Member of Class
K XIV
Boat
K XIV
Sister Ships
K XIV, K XV, K XVI
K XVII, K XVIII

 

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1929

30 May 1930: K XIV is ordered.

1930

31 May 1930: K XIV is laid down at the R.D.M. shipyard in Rotterdam.

1931

10 Feb 1931- ?: D.C.M. Hetterschij is stationed in Rotterdam and has the military and nautical supervision of the
 construction of Hr.Ms. "K XIV", "K XV", " K XVI", "K XVII" and "K XVIII".

11 July 1931: K XIV is launched.

1933

19 Jan 1933: First trials of the K XIV.

6 July 1933: K XIV is commissioned to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

6 July 1933 - ? 1933: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. II  O. de Booy.

1934

Feb 1934 - ? 1934: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. II  O. de Booy.

7 Feb 1934: K XIV and K XV (group commander) depart from Nieuwediep (Netherlands) and set sail to the Netherlands East Indies. They take a route via Lisbon, Cadiz, Palermo, Port Said, Suez, Aden and Colombo.

7 Feb 1934: H. Schaper en F.J. Wissel, both Officier-vlieger 2e klasse are reported as being detached to the K XIV. This probably indicates they where 'just' passengers.

12 Apr 1934: The submarines arrive in Padang or Soerabaja (N.E.I.).

1935

? 1935 - 10 Feb 1936: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  O. de Booy.

1936

10 Feb - 28 Mar 1936: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. II  P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik.

28 Mar 1936 - ? 1937: K XIV is under the command of ?

1938

17 Jan 1938 - 24 June 1939: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld.

6 Sep 1938: To celebrate the fact that Queen Wilhelmina is 40 years head of state a fleet show is held in Soerabaja. Twenty navy ships and three Gouvernementsmarine vessels sail past the Commander Naval Forces V.Adm. Ferwerda, French V.Adm. Le Bigot and East-Java Governor Ch.O. van der Plas, who are all on board the Rigel.
 
The following submarines participate in the fleet show: K XVIII, K XVII, K XV, K XIV, K XIII and K XII.

1939

24 June - 21 Aug 1939: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  J. Beckering Vinckers.

2 Sep - 13 Dec 1939: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  F.J.A. Knoops.

13 Dec 1939 - 2 Jan 1940: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik..

1940

10 May 1940: Germany attacks the Netherlands.

11 May 1940 - 2 or 13 Dec 1941: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik.

In this period the K XIV patrols the South China Sea and the western part of the Java Sea.

1941

19 Nov 1941: K XIV, K XV and K XVI depart for Tarakan (Borneo). The CZM (Naval Commander Netherlands East Indies) fears an attack at this island.

18 Nov 1941 at 08:00 hrs: Submarine Division III (K XIV, K XV and K XVI) departs from Soerabaja and heads for Tarakan.

22 Nov 1941: The division arrives off Tarakan (Borneo).

22 Nov - 8 Dec 1941: K XIV patrols off Tarakan (Borneo).

29 Nov 1941: USS Marblehead and five US destroyers arrive in Tarakan (Borneo). K XIV's commander is also commander of Submarine Division III and therefore is ordered by the CZM to contact the forces in order to discuss things like radio control , signal system and the patrol area of Submarine Division III.

2 Dec 1941: In radio message #16 1202-0757 Submarine Division III is ordered to patrol the Celebes Sea.

7 Dec 1941: The USA declares war on Japan after Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbour. Approximately 7 hours after the attack the Netherlands also declares war on Japan.

7 Dec 1941: The CZM radios (#109 1207-2215) that "War with Japan has broken out".

8 Dec 1941: After receiving contact reports #126 1208-0533 and #127 1208-0535 by radio (reports include Japanese forces in Gulf of Siam and off Kota Baroe) Submarine Division III departs from Tarakan.

8 Dec 1941 in the evening: The CZM orders (radio message #133 1208-0803) Submarine Division III to form a picket line North-West of 'Stroomenkaap' in order to cover the Northern entrance to the Makassar Strait. From this position the boats could also be used for the defence of Tarakan (Borneo).

