Escape from Hong Kong

Escape from Hong Kong

Bill Root
Bill Root

January 28th, 2013, 2:17 pm #1

In the book "Navies In Exile", (1944, E.P. Dutton) by English author A. D. Divine, there is a brief account (Pp 141-142) of the sinking of an unidentified RNN submarine by the IJN in the early days of the war. Divine breathlessly accounts how the sub, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Snippe, survived 195 depth charges, then fought a surface action with destroyers before being finally sunk. The crew took to the water and were finally picked up by a Japanese destroyer, taken to Saigon and from there to Hong Kong.

Divine states that two Lieutenants from the sub escaped from the prison camp, found a boat, got to the mainland, then walked a thousand miles to freedom in India. If true, this would rank with the most celebrated escapes of the war. Was there such an incident? Which sub and who were the two RNeN officers involved??
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John Melmoth
John Melmoth

January 28th, 2013, 3:18 pm #2

That's based on the story of O.20's sinking, n/t
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January 28th, 2013, 10:32 pm #3

In the book "Navies In Exile", (1944, E.P. Dutton) by English author A. D. Divine, there is a brief account (Pp 141-142) of the sinking of an unidentified RNN submarine by the IJN in the early days of the war. Divine breathlessly accounts how the sub, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Snippe, survived 195 depth charges, then fought a surface action with destroyers before being finally sunk. The crew took to the water and were finally picked up by a Japanese destroyer, taken to Saigon and from there to Hong Kong.

Divine states that two Lieutenants from the sub escaped from the prison camp, found a boat, got to the mainland, then walked a thousand miles to freedom in India. If true, this would rank with the most celebrated escapes of the war. Was there such an incident? Which sub and who were the two RNeN officers involved??
http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/boats/boat_o20.htm
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