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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

Atkinson  Able Seaman
Beckett  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Brightman  Able Seaman
Brown  Stoker 1st Class
Butler  Able Seaman
Christopher  Lieutenant DSM RNVR
Durnell  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class BEM
Edwell  Leading Seaman
Eustace  Lieutenant
Ferguson  Telegraphist
Gover  Able Seaman
Gray  Sub-Lieutenant
Guest  Leading Stoker
Hallsworth  Able Seaman
Hemingway  Lieutenant DSC
Jackson  Stoker 2nd Class
Lawler  Able Seaman
Merkel  Petty Officer
Pidgeon  Lieutenant
Porteous  Stoker 1st Class
Robinson  Leading Telegraphist
Ronald  Able Seaman
Salter  Able Seaman
Schroeder  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Shipley  Stoker 1st Class
Turnbull  Able Seaman
Wallace  Leading Stoker
Weaver  Signalman

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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