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Submarine histories. Royal Navy Vampire class submarines. Submarine website dedicated to the history of Vampire, Veldt, Venturer, Vigorous, Viking, Virtue, Visigoth, Vox, Upshot, Urtica, Vagabond, Variance, Varne, Vengeful, Vineyard, Virulent, Vivid, Volatile, Voracious, Vortex, Votary and Vulpine from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of V Class submarines.

Submarines in class. HMS Vampire, HMS Veldt, HMS Venturer, HMS Vigorous, HMS Viking, HMS Virtue, HMS Visigoth, HMS Vox, HMS Upshot, HMS Urtica, HMS Vagabond, HMS Variance, HMS Varne, HMS Vengeful, HMS Vineyard, HMS Virulent, HMS Vivid, HMS Volatile, HMS Voracious, HMS Vortex, HMS Votary and HMS Vulpine.
Displacement: 545 tons    Compliment: 33.    Armament: 4 x 21 inch torpedo tubes ( bow; 8 torpedoes). One 3 inch gun.      Speed: surface speed 11.25 knots, submerged speed 10 knots
Upshot 24th February 1944 Scrapped in November 1949 at Preston.
Urtica 23rd March 1944 Scrapped in March 1950 at Milford Haven.
Vagabond 19th September 1944 Scrapped in January 1950 at Newport.
Vampire 20th July 1943 Scrapped in March 1950 at Gateshead.
Variance 22nd May 1944 Served with the Norwegian Navy as Utsira in 1944.
Varne 24th February 1944 Scrapped in September 1958 at Troon.
Veldt 19th July 1943 Served with the Hellenic Navy as Pipinos from 1943-57. Eventually scrapped in February 1958 at Dunston.
Vengeful 20th July 1944 Served with the Hellenic Navy as Delfin from 1944-57. Eventually scrapped in March 1958 at Gateshead.
Venturer 4th May 1943 Served with the Norwegian Navy as Utstein in 1946.
Vigorous 15th October 1943 Sold for scrapping on 23rd December 1949.
Viking 5th May 1943 Served with the Norwegian Navy as Utvaer in 1946.
Vineyard 8th May 1944 Served with the French Navy from 1944-47. Eventually scrapped in June 1950 at Charlestown.
Virtue 29th November 1943 Scrapped in May 1946 at Cochin.
Virulent 23rd May 1944 Served with the Hellenic Navy as Argonaftis from 1946-58. Eventually scrapped in April 1961 at Pasajes.
Visigoth 30th November 1943 Scrapped in April 1950 at Hayle.
Vivid 15th September 1943 Scrapped in October 1950 at Faslane.
Volatile 20th June 1944 Served with the Hellenic Navy as Triaina from 1946-58. Eventually scrapped in December 1958 at Dunston.
Voracious 11th November 1943 Scrapped in May 1946 at Cochin.
Vortex 19th August 1944 Served with the French Navy as Morse from 1944-47. Served with the Danish Navy as Saelen from 1947-58. Eventually scrapped in August 1958 at Faslane.
Votary  21st August 1944 Served with the Norwegian Navy as Uthaug in 1946.
Vox 28th September 1943 Scrapped in May 1946 at Cochin.
Vulpine 28th December 1943 Served with the Danish Navy as Storen from 1947-58. Eventually scrapped in June 1959 at Faslane.

HMS Vengeful

Delfin (ex - HMS Vengeful) ready for scrapping at Gateshead.

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Delfin (ex - HMS Vengeful) ready for scrapping at Gateshead, March 1958.

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 When the seasoned B-26 crews of the 386th Bomb Group took delivery of their Douglas A-26 Invader aircraft in September 1944, the arrival of their new fast attack bombers neatly coincided with a move to France. Now based at Beaumont-sur-Oise, they were able to penetrate deep into enemy territory. The three man crews took part in the Battle of the Bulge, their twin engined aircraft being well suited to their task of destroying strategic bridges and cutting vital supply lines. After the Ardennes Campaign, now fully equipped with the A-26, the 386th BG continued to strike hard against important targets in Germany, the nimble handling characteristics of the aircraft making low-level attacks a speciality. As the Allies advanced upon Germany the 386th moved to St. Trond in Belgium, their base at the time of Nicolas Trudgians dramatic painting. Arriving at high speed over the busy German rail yard in the heart of the Ruhr Valley, barely skimming the nearby factory chimney stacks on the way into the target, the A-26 crews on the 386th deliver a devastating blow, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. With bombs away, the Invader crews strafe the area with their battery of ten forward-firing .50 cal. machine guns, the roar of their twin 2000hp engines heightening the tension and confusion on the ground. <br><br><b>Published 2000.<br><br>Signed by three distinguished A-26 Invader aircrew who flew the A-26 in combat during World War II.</b>

