- HMS D3
HMS "D3" was a
British D class submarinebuilt by Vickers, Barrow. "D3" was laid down on 15 March 1910and was commissioned on 30 August 1911.
"D3" met her fate on
15 March 1918. She was mistakenly bombed and sunk by a French airship AT-0off Fecampin the English Channel. AT-0 was patrolling when at 1420 a vessel was spotted to her north east. The airship drew close for recognition purposes and according to her commander, the submarine fired rockets at her. Four 52-kilo bombs were dropped by the airship. The submarine disappeared but several minutes later men were seen in the water. Attempts were made by the airship to rescue the men but it proved too difficult. The airship withdrew to seek help but all the men had drowned by the time it arrived. It is clear that "D3" was the victim of a serious identification error on the part of the French airship, with identification rockets being mistaken for aggressive gunfire.
* [http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/great_britain/submarines/pages/d_class/d_3_page_1.htm MaritimeQuest HMS D-3 Pages]
* [http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/great_britain/submarines/pages/d_class/d_3_roll_of_honour.htm HMS D-3 Roll of Honour]
* [http://www.maritimequest.com/daily_event_archive/2006/march/12_hms_d_3.htm MaritimeQuest March 12, 2006 Daily Event HMS D-3]
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