HMS Sunfish (N81)

Sunfish, date unknown. Original believed to be in the public domain.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1935
Launched
1936
Commissioned
1937
Decommissioned
1944
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS Sunfish was a S-class submarine, commissioned 2 July, 1937. Between September, 1939, and April, 1941, Sunfish conducted twenty-two war patrols, mainly in the North Sea, and sunk five ships, including two German Q-ships, and damaged one more. She underwent refit from April to September, but was badly damaged in a German air raid just as the refit was completing. Repairs were not completed until October, 1943, due to shifting priorities (convoy escorts and landing craft, probably), and Sunfish ended up decommissioning 30 May, 1944. She was transferred to the Soviets, and renamed V-1. However, V-1 was sunk on 27 July, by an off-course RAF Coastal Command Liberator, with a crew that turned out to be a bit too trigger happy. All crew, including the RN liaison, were lost.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: The song "Twelve Little S Boats" chronicles the loss of nine of the twelve original S-class submarines. Sunfish was the last of them sunk during wartime, and is the last full verse in the song.