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Turbulent (N98)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 2
Fate: Presumed mined off Sardinia 14 March 1943
Turbulent (N98)
Turbulent (N98)
Turbulent (N98)
Turbulent (N98)

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Commander John Wallace LintonRead
From the outbreak of war until HMS Turbulent's last patrol Commander Linton was constantly in command of submarines, and during that time inflicted great damage on the enemy. He sank one cruiser, one destroyer, one U-boat, wenty-eight supply ships, some 10000 tons in all, and destroyed three trains by gunfire.
 

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Baker, Arthur Osmond  Lieutenant      23
Bennett, Frederick George Newhouse  Able Seaman  P/J 104115    36
Bennett, Frederick George Newhouse P/J 104115 Age 36 CWGC has Age 42
Biddlecombe, William Henry Joseph  Leading Seaman  P/JX 15261    21
Billingsley, Morgan Ensor  Able Seaman  D/JX 21293  DSC  21
Blake, John Priestley  Lieutenant      22
Bourne, Albert Edward  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 14641    30
Boyce, James Michael  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11488    21
Boyce, Victor Cornwall  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 93352    23
Brokenshire, Henry  Able Seaman  D/JX 15548    21
Bromby, Harry  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/MX 50465    30
Brown, Norman  Telegraphist  C/JX 16287    20
Chartres, Clive Frederick Evelyn  Engineer Lieutenant    DSC  23
Clements, Brian Clement Weston  Lieutenant    DSM  22
Courtnall, Cyril Frank  Leading Stoker  C/KX 12065    22
Crowston, Arthur Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 54553  MID  25
Darling, Cecil  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 13202    22
Deller, John Albert  Able Seaman  C/JX 20050    25
Dennis, Ronald Arthur  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 15558    21
Down, Cyril Stanley Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86557    26
Dye, Walter James  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 90571    24
Farrow, William Edward  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 2012  DSM*  23
Ford, Cyril Davis  Able Seaman  C/JX 19948    25
Gardner, Tom  Petty Officer Cook  P/MX 49964    27
Glester, William Arthur  Able Seaman  C/SSX 3277    22
Glover, William Henry  Able Seaman  C/JX 20827    20
Goldsworthy, Andrew  Stoker 1st Class (RNSR)  D/SR 59147    24
Gorman, Bernard  Telegraphist  C/JX 15651  DSM  20
Hadley, William Kerly  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/J 107992    34
Hall, Richard  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11241    23
Hay, George  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11331    26
Hogg, William  Petty Officer  D/J 102496    37
Hunnisett, Brian  Able Seaman  P/JX 23581    21
Jones, Norman Edwin  Able Seaman  D/JX 33300    21
Lawson, John Monteith  Lieutenant      21
Linton, John Wallace  Commander    VC*  37
Lloyd, Christopher Albert  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 82609  MID  28
Lyfield, Albert Ray  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 91592    40
Mason, George Leonard  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 74845    29
Maynard, Albert Ernest  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 99264    24
Morris, Cyril Edward  Able Seaman  D/JX 21356    22
Morris, Frederick Charles  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/M 38173    41
Oates, Leonard Charles  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 2465    22
Ogden, Charles  Able Seaman  P/JX 21926    23
Ormerod, Maurice  Able Seaman  D/JX 20056  MID  22
Pearce, Charles Henry  Leading Seaman  D/JX 10191  MID  37
Pearce, Charles Henry D/KX 101914 DoB 04/01/1906 Age 37 CWGC has Age 47
Peebles, William Carton  Yeoman of Signals  D/JX 14279  DSM*  23
Reeves, Robert Herbert  Able Seaman  C/JX 12907    32
Richardson, William  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 15451  MID  20
Ridley, Robert Rowcroft  Able Seaman  P/JX 19121  DSM  23
Sharp, William Edward  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 66108  MID  37
Simpson, Malcolm  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 72069  MID  38
Stead, John  Able Seaman  C/JX 19486    22
Stone, Frederick Percival de Maine  Able Seaman  C/JX 13533    27
Stone, Frederick Percival de Maine C/JX 135333 Age 27. CWGC has Stone, Fredrick Percival de Maine Age 29
Stranaghan, Harold  Able Seaman  D/KX 89193    27
Sweeney, Joseph  Stoker 1st Class  D/SKX 1219    20
Todd, Charles Alfred  Leading Stoker  C/KX 80479    32
Tunnell, Joseph William Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11096    22
Walker, Henry Frederick  Petty Officer  C/JX 12955    31
Wallis, Frederick Charles  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 64815    23
Walton, Leslie  Able Seaman  D/JX 20853    22
Weatherley, James William  Petty Officer Steward  P/LX 22249    24
Wheeler, Frank Thomas  Leading Stoker  C/KX 94979    23
Wheldon, Harold Walter  Able Seaman  C/JX 19811    23
Whyte, Hugh McLaren  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 72694  DSM  31
Wilkes, George Harold  Chief Petty Officer  C/JX125656    33
Williams, Geoffrey Alwyn  Able Seaman  P/JX 29581    19
Willicombe, Thomas John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 95054    22

