Monday, July 15, 2013

Jul

15

1943

Submarine stalks submarine in the Mediterranean

At the Malta submarine base within HMS TALBOT, three submarines: HMS UNITED (left) and HMS UNISON (right). Bows of HMS UNSEEN in the foreground.

orpedoes were fired individually. Two torpedoes hit 52 and 41 seconds after firing the first torpedo. The first torpedo was seen to pass ahead of the U-boat and the second seen to hit it under the forehatch, which made the running time 19 seconds, giving a running range of 500 yards. The third torpedo was heard to hit 10 seconds later, fitting in with the firing interval. Almost immediately after the second explosion I saw the stern of the U-boat rise high out of the water at an angle of 60 degrees and she then sank within about four seconds.