View Full Version : How many British subs lost to friendly fire?

04-24-2006, 06:04 PM
I think that with the massive U-boat presence it may have been common for the Allies to fire indescriminatly on a submarine. Especially for an aircraft for example. Would they be able to tell the nationality of the boat? And I would think certainly not at night.

I'm just curious to know.

04-25-2006, 04:12 AM
Only 3 of the 82 british subs were lost this way during the war..

Sunk by accident off Norway. Mistaken for U-boat and torpedoed by HMS/M Triton. read about it here (http://web.ukonline.co.uk/chalcraft/sm/page5.html) (top of the page)

Mistaken for U-boat and rammed by minesweeper HMCS Georgian in Western Atlantic. read about it here (http://web.ukonline.co.uk/chalcraft/sm/page6.html) (scroll down to P514)

Sunk in Bay of Biscay, Atlantic, in error by Wellington of No 172 Sqdn RAF Coastal Command, 110nm SSW of Ushant.read about it here (http://web.ukonline.co.uk/chalcraft/sm/page19.html) (scroll down to Unbeaten)

British submarines had quite a distinct profile and markings on the conning tower, so I guess they werent too difficult to make out in good weather, Im geussing the watch crew could have used lights to signal and reassure any investigating friendly ships and aircraft.

Most were lost in other accidents and to mines. The Italians sunk a good number of them in the Med (mostly using PT boats by the looks of it).

German shipping sunk around 8
German Uboats sunk 3
German Aircraft sunk 1

For the full list of the 82 RN Subs lost click here... (http://web.ukonline.co.uk/chalcraft/sm/losses.html)