Unbeaten Crest

Small Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
U Class
First Group

Pennant No.:
N.93

Laid Down:
22nd November 1939.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
20th November 1940.
Lt. E.A. Woodward.

Commander:
Sept. 1940 - Sept. 1941
Lt. E.A. Woodward.
Sept. - Oct. 1941
Lt. C.P. Norman (Temporary).
Oct. 1941 - Aug. 1942
Lt. E.A. Woodward.
Aug. - Oct. 1942
Lt. D.E.O. Watson DSC.
Complement:
31
4 Officers, 27 Others.

Service Career:
1941.
5th Flotilla, Fort Blockhouse.
1941-1942.
10th Flotilla,Malta.

Fate:
Completed Nineteen War Patrols, she was lost on her Twentieth patrol.

January to March 1941 - Employed for Anti-Submarine Training.

First Patrol - 21st March 1941.
Departed Dartmouth to patrol off Brest.
4th April - Ended patrol at Portsmouth.

12th April 1941 - Departed Portsmouth for Malta via Gibraltar to join the 10th Flotilla.
20th April - Arrived Gibraltar.

Second Patrol - 23rd April 1941.
Departed Gibraltar for Malta and whilst on passage was ordered to patrol off Marittimo Island.
3rd May - Ended patrol at Malta.

Third Patrol - 11th May 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol off Tripoli, Libya.
14th May - Attacked a large schooner in a convoy with three torpedoes West of Khoms, Libya.
15th May - Damaged a schooner with gunfire off Khoms, Libya. 19th May - Attacked the Italian merchant Silvio Scaroni off Tagiura, Libya with a spread of three torpedoes. Depth charged by the torpedo boat Pleiadi.
22nd May - Ended patrol at Malta.

Fourth Patrol - 11th June 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol South of the Straits of Messina and the East coast of Sicily.
16th June - Fired four torpedoes at an Italian troop transport, thought to be either Oceania or Neptunia at the Southern entrance to the Straits of Messina. None of the torpedoes find their target.
18th June - Ordered to intercept and attack the Vichy-French destroyer Vauquelin which was to pass through the Staits of Messina. The warship was not sighted.
22nd June - Ended patrol at Malta.

Fifth Patrol - 24th June 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol East of Sicily to intercept and attack a troop convoy.
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27th June - Ended patrol at Malta.

Sixth Patrol - 8th July 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol off Lampedusa. Ordered to intercept a convoy but this was not sighted and passed most likely to the Westward.
12th July - Ordered to patrol the approaches to Tripoli.
15th July - Sinks a schooner with gunfire and damages another at Marsa Zuag roads, Libya.
19th July - Ended patrol at Malta.

Seventh Patrol - 28th July 1941.
departed Malta to patrol to the East of Tunisia on the convoy routes between Italy and Tripoli and intercept a northbound convoy. She was unable to get within range of the convoy to carry out an attack.
9th August - Ended patrol at Malta.

Eighth Patrol - 18th August 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol to the North of Pantelleria to intercept an important enemy troop convoy.
19th August - Fired three torpedoes against a convoy of Italian troop transports North of Pantelleria. All torpedoes fired missed their target.
21st August - Ended patrol at Malta.

Ninth Patrol - 24th August 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol South of the Straits of Messina.
28th August - Attacked the Italian submarine Adua with four torpedoes. No hits were obtained.
30th August - Torpedoed and sank the Italian sailing vessel V51/Alfa south of Capo dell'Armi, Italy.
4th September - Ended patrol at Malta.

Tenth Patrol - 16th September 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol in the approaches to Tripoli, Libya to intercept an important enemy troop convoy together with Upholder, Ursula and Upright.
18th September - Convoy was sighted at a distance of eight miles and Unbeaten made an enemy report. A large liner, which was later identified as Oceania, was seen lying stopped. Unbeaten closed to attack but was put down by destroyers. Upholder managed to finish her off before Unbeaten could intervene.
20th September - Ended patrol at Malta.

Eleventh Patrol - 23rd September 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol off the South coast of Calabria.
4th October - Surfaced to bombard a railway off Cape Bruzzano, Calabria, Italy.
6th October - Ended patrol at Malta.