Before the K XIV can take her position in the picket line she is directed to Menado. The Menado local PMC reports that landings near Menado are expected. Therefore EC (Squadron Commander) orders the CDOZ III to direct one submarine to the area (radio message #142 1208-1400).

9 Dec 1941 in the evening: K XIV arrives in the area off Menado. She does not spot any enemy activity.

11 Dec 1941: The CZM orders Submarine Division III to proceed to the Java Sea in order to intercept a reported Japanese aircraft carrier (radio message #185 1211-0911). This order is later changed (radio message #209 1211-0911) and now orders the submarines to proceed quickly to the South-Chinese Sea and not to call at Soerabaja when not really necessary.

12 Dec 1941: The Squadron Commander reports (radio message #228 1211-2210) that at 05:30 hrs the group of ships where transiting from Masalembo (Java Sea) to Mangkalihat. The CDOZ 3 orders in radio message #230 1212-0133 the K XV to sail towards K XIV, that will be returning from Menado, in the direction of Stroomenkaap. The K XIV is expected to pass Stroomenkaap at +/- 12:30 hrs MJT and continue a N250E course with a speed of 13 kts.

12 Dec at 11:15 hrs MJT: At position 0134'N-12100'E K XIV spots two ships at heading 315N and a distance of +/- 15 miles. These ships are firing their AA-guns and are heading, with a speed of 15 kts, on a South-Westerly course. No air planes are spotted. Radio message #237 1212-0345 reports this contact. K XIV / CDOZ 3 is given permission (radio message #243 1212-0531) to do what she thinks is best. But in radio message #250 1212-0805 the K XIV reports that the ships are probably an American ships and three others.

In message #239 1212-0429 the CZM inform all Naval radio stations that the USN C-in-C Asian Fleet will transfer his surface fleet from the Philippines to Balikpapan. Among the expected ships are the USS Houston, USS Boise, USS Langley,  5 destroyers and several other ships. The ships will keep radio silence.

In an other message (radio message #253 1212-1....) the CZM warns the CDOZ 3 only to attack ant ship after making 100% sure it is not a USN vessel.

The CZM (Naval Commander Netherlands East Indies) reports to the K XIV that at 11:00 hrs he informed the USN C-in-C Asiatic Fleet that no Dutch submarines where present in the Celebes Sea and the Makassar Strait (which is incorrect). There fore the commander could expect the USN attacking his boat. At 17:00 hrs this mistake is corrected. (radio message #257 1212-0941).

In a response to radio message # 209 the CDOZ 3 (Commander Submarines Division 3) reports to the Squadron Commander that the when the Submarine Division III subs arrive in the South China Sea their fuel reserve will be low and that they are also getting low on general supplies since the boats are at sea from the 18th of November (radio message #263 1212-1530),

K XIV and K XV sail via the East side of Makassar Strait around the South tip of the Sunda Islands (radio message #265 1212-1400).

K XV radios the K XIV that she has stopped at position 0132'E-11835'S and urgently needs compressor oil since one diesel already is shut down due to a fire. (radio message #269 1213-0045). K XIV replies that she will sail towards the K XV on a N222E course and that she expects to be at K XV's position at 13:30 hrs.  (radio message #274 1213-0130)
The Squadron Commander also asks the K XIV to assist the K XV until she arrives in Soerabaja (radio message #275 1213-0145).

13 Dec 1941: The Squadron Commander gives permission to Submarine Division III to take on supplies in Soerabaja (radio message #277 1213-0226).

13 Dec 1941 at 13:30 hrs: K XIV arrives at K XV's position and transfers the requested compressor oil.

The CDOZ 3 / K XIV reports to the CZM that K XV will transit to Soerabaja on her own (using one propeller) via Madura Strait. She is expected to arrive on Dec 16 between 12:00 and 16:00 hrs. The time required for repairs will be radioed later. (radio message #294 1213-0725).

13 Dec 1941: The CZM (Naval Commander Netherlands East Indies) informs all Naval radio stations of the USN destroyer and cruisers in the Makassar Strait.

