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"Of all the branches of men in the Forces, there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariner.
Great deeds are done in the air and on the land; nevertheless, nothing surpasses your exploits." Winston Churchill.

"Only in attack does a submarine reveal herself, before creeping away to the concealment of the deep"

HMS Sea Devil (P244)

Class & Type: S Class Submarine
Builder: Scotts Greenock
Laid Down: 5 May 1943
Launched: 30 January 1945
Commissioned: 12 May 1945
Broken up: 1966
Displacement: 670 surfaced 960 tons submerged
Length: 208 feet Beam: 24 ft
Draught: 10 feet 6 inches
Propulsion: Twin diesel/electric
Speed: 13.75 knots surface. 10 knots submerged
Complement: 39 officers and men
Armament: 6 forward 21 inch tubes
12 torpedoes
1 x 3 inch gun. 1 .303 calibre machine gun


S Class engine room

The above three images are of James Whitehead HMS Sea Devil
1. Aged 19 2. On leave in Scotland in 1944 and 3. At sea in the Med 3 days out

July 2008: The following are from his granddaughter Erin

Feb 2011: From Malcolm Hunt: My father served as a stoker on the Sea Devil and the Tantalus during the war. I had always been told by my mother that my father had only done his training until  VE day, he was then on course for the Far East but only got as far as Malta when the war with Japan ended. However talking to my mother recently it transpired he spent at least two years based in Scotland ‘training and going on exercises’.  I suspect he may have been saving her from worry!  Unfortunately my father died when I was young so I was never told by him what he did, other than interesting explanations about how submarines worked. Having established he may well, at the very least have gone on patrol, I am very interested to know what he may have done during his time. If you have contacts or could advise where I might find the crew manifests, and the details of what each submarine may have done during the latter part of the war, I would be very grateful.

 


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