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Thunderbolt 

(N25)
Laid Down:21-12-1936
Launched:29-06-1938
Completed:01-11-1940
Builder:Cammell Laird (Birkenhead)
Build Group:T Grp1
 
Fate:Depth charged by by Italian MA/SB Cicogna north of Sicily 14 Mar 1943

Roll Of Honour
J Beckett  Able Seaman
E Bird  Petty Officer Cook
T Blane  Leading Telegraphist
T Boulton  Stoker Petty Officer DSM
W Bradley  Able Seaman
D Brister  Able Seaman
J Cale  Petty Officer
M Cannon  Stoker 1
S Cooper  Leading Stoker
C Crane  Petty Officer
C Crouch  Lieutenant Commander DSO
T Curry  Petty Officer
G Curtis  Chief Engine Room Artificer DSM
M Daly  Stoker 1
W Doughty  Stoker 1
A Downham  Engine Room Artificer 4
J Edgar  Lieutenant
C Elliott  Petty Officer
S Freeman  Petty Officer Telegraphist
W Galloway  Able Seaman
W Golding  Stoker 1
V Harris  Able Seaman
E Heathcote  Leading Seaman
V Hines  Leading Stoker
G Horick  Lieutenant
J Hughes  Able Seaman
L Hussey-Yeo  Able Seaman
A Japp  Telegraphist
S Johnson  Able Seaman
R Keenan  Able Seaman
R Kelsey  Able Seaman
R King  Leading Signalman
J Lee  Petty Officer
F Lowe  Stoker Petty Officer
R Lynch  Chief Engine Room Artificer
D Macleod  Stoker 1
E Maw  Lieutenant RNVR
E McGow  Stoker 1
D McNally  Stoker 1
R Mitchell  Able Seaman
L Moore  Able Seaman DSM
G Murray  Leading Telegraphist
J E Newcombe  Able Seaman
F Newman  Stoker 1
R Newton  Leading Stoker
R Norwood  Stoker 1
D Preece  Able Seaman
F Prince  Stoker 1
S Rice  Able Seaman
F Ringham  Chief Petty Officer
F Saunders  Able Seaman
Simpson  Able Seaman Charioteer lost in ‘Operation Principal’
W Simpson  Able Seaman
C Stanley  Stoker 1
W Traylor  Ordinary Seaman
H Walters  Chief Petty Officer DSM
R Webb  Lieutenant
H Whitbread  Petty Officer DSM
D White  Able Seaman
H Wilson  Able Seaman
D Woodcock  Weapons Engineer
T York  Petty Officer Steward

Events
15-12-1940:At 1017 hours the Italian submarine Capitano Tarantini was torpedoed and sunk south-west of the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux, France.
15-06-1941:HMS Thunderbolt fires torpedoes at the German submarine U-557 in the North Atlantic. The torpedoes miss.
07-09-1941:HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Sirena about 50 miles west of Benghasi, Libya.
10-09-1941:HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V 224/Svan I with gunfire in the Gulf of Syrte off Marsa el Auegia.
11-09-1941:HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Livorno about 35 nautical miles west-south-west of Benghazi, Libya.
14-09-1941:HMS Thunderbolt fires three torpedoes against the German merchant Tinos about 30 nautical miles north-west of Benghazi, Libya. All torpedoes missed.
10-10-1941:HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian sailing vessel Citta di Simi with gunfire some 12 miles north-east of Cape Sidero, Crete.
25-11-1941:HMS Thunderbolt sinks the German sailing vessel L VII with gunfire off Kythera, Greece.
02-01-1942:HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Anna Capano off Argostoli, Keffalonia Island, Greece.
04-01-1942:HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper R 195/Nuovo San Pietro with gunfire west off Keffalonia Island, Greece.
30-01-1942:HMS Thunderbolt fires four torpedoes against the Italian torpedo boat Solferino in the Ionian Sea.
01-02-1942:HMS Thunderbolt torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Absirtea about 6 nautical miles off Cape Dukato, Greece.
03-02-1942:HMS Thunderbolt damages the Italian auxiliary submarine chaser AS 80/Lanciotto Piero with gunfire off Gheregambe.
06-03-1942:HMS Thunderbolt attacks the German submarine U-431 south-west of Crete. The German submarine escapes unharmed.
13-02-1943:HMS Thunderbolt sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No.112/Mafalda with gunfire off Isola Lungha.
18-02-1943:HMS Thunderbold damages the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 95/San Giorgio with gunfire north-west of Pola.
20-02-1943:HMS Thunderbold sinks an Italian sailing vessel with gunfire off Bari.
12-03-1943:Torpedoed the Italian merchant ship Esterel two miles north of Capo San Vito.
14-03-1943:At 2210 on Friday 12th March the Italian merchant ship Esterel was torpedoed two miles north of Capo San Vito. Following the attack the torpedo boat Libra was ordered to seek out the submarine responsible - HMS Thunderbolt.

The Libra made contact with the Thunderbolt that night and carried out seven depth charge attacks with no result.

On Sunday 14th March the Italian corvette Cicogna obtained a contact and shortly after 0734 a periscope was sighted 2000 yards off the corvettes bow. At 0845 the periscope was again sighted, this time less than 10 feet away. Depth charges were launched at once and the corvette increased it speed and turned for another attack when an explosion lifted the submarines stern out of the sea at an angle of 90 degrees. The submarine sank through a discharge of air and oil. A further two depth charges were dropped resulting in air bubbles, oil and smoke appearing on the surface were the submarine had sunk. The Cicogna remained on station for an hour but no further contact was made.

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Specification

Length overall  275ft
Beam  26ft 6in
Depth  14ft 3in
Displacement   1327 tons (surface) / 1575 tons (submerged)
Diving Depth  300 feet
Speed  Surface 15.25 knots (design) 15.25 knots (service) / Submerged 9 knots (design) 8.75 knots (service)
No. of shafts  2
Armament  {i) 8 21-inch bow tubes (2 external) 2 21-inch amidship tubes (16 torpedoes carried). 1 4-inch gun, (ii) 0.303-inch machine-guns
Endurance  Surface: 7500 miles at 15.25 knots (design) (ii) 8000 miles at 10 knots (service) / Submerged: 80 miles at 4 knots (design) 80 miles at 4 knots (service)
Complement   56
Note  (i) As an alternative load, Group 1 submarines could carry 18 mines. (ii) These were later replaced by, or supplemented by one 20mm Oerlikon cannon.

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