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Trawlers Aisne and Conan Doyle


Robb Robinson

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Hi the trawlers Aisne and Conan Doyle were involved in an action in June 1918 when they reportedly sunk a U-boat. Can anyone help with the name of the U-boat?

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Hello ROBB, cannot tell you what U-boat was sunk - others will no doubt do that - but find here awards for the action / sinking ;

MACCABE John F N/E Lt. RNVR 83P334 H.M.T. Conan Doyle

Vice Admiral East Coast of England 05.10.18 Gazetted

Action with enemy submarines 20.06.18 DSO

Engaged an enemy submarine on the 20th June,1918, when Commanding Iceland Fishing Section No. 2.

Their Lordships' consider that the gallantry and with determination displayed and the skilful handling of the section during the action, reflect the greatest credit on all concerned, and call for an expression of their high appreciation.

6 Armed Trawlers returning to a British Port with their cargoes of fish, encoutered, fought and drove off a large German submarine cruiser only fishermen, under the Command of an Officer of the R.N.V.R., took part in it; it was a fight and a victory. Typical of the men who were engaged in it.

PARISH William R 570WFS now 97WSA Skipper RNR 83P335 H.M.T. Aisne

Vice Admiral East Coast of England 05.10.18 Gazetted

Action with enemy submarines 20.06.18 DSC

Engaged an enemy submarine on the 20th June, 1918, when Commanding Iceland Fishing Section No. 2.

Their Lordships' consider that the gallantry and determination displayed and the skilful handling of the section during the action, reflect the greatest credit on all concerned, and call for an expression of their high appreciation.

6 Armed Trawlers returning to a British Port with their cargoes of fish, encoutered, fought and drove off a large German submarine cruiser only fishermen, under the Command of an Officer of the R.N.V.R., took part in it; it was a fight and a victory. Typical of the men who were engaged in it.

Regards Sadsac

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Hi Robb,

S.M. U 53 (Rose) was the sub involved. U 53 has an engagement with 6 armed trawlers, one of them was the "Aisne" (315 grt) which was badly damaged and lost 1 life, 4 crew were wounded. The fight took place in 60°45'N 05°00'W, quadrant 135 alfa 9 on June 20th, 1918 from 7.15-10.45 a.m. U 53 suffered no damage!!!

That's what I have.

Best wishes,

Simon S.

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Simon,

Makes sense as they are on the fishing grounds, I cannot find any deaths on that day but have this one;

PAWSON,Richard.aged 45, [bosun]

13 Claremont-villas,Liverpool St,Hull.

Killed by enemy fire,S/T.AISNE

In the North Sea,20thJULY,1918.

No record of the Aisne being armed though.

Regards Charles

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The Fishery Reserve trawlers operated in groups of 20. Of the 400 vessels 100 were given guns as they became available.

Dittmar and Colledge pp214.

Aye

Malcolm

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Additional from KTB S.M. U 53:

"20.6.18, 7:15 a.m., quadrant 135 alfa 9, wind SW 3-4, cloudy, sometimes rain, 6 trawlers heading south, opened fire at a range of 5,500 metres, trawlers in one line returning fire with 5- and 7 cm-shells, course 200°, fight turned to circle fight in which the last of the trawlers became primary targets, the fight lasted 3 1/2 hours, opponents hoisted British enseign, a few hits observed, range between 1,600 and 4,500 metres, Ammunition expenditure: 140 rounds of 10.5 cm calibre and 30 rounds of 8.8 cm calibre, all trawlers managed to escape...artillery power of U 53 is near "0" with full load additional fuel tanks..."

ATB

Simon S.

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Thanks for all this. I had an enquiry from a descendant of Thomas Michael Turner who was a crew member on the Aisne. She isn't on the web but I will pass it on. Incidentally, Turner apparently later died in a street fight.

Cheers

Robb

Additional from KTB S.M. U 53:

"20.6.18, 7:15 a.m., quadrant 135 alfa 9, wind SW 3-4, cloudy, sometimes rain, 6 trawlers heading south, opened fire at a range of 5,500 metres, trawlers in one line returning fire with 5- and 7 cm-shells, course 200°, fight turned to circle fight in which the last of the trawlers became primary targets, the fight lasted 3 1/2 hours, opponents hoisted British enseign, a few hits observed, range between 1,600 and 4,500 metres, Ammunition expenditure: 140 rounds of 10.5 cm calibre and 30 rounds of 8.8 cm calibre, all trawlers managed to escape...artillery power of U 53 is near "0" with full load additional fuel tanks..."

ATB

Simon S.

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