicogna remained on station for an hour but no further contact was made.


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