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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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 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain. Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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 Lieutenant Robert C Wattenburger shows off the unique lines of the Vought F.4U Corsair 124723 (NP-8) of VC-3 during a low-level fly-by of USS Valley Forge in May, 1952.

Valley Forge Fly-By by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Of similar configuration, but usually outclassed by its British contemporary, the Bristol F2b, the Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft LVG was essentially a strong and stable observation aircraft that served widely during World War 1. On 21st May 1917, this example became the victim of the guns of Sergeant John H Jones, contributing to his eventual tally of 15 victories. Here, his pilot that day, Captain W G Mostyn, has already had a squirt using his forward-firing Vickers gun before manoeuvring their 22 Sqn machine into position for Jones to finish the job with his twin Lewis guns.

Sergeant John H Jones and pilot Captain W G Mostyn, Bristol F2b Fighter claiming a Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft LVG by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 On 27th November 1950, thousands of Chinese troops swarmed over the frozen Yalu river on the North Korean /Chinese border, cutting off US Marines in the Chosin Reservoir area. Over the next ten days the marines with air support from both the Navy and Marine Air Wings fought their way out of the trap to Hungnam and safety.

Frozen Chosin, Korea, December 1950 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 A pair of 272 Squadron Bristol Beaufighters roar over the extensively rebuilt battleship HMS Valiant as she lies at anchor at Alexandria late in 1941, accompanied by the cruiser HMS Phoebe and Valiants sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (in the extreme distance)

HMS Valiant and HMS Phoebe at Alexandria, 1941 by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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 In the narrow valley dominated by the 3000 metre high Mt Glärnish the Patrouille Suisse Tigers line up over the runway of the satellite airfield of Mollis as solo Paul Thoma streaks underneath in the dramatic <i>Tunnel</i> manoeuvre.

The Mollis Tunnel by Robert Tomlin. (Y)
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 Portsmouth August 26th 1940, the lone spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone breaks the ranks and picks off one of the menacing Heinkels only to encounter an equally determined attack from a BF109. <br><br>We were brought to readiness in the middle of lunch and scrambled to intercept mixed bag of 100+ Heinkel IIIs and DO 17s approaching Portsmouth from the South.  The controller did a first class job and positioned us one thousand feet above the target. with the sun  behind us, allowing us to spot the raiders from a long way off. No escorting Messchersmitts were in sight at the time, although a sizable force was to turn up soon after. then something strange happened.  I was about to give a ticking off to our chaps for misusing the R/T when I realised I was listening to German voices. It appeared we were both using the same frequency and, although having no knowledge of the language it sounded from the monotonous flow of the conversation that they were unaware of our presence. as soon  as we dived towards the leading formation, however we were assailed immediately to loud shouts of  Achtung Spitfuern Spitfuern! as our bullets began to take their toll.  In spite of having taken jerry by surprise our bag was only six, with others claimed as damaged, before the remainder dived for cloud cover and turned for home. In the meantime the escorting fighters were amongst us when two of our fellows were badly shot up. Hector Maclean stopped a cannon shell on his cockpit, blowing his foot off above the ankle although, in spite of his grave injuries, he managed to fly his spitfire back to Tangmere to land with wheels retracted. Cyril Babbages aircraft was also badly damaged in the action. forcing him to abandon it and take to his parachute. He was ultimately picked up by a rescue launch and put ashore at Bognor, having suffered only minor injuries.  I personally accounted for one Heinkel III in the action (Sandy Johnson) . <br><br>No. 602 City of Glasgow auxiliary squadron was a household name long before WWII began. It had been the first auxiliary squadron to get into the air in 1925, two of its members, Lord Clydeside and David McIntyre  were the first to conquer Mount Everest in 1933, the squadron sweeped the board in gunnery and bombing in 1935, beating the regular squadrons at their own game. It was the first auxiliary Squadron to be equipped with Spitfire Fighters as far back as March 1939 and it was the first squadron to shoot down the first enemy aircraft on British soil.  The squadron moved south from Drem airfield in East Lothian on August 14th 1940 to relieve the already battered no. 145 squadron at Westhampnett, Tangmeres satelitte station in Sussex. The squadron suffered 5 casualties during the battle. The squadron remained at Westhampnett until December 1940 to be replaced by no. 610 auxiliary airforce squadron. No 602 squadron itself remained active up until 1957 when it was put into mothballs.

Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders (P)
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 On the night of 12th September 1944, Lancaster NF958 (LS-M) of No.15 Sqn was lost in the skies above Mannheim when it was attacked by the Messerschmitt Bf.110G-2 of Ofw Ludwig Schmidt of II/NGJ 6, the bomber receiving hits to the bomb bay which ignited the incendiaries still in their racks.  Five of the crew bailed out and were taken prisoner of war once captured.  The pilot, F/O Norman Overend RNZAF, did not escape the aircraft.  Flt Sgt Harry A Beverton was seen to leave the stricken Lancaster but was not seen again.<br><br><b>Crew of <i>Lancaster LS-M</i> :</b><br><br>F/O Norman Overend RNZAF<br>Sgt Barry J Howarth <i>(survived)</i><br>Sgt George B Thomson <i>(survived)</i><br>Flt Sgt John D Jones <i>(survived)</i><br>Flt Sgt Robert P E Kendall <i>(survived)</i><br>Flt Sgt Harry A Beverton<br>Sgt I Spagatner <i>(survived)</i>.

