HMS Tetrarch

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Jordi Comas
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HMS Tetrarch

Post by Jordi Comas » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:24 am

Hi all,

I've found this link that says that British submarine Tetrarch had been found at 37° 04' 32"N, 8° 52' 34"E.
Is this right?

Link: http://rnsubs.co.uk/boats/subs/t-class/tetrarch.html

Thank you very much
Jordi
Platon Alexiades
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Platon Alexiades » Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:52 pm

Hi Jordi,

Regretfully, the claim that HMS Tetrarch was found off Tabarka is just a hoax (so are all the other claims that the same author made, i.e. that he found 8 or 9 submarine wrecks in the same spot without providing a single proof). HMS Tetrarch was probably mined off Sicily as her route seems to indicate. No compelling reason for this submarine and the others to go to Tabarka which was a fishing village of no importance at the time (and not a single reference in Allied or Axis submarine sailing orders or signals that would indicate any interest in investigating Tabarka). Even during the Axis occupation of Tunisia, Tabarka was not used by the belligerents as it was too close to Allied airfields in Algeria. A minefield was laid there in late April 1943 but this was to protect the Axis evacuation from Allied MTBs operating from Bone and, AFAIK, it caused no casualties.

Best regards,

Platon
Jordi Comas
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Jordi Comas » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:24 am

Ok, thank you Platon,

Regards
Urs Heßling
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Urs Heßling » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:53 pm

hi,
Platon Alexiades wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:52 pm
A minefield was laid there in late April 1943
a minor supplement by an E-boat enthusiast : in the night April 29/30, by S 33, S 36 and S 57 of 3rd flottilla

greetings, Urs
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Platon Alexiades » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:23 pm

Hi Urs,

Regarding your interest in S-boats operations, the same individual who claimed to have found HMS Tetrarch also claimed to have found S 35 a few miles from Tabarka.

I wonder what is your view on this story?

My views are that this is also a hoax as S 35 was lost north of Ras El Doukara (or Ras Enghela) that is over 40 mlles from Tabarka. Wreckage were found by other S-boats indicating she was lost on a drifting mine (possibly from minefield laid by HMS Abdiel on 28 February 1943).

Best regards,

Platon
Urs Heßling
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Urs Heßling » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:09 pm

hi, Platon,
Platon Alexiades wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:23 pm
I wonder what is your view on this story?
I agree with you (as in 99,5 % of all cases :) )

greetings, Urs
Platon Alexiades
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Platon Alexiades » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:41 pm

Hi Urs,

What is the 0,5%? :)

All the best,

Platon
Urs Heßling
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Urs Heßling » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:48 pm

hi, Platon
Platon Alexiades wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:41 pm
What is the 0,5%?
Good question :D
AFAIR, we had a two minor disagreement which 3rd flottilla boats laid mines where and when off Malta in April, 1942, and off North Africa in March to May, 1943

greetings, Urs
Platon Alexiades
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Re: HMS Tetrarch

Post by Platon Alexiades » Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:57 pm

Hi Urs,

If you can remember the questions, please let me know again.

All the best,

Platon
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