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Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 2
Fate: Depth charged by Italian TB Circe and Usodimare off Tunisian coast on 23 Feb 1942.

Roll of Honour

L Atkinson  Able Seaman
S Beckett  Petty Officer Telegraphist
L Brightman  Able Seaman
L Brown  Stoker 1st Class
S Butler  Able Seaman
H Christopher  Lieutenant DSM RNVR
C Durnell  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class BEM
E Edwell  Leading Seaman
D Eustace  Lieutenant
A Ferguson  Telegraphist
R Gover  Able Seaman
A Gray  Sub-Lieutenant
G Guest  Leading Stoker
R Hallsworth  Able Seaman
R Hemingway  Lieutenant DSC
W Jackson  Stoker 2nd Class
P Lawler  Able Seaman
P Merkel  Petty Officer
S Pidgeon  Lieutenant
K Porteous  Stoker 1st Class
A Robinson  Leading Telegraphist
G Ronald  Able Seaman
C Salter  Able Seaman
J Schroeder  Chief Engine Room Artificer
P Shipley  Stoker 1st Class
F Turnbull  Able Seaman
J Wallace  Leading Stoker
J Weaver  Signalman


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02-09-1940 : Laid Down
09-07-1941 : Launched
17-10-1941 : Completed
15-02-1942 : HMS P38 torpedoes and sinks Italian merchant Ariosto off Tunisia. 138 Allied POW's are lost
23-02-1942 : HMS P38 left Malta on 16th February 1942 to intercept a convoy off Tripoli. By the 23rd she was in position as the convoy hove into view. Amongst the convoy was the Italian destroyer Circe.

At 0800 the Circe reported contact with a submarine and the warships turned to attack. A periscope was sighted but was quickly replaced by bubbles as the submarine dived realising it had been spotted.

At 1050 after a flurry of attacks HMS P38 rose stern first out of the water, her propellers turning wildly, before crashing back beneath the waves. A large patch of oil appeared on the surface as well as debris - clear evidence of the submarines destruction.


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