John Powell

Military Information

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  • Service no: 307881
  • Rank: Petty Officer Soker
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M. Submarine D-3
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
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  • Date of Death: 15.03.1918
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  • Cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 29

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  • Address: 1 North William St, Dundee
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More about John Powell

John was serving aboard Submarine D-3 which was sunk in error in the Channel by a French airship.
D-3 left Gosport on 7th March 1918 for an anti-submarine patrol in the English Channel. Little is known of her patrol movements but it is believed that a submarine spotted by a Royal Naval Air Service airship on the 11th was D-3. On the 12th March the French airship 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 D-3 was the victim of a serious identification error on the part of the French airship, with identification rockets being mistaken for aggressive gunfire.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson

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