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Submarine histories. Royal Navy submarines HMS Odin, HMS Olympus, HMS Orpheus, HMS Osiris, HMS Oswald and HMS Otus. Submarine website dedicated to the history of HMS Odin, HMS Olympus, HMS Orpheus, HMS Osiris, HMS Oswald and HMS Otus from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of O Class submarines.

These were an improved version of the Oberon class, with a better speed giving them a surface speed of 17.5 Knotts and an submerged speed of 8 knotts.

Displacement: 1475 tons and full load 2,030 tons. Compliment: 53 Armament: One 4 - inch gun, plus 2 machine guns (20mm Oerlikon) Eight 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (6 Bow and 2 Stern) with a interesting note that no spare torpedoes were carried for the 2 stern tubes) 

Odin 5th May 1928 Lost on 14th June 1940. sunk by Italian destroyer Strale in the gulf of Toranto.
Olympus 11th December 1928 Lost on 8th May 1942. mined of
Orpheus 26th February 1929 Lost on 27th June 1940. sunk by Italian destroyer Turbine in the Mediterranean.
Osiris 19th May 1928 Scrapped in September 1946 at Durban.
Oswald 19th June 1928 Lost on 1st August 1940. Sunk by Italian destroyer Vivaldi South of Calbria 
Otus 31st August 1928 Scuttled in September 1946 off the coast of Durban.
HMS Odin

HMS Odin Built at Chatham Dockyard and launched 5th May 1928. She served in the east Indies until 1940 when she went to the Mediterranean. She was to be sunk off the coast of Italy by Italian destroyer Strale in the gulf of Toranto. on 14th June 1940

HMS Odin in Hong Kong harbour c.1935. She was to be sunk off the coast of Italy in June 1940. 

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HMS Olympus

HMS Olympus was built by Beardmore and launched 11th December 1928.She served in the east Indies until 1940 when she went to the Mediterranean. Where on the 8th May 1940 she was sunk after hitting a mine of Malta.

HMS Olympus in China c.1930s. She was lost of the island of Malta on 8th May 1942, 9 survivors. 

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HMS Olympus c.1930.

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HMS Olympus.

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The four photographs below are courtesy and copyright of E Hayter, whose grandfather was Commander RGB Hayter RN, Commanding Officer of HM S/M Olymous in 1936.  Many thanks to E Hayter for these great photos.  If you can identify any of the crew, let us know atOUR MAIL BOX

HMS Olympus on full power trials.

HMS Olympus.

Crew of HMS Olympus 1936.

Crew of HMS Olympus at Shanghai, 26th April 1936.

HMS Orpheus

HMS Orpheus. was built by Beardmore and launched 26th February 1929.  Served in the East Indies until 1940 when she went to the Mediterranean. . HMS Orpheus was sunk by Italian destroyer Turbine Lost on 27th June 1940 with no survivors

HMS Orpheus was launched on 26th February 1929 and served in the East Indies as well as the Mediterranean along with sister ships HMS Odin, HMS Olympus and HMS Otus. She was sunk on 27th June 1940 by Italian destroyer Turbine while in the Mediterranean.

HMS Orpheus c.1930s off China, she was sunk by Italian destroyer 'Turbine', no survivors. 

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Crew of HMS Orpheus.  Text on ball : Orpheus Winners B/M League 1931 + 2 1932 + 3.   Names : 

 Watkins      Dover      Walker      Maughan      Charlton      Deggan

Purkins      Lt. Eaden      Lt. Comdr. Barry      Finlay      McBride

Graham      Arnell      Sizer      Newlands

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HMS Osiris

HMS Osiris, was built by Vickers Armstrong at barrow and  19th May 1928 served the war in the Mediterranean and after the war went to the Eastern theatre as a training submarine and finally Scrapped after the war ar Durban September 1946.

HMS Osiris off China in the 1930s. She sank an Italian destroyer on 22nd September 1940. 

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HMS Osiris was launched on 19th May 1928 and served in the Mediterranean and then went to the Eastern theatre to be used as a training ship. She was scrapped in September 1946 at Durban.

HMS Oswald

HMS Oswald built by Vickers Armstrong at barrow and launched 19th June 1928, served all her time in the Mediterranean until being  rammed and sunk by Italian destroyer Vivaldi South of Calbria  on the 1st august 1940 there were 52 survivors.