13 Dec 1941: Submarine Division III is ordered to concentrate at the South China Sea together with Hr.Ms. De Ruyter, Hr.Ms. Tromp and a group of destroyers in order to encounter Japanese forces (radio message #305 1213-1135). Earlier messages indicated that over a 100 transports, 1 or 2 carriers, submarines, 1 aux. cruiser and others have been spotted off Indo China at +/- 1100'N-10900'E (radio message #283 1213-0741 and #301 1213-1005).

14 Dec 1941: Japanese planes bomb Tarempah (Anambas Islands) which is Netherlands East Indies territory.

14 Dec 1941: The CZM informs in radio message #312 1214-0455 all submarines that Dutch planes noticed that when the sun is low in the sky it is very easy to spot Dutch subs after they surfaced. This because of the sub reflecting on the wet conning tower The K XIV for example was, just before sunset and from a height of 150 meters, spotted as a 'bright light' from a distance of 21 miles !

In radio message #347 1214-1210 the K XIV informed the Naval Commander Soerabaja, the Squadron Commander and the Submarine Service Commander arrival in Soerabaja via the Westervaarwater. She  wants to take on supplies and also ice machine oil. She also requests the assistance of Submarine Service yard personnel for the repair of an outboard muffler and a battery ventilation shaft. 

15 Dec 1941: K XIV arrives in Soerabaja (Java).

13 or 15 (probably correct) Dec 1941 - 27 Dec or  4 Jan (probably correct) or 6  Jan 1942: K XIV is temporarily under the command of Ltz. I  C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld. While his own boat, the K XVIII is under repair, C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld replaces the ill Ltz. I  P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik and therefore will be the new CDOZ 3 as well.

? Dec 1941 at 20:00 hrs: K XIV departs from Soerabaja and sails to the South China Sea.

14 Dec - 17 Dec 1941: K XIV patrols the Gaspar Strait.

15 Dec 1941: K XIV and K XV are ordered to take a route via Discovery Eastbank and Momparang Islands to a point, in Karimanta Strait, South-West off Seroetoe (radio message #389 1215-1402).

19 Dec 1941: CZM orders the Submarine Division III to the equator between Pedjantan and Pengiri. There might be a carrier in a 240 m radius from that place since Pontianak (West coast of Borneo) has been attacked by planes. The submarine have to stay submerged during the day (radio message #501 1219-1141). Submarines K XVI, K XV and K XIV are ordered to a position 12, 24 and 36 m off Pedjantan.

20 Dec 1941: Submarine Division III is radioed that: A second Japanese fleet has been spotted off the Condor Islands, several Japanese units (including carriers) are off West Borneo and a carrier is off Malakka. The division is order to head north. One boat has to take the Api passage and patrol the area as far as N0400'-E11100' and two boats have to patrol the area Greater Natoena Islands, Soebi Besar, Saint Petrus, parallel Petrus. They are all ordered to attack the enemy radio message #517 1220-0739).

The CDOZ 3 orders K XIV to the Api passage. K XV will patrol the Eastern part of the second patrol area and K XVI the Western part (radio message #529 1220-1438).

22 Dec 1941: Submarine Division III is ordered back to the positions at the equator (see 19 Dec 1941). One boat has to has to be stopped at Tandjong Priok (Batavia/Jakarta). at all times (radio message #559 1222-1645).

Because of new intelligence the above order  (radio message #559 1222-1645) is postponed. First Submarine Division III has to attack a Japanese force, consisting of 2 large cruisers,3 destroyers and 10 merchants, at position 0316'N-11036'E (radio message  # 575 1222-1645 and #595 1223-0915)

23 Dec 1941: K XIV attacks the reported convoy. In these waters off Kuching, which were only 30 feet deep, the K XIV attacks several anchored ships. 

23 Dec 1941 at 10:40 hrs: K XIV (at position 0215'N-11025'E) receives a radio message from CZM (#517 1223-0224) that 3 large cruisers and 1 destroyer are sighted on course SW 0316'N-11036'E. She is informed that this attack has priority. 

23 Dec 1941 at 13:47 hrs: The K XIV spots a flying boat and submerges. The plane is identified as a Dutch plane, and at 13:55 the submarine surfaces again. The sub receives the following message, optical signals, from the plane (Dornier flying boat X 35): "Enemy NE of you, distance 40 nm, course 225, speed 8kts". After the message the plane flies in the direction of the enemy.

