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P38

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.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Atkinson, Leonard  Able Seaman  D/JX 23856    24
Beckett, Stanley Walter  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/J 112814    33
Benfield, George Edward  Petty Officer  P/JX 12878    31
Brightman, Leonard  Able Seaman  C/J 97384    37
Brightman, Leonard DoB 22/12/1904 Age 37 CWGC has Age 33
Brown, Leonard James  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 96835    20
Butler, Samuel  Able Seaman  D/JX 18824    22
Durnell, Clarence William  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class  D/MX 75078    20
Edwell, Ernest Robert  Leading Seaman  C/J 101500    36
Eustace, David Airy  Lieutenant      21
Ferguson, Arthur James  Telegraphist  P/JX 15363    20
Gover, Richard Eustace  Able Seaman  C/JX 19048    20
Gray, Alan Moir  Sub Lieutenant      20
Guest, George  Leading Stoker  D/KX 90669    27
Hallsworth, Arthur Sidney  Able Seaman  D/JX 18640    20
Hemingway, Rowland John  Lieutenant    DSC  28
Jackson, William  Stoker 2nd Class  D/SKX 1233    19
Kerr, Walter Thomas  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 81825    31
Lawler, Peter John Alfred  Able Seaman  C/JX 22112    27
Marrable, Donald Leonard  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 50282    30
Mercer, Cornelius Abraham George  Leading Telegraphist  D/KX 14828    21
Merkel, Philip Thomas  Petty Officer  P/JX 13055    29
Pidgeon, Stephen Arthur  Lieutenant (RNR)      29
Born in Melbourne 29/07/1913
Porteous, Kenneth  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 92187    24
Robinson, Alfred Henry  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 13389    27
Ronald, George Henry  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2601    22
Salter, Charles Henry  Able Seaman  P/JX 14584    21
Schroeder, John Charles  Chief Engine Room Artificer  C/M 35645    37
Scouse, Eric Oscar  Able Seaman  P/JX 13958    25
Shipley, Philip  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11136    20
Turnbull, Frederick  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2003    24
Wallace, John  Leading Stoker  C/KX 75404    34
Weaver, James Thomas  Signalman  D/SSX 2918    20

Events

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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