No hits were obtained. Heavy air attacks were expected that day, but only four enemy aircraft appeared, one of which bombed the screen while another one jettisoned her bombs on being attacked by a Blenheim fighter. Close escort was provided on leaving Halifax by the battleship HMS Resolution (Capt. May, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. Harpalion (British, 5486 GRT, built 1932),
G.C. Egerton, RN) and HMS Naiad (Capt. The second plane lost the enemy, returned to the Sheffield for a new range and bearing and after searching at sea level attacked on the starboard beam but was driven off by intense fire. Commemorating Canada's Great War flyers. HMS Suffolk replied with nine broadsides before turning away behind a smoke screen. On the way back HMS Javelin attacked a submarine contact in position 34°45’N, 31°04’E between 0654 and 0804 hours. British dispositions at 1800 hours on 24 May 1941. After leaving the Bismarck at 1914/24, the Prinz Eugen’s primary need was to replenish her fuel stock. Around 0100/12, HMS Wolverine, rammed and sank the Italian submarine Dagabur which was trying to attack HMS Furious. Pothuau), Le Fantasque (Capt. One went round and attacked on the starboard bow a couple of minutes after midnight. HMS Speedy and two A/S trawlers with nine merchant ships (stagglers) from convoy PQ 14 returned to Reykjavik. Doubtful if she has the speed to force an action. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Castleton (Cdr. C.D. Barlow, RN), HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Soon after this attack, at 2111 hours, HMS Kenya was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Alagi.
Batory (Polish, 14287 GRT, built 1936, carrying 806 troops),
R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. During this engagement she lost touch with the other destroyers and later also with the Bismarck. R.S. HMS Victorious and HMS Suffolk had been forced to reduce speed to economise their fuel.
From the Admiralty at 2025/24, there went out a signal summarising the situation at 1800/24. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Punjabi, HMS Lance (Lt.Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. Petch, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. Passage through the narrows, 12-13 August 1942, and the loss off HMS Manchester. Eskimo served throughout the Second World War, seeing action in Norway, the Mediterranean, the English Channel and in Burma.After the war Eskimo was used as an … It then dived through the clouds and was joined by no.2 aircraft from subflight no.3. None actually hit Sheffield but a near miss killed three men and seriously injured two. Fortunately the bomb broke up without exploding. The valuable Ohio had been helpless with HMS Penn and HMS Bramham. British freighters;
Jessel, RN), HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. The next encounter with the enemy was an air attack on the main body of the convoy at 0800 hours by German bombers. At this time the convoy came under attack by aircraft stationed on Sicily. By that time ORP Piorun, which was running short of fuel, had been ordered to proceed to Plymouth. It would have been possible for this force to meet the convoy at dawn on the 13th so the shadowing aircraft was therefore ordered in plain language to illuminate and attack. D.T. Sir F.H.G. Thomas, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. Around 0306/25 the Suffolk lost touch with the Bismarck. Vice-Admiral Holland had picked up the signal from the Suffolk. E.G. When the convoy had passed the patrol line, which it should have done by that time, the submarines were to proceed on the surface parallel to the convoy as a screen and to dive away clear of the convoy at noon. J.A. W.S. Northey, DSC, RN), the minesweepers HMS Hebe (Lt.Cdr. K.L. St. J.A. A dominant consideration in the matter was the state of the Prince of Wales. E.N. Armstrong, RNR), she was put into service with the MOWT as Empire Garden, reconnaissance vessel Gonzenheim (4000 GRT, built 1937, former Norwegian Kongsfjord) was scuttled by her own crew after being sighted by HMS Esperance Bay ((Capt. Convoy QP 10 was attacked by German aircraft (Ju 88 from III./KG.30) in position 71°01'N, 36°00'E. Northey, RN). Empire Hope (12688 GRT, built 1941),
At the same time the Rochester Castle in the port column was near-missed and set on fire but she continued with the convoy. T.C. The bombers chose HMS Indomitable as their main target. The enemy immediately opened up a very heavy fire with both main and secondairy armaments and quick firing guns. A/S escort was provided on leaving Halifax the Canadian destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr.
HMS Penn was delayed by a defect and after topping off with fuel at Moville, Northern Ireland overtook the force and joined at sea. P. Somerville, DSO, RN).
