Submarines “Sunfish” (in the foreground) and “Ursula”.
The British submarine of type S “Sunfish” (S 81) in the spring of 1944 was transferred to the Northern Fleet of the Soviet Union as reparations from Italy and renamed to B-1. May 30, 1944 B-1 was adopted by the Soviet crew of the submarine L-20 Hero of the Soviet Union, captain II rank I. Fisanovich. July 25, 1944 B-1 left Lerwick to the city of Polyarny, however, the connection no longer left and to the destination did not arrive. According to the main version of the B-1 deviated from the route and on July 27, 1944, the Liberator airplane from the 86th Squadron of the British Air Force Coast Command was mistakenly destroyed. Together with the submarine, 50 crew members were killed.
The U-type U-Ursula submarine (P 59) in the spring of 1944 was transferred to the Northern Fleet of the Soviet Union as reparations from Italy and renamed the B-4. May 30, 1944 B-4 was adopted by the Soviet crew of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Captain 3rd Rank Ya.K. Ioseliani. August 4, 1944 B-4 arrived in Polyarny.
Location: Rosyth, United Kingdom
Date: May 30, 1944
Author: Robert Diament