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

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Unofficially named Piker II

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Events

21-03-1943 : Completed
22-09-1943 : X6s periscope flooded shortly after starting out for the attack on the Tirpitz. With visibility greatly reduced the submarine surfaced behind a coaster and followed it through the anti-submarine nets. After entering Kaa Fjord X6 went down to 60 feet and proceeded blindly, while trying to repair the periscope and the motor brakes which had recently burnt out. By 0705 X6 was within striking distance of her target. During the final approaches the submarine hit a submerged rock forcing it to the surface. X6 was clearly seen by Tirpitz and was attacked with hand grenades, and depth charges. X6 immediately dived and in the process completely flooded the periscope.

Proceeding blind, X6s first charge was dropped somewhere near the battleship bridge area but whilst positioning to release the second charge, the submarine struck the battleship. With their position given away the crew had no choice but to release the second charge and scuttle X6 with the submarine sinking towards the forward end of the battleship.
01-11-1943 : Launched
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