Stephen Arthur Pidgeon R.N.Print Page
Painting in memory of Stephen Arthur Pidgeon , first Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve who perished along with the crew on HMS P38 submarine during World War Two.
HMS P 38 submarine left Malta on 16 February 1942 to intercept a convoy off Tripoli. By the 23rd she was in position as the convoy hove into view. Amongst the convoy was the Italian torpedo boat Circe. At 0800 the Circe reported a contact with a submarine and that she turned in to attack. A periscope was sighted but was quickly replaced by bubbles as the submarine dived realising it had been spotted. At 1050 after a flurry of attacks P 38 rose stern first out of the water, her propellers turning wildly, before crashing back beneath the waves. A large patch of oil appeared on the surface as well as debris, clear evidence of the submarine’s destruction. P 38 was sunk some 90 nautical miles east of Tripoli and there were no survivors.
|Address:||Moorabool & McKillop Streets, Christ Church Anglican , Geelong, 3220|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.153099|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||25-February-1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||25-February-1942|
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF STEPEHEN ARTHUR PIDGEON, ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE.,
FIRST LIEUTENANT OF HIS MAJESTY'S SUBMARINE P.38 SUNK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA 25th FEBRUARY 1942
" GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS. THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS."