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by Platon Alexiades
Wed May 05, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge
Replies: 0
Views: 7

Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge

Hello, Last week, divers led by Professor Timmy Gambin of the University of Malta carefully examined the wreck found in 2019 and identified it positively as HMS Urge. They took videos and photos and obtained details missed during the ROV inspection of 2019. A 3-D image will be produced in time. At t...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941

Hello Jan-Olof, Many thanks for the suggestion. I have the book. It is usually very detailed but seems silent on the action of 19.08.1941 which is very frustrating! It is probable that the same units that attacked Tobruk on 17.08.1941 carried the attack two days later. Of course, we have no absolute...
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941

Dear Francesco,

Thank you for your reply. I have the book. One of the survivors, described the attack as made by four Junkers 88 (I think quite different from Ju 87). I was wondering if more details were known (unit and pilots involved as Fliegerführer Afrika is rather vague).

All the best,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941
Replies: 4
Views: 733

HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941

Hello, I am interested in the story of the armed whaler HMS Thorbryn (ex Norwegian). The warsailors page is not very detailed. I have a few info collected from the C. in C. Med War Diaries and the casualties in ADM358 but little else. Some sources mention that she was sunk by fourteen Ju 87. A survi...
by Platon Alexiades
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Mysterious sinking on 10 June 1943 and submarine Brin
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Re: Mysterious sinking on 10 June 1943 and submarine Brin

Hello Andrzej, Darius, Phil and Thorsten, Many thanks to you all for your input. Yes, it does seem that the HMS Wishart's story is probably bogus. She probably confused torpedo exploding at the end of their run for a victim. Perhaps if someone can unearth the G.T.X.2 convoy report, the story can be ...
by Platon Alexiades
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Mysterious sinking on 10 June 1943 and submarine Brin
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Mysterious sinking on 10 June 1943 and submarine Brin

Hello, At 2210B/10 June 1943, HMS Wishart escorting convoy G.T.X.2 (a mixed convoy from Algiers to five different destination in Malta, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) reported an unnamed ship torpedoed in 36°58' N, 05°51' E (NE of Djedjelli). The tug Empire Gnome was sent from Bougie to assist but appare...
by Platon Alexiades
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Operation Mincemeat
Replies: 8
Views: 3074

Re: Operation Mincemeat

Hi Jordi and Brian, I second Brian's views on the naval history net site. Although it is a very interesting, it contains many mistakes. I am not trying to belittle those who created the site as it is inevitable that errors will occur considering the amount of data it has. It would be interesting to ...
by Platon Alexiades
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: British submarine Seal 19.4.40
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: British submarine Seal 19.4.40

Hello Jan-Olof and friends,

HMS Seal sighted what appeared to be a torpedo track at 1020 hours on 18th April 1940 (not the 19th) in 57°10' N, 00°20' E (source ADM199/1840).

The "attack" is certainly bogus as no German U-boats (or S-boats) operated in this area at that time.
All the best,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Battle of Spartivento
Replies: 9
Views: 3124

Re: Battle of Spartivento

Hi Jordi & al, Extracted from my book on Italian submarine operations (compiled from various sources): The force was divided in three groups: Force B: the battlecruiser Renown (flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir James F. Somerville, Force H), the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, the light cruisers Sheffield an...
by Platon Alexiades
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Operation Tripe
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

Re: Operation Tripe

Hi Jordi and Thorsten, 1. HMS Barham was at Alexandria during the whole operation as she required repairs due to a serious feed tank leak. Sources: ADM199/387 and log ADM53/111552 (log). 2. The Naval-History-net is obviously in error. There was no Operation C, the operation's name was TRIPE and it w...
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Operation Tripe
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

Re: Operation Tripe

Hi Jordi, Despite the claims by the Swordfish pilots, there were no damages inflicted to vessels in Tripoli harbour. The "Tripe" force included: Aircraft carrier HMS Eagle Heavy cruiser HMS Berwick Light cruisers HMS Ajax, HMS Orion and HMAS Sydney [no battleships involved] I do not know the exact c...
by Platon Alexiades
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: HMS Sunfish / V-1
Replies: 2
Views: 1457

Re: HMS Sunfish / V-1

Hi Jordi, The aircraft pilot reported sighting the submarine at 0810B. The attack must have occurred in the minutes that followed. The initial position was given as 64°34' N, 01°16' W which was about 82 miles east of V.1's route. This meant that the submarine could have been enemy as bombing restric...
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1942
Replies: 8
Views: 2770

Re: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1942

Hi John, Unfortunately, the submarine reports reveal nothing on extra activities beyond the date and time of arrivals and departures at Lerwick. Sorry I cannot assist on that. Please note that the patrol numbers for FFS Minerve and Junon listed in my text are those from the time after they arrived i...
by Platon Alexiades
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1942
Replies: 8
Views: 2770

Re: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1942

Hi John, FFS Junon: Sailed from Scapa at 0800/6 March 1942 for 3rd patrol off Fro Havet returned to Lerwick at 1045/20 March. Sailed from Lerwick at 0800/21 and arrived Dundee at 0500/23 March for repairs. Sailed from Dundee at 1450/28 August for 4th patrol off Sognefjord and returned to Lerwick at ...
by Platon Alexiades
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1942
Replies: 8
Views: 2770

Re: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1942

Hi John, I am starting with FFS Minerve (I have anticipated your demand for 1943 and added it as it was short). Others will follow: FFS Minerve: Sailed from Dundee at 1300/10 February 1942 and arrived at Lerwick at 0915/14 February (delayed by bad weather). Sailed from Lerwick at 1700/18 February fo...