Doctor Who and the Royal Navy… what’s the connection?

What with all the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, it left me pondering what connections the Time Lord has to the Royal Navy.

  • Harry Sullivan, companion of the Fourth Doctor (7 stories, 26 espidoes), played by actor Ian Marter, is introduced as a Surgeon-Lieutenant seconded to UNIT from the Royal Navy. His photograph appears in the ‘Death of the Doctor’ episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures we learn that Harry continued his medical carrier and saved thousands of lives with vaccines that he developed.

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OTDIH 25 July 1943

70-years ago today…

Allied losses:

Soviet minesweeper T-904 (557 GRT) struck a mine laid by U-625 (Kptlt. Hans Benker commanding) in the Yugorsky Strait.

Allied successes:

USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk commanding) torpedoed and sunk the Japanese cargo ship Thames Maru (5871 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Kinsen Maru (3081 GRT) north of the Admiralty Islands.

HMS Safari (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSO, DSC, RN commanding) sunk the Italian minesweeper FR70/La Coubre (120 GRT) with torpedoes and gunfire west of Elba.

HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN commanding) sunk the Italian tug Iseo (80 GRT) with gunfire 1-mile south of Cape Vaticano.

Near misses:

Soviet Malyutka class submarine M-112 fired 2 torpedoes at a German barge off Yalta. Both torpedoes missed their target.

HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN commanding) sighted two unidentified U-boats in the Atlantic (one at position 45°50’N, 05°17’W, the other at 45°54’N, 05°18’W)

Operation Gomorrah begins:

The saturation bombing of the German port city of Hamburg began on 24 July 1943 and lasted for 8-days and 7-nights. The Royal Air Force conducted night raids while the USAAF carried out daylight raids. During the raids, firestorms occurred, creating an 1,500 °F (800 °C) inferno with 150mph (240 kmph) winds. Over 42,000 German civilians were killed during the raids.

Entering the fray:

HMS Tantivy (Cdr. Michael Gordon Rimington, DSO, RN commanding) was commissioned into the Royal Navy.

HM S/M Tantivy (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham)

OTDIH 21 July 1943

70-years ago today…

Another good day for HM Submarines…

HMS Sickle, Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSC, RN commanding, torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant ‘Oriani’ (2320 GRT) 8-miles WNW of Elba.

And a good day for the US Navy submarine force…

USS Haddock (SS-231) a Gato class submarine, Lt. Cdr. R.M. Davenport, USN commanding, torpedoed & sank the Japanese troop transport ‘Saipan Maru’ (5532 GRT) off Saipan in position 16°18’N, 134°04’E.

Not such as good day for the Kriegsmarine…

U-662 was sunk by depth charges from a Catalina aircraft in the South Atlantic in position in position 03.56N, 48.46W.

Close, but no cigar…

HMS Templar, Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN commanding, attacked the Italian submarine ‘Axum’ 5-miles NW of Calvi, Corsica. The Templar fired 7 torpedoes during a series of attacks… and all missed.

Construction news…

USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) an Edsall class destroyer escort, Lt.Cdr. Alfred Wiltz Gardes, Jr., USN commanding, was commissioned into the United States Navy.

And off the coast of Sicily…

The US Navy’s (6-inch gun) cruisers USS Brooklyn (CL-40), USS Savannah (CL-42) and USS Boise (CL-47) together with the Royal Navy’s Roberts-class (15-inch gun) monitor HMS Abercrombie lay off the coast of Sicily to provide naval gunfire support for 7th Army.

OTDIH 18 July 1943 it was a good day for HM Submarines

On this day in history…

18th July 1943 was a good day for HM Submarines, but not such a good day for the Regia Marina.

HMS Safari (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSO, DSC, RN) sunk the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No. 47/Amalia with gunfire 16 nautical miles of Cape Comino, Sardinia, Italy.

HMS Sickle (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSC, RN) sunk the Italian auxiliary minesweepers No. 61/Costante Neri and No. 164/Rosa Madre with gunfire 7 miles north of the island of Gorgona, Italy.

HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) sunk the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V 90/San Girolamo with gunfire south-east of Giglio, Italy.