Universal Crest

Small Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
U Class
Second Group

Pennant No.:
P.57

Laid Down:
5th September 1941.
Vickers, Tyne.

Commissioned:
8th March 1943.
Lt. C. Gordon.

Commander:
Dec. 1942 - Nov.1944
Lt. C. Gordon, DSO.
Nov. 1944 - May 1945
Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC.
1945
Lt. D.J. Palmer.
June - July 1945
Lt. R.W. Garson.
Sept. 1945
Lt. B. Collins.

Complement:
33
4 Officers, 29 Others.

Service Career:
1943
6th Flotilla, HMS Elfin, Blyth. Detached with 3rd Flotilla at Holy Loch for working up.
1943
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Algiers.
1943
10th Flotilla, Malta.
1943
10th Flotilla, Maddalena.
1944
Refitting at Blyth.
1945
7th Flotilla, HMS Cyclops, Rothesay.

Fate:
Completed Fourteen 'War Patrols'.

On completion of work up departed UK to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla, Malta.

4th September 1943 - Attacked and fired four torpedoes at a tanker off Portofino, no hits were obtained.

6th September 1943 - Sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessels Ugo and Ire Sorelle with gunfire west of La Spezia, Italy.

11th September 1943 - Intercepted a small yacht south of Toulon and sank by ramming.

13th November 1943 - Departed Algiers to patrol an area between Cannes and Toulon.
19th November 1943 - Fired four torpedoes at a large merchant ship in bad weather and missed.
22nd November 1943 - Hit and sank a large barge carrying motor transport with one torpedo out of a salvo of three fired.
Returned to Malta on completion of patrol.

12th December 1943 - Departed Malta to patrol between Rapallo and La Spezia.
18th December 1943 - Torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant La Foce south of Chiavari, Genoa, Italy.
Returned to Maddalena on completion of patrol.

12th January 1944 - Departed Maddalena for Malta for repairs.
23rd February 1944 - Arrived back at Maddalena on completion of repair work at Malta.

27th February 1944 - Torpedoed and damaged the Italian tanker Cesteriano off Cape Camarat, southern France.

23rd May 1944 - Torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary gunboat SG15 off Genoa, Italy.

13th June 1944 - Departed Maddalena to patrol South of France area.
21st June 1944 - Sank the German Guard boat FMa06 south of Marseille, southern France.
22nd June 1944 - Torpedoed and sank the German merchants President Dal Piaz and Sampiere Corso off Cassis, southern France.

9th July 1944 - Departed Maddalena to patrol the Spanish border area.
14th July 1944 - Sank the Spanish sailing vessel Sevillona off Port Vendres, southern France.

2nd August 1944 - Departed Maddalena to patrol between Hyeres and Cape Roux.
4th August 1944 - Torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary minesweeper Petrel off the coast southern France.
9th August 1944 - While on patrol off Hyeres, southern France, fired a torpedo against what is identified as an enemy auxiliary minesweeper.
11th August 1944 - Returned to Maddalena.

September 1944 - Departed Maddalena for refit in UK?????

Sold February 1946.  Scrapped at Milford Haven 1946.