HMS Olympus

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Jordi Comas
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HMS Olympus

Post by Jordi Comas » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:30 pm

Hi all,

How many people died on board submarine Olympus on 8 May 1942 off Malta?

Her crew was 60 men of whom just 3 survived. The others 36 were from submarines P-36, P-39, Pandora and light cruiser Penelope.

Thank you very much
Jordi
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Re: HMS Olympus

Post by Platon Alexiades » Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:31 am

Hi Jordi,

There were 98 on board, only 9 survived (a document shows a tenth survivor Leading Stoker Stanley JONES but this possibly is an error).

All the best,

Platon
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Re: HMS Olympus

Post by crolick » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:41 pm

Dear Platon,

These sites:
https://maltagc70.wordpress.com/hms-oly ... alty-list/

https://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1942-05MAY.htm

does not list Leading Stoker Stanley JONES as KIA so perhaps this was not an error and indeed he was the 10th survivor?


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Re: HMS Olympus

Post by Platon Alexiades » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:25 pm

Dear Andrzej,

It is possible that Jones was erroneously believed to have been aboard and later removed from the list of passengers. In any case he did not testify at the board of inquiry which seems to confirm that he was not present. Because of the confusing situation at Malta in those days when the Tenth Flotilla was evacuated (and subsequent loss of many documents on HMS Medway), an error is quite possible.

All the best,

Platon
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Re: HMS Olympus

Post by Jordi Comas » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:20 pm

Thank you guys!

Looking on the net
Personnel on board:

Olympus: 61 crew members
From P.36: 3 crew members
From P.39: 30 crew members
From Pandora: 1 crew member
From Penelope: 3 crew members
Total: 98

Survivors:
3 from Olympus
6 from P.39
Total: 9

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Re: HMS Olympus

Post by Darius » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:40 pm

Only a little addition:
ADM 358/3967 - HMS Olympus: 8 May 1942; submarine sunk by enemy action, hit a mine near Malta:
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov. ... /C16381097


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Re: HMS Olympus

Post by Platon Alexiades » Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:19 pm

Hello Darius,

Leading Stoker Stanley JONES who I mentioned before is actually listed in ADM 358/3967.

Best regards,

Platon
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