NO SURRENDER: The Rescue of HMS Spearfish


In the opening weeks of the Second World War, one British submarine commander found himself in a desperate situation. John Ash details the narrow escape of HMS Spearfish and her crew.

Two submariners at the controls of an S-class boat’s engines.
HMS Spearfish underway on the surface.

Commander John Henry Eaden was born on 23 February 1910 in Dominica, then part of the British West Indies. His father worked on the lime, sugar cane and banana plantations that he owned there. After education in England, Eaden applied for and got into Britannia Royal Naval College, aged just 13.


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