Italian diver claims to have found lost Royal Navy submarine

HMS P311 T-class submarine.jpg

An Italian diver has claimed to have discovered the wreck of HMS P311, a British T-class submarine lost during World War II, off the coast of Sardinia. The diver, Massimo Bondone, stumbled upon the wreck laying at a depth of 262ft off the island of Tavolara.

HMS P311, under the command of Commander Richard “Deadeye Dick” Cayley, disappeared sometime between December 30th 1942 and January 8th 1943 having been part of an operation to attack two Italian cruisers anchored at La Maddalena in Sardinia. It has long been suspected the sub was lost to an Italian mine. The vessel was due to be given the name HMS Tutankhamun after a directive by Churchill that all British submarines were to have names to distinguish them from German U-boats in the eyes of the British public but was lost before the renaming ceremony could take place.

The Royal Navy told the BBC that they are investigating the claim by Bondone.

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11 responses to “Italian diver claims to have found lost Royal Navy submarine

  1. Pingback: Italian diver claims to have found lost Royal Navy submarine — Defence of the Realm | Rifleman III Journal

  2. Tutankhamun, NOT a name I would ever have bestowed upon a British ship, it doesn’t even BEGIN to feel lucky!
    Just thinking aloud.

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  3. Hopefully more details will be found and the mystery resolved! I always find RN ship naming conventions curious – I have a vision of Admiralty clerks, earlier in the twentieth century, poring over the OED in an effort to find twenty or thirty names all beginning with the letter A, or C, or whatever.

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