D& E Class

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Royal naval D and E Class submarines. D class approved for the Royal Navy in 1906, with overseas patrolling capabilities. The E class was an enlarged version approved 1910-11. Historical information and photographs of these classes of Royal Navy's submarines.

D 1 16th May 1908 Used as a target and sunk on 23rd October 1918.
D 2 25th May 1910 Took part in Helgoland action. Sunk on 25th November 1914 by a German patrol boat.
D 3 17th October 1910 Erroneously sunk on 15th March 1918 by a French airship while in the Channel.
D 4 27th May 1911 Scrapped in December 1921.
D 5 28th August 1911 Mined on 3rd November 1914.
D 6 23rd October 1911 Torpedoed on 26th June 1918 by U73 near Northern Ireland.
D 7 14th January 1911 Scrapped in December 1921.
D 8 23rd September 1911 Scrapped in December 1921.

E Class

E 1 9th November 1912 Sent to the Baltic in 1914 and scuttled on 8th April 1918.
E 2 23rd November 1912 Scrapped in 1921.
E 3 29th October 1912 Torpedoed on 18th October 1914 by U27.
E 4 5th February 1912 Sunk in a collision with E41 and though raised never served again. Scrapped in February 1922.
E 5 17th May 1912 Sunk by a mine in the North Sea on 7th March 1916.
E 6 12th November 1912 Mined on 26th December 1915.
E 7 2nd October 1913 Sunk on 5th September 1915
E 8 30th October 1913 Sent to the Baltic. Scuttled on 8th April 1918.
E9 29th November 1913 Scuttled on 8th April 1918 to avoid her falling into German hands.
E10 29th November 1913 Lost on 18th January 1915.  Recent research having found the sunken submarine appears to show that it struck by a sea mine.  Thanks to David Falconer, whose great Uncle Lt Percy Falconer was one of the officers.
E11 23rd April 1914 Sold for scrapping in March 1921.
E12 5th September 1914 Sold for scrapping in March 1921.
E13 22nd September 1914 Ran aground in Baltic and disabled by shellfire. Interned in August 1915 and returned November 1918. Sold for scrapping in December 1921.
E14 7th July 1914 Mined and sunk on 27th January 1918.
E15 23rd April 1914 Lost on 15th April 1915 after running aground and subsequently bombed and attacked by torpedoes.
E16 23rd September 1914 Mined on 22nd August 1916.
E17 16th January 1915 Wrecked on 6th January 1916.
E18 4th March 1915 Sunk on 24th May 1916 by German decoy ship KE41. She was also rammed by E4.
E19 13th May 1915 Scuttled on 8th April 1918 to avoid her falling into German hands.
E20 12th June 1915 Torpedoed and sunk on 5th November 1916 by German U-boat.
E21 24th July 1915 Scrapped in December 1921.
E22 27th August 1915 Torpedoed and sunk on 25th April 1916.
E23 28th September 1915 Scrapped in September 1922.
E24 9th December 1915 Used as a minelayer she was mined on 24th March 1916.
E25 23rd August 1915 Scrapped in December 1921.
E26 11th November 1915 Lost on 6th July 1916 reasons for which are unknown.
E27 9th June 1917 Scrapped in September 1922.
E29 1st June 1915 Scrapped in February 1922.
E30 29th June 1915 Lost on 22nd November 1916 for reasons unknown.
E31 23rd August 1915 Scrapped in February 1922.
E32 16th August 1916 Scrapped in September 1922.
E33 18th April 1916 Scrapped in September 1922.
E34 27th January 1917 Used as a minelayer she was mined on 20th July 1918.
E35 20th May 1916 Scrapped in September 1922.
E36 16th September 1916 Lost on 17th January 1917 for reasons unknown.
E37 2nd September 1915 Lost on 1st December 1916 for reasons unknown.
E38 13th June 1916 Scrapped in September 1922.
E39 18th May 1916 Scrapped in October 1921.
E40 9th November 1916 Scrapped December 1921.
E41 22nd October 1915 Used as a minelayer she was scrapped in September 1922.
E42 22nd October 1915 Scrapped in September 1922.
E43 11th November 1915 Scrapped in January 1921.
E44 21st February 1916 Scrapped in October 1921.
E45 25th January 1916 Used as a minelayer she was scrapped in September 1922.
E46 4th April 1916 Used as a minelayer she was scrapped in September 1922.
E47 29th May 1916 Lost on 20th August 1917 for reasons unknown.
E48 2nd August 1916 Scrapped in July 1928.
E49 18th September 1916 Mined and sunk on 12th March 1917.
E50 13th November 1916 Mined and sunk on 1st February 1918.
E51 30th November 1916 Used as a minelayer she was scrapped in October 1931.
E52 25th January 1917 Scrapped in January 1921.
E53 1916 Scrapped in September 1922.
E54 1916 Scrapped in December 1921.
E55 5th February 1916 Scrapped in September 1922.
E56 19th June 1916 Scrapped in June 1923.

