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Traveller (N48)

Built By: Scotts (Clyde)
Build Group: T Group 2
Fate: Lost cause unknown in the Gulf of Taranto on or around 4th December 1942.
Traveller
Traveller

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Astley, Stuart  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 12236    26
Baker, Charles Henry  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 49170    25
Bartlett, Victor James Herbert  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/MX 48222  DSM*  28
Berry, John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 13671    19
Berry, John D/KX 136712 DoB 03/02/1923 Age 19. No BMD Information
Bolton, Derrick Richard  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2584    24
Brown, Archibald McLean  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 97870    22
Byiast, Alfred Charles  Leading Stoker  C/KX 78646    36
Christopher, Thomas William  Chief Stoker  P/K 61482    42
Cooley, Henry  Telegraphist  C/JX 16634    20
Davis, Charles Victor  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 88300    28
Dean, Arthur Joseph  Petty Officer  D/JX 13545    27
Deller, William George Alfred  Leading Seaman  C/JX 16064    20
Dickinson, Richard  Leading Stoker  P/KX 98125    21
Ellgood, Harry  Able Seaman  D/JX 19855    22
Ellis, Robert York Dyer  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 66698    22
Finn, Vincent Thomas  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 13360    29
Groves, Austin Leonard  Able Seaman  D/JX 25600    29
Groves, William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 98006  BEM  23
Hardwick, William Espin  Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
Hedges, Percival  Able Seaman  P/JX 23728    24
Hewlett, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11708    22
Hills, Horace Charles  Able Seaman  D/JX 19998    24
Holman, Albert Roy  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 72247    22
Hooton, Wilfred Harry  Able Seaman  D/JX 21300    22
Hubbard, Walter Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 59040    23
Hulbert, Wyndham Bertram  Lieutenant      21
Hunter, Robert  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 12660    21
Hutchings, John James  Telegraphist  P/JX 14601    22
Hutton, Norman William  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 2525    22
McBride, William  Telegraphist  D/J 108623    34
McGuire, James  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 87895    28
Meikle, Alexander  Able Seaman  D/SSX 2435    23
Mills, Edward Percival  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 13719    20
Moncrieff, Ronald McCulloch  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 2833    23
Morrow, Thomas Albert Duncan  Petty Officer  D/JX 13862  MID  25
Nelson, Louis Cyril  Leading Seaman  D/JX 23845    24
Newbery, Eric  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 1985    25
Newell, Robert James Herbert  Able Seaman  P/JX 14481    27
Nicholson, John Edward  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 13621    26
O'Brien, Charles  Able Seaman  P/JX 24715    20
Odam, Samuel George  Leading Steward  D/LX 22897    27
Owen, Brinley  Able Seaman  D/JX 20833    20
Owen, Brinley D/JX 208331 DoB 27/04/1922 Age 20 CWGC has Age 29
Palmer, Samuel  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 80440  MID  31
Paris, Frederick James Stevenson  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 82464    29
Parkinson, Peter Roscoe  Able Seaman  D/JX 23778    25
Payne, Charles Edmund Hunkin  Chief Petty Officer  P/JX 12947  DSM  31
Pickvance, Samuel Fred Osborne Wood  Leading Stoker  D/JX 14364    24
Pinkney, Howard  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 13805    19
Price, Ronald  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 13854    22
Ramsay, Robert Swan  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 85854    26
Reed, Eugene Robert  Able Seaman  C/JX 15260    21
Reid, George William Alfred  Leading Stoker  C/KX 93243    23
Robinson, Harold Ernest  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 78482    23
Ross, Murdo  Able Seaman  D/SSX 3371    22
Rush, William George Horace  Able Seaman  C/JX 15077    21
Rush, William George Horace C/JX 150776. CWGC has Rush, William George A.
Russel, Hugh Dunbar Sutherland  Lieutenant      26
Scholes, Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 73359    22
Smith, George Albert  Able Seaman  C/JX 21507    24
St Clair-Ford, Drummond  Lieutenant Commander      34
Taylor, William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 93841    22
Tolson, Sydney  Yeoman of Signals  P/JX 13976    25
Verner-Jeffreys, Robert David  Engineer Lieutenant      30
Wickenden, Charles Alfred Bernard  Petty Officer  C/SSX 1441    27
Wild, John Russel  Lieutenant (RNR)      21
Wilson, Richard Allison  Petty Officer Cook  P/MX 53659    25

