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24 August 1941: Second Malta Submarine Lost in Combat

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TWO U-CLASS SUBMARINES LOST IN 6 DAYS

HMS Unique

HMS Unique

The loss of a second Malta-based submarine has now been confirmed. P33 was officially reported overdue two days ago, after she failed to return when expected from her latest patrol.  Investigations have now concluded that she was sunk, possibly in an engagement with an Italian convoy on 18 August.

Under the command of Lieutenant R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson P33 left Malta on 6 August to patrol off Sicily and intercept an Italian convoy bound for Libya, along with her sister boat P32 and HMS Unique.  Shortly after the engagement on 18 August, P32 radioed a report of a prolonged depth-charge attack in the vicinity.  However, within hours P32 herself was sunk. 

P33 casualty list

AIR RAIDS DAWN 24 AUGUST TO DAWN 25 AUGUST 1941

Weather  Sunny and fresh.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 1941

ROYAL NAVY  P32 reported overdue. Farndale completed refit and carried out sea trials.  HM Submarine Upholder attacked three 6in gun cruisers with one possible hit.

AIR HQ Departures 2 Wellington. 69 Squadron Maryland patrols Tunisian coast and western Ionian Sea, Empedocle and Licata, eastern Sicily and the toe of Italy.  Special reconnaissance south of Sardinia AM and PM. 38 Squadron 9 Wellingtons sent to attack Tripoli, docks and petrol dumps drop bombs across the city causing considerable damage. 105 Squadron 4 Blenheims sent to attack shipping scored hits on vessels. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 4 Swordfish sent to attack shipping off Augusta/Catania areas failed to locate target.      

1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT  Mons Day: the Battalion celebrated the anniversary with a church service.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 14.

 

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