HMS Oswald off China in the 1930s. She was rammed and sunk on 1st August 1940 with 52 survivors. 

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HMS Oswald.

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HMS Otus

HMS Otus was built by Vickers Armstrong at barrow and launched 31st August 1928. Served in the East Indies until 1940 when she went to the Mediterranean. returned to the Home Fleet in 1942 and then in 1943 went to the South Atlantic for Anti Submarine training. finally Scuttled in September 1946 off the coast of Durban.

HMS Otus c.1930 entering Plymouth Sound

HMS Otus at Wei Hai Wei in the 1930s. 

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HMS Otus.

Sent in by Colin Jones

Displacement: 1475 tons   Compliment: 53.    Armament: 8 x 21 inch torpedo tubes (6 bow, 2 stern, 14 torpedoes). One 4 inch quick-firing MkIV gun (later MkXII)    Speed: surface speed 17.5 knots, submerged speed 8 knots
 

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 American built, British inspired and once re-engined with the Merlin, the mighty Mustang became a supreme long-range escort fighter and close air support platform. Old Crow was the mount of Clarence E. Anderson based at Leiston, England, with the 357th FG, 363rd FS. Andersons personal victory score during WWII was 16.25 in air combat.
Winter of 45 by Philip West. (Y)
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Without doubt one of the most outstanding and versatile aircraft in the Allied inventory during World War II, the Bristol Beaufighter was to endure a cautious reception by its crews when it first entered service, not least due to difficulties experienced by crews attempting to abandon a stricken aircraft in an emergency.  Its performance and hard-hitting potential quickly overcame such doubts, however, and it went on to earn a commendable reputation - and the nickname Whispering Death.  Here, two 254 Sqn TF. MkXs attack a captured Norwegian vessel in 1945.

Seastrike by Ivan Berryman
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Mosquitos of 105 Squadron, Marham.  No. 105 Squadron, stationed at Marham, Norfolk, became the first Royal Air Force unit to become operational flying the Mosquito B. Mk. IV bomber on 11th April 1942.  The painting shows 105 Squadron on the raid of 10th April 1945, to the Wahren railway marshalling yards at Leipzig, Germany.

Return From Leipzig by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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 Flt. Lt. John Alexander Cruickshank in his consolidated Catalina. Winning his Victoria Cross for sinking U-347.

Sinking of U-Boat 347 by Tim Fisher.
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 Pushing the concept of the Spitfire almost to the limit, the sleek F Mk212 represented the ultimate in fighter design at the end of the Second World War.  Powered by the mighty Griffon 61 engine driving a five blade propeller, its armament consisted of four 20mm British Hispano Cannon, two in each wing.  This example is LA200 (DL-E) of 91 Sqn in 1945.

Spitfire F Mk21 by Ivan Berryman.
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 Phantom II of US Marine Corps, VMFA-531 (Grey Ghosts) Vietnam, Danang April 1965.

Phantom II by David Pentland.
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 A Gloster Gladiator MkII of 247 Sqn is depicted patrolling off the Cornish coast in August 1940 during which time this squadron became the only one to operate the Gladiator in the defence of the South of England during the Battle of Britain.

Lone Gladiator†by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Boeing Chinook of No.7 Squadron (detachment) from RAF Aldergrove, flying on supply duty in the west of the province.

Chinook over the Sperrins by David Pentland.
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 On the 1st of August 1798, thirteen French ships of the line sat anchored in Aboukir Bay off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, in support of Napoleon who was inland with his troops attempting to conquer the country. As nighttime approached so did Lord Horatio Nelson and the British fleet. Nelson had been hunting Napoleon at sea for months; at Aboukir Bay he had found the French fleet, trapped and unprepared for battle. Nelsons audacious plan was to attack the French on their unprotected prot side, the plan had its risks; the whole of the British fleet could run aground in the shallows - but Nelson knew the waters too well. The Battle of the Nile was one of the most decisive in the history of naval warfare. By the end of the battle nearly all the French ships were sunk or captured. The 124-gun flagship - and the pride of the French navy - LOrient, had exploded with such ferocity that it halted the battle for over ten minutes. Napoleons ability to dominate the region had been crushed, whilst Nelson was to become a hero throughout the whole of Britain.