Events

15-03-1940 : Laid Down
12-05-1941 : Launched
02-12-1941 : Completed
02-03-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Greek sailing vessels Prodromos and Aghios Apostolos with gunfire in Saloniki Bay.
03-03-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Greek sailing vessels Aghios Yonizov, Aghios Dyonysios and Evangelista with gunfire in Saloniki Bay.
13-03-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Greek sailing vessel Aghia Traio with gunfire off Mykonos Island, Greece.
07-04-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Italian merchant Rosa M. with gunfire south of Cattaro, Yugoslavia.
12-04-1942 : HMS Turbulent makes a torpedo attack on a submarine off Fiume. The target is not hit.
14-04-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Italian sailing vessel Franco with gunfire off Sebenico, Yugoslavia.
16-04-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Delia off Brindisi, Italy.
14-05-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Italian sailing vessel San Giusto with gunfire 10 miles east of Apollonia, Greece.
18-05-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Bolsena west of Bengasi, Libya.
29-05-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian destroyer Emanuelle Pessagno and the Italian merchant Capo Arma about 70 nautical miles north-west of Bengasi, Libya.
02-06-1942 : HMS Turbulent twice attacks the German submarine U-81. All 7 torpedoes miss the target.
24-06-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Regulus in the Gulf of Sirte about 5 nautical miles west of Ghemines.
04-07-1942 : While on patrol off Benghazi, Libya HMS Turbulent fires torpedoes at the Italian transport Nino Bixio and the German transport Ankara. The torpedoes miss.
06-08-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the wreck of the Italian destroyer Strale off Cape Bon.
17-08-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and damages the Italian transport ship Nino Bixio 12 nautical miles south-west of Navarino, Greece. This ship is loaded with some 2000 POW's, over which over 300 perish as a result of this attack.
19-08-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and damages the Italian tanker Pozarica off Antikythera, Greece.
08-10-1942 : HMS Turbulent sinks the German Kreta with gunfire near Ras al Hilal, Libya.
11-11-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the German auxiliary submarine tender Bengasi about 10 nautical miles north-east of Capo Carbonara, Sardinia, Italy.
29-12-1942 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Marte east of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia, Italy.
11-01-1943 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Vittoria Beraldo near Cattaro, Yugoslavia.
01-02-1943 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Pozzuoli off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
05-02-1943 : HMS Turbulent torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Utilitas off Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
23-02-1943 : HMS Turbulent sailed from Algiers for a patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Turbulent did not respond to any further messages and did not return.
01-03-1943 : HMS Turbulent sinks the Italian merchant San Vincenzo off Paola, Italy.
14-03-1943 : HMS Turbulent was lost, presumed mined

IT is believed by a variety of sources that Turbulent was actually sunk whilst transiting a minefield. Her Captain Tubby Linton V.C. heard a message about a possible target that was not intended for him. He was on an interception course and forgot to check for any info on minefield disposition.
(Source the Fighting Tenth)

On 23rd February 1943 HMS Turbulent sailed from Algiers for a patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea. On 1st March she attacked and sank the Italian steam ship Vincenz. On the 11th she is known to have attacked the mail ship Mafalda. The following morning the anti-submarine trawler Teti II sighted the periscope and conning tower of a submarine and attacked, it is believed, without success. Turbulent did not respond to any further messages and did not return when expected on 23rd March.
25-05-1943 : The King was Graciously pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross for great valour in command of HM Submarines to Commander John Wallace Linton, DSO, DSC, Royal Navy
Comments

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The wreck has not been found and the mining has been discredited. She was peobably lost in an engagememt by the Italian navy ship Ardito.
   Christopher Morgan-Jones Fri, 8 Apr 2016
HMS TURBULENT COULD BE ONE OF THE EIGHT SUBMARINES THAT HAVE BEEN SONAR LOCATED OFF TABARKA , TUNISIA IN 2015 . THIS WILL BE ASCERTAINED THIS SUMMER 2016 . THE AREA IS NOW KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN A NAVAL MINEFIELD PLANTED BY THE GERMAN 3S.FLOTILLA , DEC 1942.
   JEAN-PIERRE MISSON Fri, 22 Apr 2016

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