Ruhr Valley Invaders by Nicolas Trudgian.
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DHM267P.  Shows the action on 26th May 1941 by Swordfish from HMS Ark Royal on the German battleship Bismarck. Fresh from her triumphant encounter with HMS Hood, Bismarck was struck by Swordfishs torpedo which jammed her rudder and was finished off by the home fleet on 27th May 1941.
Sink the Bismarck by Geoff Lea (P)
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 79 Sqn Hurricane of F/Lt Owen Tracey trying to get airborne again amid explosions from the attacking German Dorniers on 15th August 1940.

Tribute to F/Lt Owen Tracey by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 It is January 1945, and its cold. The German advance in the Ardennes is nearly over, but the Panzer Army is desperately throwing more troops into the breach who try to keep their momentum going in The Battle of the Bulge. Tasked with preventing German reinforcements from reaching the battle front, the Ninth Air Force launched a series of low-level attacks on enemy ground forces as they wind their way through the Ardennes. Flying conditions were not easy, cloud bases were low, and snow was in the air. Nicolas Trudgians new painting recreates an attack on January 23, 1945, by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 410th Bomb Group. Locating an enemy convoy in open space near the German town of Blankenheim, the Havoc pilots make a swift attack diving from 8000 feet, catching the German force by surprise: Hurtling down the line of vehicles at 320mph they release their parafrag bombs from 300 feet then, dropping just above the roofs of the army trucks continue down the column blasting everything in sight with their forward-firing .50mm caliber machine guns. In the space of a few minutes the attack is completed and the convoy decimated. With ammunition expended and fuel running low the A-20 Havocs climb out of the zone and head for base in France. A 20mm shell has hit the lead aircraft wounding the Bombardier/Navigator Gordon Jones, which will seriously hamper their return through a blizzard, but all aircraft make it safely home - the lead aircraft, on landing, counting over 100 holes of various sizes. For their part in leading the successful attack the Lead Pilot Russell Fellers and Bombardier/Navigator Gordon G. Jones received the Silver Star. <br><br><b>Published 2001.<br><br>Signed by A-20 Havoc combat aircrews, including two Silver Star recipients, from World War Two.</b>

Raising Havoc in the Ardennes by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
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 A BAE Viscount on final approach to Birmingham Airport, c.1962.

Elmdon Evening by Mark Postlethwaite. (AP)
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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. (P)
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 Two De Havilland Mosquito FBMk VIs of 464 squadron set out on a low level mission in difficult weather conditions.

Low Level Raiders by Keith Woodcock. (Y)
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 The Royal Air Force is currently the largest operator of the Boeing Chinook after the United States, this ubiquitous helicopter now equipping  No.s 7, 18 and 27 Sqn based at RAF Odiham.  Deployed in Afghanistan, the flight and ground crew operate jointly as the Expeditionary Chinook Engineering Squadron (ExCES), No.1310 Flight.  Here, a Chinook is depicted ferrying an underslung re-supply load out of Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

A Vital Role by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 The Japanese ship Takao at Flank speed, riding shotgun for the carrier

Flank Speed by Randall Wilson.
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HMS Illustrious slips quietly away from the docks at Devonport, Plymouth with the Fiji class cruiser in the middle distance, 1941.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Kenya at Devonport by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 The newly converted Command Helicopter Cruiser HMS Blake leaves Grand Harbour Malta at the end of the 1960s.  In the background, the old Submarine Depot ship HMS Forth lies at anchor at the very end of her long career.

HMS Blake by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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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
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HMS Glowworm, burning severely after receiving hits from the mighty Admiral Hipper, is depicted turning to begin her heroic sacrifice off the Norwegian coast on 8th April 1940. Hugely out-gunned and already crippled, Glowworms captain, Lieutenant-Commander Roope rammed his destroyer into the side of the Admiral Hipper, inflicting a 40 metre rip in its armour belt before drifting away and exploding. 38 British sailors were rescued from the sea and Roope was awarded a posthumous VC for his bravery, the first earned by the Royal Navy in WWII.