23 Dec 1941 at 13:59 hrs: All tanks are blown and  K XIV continues on a N300 course, speed 13 kts. The commander intends to intercept the enemy in the centre of Api Straight. X 35 returns and the air crew tries again to signal the exact position. But this attempt fails, probably due to a broken signal light, so the X 35 requests to use the radio instead. At 15:00 hrs and in position 0217'N-10942'E the K XIV changes course to N.

23 Dec 1941 at 15:14 hrs: The K XIV receives the following message: "2 cruisers, 3 destroyers, 2 merchants over 10000 t, 8 same under 10000 t, position 0255'N-11016'E, course 216, speed 6 kts". at 16:00 hrs: K XIV changes course to N60E, in order to reduce the distance between the sub and the enemy, and at 16:15 hrs smoke is spotted at bearing N72E, pos 0231'N-10947'E . At 16:20 hrs course is changed to N120E. A 'contact report' is radioed in (radio message #592 1223-0852) at 16:23 hrs.

The enemy changes his course to +/- N130E. At 17:30 a new contact report is radioed in (radio message #600 1223-1000). K XIV report convoy at 0227'N-11016'E with a N130E course and 12 kts speed. Mast heads of 8 ships are spotted. Smoke is being spotted East of the mast heads. Until dusk the K XIV keeps a distance of 9 nm to the convoy by sailing different (parallel to the convoy) courses.

In a response to radio message #600 1223-1000 the CZM radioes "attack" (radio message #603 1223-1027).

After dark K XIV reduces the distance to 3.5 nm and finds out that the convoy has split up. The forward ships have a N110E course, and the other 8 vessels are sailing on a N160E course. The bearing on the latter changes from N72E to N. There fore, at 19:15, the submarine is South of the enemy.

23 Dec 1941 at 19:15 a vessel in the convoy switches on a search light and illuminates the convoy. Optical signals (a round light, shining in all directions in used) are reported as well. The submarine submerges immediately and the commander assures himself the sub has not been spotted.

All tubes are ready and the course is changed to N70E in order to get her in a position in front of the convoy, and not between the convoy and the shore.

23 Dec 1941 at 19:40 hrs: Two destroyers sail next to each other, at only  +/- 1 nm distance of the sub's port side. One destroyer disappears somewhere behind the K XIV and the second one passes behind the sub at a distance of about 1 nm.

23 Dec 1941 at 19:44 hrs: The K XIV fires a torpedo (starboard aft) at the second destroyer. The attack is unsuccessful.

23 Dec 1941 at 19:47 hrs: The sub turns to starboard and continues on a N200E course, speed 8 kts, and heads for the convoy.

23 Dec 1941: K XIV attacks a Japanese freighter. The attack is unsuccessful.

Japanese troopship Katori Maru. Date and place unknown (Photo: Collection Take).

apanese troopship Katori Maru. Date and place unknown (Photo:  Collection Take)

23 Dec 1941 at 22:40 hrs: K XIV torpedoes and sinks the Japanese troopship SS Katori Maru (9848t). At 00:02 hrs (24 Dec) she sinks North East of Jipang. Number of lost men is unknown. Position: 0230'N-11000E

Some sources report the vessel was salvaged at a later date. But on 11 May 2003 a Dutch team of divers re-locates the wreck. The wreck is broken in two approximately 1/3 from the bow. The two pieces are at an angle of about 45 degrees. Japanese Maritime historians confirm this is the Katori Maru.

US Recognition model of the Japanese Katori Maru. (Courtesy USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park).

US Recognition model of the Japanese Katori Maru. (Courtesy USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park).

23 Dec 1941: K XIV torpedoes and sinks the Japanese 4943 t troopship SS Hiyoshi Maru or Hie Maru (tje Japanese characters can be read as either name). Position: 0230'N-11000E. Other sources state that the ship was only disabled.

We are still looking for a photo of SS Hiyoshi Maru or Hie Maru. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

The Japanese troopship ms Hokkai Maru off Kuching. (Photo: Collection Jan Visser).

