FR Souffleur


Souffleur was a Requin class submarine laid down at Arsenal de Chebourg in October 1922,. She was launched in October 1924, and was commissioned in August 1926. At the outbreak of World War Two, she was stationed in Bizerte in Tunis and the 9. Submarine division. After the French capitulation in the summer of 1940, she was taken over by the newly formed Vichy France under Petain. While surfaced to recharge her batteries outside Lebanon, she was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Parthian 25. June 1941. Commander Benoit Lejay and the whole crew went down in the deep with her. The wreck rest today outside Khaldah bay, south of Beirut, on a depth of 33 to 40 meter.

Former names:
Q 116
256,1 x 22,5 x 16,9 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1441 displ ( surfaced )
Cherbourg ( F ) 1924
( F )

N 3° 49′ 0″ E 35° 26′ 0″
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Picture: Souffleur in Danzig in 1926
Roman Morawski, Public domain

Last updated:November 2019