D 1

HMS Submarine D1

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Submarine D1 

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Submarine D1.  Photo published 1915.  Sent in by Alice Green

Royal Navy submarine D1 not long after her completion in 1908. Used as a target and sunk on 23rd October 1918. 

D 1    c.1914.

Submarine D1.

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D 2

Royal Navy Submarine D.2 On the 3rd November  1914. hit a mine of Yarmouth. On the 23rd November.  The captain of D.2 Lt. commander A J Jameson was wept overboard and lost.   the Following day D.2 under anew captain Lt Commander C Head.  D.2 failed to return from this trip. It is believed she was sunk by a German Torpedo Boat on the 25th November 1914.

D2, 1911.

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Royal Navy submarine D2 c.1912  

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D2, 1910.

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D 3

Stern View of Submarine D 3

D3, 1912.

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D 4

Submarine D4 pictured c.1912. She helped sink U-boat U72 on 12th May 1918.

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D4, 1911.

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D 5

D5, 1911.

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D5 pictured c. 1911.

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Royal Navy submarine D5 before she was mined on 3rd November 1914. 

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Royal Navy Subs E4, E9 and D5

D 5.

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D 6

Under the Command of Lt. S A Brooks. While patrolling off the west Coast of Ireland. D.6  was sunk  with No survivors on the 28th June 1918 by the German U-Boat U73 or UB73. 

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Submarine D6 pictured c.1912.  She helped sink U-boat U72 on 12th May 1918. 

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D6, 1912.

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D 7

Submarine D7 pictured c.1912. She was almost sunk in error by HMS Pelican on10th February 1918. 

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E 1

Submarine E1.Contributed by

E 2

Submarine E2 pictured c.1913. She was the last British submarine to be recalled from Marmara. 

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E2, 1915.

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E 4

E4, 1913.

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Royal Navy submarine E4. 

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Royal Navy Subs E4, E9 and D5

E 5 

Submarine E5, pictured c.1913, which was sunk by a mine in the North Sea.

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E 6

Submarine E6, pictured c.1913, which was also sunk by a mine in the North Sea. s

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E 7

E7.  

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Submarine E7. Thanks to Alan Jackman, whose grandfather, Arthur Jackman is the tall seaman standing on the lower deck.

E 7.

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Postcard showing E7.  Thanks to Alan Jackman

          

Arthur James Jackman                             Crew of Submarine E7.  Many thanks to Alan Jackman.

E 8

E 8

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E 9

Submarine E9

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Royal Navy Subs E4, E9 and D5

E 12

E12, 1917.

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E 14

Royal Navy submarine E14 sometime in the early 1900s.  ?Edward Gunnings

E 19

E19From The Romance of A Submarine (c1930) by G Gibbard Jackson

E 20

Royal navy Submarine E 20 was lost during the Dardanelles Campaign. the loss was the result of  the negligence of the Commanding Officer Lieutenant de Vaisseau Henri Ravenel and crew of the French submarine Turquoise.  They were meant to meet E20. but The Turquoise for some reason left the area but ran aground. The captain and the crew abandoned ship leaving important documentation for the Turkish and German military. Papers onboard included the information about the rendezvous. E20 (CO Lieutenant-Commander Clyfford Warren) and E20 arrived at the rendezvous and while o the surface was torpedoed by a single torpedo form UB14 commanded by Lt. von Heimburg which was lying in wait for E20.  27 crew were killed and 9 survivors were picked up by UB14.  later E20 was raised by the Turks  and renamed Mustejab Onbashy.  

Submarine E20

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E 25

 

Submarine E25, pictured c.1915. 

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E 31

The crew of E31 c.1918.

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E 32

HMS Maidstone pictured with Submarines E.32 and H.21 at Hawich around 1920.  

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HM Sub E 32.  

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E 38

Submarine E 38

E 41

Crew of E 41 in 1917.  Contributed by Andrew Phillips.

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E 48

E48 pictured c.1920.

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One of the E Class Submarines.  Sent in by Howard Williams

E52, E53 and E31 of the E Class submarines.  Parkstone, Dorset, 1918.

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