The Japanese troopship ms Hokkai Maru off Kuching. (Photo:  Collection Jan Visser).

23 Dec 1941: At the time of Kuching (Sarawak) landings,  12 miles NW of Kuching, the K XIV damages the Japanese troopship ms Hokkai Maru (8416t)  ms Hokkai Maru remained there with a 6 degree starboard list until 13 Sept 1942, when the Heito Maru towed her to Singapore for repairs.

US recognition model of the Japanese Hokkai Maru. (Courtesy USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park).

US Recognition model of the Japanese Hokkai Maru. (Courtesy USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park).

23 Dec 1941: K XIV damages the Japanese tanker/troopship SS Nichiran Maru (?t) or Ninchinan Maru (6503t). In Japanese Ninchinan is written as Nitran.

John Aldens book 'US Submarine attacks during WWII including Allied submarine attacks in the pacific theatre' 2nd edition lists another possibility for this attack. Some of hid Japanese sources state that K XIV attacked and damaged the 19209 t tanker Tonan Maru #3.

Japanese tanker/troopship SS Nichiran Maru. Date and place unknown (Photo: Collection Take).

Japanese tanker/troopship SS Nichiran Maru. Date and place unknown (Photo:  Collection Take).

K XIV is assisted by the Dutch Dornier flying boat X 35 which points the submarine in the right direction and lures two Japanese planes away from the convoy. Artist Robert Taylor made a painting to commemorate this encounter. The paintings (450 signed and numbered prints / 25 artist proofs) are signed by veterans that were actually there during the encounter. The five veterans are: Pilot Oud Adjudant Onderofficier Vlieger Paul Kommer, and submariners Ltz. II  Gerardus "Gerard" van Schooten, Kapt.ltz. Julius "Red" van Nieuwenhuizen, Ltz. II  Hendrik "Henk" van den Ende, Ltz. II  Eelke "Bob" Scholte.

Chance encounter. Encounter between K XIV and the Dornier flying boat X 35, 23 Dec 1941 (Painting: Robert Taylor). boat_kxiv_x35.jpg (49732 bytes)

K XIV radioes that she has attacked 3 transports and a tanker East of the Tandjong Po Light, off Serawak. She has no more torpedoes and the remainder of the convoy is anchored North East of Serawak. With out counter orders she will proceed to Soerabaja to take on torpedoes and to repair her diesel engine. K XIV / CDOZ 3 also orders K XV and K XVI to continue the attack (radio message #? 1223-1635)

24 Dec 1941: The CZM congratulates the K XIV and orders her to be very careful when returning to Soerabaja and not to transit on the surface during the day. She also has to radio her ETA (radio message #615 1224-0215).

25 Dec 1941: K XIV and K XVI are ordered to take the following route to Soerabaja. North of Bawean Island and East of Goa-goa, to Meindertsdroogte and then 1 M North of Tandjong Patjinan. (radio message #643 1225-1613).

27 Dec 1941: K XIV arrives in Soerabaja.

27 Dec 1941: Japanese invaders occupy Tambelan Islands, Dutch territory, between Borneo and Singapore.

27 Dec 1941: K XIV arrives in Soerabaja.

Temporarily commander C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld is relieved by Ltz. II  Th. Brunsting. This unconfirmed data is possibly incorrect.

1942

2 Jan 1942: The CZM informs that on Jan 6 the submarines K XIV, K XV and K XVIII will form Submarine Division V. (radio message #828 0102-0347).

4 (probably correct) or 6 - 13 or 6 (probably correct) Feb 1942: K XIV is temporarily under the command of Ltz. II  Th. Brunsting. He replaces C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld who replaced the ill Ltz. I  P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik

6 Jan 1942 - 3 Feb 1942: K XIV is attached to Submarine Division V.

6 Jan - 22 Feb 1942: K XIV patrols the Makassar Strait. One convoy is attacked.

In radio message #940 0107-1615 and #941 the K XIV and K XVIII are ordered to mainly attack Japanese forces up to 0400N - 12000E, in the Soeloe Archipel and off Holo (this order is withdrawn at a later date) and that K X should take part in the local defence of Tarakan. 