Twelfth Patrol - 14th October 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol off the South-East coast of Sicily to intercept three Italian destroyers.
16th October - Ended patrol at Malta.`

Thirteenth Patrol - 19th October 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol off the East coast of Sicily.
27th October - Attacked the Italian submarine Topazio South-East of Augusta, Sicily, Italy. Four torpedoes were fired but none found the target.
30th October 1941 - Ended patrol at Malta.

Fourteenth Patrol - 15th November 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol East off Tripoli, Libya.
28th November - Ended patrol at Malta. Fifteenth Patrol - 7th December 1941.
Departed Malta to patrol South of the Straits of Messina in a partol line together with Upright and Unique.
9th December - Three ships were seen which proved to be destroyers coming directly at the submarine. Torpedoes had been readied but the short range meant that they might pass under and the attack was abandoned.
Shortly afterwards Unbeaten was ordered to form a patrol line in the Gulf of Taranto together with Upright and Utmost.
14th December - The patrol line was abandoned and the submarines retired to the mouth of the Gulf of Taranto.
16th December - A new patrol line was formed, this time with Sokol and P.31.
22nd December - Ended patrol at Malta.

Sixteenth Patrol - 4th January 1942.
Departed Malta to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto in a patrol line together with Thrasher and Sokol.
9th January - Ordered to patrol South of the Straits of Messina.
12th January - Torpedoed and sank U-374 south-west of Cape Spartivento, Calabria, Italy.
19th January - Attacked an escorted tanker. No hits were obtained.
20th January - Ended patrol at Malta.

Seventeenth Patrol - 2nd February 1942.
Departed Malta to patrol off Kerkenah, Tunisia.
7th February - Made a torpedo attack on the Italian merchant Bosforo which was on passage from Tripoli to Palermo, escorted by the Italian torpedo boat Calliope. No hits were obtained.
14th February - Ended patrol at Malta.

Eighteenth Patrol - 21st February 1942.
Departed Malta to patrol the Eastern approaches to Tripoli.
She was later ordered to patrol between Kuriat and Lampion.
1st March - Torpedoed and sank the Vichy-French merchant ship PLM-20 east of Mehedia, Tunisia.
4th March - Ended patrol at Malta.

Nineteenth Patrol - 12th March 1942.
16th March - Fired four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Vettor Pisani off Cape Buzzano, Calabria, Italy. All missed the target.
17th March - Torpedoed and sank the Italian submarine Guglielmotti off Cape Dell'Armi, Italy.
19th March - Returned to Malta to reload torpedoes then resumed the patrol.
26th March - Ended patrol at Malta.

Whilst lying submerged at Malta she was damaged by enemy bombing, the damage wasn't able to be repaired at Malta and the decision was made to send her to Gibraltar for the repairs. It was later decided to send her to the UK.

9th April 1942
Departed Malta for Gibraltar. She was to rendezvous with Upholder enroute to take on board the leader of a raiding party.
11th April - Rendezvoused with Upholder. She took on board Capt. Wilson, RM and proceeded towards Gibraltar.
21st April - Arrived Gibraltar.

26th May 1942 - Departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth for refit.
8th June - Arrived Portsmouth.
12th June - Departed Portsmouth for Sheerness
13th June - Arrived Sheerness.
14th June - Arrived Chatham Dockyard for refit.
15th September - Refit completed.
17th September - Departed Sheerness for Portsmouth.
18th September - Arrived Portsmouth.
21st September - Departed Portsmouth for Plymouth.
22nd September - Arrived Plymouth.
4th October - Departed Plymouth for Holy Loch.
6th October - Arrived Holy Loch.

Twentieth Patrol - 23rd October 1942.
Departed Holy Loch to patrol in the Bay of Biscay (off Northern Spain) and to perform a special operation, landing a special agent near Baiona, Spain (near Vigo).
1st November - Completed special operation.
8th November - Recalled from patrol.
11th November - Unbeaten was ordered to report her position as it is feared she might have been attacked by friendly aircraft. She did not respond and failed the show up the next day at her rendezvous position of Bishops Rock. The report of the friendly aircraft attack was unfortunately correct and resulted in the loss of Unbeaten. There were no survivors.

Bombed and sunk in error by RAF aircraft in the Bay of Biscay 11th November 1942.