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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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 With his personal emblem of black and white fuselage band adorning his Fokker E.V, 153/18, Richard Wenzl briefly commanded Jasta 6, based at Bernes in August 1918, and claimed a modest 6 victories during his career with JG 1. The Fokker E.V was both fast and manoeuvrable, but a series of engine and structural failures meant that these exciting new machines saw only brief service before being re-worked to emerge as the D.VIII, sadly too late to make any impression on the war. Wenzl is shown here in combat with Sopwith Camels of 203 Sqn, assisted by Fokker D.VIIs, which served alongside the E.Vs of Jasta 6. The D.VII shown is that of Ltn d R Erich Just of Jasta 11, also based at Bernes.

Leutnant d R Richard Wenzl by Ivan Berryman.
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  B-17G 42-37755 NV-A 325th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group from Poddington crash landing in Switzerland on 25th February 1944 after sustaining damage over enemy territory after a raid on Augsburg and Stuttgart.

Safe Pastures by Mark Postlethwaite.
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 It was in 1941 that the remarkable Focke-Wulfe FW190 first appeared in the skies of Europe, quickly establishing itself as a most formidable adversary. It proved to be the supreme weapon against all allied bomber forces. Here FW190A-8 of 1 Gruppe, Jagdgesschwader 1 is shown attacking a B17G of 381st Bomb Group during a critical defence of the Reich in 1944.

Cat Among the Pigeons (FW190) by Ivan Berryman.
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 A sad, but magnificent sight on 24th October 2003 as the last three British Airways Concordes bring commercial supersonic travel to a close, as they taxi together to their final dispersal at Heathrow.

Concorde Farewell by Ivan Berryman.
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 The Sopwith Camel was with the mainstay of the Royal Flying Corps.  It is shown here downing an Albatros over the Western Front.

Sopwith Camel by Anthony Saunders. (P)
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The last purely British fighter aircraft to be used by the Royal Air Force, the Lightning offered a truly massive performance advantage over existing equipment when it was introduced into squadron service in 1960, achieving level flight speed of around, 1400mph. The prototype known as the P1 had flown in 1954 but production aircraft were not available until 1959, a long gestation period but perhaps understandable with such an advanced machine with many untried, new features. The painting shows an F1A of 111 squadron taking off from its base at Wattisham. The remarque drawing shows an aircraft of 56 squadron Firebirds in 1963 when they were the official RAF aerobatics team for that year. 337 Lightnings were produced, serving with nine squadrons of the Royal Air Force before being supersede by the Phantom and Tornado.
BAC Lightning by Keith Woodcock.
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 Tribute to the ground crew of Bomber Command. Ground crew inspect and prepare the engines of a Stirling bomber as it is refuelled in preparation for that nights mission.

Stirling Work by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 F86A Sabre of Col. Jack W. Hayes ex-cavalry, bomber and Mustang pilot, attempting to intercept a Russian MIG 15 flown by Soviet ace Casey Jones, over the Yalu river, Korea, February 1952.

Cavalry Sabre by David Pentland.
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 Type 21 frigate HMS Ambuscade (F172) is shown passing the swing bridge as she enters Taranto Harbour.

HMS Ambuscade by Ivan Berryman (P)
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One of the finest battleships of all time, Bismarck was built by the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg and launched in February 1939.  Her first duty was for commerce raiding in the north Atlantic.  Together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, the destroyers Z10, Z16 and Z23 and a minesweeper.  The Bismarck, commanded by Vice Admiral Gunther Lutjens, left her last anchorage at Grimstadt Fjord in Norway.  Once Bismarcks departure was confirmed all available British forces were deployed to meet the threat.  On the 24th of May 1941 the Bismarck sailed into naval history - sinking the battlescruiser and pride of the British fleet - HMS Hood.  But Bismarck would have little time to celebrate, she was sunk by a scorned British fleet three days later.  Here Bismarck is depicted on the evening of the 21st May 1941 entering the open sea on her fateful final voyage.

Bismarck - The Final Voyage by Anthony Saunders (P)
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 The Last of the heavy Cruisers built by Germany (5 in total) The picture shows Admiral Hipper making her first sortie on the 18th February 1940, accompanied by the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau on Operation Nordmark. (Search for allied convoys on the route between Britain and Norway)

The Narvik Squadron by Anthony Saunders.
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DHM1449P. Tirpitz Passing Through Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman.

Tirpitz Passing Through Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Blackbeard the Terrible, otherwise known as Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond. Circa 1718.

Damnation Seize My Soul by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 The Dido class cruiser HMS Naiad is pictured together with the cruiser HMS Leander during the encounter with the French Guepard in 1941 whilst they were both engaged in operations against the Vichy-French forces in Syria.

HMS Naiad by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Admiral von Spees Flagship SMS Scharnhorst leads SMS Gneisenau in the opening stages of engaging the Royal Naval ships east of the Falklands, 8th December 1914.

Battle of the Falkland Islands by Randall Wilson (P)
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 HM submarine H.28 enters Scapa Flow anchorage, passing the forlorn Battle Cruiser SMS Derfflinger and a group of sunken destroyers H.28 was one of the H class submarines. Launched in March 1918, she was finally scrapped in 1944.

Scapa Flow Graveyard by Robert Barbour.
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 The Grand army crossing the Danube on its advance to the battle of Wagram. 
Napoleon before the Battle of Wagram by Swebach (B)
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Midday, 21st October 1805, and Admiral Collingwoods flagship, the 100-gun HMS Royal Sovereign, breaks the allied line and delivers a shattering broadside on the Spanish flagship Santa Anna. Making great speed, Collingwoods ship had breached the Franco-Spanish line some distance ahead of the rest of his van and the Royal Sovereign suffered heavily as she quickly drew the attentions of three French and three Spanish ships. To her starboard, the French Indomitable can be seen firing into the British flagship while, astern of the Santa Anna, Belleisle and Fougueux are engaging ahead of Mars, Monarca and Pluton.