22 Feb 1942: While on transit to her patrol area the K XIV tries to attack a heavily escorted Japanese convoy, due to the weather conditions the attack is unsuccessful. In the following Japanese counter attack the K XIV is damaged and therefore has to return to Soerabaja.

6 (probably correct) or 12 Feb - 1 Apr 1942: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik.

14 Feb - 12 or 13 Mar 1942: K XIV patrols several areas, one ship is attacked.

14 Feb - 25 Feb 1942: K XIV patrols north of the Klabat Bay (north west coast of Banka), she also patrols in the South China Sea.

25 Feb - 1 Mar 1942: K XIV patrols the western part of the Java Sea, since Japanese landings on the coast of Java are expected.

1 Mar 1942: K XIV attacks a Japanese Kuma class cruiser. The attack is unsuccessful. K XIV survives a long counter attack and finally escapes via Sunda Strait and returns to Colombo.

In June 2003 Bob Hackett writes: "In preparing the TROMs on the IJN CLs, I have eliminated all of  the Kuma class cruisers as possible targets. I believe the actual target was the Nagara-class Yura that was escorting ten transports for Ajner Lor with DesDiv 22's Satsuki, Minatsuki, Fumitsuki and the Nagatsuki.

3 or 4 Mar - 12 or 13 Mar: K XIV returns Colombo

13 Mar 1942: K XIV arrives in Colombo and moors alongside the Dutch submarine depot ship Colombia.

1 Apr 1942 - 20 July 1943: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  J.H. Geijs.

K XIV will be refitted in the U.S. In order to prepare the boat for the journey the submarine first receives a small refit in Bombay.

22 Apr 1942: K XIV leaves for Bombay.

Mid July 1942: K XIV returns to Colombo.

28 Aug 1942: K XIV, escorted by HMS Rockrose,  departs from East London (South Africa) calling at
Simon's Town en route to USA.

Sept (exact days unknown) 1942: K XIV is under repair, probably minor repairs, in Simon's Town (South Africa).

17 Nov - 22 Nov 1942: K XIV departs Freetown (South Africa) and patrols off the Cape Verde Islands. K XIV supports allied operations off Dakar. Two ships are attacked.

20 Nov 1942: K XIV attacks a German submarine. The torpedoes miss the target. Position: Cape Verde.

22 Nov 1942: K XIV attacks a German freighter. The torpedoes miss the target. Position: Cape Verde.

12 Dec 1942: K XIV arrives in Philadelphia.

Dec 1942 - May 1943: K XIV is refitted (including 4 yearly maintenance) at the U.S. Navy yard in Philadelphia. Some of the repairs/changes made during this refit are:

- Sonar installed. Until then she only had listening equipment, port and starboard.
- Forward 40 mm Bofors and its platform removed.
- External-traversing tubes removed. The USN considered the additional hole in the pressure hull too dangerous.
- Forward (the protruding one) hatch removed.
- .....

In April 2003 A. Hopman writes: ......There was a rumour in Philadelphia that the Yanks wanted to put both boats (K XIV and K XV) on the scrap heap and combine both crews (2x 36 and some odd ones from the London fatpot) on one of their new boats (90 men) or even to give us two of their new boats (and our crews as core and on Yankee training line). It was knocked back by London (so the story went and it might be just a story)..........That forward entrance, which disappeared was also escape hatch (drgervests). Torpedoloading hatch forward and aft took over, the yanks did not like holes......

K XV 'as built' bridge configuration.

K XV
bridge configuration as built (top) and after the refit (bottom) in Philadelphia (USA).
K XIV got a similar refit.
K XV bridge configuration after the refit.

1943

May - June 1943: K XIV is based at New London (U.S.A.) for a work-up period.

25 June 1943: K XIV leaves for Dundee (U.K.).

10 July 1943: K XIV arrives in Dundee (Scotland).

July - 27 Sept 1943: K XIV  is be refitted further and some new equipment, including radar, will be installed.