Battle of the Nile by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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HMS Coventry comes under air attack from aircraft off Tobruk, 14th September 1942.  As well as losing the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Coventry, the Allies also lost  HMS Zulu and six coastal craft sunk by bombing as they were returning from Tobruk.  HMS Coventry was rated as one of the most effective anti-aircraft ships in the entire British navy, downing more aircraft than any other ship.

HMS Coventry by Ivan Berryman.
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 The E-class light cruiser HMS Emerald is shown off the Newfoundland coast in company with a Flower class corvette.  Between October 1939 and August 1940, HMS Emerald carried £58 million in gold from Britain to Canada.

HMS Emerald by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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B64.  HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman.
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B69AP. HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth at Alexandria by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth at Alexandria by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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Showing visible signs of her tangle with British cruisers at the Battle of the River Plate, the German pocket battleship Graf Spee slips into the neutral waters of the Montevideo roadstead accompanied by the Uruguayan gunboat Rio Negro for light repairs. (Damage can be seen on the hull and behind the Conning tower ) . This was to be the last haven for the Graf Spee which was later scuttled at the harbour mouth, her commander Kapitan zur See Langsdorff believing a large British fleet to be waiting for attempted escape into the South Atlantic.

Admiral Graf Spee enters Montevideo by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 A splendid little war was how John Hay, ambassador to Britain, described the Spanish-American war of 1898. Though the war was small in scope it was large in consequences; it promoted the regeneration of the American Navy and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. Fought primarily at sea, the war created an American naval legend in its opening encounter between the pacific squadrons of Spain and the United States at Manila Bay on the 1st of May 1898. At sunrise Admiral Dewey, leading the American fleet in his flagship the USS Olympia, had caught the Spanish fleet, under Admiral Patricio Montojo, by surprise - still anchored off Sangley Point at Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands. Defeat for the Spanish was total and heralded the end of a once extensive Spanish empire in the Americas. Montojos flagship, Reina Cristina, is seen here under fire from the Olympia.

The Battle of Manila Bay by Anthony Saunders (YB)
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 HMS Medway was the first Royal navy submarine Depot ship that was designed for the purpose from the outset. She is shown here with a quintet of T-class submarines on her starboard side, whilst an elderly L-Class begins  to move away having completed replenishment. HMS Medway was sunk on 30th June 1940 having been torpedoed by U-372 off Alexandria.

HMS Medway by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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DHM1079GL.  The 1st Battalion Duke of Wellingtons Regiment at the Battle of Sittang Bridge, Burma, February 1942 by David Rowlands.

The 1st Battalion Duke of Wellingtons Regiment at the Battle of Sittang Bridge, Burma, February 1942 by David Rowlands (GL)
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Driven by revenge for the brutal treatment she had suffered at the hands of the Romans, Queen Boadicea led the Iceni and her allies the Trinovantas in open revolt. The IX Legion Hispania was despatched to suppress the insurrection but were ambushed en route. Only the commander Petilius Cerealis, and a handful of cavalry escaped.

Ambush of the XI Legion by Brian Palmer.
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 Unterscharfurher Karl-Heinz Turk of the Schwere SS Panzerabteilung 503, in one of the units few remaining Kingtigers, defends the Potsdammer Platz along with elements of the Munchberg Division against the rapidly encroaching Soviet forces.

The Last Battle, Berlin, April 30th 1945 by David Pentland. (GL)
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DHM889.  Winter Fishing by Alan Herriot.

Winter Fishing by Alan Herriot.
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 During the morning of June 7th the 82nd Airborne were attacked by a mixed German battle group. Supported by 4th Division armour the Paratroopers and Glider troops repelled the attack which lasted most of the day.

Fighting for a Foothold, 82nd Airborne at St Mere Eglise, 1944 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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Richard the Lionhearts tactical skills and military training played a substantial role in the capture of Acre in 1191 by the Crusaders. But Richard the Lionheart was ruthless and after the capture of the city he marched 2,700 Muslim soldiers onto the road of Nazareth and in front of the Muslim army positions, had them executed one by one.  But Richard the Lionheart was up against a great leader in Saladin and the crusades did not always go his way.  After he negotiated the Treaty of Jaffa with Saladin and secured the granting of special rights of travel around Palestine and in Jerusalem for Christian pilgrims, Richard the Lionheart started his journey back to England in 1192.  He was shipwrecked, and captured by the German Emperor Henry VI, only being released after a 150,000 mark ransom was paid.  This money was raised by taxes in England.

