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Karl-Friedrich Merten (deceased)

Karl-Friedrich Merten was born in 1905, joining the navy in 1928. After a ten year stint on warships and serving on the WW1 battleship Schleswig-Holstein during the attack on the Polish Westerplatte in Septmeber 1939, Merten joined the U-boat arm on 1st May 1940. He operated all over the world, patrolling in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Indian Oceans. U-68 was in the U-boat wolfpack Eisbar (Polar Bear) which in the course of a few weeks during September - October 1942 sank more than 100,000 tons of shipping off South Africa. In January 1943 Merten became the commander of the 26th U-boat Flotilla in Pillau. There the new U-boat crews received their final training before going to the front. In March 1943 Merten moved to the 24th U-Boat Flotilla in Memel where he also was the flotilla commander. This was the training flotilla for future Commanders. After Merten gave up command of U-68, the boat had 4 commanders during the next 15 months. On April 10th 1944 U-68 was sunk off Madeira, Portugal by aircraft from the carrier USS Guadalcanal. A lookout survived. The remaining 56 crew members went down with the boat. After the war Merten salvaged sunken ships in the Rhine river along with another famous former U-boat commander, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock. Later he wroked in the shipbuilding industry. In his time commanding U-68 he sank 27 ships - over 170 thousand tons of shipping, making him the 7th most successful u-boat Ace. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves. Karl-Friedrich Merten died 2nd May 1993.

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 The Type VII U-Boat became the standard design for German submarine warfare during the Second World War, sometimes hunting in packs, but more often alone. This Type VIIC has just claimed another victim, surfacing under the cover of night to observe the fiery demise of another victim.

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 MS Eagle steams past the commando carrier HMS Albion during the withdrawal from Aden in November 1967. Gathered on Eagles flightdeck are an assortment of contemporary types including Sea Vixens, Scimitars, a Buccaneer and a Fairey Gannet. One of Albions Westland Wessex helicopters is passing overhead and RFA Stromness is at anchor in the distance.

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 The French battleship Richelieu with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Cumberland, shown during Operation Crimson after bombarding Sabang during July 1944. Grumman Avengers from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance shown overhead

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 The Scharnhorst is pictured in 1939 when she and her sister ship Gneisenau menacingly prowled the North Atlantic. She is shown at dawn as two type VII U-Boats glide towards her for a friendly rendezvous and to take on much needed supplies, as well as a few of the luxuries that the tiny u-boats were simply too small to carry.

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 Viewed from beneath the blistered guns of the damaged X and Y turrets of her sister HMS Ajax, Achilles come sunder fire from the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee during what was to become known as the Battle of the River Plate on the 13th December 1939. Shells from Achilles are closing on her opponent as the Graf Spee alters course at the start of the doomed battleships flight to Montevideo

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  Ships of the South Atlantic Task Force gather in San Carlos water during the Falklands Campaign of 1982. LCMs from HMS Fearless (L10) manoeuvre around their mother ship, with the logistic Ship RFA Sir Galahad (L3005) and the frigate HMS Argonaut (F56) in close attendance.

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 The experienced crew of a WW2 German  U-boat hunt their next target.

Hunter's Lair by Jason Askew. (P)
 The surviving soldiers mustered and awaited their officers' orders. Salmond ordered Colonel Seton to send men to the chain pumps; sixty were directed to this task, sixty more were assigned to the tackles of the lifeboats, and the rest were assembled on the poop deck in order to raise the forward part of the ship.  The women and children were placed in the ship's cutter, which lay alongside. Two other boats were manned, but one was immediately swamped and the other could not be launched due to poor maintenance and paint on the winches, leaving only three boats available. The two large boats, with capacities of 150 men each, were not among them.The surviving officers and men assembled on deck, where Lieutenant-Colonel Seton of the 74th Foot took charge of all military personnel and stressed the necessity of maintaining order and discipline to his officers. As a survivor later recounted: 'Almost everybody kept silent, indeed nothing was heard, but the kicking of the horses and the orders of Salmond, all given in a clear firm voice.' Ten minutes after the first impact, the engines still turning astern, the ship struck again beneath the engine room, tearing open her bottom. She instantly broke in two just aft of the mainmast. The funnel went over the side and the forepart of the ship sank at once. The stern section, now crowded with men, floated for a few minutes before sinking.Just before she sank, Salmond called out that 'all those who can swim jump overboard, and make for the boats'. Colonel Seton, however, recognising that rushing the lifeboats would risk swamping them and endangering the women and children, ordered the men to stand fast, and only three men made the attempt. The cavalry horses were freed and driven into the sea in the hope that they might be able to swim ashore.The soldiers did not move, even as the ship broke up barely 20 minutes after striking the rock. Some of the soldiers managed to swim the 2 miles (3.2 km) to shore over the next 12 hours, often hanging on to pieces of the wreck to stay afloat, but most drowned, died of exposure, or were killed by sharks.<br><br><i>'I remained on the wreck until she went down; the suction took me down some way, and a man got hold of my leg, but I managed to kick him off and came up and struck out for some pieces of wood that were on the water and started for land, about two miles off. I was in the water about five hours, as the shore was so rocky and the surf ran so high that a great many were lost trying to land. Nearly all those that took to the water without their clothes on were taken by sharks; hundreds of them were all round us, and I saw men taken by them close to me, but as I was dressed (having on a flannel shirt and trousers) they preferred the others. I was not in the least hurt, and am happy to say, kept my head clear; most of the officers lost their lives from losing their presence of mind and trying to take money with them, and from not throwing off their coats.'</i><br>- Letter from Lieutenant J.F. Girardot, 43rd Light Infantry, to his father, 1 March 1852<br><br>The sinking of the Birkenhead is the earliest maritime disaster evacuation during which the concept of 'women and children first' is known to have been applied. 'Women and children first' subsequently became standard procedure in relation to the evacuation of sinking ships, both in fiction and in real life. The synonymous 'Birkenhead drill' became an exemplar of courageous behaviour in hopeless circumstances, and appeared in Rudyard Kipling's 1893 tribute to the Royal Marines, 'Soldier an' Sailor Too':<br><br><i>To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,<br>Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;<br>But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,<br>An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!<br>Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you;<br>Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw,<br>So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too</i>