HMS Royal Sovereign at the Battle of Trafalgar by Ivan Berryman.
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A vehicle checkpoint set up by the British army in co-operation with the RUC while operating in Northern Ireland.

VCP, Northern Ireland by Anthony Wynne Hopkins (P)
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9th (Irish) Field Battery firing on the Run-in-shoot to Queen Beach. They were the first rounds fired at the Normandy Coast, D-Day 6th June, 1944. Queen Beach, one of the 4 sectors of Sword Beach, where most of the landings of D-Day were carried out. The Queen Beach sector which extended for 1.5km between Lion-sur-Mer and the western edge of Ouistretham. The attack was thus concentrated on a narrow one-brigade front. For once the DD tanks and other armour came in exactly on time and ahead of the infantry. The 8th brigade, with the 1st Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment on the right and the 2nd East Yorkshire on the left.

Operation Overlord by David Rowlands (B)
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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. (Y)
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 Captain Fields 2 Scimitar and 2 Scorpion light tanks of 3 Troop The Blues and Royals along with the Milan platoon, provide vital covering fire for 2 Paras assault on the North Spur Wireless Ridge (Apple Pie) Following lessons learned at Goose Green additional support was available from artillery, mortars, machine guns and even HMS Ambuscade. Despite the attack being conducted at night, with frequent snow flurries, and minefields, all the objectives were taken, and at first light the road to Port Stanley lay open and unopposed.

Battle for Wireless Ridge, Falklands, 13th June 1982 by David Pentland. (Y)
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MLRS of the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery.

One Man and his Colours 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 (P)
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 A great tribute to one of the all time greats in golf who will be sadly missed.

Seve Ballesteros by Peter Deighan. (Y)
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SFA19.  Laytown Beach by Chris Howells.
Laytown Beach by Chris Howells.
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The painting portrays the Manchester United midfielder and England Captain David Beckham celebrating after scoring from a trademark free kick.

Seven by Robert Highton. (Y)
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SP4.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.
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 A celebration of Nigel Mansells success in winning the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy Car Championship in successive years. A celebration of the magnificent talents of Nigel Mansell. He made his debut in Formula 1 in 1981 and his superb driving technique made an instant impact. He recorded victory after victory coming agonisingly close to being world champion many times before gaining his well deserved Formula 1 title in 1992. The following year he recorded an unprecedented double, gaining the Indy Car championship in 1993. A feat that reserves his name quite rightly in the record books.
Mansell by Peter Deighan.
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 The Intercontinental Formula was first organised by British Racing Drivers Club to allow the racing of cars with 2000cc to 3000cc engines. At the time the 1500cc limit of Formula 1 had been instituted by the international ruling body in the belief that the smaller cars would mean safer racing. In reality this meant that the relatively easy to handle Formula 1 cars could be driven by less experienced drivers almost as fast as the most experienced master drivers. The result was that the car with fractionally more power was the deciding factor in winning the race, rather than the better driver but this also compromised track safety. The introduction of the Intercontinental Formula was seen as more of a challenge for the drivers, with the larger and more powerful cars requiring greater skill and experience than to drive the 1500cc cars of Formula 1. The 13th International Trophy on Saturday 6th May 1961 was the first race of the season to carry World Championship points and consisted of 80 laps of Silverstone, a total of 233 miles. Stirling Moss, having already won the International Sports Car Race in a Lotus earlier that day, was driving Rob Walkers 2.5 litre Cooper Climax and qualified 2nd on the grid despite being unhappy with the steering of his car. The starting grid front row was Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Graham Hill and by the time the race started at 2.30pm a heavy rain meant that the track was not only soaked but also covered in oil and rubber from the previous races. World Champion Jack Brabham made a superb start, passed Moss and was first into Copse and by lap 4 Moss was in 3rd place led by Surtees and Brabham. Due to appalling conditions and poor visibility many of the cars were spinning or leaving the track and by lap 13 Brabham and Moss were 1st and 2nd with the rest of the field some distance behind. Moss now poured on the pressure and for the next few laps he tried to pass as he harried Brabham in a duel for the lead. The pair were now beginning to lap the tailenders and, at around a quarter of the distance Moss was held up by Flockhart, Brabhams team member, who had allowed Brabham to pass. Moss gestured angrily to Flockhart as he was unable to follow Brabham and, as the rain paused for a while the pace became faster. Suddenly and quite dramatically Moss passed both Flockhart and Brabham and within 2 laps had gained 5 seconds on the World Champion. As the rain returned in a deluge Moss mercilessly pushed on, increasing his lead to 1.5 minutes by the halfway mark. Although he could have taken things easily at this point Moss drove on relentlessly at a seemingly impossible pace and was now lapping most of the field for a second time. By the ¾ stage he completed his humiliation of Brabham by passing him for a second time to lap him representing a 3 mile lead. Moss eventually won the race in 2hrs 41 mins 19.2 secs, 1.5 laps ahead of Brabham and at least two laps ahead of the rest of the field in what were treacherous conditions. At the end of the race Moss summed up the experience as a nice ride, having proved himself to be one of the greatest and fastest drivers in the world under any conditions. Sir Stirling Moss believes this to be one of his finest ever drives.

A Moment of Triumph by Gerald Coulson. (Y)
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DH007. Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
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Jason Robinson by Robert Highton. (Y)
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