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29 November 1940: Olympus Restored After Bomb Damage

29 Nov

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DELAYED REFIT FINALLY COMPLETED

HMS Olympus

HMS Olympus

HM Submarine Olympus left Malta today after four months of extensive repairs. Olympus was undergoing refit in the Dockyard on 6 July when she was hit and badly damaged during a heavy air raid.  A bomb hit the submarine as she was lying in No 2 Dock, piercing the hull and puncturing the dock itself in 17 places. 

HMS Olympus is an Odin class submarine, originally designed for long-distance patrolling in Pacific waters. From 1939 she served out of Sri Lanka until being redeployed to the Mediterranean earlier this year. 

HARBOUR FIRE COMMAND STRENGTHS

  • Royal Malta Artillery 3 Officers, 135 other ranks (OR).
  • Haywharf Target Shed: 2 OR
  • Ta Xbiex: 2 OR
  • Delimara: 1 OR
  • Detention Barracks: 2 OR
  • Fort Tigne: 124 OR
  • Sliema Point: RE 6 OR
  • Sliema Point Battery: 4 OR

AIR RAIDS DAWN 29 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 30 NOVEMBER 1940

Weather  Stormy and cold.

No air raids.

Military casualties  Gunner Edward Dean, 7th Heavy Ack Ack Regiment, Royal Artillery.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Repairs and refit completed, HMS Olympus.

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One response to “29 November 1940: Olympus Restored After Bomb Damage

  1. David

    November 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I find it strange that the official war records of damaged submarines, has the date set at 7th July, and not the 6th as stated above. The air raid that damaged Olympus happened on the 7th July, and a stray bomb from that raid killed 7 members of my mothers family in Kalkara.
    Here is an extract from the Government war records.

    OLYMPUS
    7th July, 1940
    One Direct
    Hit size
    unknown
    direct action
    fuzed Bomb
    Uncertain,
    damaged
    whilst
    undergoing
    repairs
    OLYMPUS, while in No.3 Dock at Malta Dockyard, was struck by a bomb during an air raid*
    The bomb made a hole in the pressure hull starboard abreast the after torpedo hatch
    Machinery and electrical equipment were slightly damaged,.
    Fighting Efficiency – Severely impaired.

     

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