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Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 3
Fate: Mined north of Corsica on or about 2 Jan 1943.
Practice torpedo is loaded onto P311 at Holy Loch, Scotland, 1942 alongside HMS Forth
Practice torpedo is loaded onto P311 at Holy Loch, Scotland, 1942 alongside HMS Forth

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Submarine P311 (which was the only un-named T Class submarine - although the name of HMS Tutankhamen was to have been allocated but was never officially adopted - was taking part in an Operation to take Chariots to attack Italian shipping at the port of La Maddelena in Sicily. Submarine P311 was allocated three Chariots for this task. P311 had completed the passage through the Sicilian Channel (which was reported at 0130 on 31st December 1942).

No further reports were received from the Submarine and P311 was presumed lost in a minefield near La Maddelena on (or about) 2nd January 1943. There were no survivors from the crew of the Submarine. Also lost were the three Chariots - including Nos. X & XVIII, the three Chariot Crews (six personnel in all) and the team of four Dressers.

The date of the loss of the crew of Submarine P311 and her passengers is taken as 8th January 1943 which is the date that the submarine was due to arrive back at Malta.

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In November 1942 His Majesty's Submarine P311 slipped quietly from her moorings in Malta. She was never to return. Now, 73 years after her disappearance en-route to Sardinia, the vessel and her entombed 71 man crew have apparently been found gently resting on the seabed, off the Italian island of Tavolara
No history of submarine warfare in World War Two could be complete without a mention of the "Human Torpedo" or "Chariot". The sheer drama of their story, which could not be revealed at the time, introduced a unique level of selectivity into naval warfare.

Roll of Honour

Adams  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Anderson  Ordinary Seaman RNR
Anderson  Ordinary Seaman Chariot crew lost with P311
Auty  Able Seaman
Bennett  Ordinary Seaman
Blackwell  Stoker 1st Class
Bond  Stoker 1st Class
Bonnell  Lieutenant DSC RCNVR, Chariot crew lost with P311
Brock  Able Seaman
Brown  Leading Telegraphist
Bruce  Stoker 1st Class
Buckley  Lieutenant RNVR
Bulford  Stoker 1st Class
Burton  Able Seaman
Carr  Petty Officer
Cayley  Commander DSO
Cheeseman  Telegraphist
Clarke  Able Seaman
Cooney  Able Seaman
Donohue  Stoker Petty Officer
Dye  Petty Officer
Evans  Able Seaman
Feltham  Able Seaman
Foulkes  Able Seaman
Foundling  Stoker 1st Class
Foxon  Stoker 1st Class
French  Stoker 1st Class
Gee  Stoker 1st Class
Gordon  Lieutenant (E)
Goss  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, Chariot crew lost with P311
Griffiths  Stoker 2nd Class
Hunt  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Iddiolis  Petty Officer
Johns  Able Seaman
Kerr  Lieutenant Chariot crew lost with P311
Key  Able Seaman
Kimberley  Chief Engine Room Artificer
King  Petty Officer Steward MID
Lee  Chief Petty Officer DSM
Lord  Able Seaman
Lord  Leading Telegraphist
Lyth  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Macrae  Lieutenant
Mapplebeck  Able Seaman
Mapplebeck  Able Seaman Chariot crew lost with P311
Martin  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
McCombe  Stoker Petty Officer
McLean  Ordinary Seaman
McShane  Stoker 1st Class
Metherell  Able Seaman
Milligan  Stoker Petty Officer
Moon  Yeoman of Signals
Nesbitt  Able Seaman
Newton  Able Seaman
Pridham  Stoker Chariot crew lost with P311
Pridham  Stoker 1st Class
Quinn  Stoker 1st Class
Redman  Leading Seaman
revethan  Leading Seaman Chariot crew lost with P311
Ribbands  Ordinary Seaman
Rickwood  Leading Seaman
Rickwood  Leading Seaman Chariot crew lost with P311
Sargent  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, Chariot crew lost with P311
Sargent  Lieutenant RNVR
Short  Leading Stoker
Silver  Lieutenant
Skippon  Leading Cook
Squire  Chief Stoker
Stretton-Smith  Lieutenant RNVR
Stretton-Smith  Lieutenant RNVR, Chariot crew lost with P311
Sutherland  Able Seaman
Trevethan  Able Seaman
Vokins  Leading Stoker


25-04-1941 : Laid Down
05-03-1942 : Launched
07-08-1942 : Completed
31-12-1942 : HMS P311, only unnamed T-class boat, was due to have been named Tutenkhamen. Fitted to carry human torpedoes (Chariots). Lost while engaged in Operation Principal, a chariot attack on Italian cruisers at La Maddalena.

Left Scotland in November 1942 with sister-boats Thunderbolt and Trooper after addition of human torpedo deck-mounted watertight containers direct for Malta. From there, sailed with Chariots for Operation Principle. Last signal on 31st December. Probably sunk by Italian mines in the approaches to Maddalena. Lost with all hands

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22 May 2016 a Italian shipwreks hunter found the P311 at a deep of 90 meters in front Tavolara Island (near Maddalena)... the sub is virtual intact with only the bow damaged by a possible mine explosion (seem confirmed that run into a Italian minefield).
This is the link to the press news
   Gianluigi Tue, 24 May 2016

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