10th Submarine Flotilla
The 10th Submarine Flotilla was formed during the First World War. In January 1915 it was based on the Humber but by January 1917 it had relocated to the Tees. During the Second World War it was formed at Malta in January 1941 and comprised Royal Navy and Polish Naval Force submarines assigned to the British Mediterranean Fleet based in Malta from early 1941.
|10th Submarine Flotilla|
HMS Una one of the 10th Submarine Flotilla boats
|Active||January 1941 - March 1943|
|Garrison/HQ||HMS Talbot, Manoel Island, Malta|
|Nickname(s)||"The Fighting 10th"|
|Engagements||Battle of the Mediterranean|
|Captain George Walter Gillow Simpson RN|
Second World WarEdit
The flotilla was initially composed of U Class submarines including HMS Unbeaten, HMS Upholder, HMS United, HMS Upright, HMS Una, HMS Unseen, HMS Unbending, HMS Unbroken HMS Urge (N17), HMS Utmost (N19), HMS P38 and HMS Ursula (N59) together with ORP Sokół and ORP Dzik of the Polish Navy 
The Flotilla's base in Malta was the ancient fort on Manoel Island, in the Marsamxett Harbour opposite Sliema; this shore base was called HMS Talbot. The submarine base at Manoel Island was a priority target for Axis aerial attacks and was heavily bombed in 1942 which forced a temporary withdrawal of the Flotilla from Malta.
The flotilla never numbered more than 12 submarines, but this small force between January 1941 and December 1942, sank 412,575 tons of Axis shipping.
On 24 May 1941 while assigned to the flotilla HMS Upholder attacked a convoy off the coast of Sicily and sank the 18,000 ton liner Conte Rosso. Upholder's captain, Lieutenant Commander Malcolm Wanklyn, was awarded the Victoria Cross for both this and also for completing many successful patrols.
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