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X5

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

H Henty-Creer  Lieutenant RNVR, Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpi
S Malcolm  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpi
R Mortiboys  Engine Room Artificer Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpitz
T Nelson  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, Lost in Operation Source - the raid on Tirpi

 

Unofficially named Platypus

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My first glimpse of a Midget Submarine was about August 1942 when my then foreman in the Submarine Dock sent me to have my photograph taken to form a special pass to enter a secure area set in the North Shop (formerly the Gun Shop and now the Nuclear Build Shop) to work on a special project. I had no idea what the project was and doubted whether anyone else in working in my area did either.
 

Events

22-09-1943 : In Kaa Fjord X5 allegedly surfaced and was sunk by Tirpitz's automatics, 500 metres away from her target. Later research has suggested that this was in fact X7 abandoned and circling out of control after her attack, and that X5 never reached her intended destination.

The part played by X5 in the attack is not known but, some time after the attack, divers found wreckage possibly (but not definitely) of X5 about a mile to seaward of the Tirpitz, halfway between her and the entrance to Kaa Fjord.

No bodies or personal gear were found, and of survivors there was no trace. It is believed that she was destroyed by depth-charges; whether she was on her way out at the time, after laying her charges, or whether she was waiting to go in during the next attacking period will very possibly never be known.


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