The Wreck of the Birkenhead 1852 by Charles Dixon. (B)
 The mainstay of the Royal Navy's Coastal Forces fleet from 1941, the 72-foot Vosper MTBs were among the fastest and most successful ever built. With their three Packard 1400hp engines and bigger fuel tanks, these boats could reach speeds of up to 39 knots with a maximum range of 400 miles. Armament varied from boat to boat, but those depicted are fitted with the standard 21-inch torpedo tubes and a twin .5 inch MkV Vickers machine gun mounting. Crew was typically two officers and eleven ratings.

On the Step by Ivan Berryman.
 In January 1941, the young Mario Arillo was appointed the rank of Lieutenant Commander, placed in charge of the Regia Marina's submarine <i>Ambra</i> and was dispatched to the Mediterranean to help disrupt supplies to the Allied forces.  In May of that same year, Arillo attacked the British Dido Class Cruiser <i>HMS Bonaventure</i>, and Destroyers <i>HMS Hereward</i> and <i>HMS Stuart</i>, south of Crete, en route from Alexandria, the cruiser <i>Bonaventure</i> being sunk with great loss of life.  The <i>Ambra</i> is depicted here in a calmer moment, two of her crew scanning the horizon for 'business'.

Hunter's Dusk by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS Furious

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Modified while building to carry aircraft in a hangar on the focsle. Converted to Aircraft Carrier, between June 1921 and September 1925. Re-classified as an Aircraft Carrier on commissioning in September 1925.

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On this day in naval history....

24 March

Found 111 matching entries.