HMS Glowworms Attack on the Admiral Hipper by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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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 (P)
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USS Maddox engaging North Vietnamese torpedo boats with 5-in gunfire, August 2nd, 1964, in the Gulf of Tonkin.

USS Maddox by Randall Wilson.
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 The destroyer HMS Kelly passes close to the battleship HMS Royal Sovereign as she escorts a convoy in the Mediterranean near Malta.

HMS Kelly passes HMS Royal Sovereign by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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MILITARY PRINTS

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DHM889.  Winter Fishing by Alan Herriot.

Winter Fishing by Alan Herriot.
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 22 SAS Squadron in the Gulf, having been dropped by Chinook of the 7th Squadron RAF

The Winged Dagger by Simon Smith. (P)
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 Lieut-Colonel W, Scott, the Kings (Liverpool) Regiment leads his men from the first glider, during operation broadway.

Chindits landing at Broadway, Burma, 5th / 6th March 1944 by David Rowlands (Y)
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The Romans have abducted the daughters of their neighbors, the Sabines.  To avenge this abduction, the Sabines attacked Rome, although not immediately, since Hersilia, the daughter of Tatius, the leader of the Sabines, had been married to Romulus, the Roman leader, and then had two children by him in the interim.  Here we see Hersilia between her father and husband as she adjures the warriors on both sides not to take wives away from their husbands or mothers away from their children.  The other Sabine Women join in her exhortations.

The Sabine Women by Jacques Louis David. (Y)
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Painting commissioned for a major book publisher around 189 - 1990 for a novel cover.

US soldiers during winter in the Korean War by Chris Collingwood.
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 In his 50s with 30 years experience, who has now attained High Centurian rank and commands the entire 1st Cohort.

Primus Pilus by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Tanks of the Queens Royal Irish Hussars in action during the Gulf War, February 1991.

Challenger by Simon Smith. (P)
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 Study for the original painting Charge and Pursue.
Melee Between the Queens Bays and Bombay Light Cavalry at Lucknow, 1857 by Mark Churms. (P)
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SPORT PRINTS

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Race horses gallop to the finish shown in this racing painting by Mark Churms.

The Finish by Mark Churms.
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 Ferrari Pit Stop 2001.
Masters of Strategy II by Michael Thompson.
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Whilst flat-racing enthusiasts may argue which horse was the best Derby Winner, artist Peter Deighan was deciding for himself, he made a short list of six.  His canvas entitled Derby Winners depicts these six. They include the great Shergar, who ran the fastest Derby in history and won by a record ten lengths.  Also included are Golden Fleece, Reference Point, Teenoso, The Minstrel and the fantastic Nashwan.  Any of these could be classified as the greatest.

Derby Winners by Peter Deighan.
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 The Welsh Six Nations Grand Slam of 2005 is completed as Wales beat Ireland in their final game. <br>Results : Cardiff, 5th February : Wales 11 - 9 England<br>Rome, 12th February : Italy 8 - 38 Wales<br>Paris, 26th February : France 18 - 24 Wales<br>Edinburgh, 13th March : Scotland 22 - 46 Wales<br>Cardiff, 19th March : Wales 32 - 20 Ireland.

Grand Slam 2005 by James Owen. (Y)
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SC34. Throwing the Discus by Eduard Joseph Danton.

Throwing the Discus by Eduard Joseph Danton.
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Saturday, 1 September, 2001.  Germany had only ever lost one World Cup qualifier at home in their history - but suddenly they were torn apart by an England team playing great attacking football  in Munich.  Coming from behind, Michael Owen blasted a stunning hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard  scoring England's 2nd and Heskey scoring the 5th goal, making the final score 5 - 1 to England.  This superb painting by Darren Baker shows Heskey celebrating his goal with a jubilant Owen and Beckham also celebrating.  <br><br>Germany: Kahn, Worns, Linke, Nowotny, Boehme, Hamann, Rehmer, Ballack, Deisler, Jancker, Neuville. <br><br>England: Seaman, G Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, A Cole, Barmby, Scholes, Gerrard, Beckham, Heskey, Owen.
England v Germany 5 - 1 by Darren Baker
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 Jenson Button.  Reanult R202
Young Gun by Michael Thompson.
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 Rothmans Williams Renault FW18.  World Champion 1996.
Damon Hill by Michael Thompson.
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