Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 2
Fate: Believed to have been mined off Tripoli on the 18th August 1941.

HMS P31 left Malta on 6th August 1941 for a patrol off Tripoli. Submarines HMS P32 and HMS Unique left at the same time and were in adjacent patrol areas. Both of these Submarines heard depth charging on 18th August coming from the area where Submarine P33 was patrolling. It is assumed that this depth charge attack was responsible for the loss of Submarine P33 with all hands.

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Commanded throughout her entire career by Lieutenant R D Whiteway-Wilkinson, the submarine was attached to the 10th Submarine Flotilla based at Malta.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allen, James Henry  Leading Stoker  D/KX 76249    33
Askew, Vincent Charles  Petty Officer  C/JX 125266    32
Barnes, Robert Henry  Leading Seaman  C/JX 149939    28
Bilton, Robert Charles  Able Seaman  C/SSX 27178    21
Briggs, Edward William Robert  Leading Seaman  P/J 110195    32
Bygott, Robert Hugh  Lieutenant      21
Cunningham, Richard Louis  Lieutenant      22
Doran, Laurence Hugh  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 52834    34
Dowler, Cyril George  Able Seaman  D/JX 134883    26
Fazackerley, Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/SKX 923    26
Frost, Ronald Sycamore  Lieutenant (RNR)      32
Gambold, John Oliver  Leading Stoker  D/KX 82339    28
Grubb, Ernest George  Leading Stoker  D/KX 89014    25
Gurdy, Charles Stewart  Ordinary Seaman (RNVR)  D/JX 225249    32
Number D/MD/X 674 on CWGC
Hankey, Kenneth  Able Seaman  C/SSX 15611    24
Harms, John  Able Seaman  P/JX 127651    31
Howlett, George Leonard  Petty Officer  C/JX 130174    30
Jago, Thomas Ebenezer  Leading Signalman  D/JX 133419    27
Jehu, Thomas Leslie  Able Seaman  C/SSX 17276    25
RN DoB 31/03/1916. Actual 31/03/1918
McMahon, James  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 134310    26
McNeilage, Charles  Stoker Petty Officer  P/K 64170    37
Medley, John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 81457    27
Morcomb, Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 85166    25
Morris, Charles Bernard  Telegraphist  C/SSX 29879    20
Morrison, William  Able Seaman  D/J 107193    33
Moulder, Ernest Thomas  Ordinary Seaman  D/JX 208454    21
Smith, Albert Hamilton  Telegraphist  D/J 107094    34
Smith, Sidney Thomas  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 80449    30
In ADM 104_135 Smith, Sydney Thomas but Birth & Marriage are Sidney.
Sparrow, William James  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M 35317    37
Warner, Albert  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 224572    22
RN DoB 17/01/1919. Actual 17/01/1917
Whiteway-Wilkinson, Reginald Denis  Lieutenant    DSC  27
Wolverson, John Thomas  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/J 112760  DSM  31


26-07-1940 : Laid Down
28-01-1941 : Launched
30-05-1941 : Completed
15-07-1941 : HMS P 33 torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Barbarigo off Pantellaria Island. During a counter attack P 33 was damaged by the Italian torpedo boat Procione.
18-08-1941 : HMS P33 was lost

On 6th August 1941 HMS P33 sailed from Malta with orders to intercept an Italian convoy bound for Libya. On 18th August HMS P32 reported hearing a prolonged depth charge attack that lasted for two hours. When the attack was finally over P32 attempted to contact P33 but received no response and it is almost certain that P33 had perished in the attack.


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