Incident over Mannheim by Ivan Berryman.
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DHM810.  The Queen Elizabeth 2 Leaving New York by Robert Barbour.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 Leaving New York by Robert Barbour.
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 A swordfish from HMS Warspite on patrol off the coast of Egypt, near the port of Alexandria.

Out of Alex by David Pentland.
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DHM1306.  Queen Mary at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.

Queen Mary at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.
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HMS Prince of Wales is shown firing on the Bismarck and in the background a huge black cloud is all that is left of HMS Hood.

HMS Prince of Wales by Brian Wood. (B)
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HMS Ark Royal after a recent refit, rejoins the fleet in 2001.

HMS Ark Royal by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 A pair of F18 Hornets overfly the Nimitz-class carrier USS Dwight Eisenhower (CV-69) with the surface combatant USS Arleigh Burke (DDF-51) off her port bow.

USS Dwight Eisenhower by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Between 24th may and 4th June 1940 an extraordinary armada of craft, large and small, naval and civilian, embarked on one of the greatest rescue missions in history. the evacuation of 330,000 British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France. the destroyer HMS Wakeful dominates the foreground here as troops pour onto the beaches and harbour moles in search of salvation. Both Wakeful and distant HMS Grafton were lost during the evacuation.

Dunkirk by Ivan Berryman.
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  D for Donald of 270 squadron, Royal Air Force, out of Freetown, West Africa operating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was during routine operation search that D for Donald surprised U515 on the surface and immediately attacked the submarine. U515 in putting up stiff resistance blew a large hole in the hull of D for Donald and the magazine of the starboard side 0.5 twin Browning was hit and the subsequent shrapnel wounded both blister gunners. U515 escaped but was sunk by an American naval hunter group a year later. D for Donald limped back to base and managed to make the beach before it would sink completely.
Catalina Attack by John Wynne Hopkins (B)
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 Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 2009.  Troops of the 2nd Mercian Regiment 19th Light Brigade engaged on compound searches during Operation Panchai Palang.

Green Zone Patrol by David Pentland. (AP)
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 Trapped within a rapidly decreasing perimeter, the exhausted BEF along with elements of the French 1st Army appeared to be at the mercy of the mighty Luftwaffe. No one though had reckoned on the brilliant leadership of Admiral Ramsay nor the gallant and unstinting efforts of the military and civilians who managed to rescue over 330,000 troops in nine days.

Operation Dynamo, Dunkirk, France 24th May - 4th June 1940 by David Pentland. (Y)
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 Tanks of the Queens Royal Irish Hussars in action during the Gulf War, February 1991.

Challenger by Simon Smith.
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 The picture shows a despatch rider coming under fire from Boer Marksmen. The picture is also known as A Yeomanry Scout Galloping With Despatches in the Boer War.

Within Sound of the Guns by Lady Elizabeth Butler. (Y)
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 Jagdpanthers of 654 heavy Tank Battalion engage 6th Guards Tank Brigade Churchills.
Debut at Caumont, Normandy, 30th July 1944 by David Pentland. (D)
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 Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade, led by Lord Lovat, are piped past the defenders of the Caen canal (Pegasus) bridge by piper Bill Millin. The bridge was originally taken in a coup de main attack by the gliders of 6th Airborne Divisions D Company, 2nd battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, led by Major John Howard earlier that morning. Shortly afterwards the glider troops were reinforced by 7 Parachute Battalion, and together they held the area against German attacks until the main British forces landing at Sword beach could fight through to join them.

Piper Bill, Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, 13.00hrs, 6th June 1944 by David Pentland. (Y)
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 Background battle detail shows 15th Hussars in summer campaign dress.

Lt General Lord Wellington at Salamanca, 22nd July 1812 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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DHM6058P. A United States Cavalry rider is caught in single combat with a Native American Indian horseman.

Scene from the Indian Wars by Alan Herriot. (P)
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A montage of moments from the outstanding Welsh 6 Nation Championship Grand Slam Victory of 2005.
The Perfect Year - Wales Grand Slam Champions 2005 by Darren Baker. (Y)
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SFA15.  Bollocks by Chris Howells.

Bollocks by Chris Howells.
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 Eddie Irvine.  Jaguar-Cosworth 2002
Green Giant by Michael Thompson.
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 Jenson Button.  Reanult R202
Young Gun by Michael Thompson.
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 Ferrari F310.  1996.
Eddie Irvine by Michael Thompson.
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MT26. Juan for Williams by Michael Thompson.
Juan for Williams by Michael Thompson.
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 Colin McRae and Nicky Grist.  Ford Focus WRC
High Flier by Michael Thompson.
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In the final moments of extra time of the game, the England number 10, Jonny Wilkinson slotted a perfect drop goal which clinched victory over Australia, winning 20 points to 17. 

Rugby World Cup Final 2003 by David Pentland.
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