Richard the Lionheart by Brian Palmer.
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 Replacements from 1st Battalion Irish Guards and Sherman tanks of the 46th Royal Tank Regiment move through the debris of Anzio town towards their jump-off positions for the Battle of Campoleone Station.

Anzio, Italy, February 1944 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 Captain R. Blair Paddy Mayne, and men of L detachment SAS, stop to discuss their location en route to Sidi Haneish airfield. The raid was a major victory, especially for the newly acquired jeeps, which played an important part in the destruction of some 40 enemy aircraft for the loss of one man.

Paddys Troopers, The Sidi Haneish Road, 17th July 1942 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 England 1 Germany 0, Euro 2000.  On the 17th of June 2000 England once again faced their old nemesis Germany in a Group A qualifying match at Euro 2000.  England entered the game knowing that they had not defeated Germany in a competitive match since the famous World Cup victory in 1966.  Germany made four changes to the side that had drawn with Romania including the introduction of midfielder Sebastian Deisler, whilst England had been forced to replace Tony Adams and Steve McManaman with Martin Keown and Dennis Wise due to injury.  As expected the game started at a frenetic pace and Jancker made things difficult for England's central defenders early on with his height and strength.  England appeared to be lacking cohesion and allowed Germany to take control of the game.  Deisler brought the German crowd to their feet with a clever run down the right hand side and minutes later Hamaan had their first strike on goal which was hit directly at David Seaman.  England were looking for a flash of inspiration and it was very nearly delivered as Michael Owen managed to meet Phil Neville's cross with his head but only managed to direct the ball on to the post.  Paul Scholes in typical fashion drove a ferocious volley, which was tipped just over the bar, and suddenly it appeared that England were beginning to find some weaknesses in certain areas of the German side.  At the interval little separated the two sides however, England started the second half with a steely determination.  After just seven minutes David Beckham earned his side a free kick in a very dangerous position on the England right.  With good movement from the forwards in the German area Beckham swung a speculative cross into the six yard box.  Owen, beaten by the pace, failed to connect but man of the match Alan Shearer anticipated the kind bounce and without hesitation headed the ball back across Kahn and into the right hand side of the German goal.  The England captain had broken the deadlock and instilled in his side the belief that they could finally defeat their oldest rivals.  Germany threw everything they had at England but Keegan's team were equal to the task in every area of the pitch.  As the final whistle blew a huge roar erupted from the England supporters as Alan Shearer's goal had ended over thirty years of frustration and sealed his place in the history books as one of England's greatest ever strikers.

Perfect Finish by Peter Cornwell.
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B50. Jean Alesi/ Ferrari 412 by Ivan Berryman.

Jean Alesi/ Ferrari 412 by Ivan Berryman.
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 The legendary Welsh rugby union captain Gareth Edwards is brought to life in the triple portrait. Gareth Edwards is revered in Wales and considered one of the finest players ever. in part of the montage he is shown going over for a try against England.
Gareth Edwards by Darren Baker. (AP)
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 Damon Hill, World Champion

King of the Track by Stuart Coffield
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Florida Pearl is an Irish-bred race horse, who raced in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Florida Pearl was owned by Mrs Violet O'Leary and trained by top Irish trainer Willie Mullins.  The 2001/02 season proved to be successful for Florida Pearl, winning the John Durkan Memorial Chase.  Florida Pearl then returned to Kempton to win the King George VI Chase beating Best Mate in December.  He returned back to England for his next start in the Grade 2 Martell Cup Chase where he cruised to an 11 length victory over Cyfor Malta.  The painting shows Florida Pearl over the one of the nineteen fences to win the Martell Cup at Aintree in 2002, with Jockey  Barry Geraghty.

Florida Pearl by Stephen Smith.
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 Colin McRae and Nicky Grist.  Ford Focus WRC
High Flier by Michael Thompson.
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 Rothmans Williams Renault FW18.  World Champion 1996.
Damon Hill by Michael Thompson.
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B46. Damon Hill/ Williams FW.16 by Ivan Berryman
Damon Hill/ Williams FW.16 by Ivan Berryman
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