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Utmost (N19)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 1
Fate: Depth charged by Italian TB Groppo off the west coast of Sicily on 24 November 1942.

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HMS Utmost - Taranto PatrolRead
From the radio room we received a routine signal from the Admiralty to say that the RAF reconnaissance had reported that a Naval force was due to leave Taranto within the next 48 hours. We were instructed to take up station in the centre of the instep which formed the bay south of Taranto. The areas immediately to the south of Utmost would be covered by two more 10th Flotilla boats, HMS Upright, and the last by HMS Upholder.

Roll of Honour

Alderson  Able Seaman
Betts  Able Seaman MID
Brown  Able Seaman
Cockburn  Leading Telegraphist DSM
Coombe  Lieutenant
Danks  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Davison  Able Seaman
Des Voeux  Lieutenant
Gasgoigne  Leading Seaman
Gough  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Hodgkinson  Able Seaman
Jones  Able Seaman
Kettle  Leading Stoker DSM
Lee  Petty Officer
Lennox  Able Seaman
McLachlan  Able Seaman
Meredith  Stoker 1st Class
Newton  Signalman
Page  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Seal  Leading Stoker
Shanahan  Able Seaman
Simons  Petty Officer DSM
Taverner  Lieutenant RNVR
West  Telegraphist
K R West  Petty Officer Telegraphist
White  Able Seaman
Wilby  Stoker 1st Class
Williams  Telegraphist
Williams  Leading Seaman
Wilson  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class DSM
Wood  Lieutenant RNR
Woodcock  Leading Seaman


02-11-1939 : Laid Down
20-04-1940 : Launched
17-08-1940 : Completed
12-02-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Manfredo Camperio off Tripoli, Libya.
09-03-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Capo Vita about 30 nautical miles north-east of Sousse, Tunisia.
28-03-1941 : HMS Utmost attacks a convoy of 5 German merchants and three Italian destroyers and torpedoes and sinks the German merchants Heraklea and torpedoed and damages the Ruhr 22 nautical miles south-east of Kuriat, Tunisia.
30-05-1941 : HMS Utmost makes a torpedo attack on a convoy off Sirte. All torpedoes miss their targets.
26-06-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Enrico Costa 4 nautical miles from Cape Todaro, Sicily, Italy.
28-07-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Frederico C. in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea of the west coast of Calabria, Italy.
01-11-1941 : HMS Utmost destroys the Italian merchant Marigola off Kuriat Island, Tunisia.
02-11-1941 : ORP Sokol and HMS Utmost together sink the Italian merchant Balilla about 20 nautical miles north-west of Capo San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
21-11-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoed and damaged Italian cruiser Luigi di Savoia Duca Degli Abruzzi in the Mediterranean.
12-12-1941 : HMS Utmost attacks the Italian merchant Fabio Filzi in the Gulf of Taranto but miss the target.
10-08-1942 : HMS Utmost fires four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Siculo off Marettimo but miss the target.


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