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X7

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: X
Fate: Lost during an attack on on German Battleship Tirpitz in Altenfjord Norway on 22 Sept 1943

Roll of Honour

D Locke  Sub-Lieutenant Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpitz
M Whitley  Engine Room Artificer Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpitz
L Whittam  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpi

 

Unofficially named Pdinicchthys

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Lieutenant Donald Cameron. Royal Naval ReserveRead
Lieutenants Place and Cameron were the Commanding Officers of two of His Majesty's Midget Submarines X7 and X6 which on the 22nd September 1943 carried out a most daring and successful attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz, moored in the protected anchorage of Kaa fjord, North Norway.
 
Lieutenant Basil Charles Godfrey PlaceRead
Lieutenants Place and Cameron were the Commanding Officers of two of His Majesty's Midget Submarines X7 and X6 which on the 22nd September 1943 carried out a most daring and successful attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz, moored in the protected anchorage of Kaa fjord, North Norway.
 

Events

12-01-1943 : Completed
22-09-1943 : Having penetrated the anti-submarine nets at the entrance to Kaa Fjord, X7 manoeuvred to pass under the nearby anti-torpedo nets and placed explosive charges under the Tirpitz funnel and after-turret.

On the return journey X7 was hampered by the anti-torpedo nets and had only travelled 400-500 yards from the battleship when the charges exploded. The resulting shock waves severely damaged X7 and rather than compromising the operation by surfacing, the submarine lay on the bottom for over an hour. With the submarine completely out of action, it returned to the surface to face fierce gunfire. The submarine was unable to hold the surface and sank back to the bottom.


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