Events

17-01-1940 : Laid Down
27-08-1941 : Launched
10-04-1942 : Completed
14-05-1942 : After a work up period in the Clyde area HMS Traveller departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She makes the first part of the passage through the Irish sea together with P211 and P43. They were escorted until Bishops Rock by the British minesweeper/escort vessel HMS La Capricieuse (former French)
24-05-1942 : HMS Traveller arrived at Gibraltar
02-06-1942 : HMS Traveller conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with P42 and P43
03-06-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Gibraltar for her 1st war patrol. This is a work-up patrol in the Alboran Sea.
11-06-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 1st war patrol at Gibraltar.
19-06-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Gibraltar for Alexandria where she is to join the First Submarine Flotilla. While on passage she was diverted to Haifa.
19-07-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Haifa for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. En-route to her patrol area she is to patrol along the North coast of Crete.
28-07-1942 : While in transit through the Otranto Straits to her patrol area HMS Traveller is detected on the surface by an Italian destroyer. Traveller dived and a few depth charges were dropped but these inflicted no damage.

Later on the same day she attacks the Italian merchant Ezilda Croce, on passage from Bari to Valona, in the Otranto Strait. The torpedoes fired however miss their target. An escorting aircraft dropped bombs on the submarine.
30-07-1942 : The conning tower of an Italian submarine was sighted at a range of 10,000 yards but HMS Traveller could not close the range. This was most probably the Italian submarine Topazio on passage from Fiume to Naples.
31-07-1942 : While operating in the Adriatic HMS Traveller fires 6 torpedoes at the Italian gunboat Cattaro. The torpedoes however missed their target.
03-08-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked the German merchant Pluto with two torpedoes off Mulo Island. No hits were obtained. The coastal battery at Scoglio Mulo fired three shells at the submarine.
05-08-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked the Italian submarine Porfido in the Adriatic Sea, about 25 nautical miles North-East of Pescara. Two torpedoes were fired which missed astern. Traveller then surfaced for gun action. 15 rounds were fired before the target dived as soon as Traveller opened fire and suffered no damage.
07-08-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked an Italian submarine in the Otranto Strait. Three torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained.
14-08-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 2nd war patrol at Beirut.
30-08-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Beirut for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the North-African coast in the Tobruk area. Later she was ordered to patrol North of Crete.
03-09-1942 : HMS Traveller HMS Traveller was off Tobruk, patrolling at periscope depth when she was bombed by an unseen aircraft. There was no damage.
05-09-1942 : HMS Traveller torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Albachiara about 30 nautical miles North-East of Derna, Libya.

Later on the same day two torpedoes were fired against a merchant vessel about 50 nautical miles North-West of Derna, Libya.
17-09-1942 : 2.5 miles south of Cape Archangelo (Rhodes), HMS Traveller picked up Lt. David Sutherland and Marine Duggan of the SBS (Special Boat Service, operation ANGLO), ten other members of the party failed to make the rendezvous and were captured.
20-09-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 3rd war patrol at Beirut
04-10-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Beirut for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Crete.
09-10-1942 : HMS Traveller attacks the Italian tanker Proserpina that is escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Castore and Ciclone, with four torpedoes west of Crete. None of the torpedoes fired hit the target.
11-10-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked the German auxiliary minelayer Bulgaria with two torpedoes to the West of Crete. No hits are obtained.
15-10-1942 : HMS Traveller attacks an Italian convoy to the West of Crete. 4 torpedoes were fired against the Italian merchant Anna Maria. No hits were obtained.
26-10-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 4th war patrol at Port Said. She is almost immediately put into dry-dock for the fitting of petrol tanks to enable her to transport petrol to Malta.
13-11-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Port Said with a cargo of aviation spirit for Malta
23-11-1942 : HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Malta with a cargo of aviation spirit.
28-11-1942 : HMS Traveller sailed from Malta for her 5th war patrol. She was to carry out a preliminary reconnaissance of Taranto for Special Operation Principal (projected attacks on Italian ports by Chariot human torpedoes).
04-12-1942 : HMS Traveller sunk

On 28th November HMS Traveller was carrying out a reconnaissance patrol of the coast of Taranto as part of operation Portcullis (an attack on Italian battleships in Taranto Harbour using chariots) The submarine did not return from the operation and was probably mined on or about 4th December.
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