20 July 1943 - 16 Dec 1944: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  J.F. Drijfhout van Hooff.

20 July - 25 Dec 1943:  K XIV uses this period for work-up, trials and training off the Scottish west coast (Holy Loch).

27 Dec 1943: K XIV departs Holy Loch (Scotland) and sets sail to Colombo.

1944

19 Feb 1944: K XIV arrives in Colombo.

17 Mar - 13 Apr 1944: K XIV patrols off west Sumatra. No attacks are made.

29 Mar 1944: K XIV successfully shells the oil storage tanks of the Emma harbour in Padang, west coast of Sumatra.

2 Apr 1944: K XIV conducts a reconnaissance mission to Flying Fish Cove and Waterfall Bay, Christmas island

13 Apr 1944: K XIV arrives in Australia.

Apr 1944 - Aug 1945: K XIV is based at Fremantle (Australia) and is under U.S. operational control.

1 June - 29 June 1944: K XIV operates from Darwin (Australia), although she is still based at Fremantle. She patrols off Ceram, two ships are attacked.

20 June 1944: K XIV lands five men of an Australian shore party at the coast of Salawi.

21 June 1944: K XIV damages (torpedo attack) the Japanese minelayer Tsugaru (4410t). Position: 10'S-13035'E, off Sanana (Soela islands). The Tsugaru eventually is sunk by U.S. submarine Darter on the 29th of June 1944.

Japanese minelayer Tsugura. Date and place unknown. (Photo: Collection B. van der Wal). Japanese minelayer Tsugura. Date and place unknown. (Photo:  Collection B. van der Wal).

23 June 1944: K XIV uses her deck gun to sink the Japanese landing craft Dornia Baru PPA 446 (10t). Position: Off Ceram.

We are still looking for a photo of this target. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

8 July  - 23 July 1944: K XIV operates from Darwin, although she is still based at Fremantle. She patrols off north New Guinea. No attacks are made.

14 July 1944: K XIV picks up the NEFIS shore party 'Prawn'. This party had been landed by K XV in April.

5 Aug 1944 - 24 Jan 1945: K XIV is, once again, under repair in Fremantle and Melbourne.

Late Nov - 16 Dec 1944: K XIV is temporarily under the command of Ltz. II  L.W.C. Gerlach.

16 Dec 1944 - 28 Feb 1946: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. I  J. Smith.

1945

Feb 1945: K XIV has to break off her patrol because of battery damage, she returns to Fremantle for repairs.

28 Apr  - 16 May 1945: K XIV operates from Darwin, although she is still based at Fremantle. She patrols the Java Sea. One boat is attacked.

5 May 1945: K XIV lands the NEFIS shore party 'Potato' at the coast of Goa-Goa island.

6 May 1945: K XIV conceals supplies for the 'Potato' shore party (see May 5th) on Telango Timoer island.

7 May 1945: K XIV lands a NEFIS shore party (four men) at the coast of Kemirian island.

10 May 1945: K XIV uses her deck gun to sink a sampan (10t).

8 May 1945: Germany surrenders.

30 May  - 14 June 1945: K XIV operates from Darwin, although she is still based at Fremantle. She patrols the Java Sea, two boats are attacked.

7 June 1945: K XIV lands the NEFIS shore party 'Goldfish' and supplies on the coast of Satengar.

9 June 1945: K XIV uses her deck gun to sink two 10t sampans.

15 Aug 1945: Japan surrenders.

Sep 1945: K XIV is based at Tandjong Priok (Batavia/Jakarta).

29 Sep 1945: K XIV sets sail to Tandjong Priok (Batavia/Jakarta).

8 Oct 1945: K XIV arrives in Tandjong Priok (Batavia/Jakarta).

Dec 1945: K XIV patrols the Sunda Strait and north of Java.

A typical patrol would take 7-10 days and numerous vessels would be stopped and searched.

1946

28 Feb - 9 Mar 1946: K XIV is under the command of Ltz. II  A.F. Elbers.

19 Apr 1946: The Radar, Sound equipment and the radio of K XIV are removed at Soerabaja.

Period unknown: K XIV is used as floating generator.

23 Apr 1946: K XIV is decommissioned.

1 Jun 1946: K XIV is stricken.

 

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