H.M. SUBMARINE P.33

Small Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
U Class
Second Group

Pennant No.:
P.33

Laid Down:
19th June 1940
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.


Commissioned:
30th May 1941
Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSO.

Commander:
April - Aug. 1941
Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSO.

Complement:
33
4 Officers, 29 Others.

Service Career:
1941
5th Flotilla, HMS Dolphin, Gosport. Detached with 3rd Flotilla at Holy Loch for working up.
1941
10th Flotilla, Malta.



Fate:
Completed One 'War Patrol', she was lost on her second patrol.

On completion of work up and trials departed for Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla.

17th June 1941 - Departed Holy Loch for Malta via Gibraltar.
26th June - Arrived Gibraltar.
28th June - Departed Gibraltar for Malta.
6th July - Arrived Malta.

First Patrol - 11th July 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol to the North-West of Lampedusa and form a patrol line with Ursula and Unbeaten to intercept a southbound convoy but nothing was seen. Later she was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Hammamet and finally she was ordered to take up a patrol position to the South of Pantelleria.
15th July - Attacked a convoy and torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Barbarigo off Pantellaria Island.
16th July - Ended patrol at Malta.

Second Patrol - 6th August 1941.
Departed Malta to form part of a patrol line with P.32 and Unique to patrol off Tripoli.
18th August - Unique tried to make contact with P.33 by SST but without success, she was probably mined some time before on one the sections of the ‘T’ minefield.

Depth-charged and sunk by Italian torpedo boat Partenope off Pantelleria 18th August 1941.