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X10

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: Midge X
Fate: Scuttled in North Sea after failed attack on Scharnhorst on 3 Oct 1943

Unofficially named Excalibur

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Events

08-02-1943 : Completed
03-10-1943 : On 12th September X10 departed Loch Cairnbawn under tow from HMS Sceptre to take part in the attack on the Scharnhorst. At the appointed time the operational crew took over from the passage crew and proceeded to where the Scharnhorst lay at anchor. A fire in the periscope motor prevented the X-craft from pressing home the attack and she had to withdraw and was taken undertow by HMS Stubborn on 28th September. On 3rd October the tow parted and only with great difficulty was the submarine brought back under control. That evening Stubborn received a gale warning and the order to scuttle X10 at the captains discretion. This was duly done and Stubborn returned to Lerwick.


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