Rainbow Crest

Early Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
Rainbow Class


Pennant No.:
16.R
16.N
N.16

Laid Down:
24th July 1929.
H.M. Dockyard, Chatham.

Commissioned:
18th January 1932.
Lt. Cdr. T. Yeoman.

Commander:
July 1931 - Sept. 1933
Lt. Cdr. T. Yeoman. (In Reserve)
Sept. 1933
Lt. Cdr. A.S.H. Morris.
Apr. 1935 - Feb. 1937
Lt. Cdr. J.E. Broome.
(Cdr 1936)
Apr. 1937
Lt. Cdr. W.S. Hall.
Aug. - Sept. 1937
Lt. Cdr. E.S. Felton.
Mar. 1939 - Apr. 1940
Lt. Cdr. J.D. Luce.
Apr. - Oct. 1940
Lt. Cdr. L. P. Moore.

Complement:
56
5 Officers and 51 Ratings.

Service Career:
1931 - 1935
1st Flotilla, HMS Cyclops, Malta.
1935 - 1939
4th Flotilla, H.M.S. Medway, Hong Kong.
Mar. 1940
4th Flotilla, HMS Medway, Singapore.
1940
1st Flotilla, H.M.S. Medway, Far East.
1940
1st Flotilla, H.M.S. Medway, Alexandria.

Fate:
Completed seven 'War Patrols, she was lost on her eighth patrol.

1940 - Patrolled the Sunda Strait observing German shipping in Dutch East Indies harbours.

Sunk by gun and torpedo action by the Italian U-boat Enrico Toti in the Gulf of Taranto, South of Calabria, October 1940.

It should be noted that although some boats were attached to H.M.S. Medway at Singapore, they often operated in a detached mode covering the China Station such as Hong Kong and even to the point of patrolling the Siberian Coast.