24thMarch1890HMS CordeliaCapt. T. Grenfell in Command
24thMarch1890HMS CordeliaSailed Hong Kong for POrt Darwin
24thMarch1892HMS BellerophonSailed Bermuda for England
24thMarch1899HMS CuracoaSailed Plymouth for Falmouth and other places along the Cornish Coast on recruiting Services
24thMarch1913HMAS AustraliaArrived Greenock
24thMarch1916HMS G12Launched
24thMarch1916HMS AuroraAurora Part force that covered the seaplane raid on the Zeppelin base at Hoyer
24thMarch1917HMS CeresLaunched
24thMarch1919HMS ArrogantSailed Dover
24thMarch1923HMS LowestoftArrived Sekoudl
24thMarch1932HMS BerwickSailed Colombo
24thMarch1933HMS DurbanArrived Antofagasta
24thMarch1933HMS, HMNZS LeanderCompleted
24thMarch1934HMS BryonySailed Gibraltar for Cannes
24thMarch1934HMS CyclopsSailed Gibraltar for Bormes Roads
24thMarch1934HMS AcastaSailed Gibraltar
24thMarch1934HMS DurbanArrived Gibraltar
24thMarch1934HMS DecoySailed Gibraltar
24thMarch1934HMS DiamondSailed Gibraltar
24thMarch1934HMS KeppelSailed Hong Kong
24thMarch1934HMS L22Arrived Dartmouth
24thMarch1934HMS L52Arrived Dartmouth
24thMarch1934HMS LupinArrived Henjam
24thMarch1935HMS AlectoSailed Dartmouth
24thMarch1935HMS L54Sailed Dartmouth
24thMarch1935HMS L56Sailed Dartmouth
24thMarch1935HMS L56Arrived Portsmouth
24thMarch1935HMS L69Sailed Dartmouth
24thMarch1935HMS L71Sailed Dartmouth
24thMarch1935HMS LupinArrived Bahrein
24thMarch1936HMS FleetwoodPennant L47
24thMarch1936HMS FleetwoodLaunched
24thMarch1936HMS L69Arrived Plymouth
24thMarch1936HMS L53Arrived Plymouth
24thMarch1936HMS KeithCapt. D.W. Boyd Assumed Command
24thMarch1937HMS AcheronArrived Portsmouth
24thMarch1937HMS AcastaArrived Gibraltar
24thMarch1937HMS GarlandArrived Gibraltar
24thMarch1937HMS GraftonArrived Gartegena
24thMarch1937HMS GrampusSailed Torbay
24thMarch1937HMS LiverpoolPennant Number 11
24thMarch1937HMS LiverpoolLaunched
24thMarch1937HMS AchillesArrived Wellington
24thMarch1938HMS ImpulsiveArrived Gibraltar
24thMarch1938HMS BidefordArrived Bombay
24thMarch1938HMS HardyArrived Gibraltar
24thMarch1938HMS ArethusaArrived Barcelona
24thMarch1938HMS DorsetshireSailed Thursday Island for Sydney
24thMarch1939HMS Ark RoyalSailed Portsmouth
24thMarch1939HMS GloriousArrived Malta
24thMarch1939HMS BulldogArrived Malta
24thMarch1940HMS FleetwoodSailed Southend escorting Convoy FN.128
24thMarch1940HMS ActiveSailed Gibraltar
24thMarch1940HMS IvanhoeMoray Firth Patrol
24thMarch1940HMS IvanhoePatrolled the approaches to Stromsay Firth
24thMarch1940HMS AuroraEntered Scapa Flow
24thMarch1940HMS FoxhoundSailed Scapa Flow
24thMarch1940HMS FoxhoundSearched the area 17 of 58-57N, 2-12W during the night
24thMarch1940HMS EskMoray Firth Patrol
24thMarch1940HMS FaulknorDeparted search area for Kirkwall
24thMarch1940HMS FaulknorDeparted her anti-submarine patrol northwest of the Orkneys to proceed to Kirkwall
24thMarch1940HMS CairoProvided close support for Convoy ON.22
24thMarch1940HMS ElectraSearched for a submarine west of the Orkneys
24thMarch1940HMS EncounterSearched for a submarine west of the Orkneys
24thMarch1940HMS EscapadeSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.22
24thMarch1940HMS FameSailed Scapa Flow
24thMarch1940HMS FameAttacked a submarine contact at 1900 east, southeast of Copinsay
24thMarch1940HMS FameSearched the area 17 of 58-57N, 2-12W during the night
24thMarch1940HMS FiredrakeAttacked a submarine contact in the Pentland Skerries
24thMarch1940HMS ForesightSailed Scapa Flow
24thMarch1940HMS ForesightAttacked a contact, east, southeast of Copinsay
24thMarch1940HMS ForesightSearched the area 17 of 58-57N, 2-12W during the night
24thMarch1940HMS HeroArrived Sullom Voe to refuel and sailed for anti-submarine patrol west of Fair Island Channel.
24thMarch1940HMS HotspurArrived Sullom Voe to refuel and sailed for anti-submarine patrol west of Fair Island Channel.
24thMarch1940HMS ImpulsiveArrived Invergordon.
24thMarch1940HMS JunoSailed Southend escorting Convoy FN.128
24thMarch1940HMS KimberleySailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.22
24thMarch1940HMS HastingsSailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.37
24thMarch1940HMS HastingsArrived in the Tyne with Convoy MT.37
24thMarch1940HMS HastingsSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.128
24thMarch1940HMS LowestoftSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy TM.32
24thMarch1940HMS LondonderryArrived in the Tyne with Convoy FN.127
24thMarch1940HMS BulldogSailed Gibraltar
24thMarch1940HMS IcarusMoray Firth Patrol
24thMarch1940HMS IcarusPatrolled the approaches to Stromsay Firth
24thMarch1942HMS AlgerineCommissioned
24thMarch1942HMS AlgerineCommissioned
24thMarch1943HMS EclipseSunk
24thMarch1944HMS Loch DunveganLaunched
24thMarch1944HMS Loch DunveganPennant K425
24thMarch1957HMS CarronAt Hamburg
24thMarch1958HMS GrenvilleEscorted the Queen from Harwich to Holland
24thMarch1958HMS CavalierArrived Melbourne
24thMarch1960HMS CavalierArrived Sydney
24thMarch1966HMS DevonshireSailed Tawau
24thMarch2004HMS BangorPortsmouth
24thMarch2004HMS CardiffPlymouth Sound
24thMarch2004HMS ArgyllPlymouth Sound
24thMarch2004HMS CornwallDevonport
24thMarch2004HMS CornwallPlymouth Sound
24thMarch2005HMS LancasterPlymouth Sound
24thMarch2005HMS LancasterDevonport
24thMarch2005HMS IllustriousDevonport
24thMarch2005HMS CumberlandPlymouth Sound
24thMarch2005HMS CumberlandDevonport
24thMarch2006HMS Iron DukeLeith
24thMarch2006HMS ChathamDevonport
24thMarch2007HMS CampbeltownGibraltar
24thMarch2009HMS IllustriousTyne
24thMarch2009HMS CumberlandPlymouth Sound
24thMarch2011HMS TriumphAs part of Operation Ellamy, the coallition attacks on Libyan defences, fired Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean.

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