Briarwood (British, 4019 GRT, built 1930),
Tennant, CB, MVO, RN) was at the Clyde to escort troop convoy WS 8B. Seventy aircraft approached which were heavily escorted by fighters. The vessel was seen to sink slowly by the stern after about 20 minutes. H.A. Packer, RN), HMS Edinburgh (Capt. At 1100/25, HMS Renown (Force H), was in position 41°30'N, 17°10'W was ordered to act on the assumption the enemy was making for Brest, France. Davis, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. Eskimo shot down one aircraft and later came to the assistance of the damaged former battleship Iron Duke. The answers by Rear-Admiral Wake-Walker were as follows. One enemy aircraft was claimed to have been shot down by AA fire from the ships while the fighters claimed nine more although there were about twice as much enemy fighters in the air then British. A.C.G. They arrived at Gibraltar on the 15th. The Bismack turns due south at 1320 hours on 24 May 1941. After passing through the Straits of Gibraltar in the early hours of 10 August 1942, in dense fog, the convoy was first sighted by an Italian passenger aircraft, which sighted the convoy in the afternoon of the same day. Force H in the meantime was also approaching the immediate area of operations. Plawski), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. The Dorset was proceeding without escort and lastly the damaged Brisbane Star was still keeping close to the Tunisian coast independently, intending to steer towards Malta after nightfall. Range was now 18000 yards. This vessel had been seized on 9 October by the German pocket battleship Deutschland in the North Atlantic while en-route from New York to the U.K. A german prize crew was to take the ship to Germany as it was carrying contraband. These were the Wairangi, Rochester Castle, Almeria Lykes, Santa Elisa and probably the Glenorchy. 1) State the remaining percentage of the Bismarck's fighting efficiency. Once the assault was over, the destroyers were employed for various coastal activities. Hatches and doors were jammed by concussion and blocked with wreckage. By roughly 1200 AD, the Dorset had vanished, killed off in warfare with the Thule or unable to survive the hardship occasioned by competition for resources with the invaders. HMS Rodney meanwhile had a narrow escape when a bomber attacked from ahead. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. The submarine Dessie attacked a freighter with four torpedoes and claimed three hits. At 0247/24 HMS Suffolk regained touch with the enemy and by 0300 hours reports were coming in again.
The survivors picked up were later transferred to the destroyers HMS Keppel, HMS Malcolm and HMS Venomous that were to escort HMS Furious back to Gibraltar. On 27 June 1949, ESKIMO was sold for scrapping at Troon. At 0440 hours orders were given to refuel the Walrus of HMS Prince of Wales but due to delays due to water in the fuel it was not ready when the action began and it was damaged by splinters and eventuelly jettisoned into the sea. Hamer, RN) and set course for the northward to take up the possible task of shadowing. HMS Eskimo was a Tribal-class destroyer, laid down by the High Walker Yard of Vickers Armstrong at Newcastle-on-Tyne on 5 August 1936.She was launched on 3 September 1937 and commissioned on 30 December 1938.
Action taken by the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet. The Bismarck's secondary armament came into action during this phase. HMS Speedy also soon arrived on the scene with two ML’s.
F.C. W.G.A. On receipt of this report, HMS Sikh, who was closing the scene of the action from the southward, made an attack. At 1036/27 the Commander-in-Chief ordered HMS Dorsetshire to use her torpedoes, if she had any, on the enemy. The escort was strengthened local escort was provided from departure until 12 April (to longtitude 30°'E) by the Russian destroyers Gremyashchiy, Sokrushitelny and the British minesweepers HMS Gossamer (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Four destroyers from the screen of the Home Fleet; HMS Faulknor, HMS Somali, HMS Bedouin and HMS Matchless also proceeded to Seidisfiord, Iceland to fuel. A reconnaissance aircraft flying over Bergen at 1330/21 reported having seen two Hipper class heavy cruisers there. The Home Fleet; battleships King George V, Duke of York, aircraft carrier HMS Victorious, light cruiser HMS Nigeria, destroyers HMS Punjabi, HMS Bedouin, HMS Matchless, HMS Faulknor, HMS Onslow and the escort destroyers HMS Middleton, HMS Ledbury, HMS Lamerton and HMS Hursley. In the low state of visibility, HMS Norfolk and HMS Suffolk had to be constantly on the alert against the enemy falling back and attacking them. Bismarck opened fire at 0850 hours after turning to open up A arcs. R.F. P. Todd, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. HMS Suffolk and HMS Norfolk made contact with the Bismarck in the Denmark Strait on 23 May 1941. Cover for the convoy was provided by the battlecruiser HMS Repulse (Capt. There was no evidence this submarine was sunk. She had been ordered to close and take over stand by shadower. Rochester Castle (7795 GRT, built 1937),
F.B. Fighter from Malta shot down two of the attackers. The mines were heard to explode several minutes later. At the time of the torpedoing of HMS Eagle the convoy was in four columns, zigzagging at 13 knots, with the heavy ships stationed close round it and a destroyer screen ahead. W.S. HMS Sikh, however, who had lost sight of the enemy half an hour previously, had observed her firing at HMS Cossack and now succeeded in shadowing from astern until 0020/27 when the enemy made a large alteration to port and commenced firing at her. Commander-in-Chief leaves Scapa Flow on 22 May 1941. HMS Eskimo, HMS Offa and HMS Escapade then parted company with the Home Fleet to fuel at Skaalefiord where the arrived in the afternoon. Faulkner, RN) and the destroyers HMS Foresight (Cdr. By that time Bismarck had been lost from sight but at 2330/24 HMS Norfolk briefly sighted her at a distance of 13 nautical miles. She worked round to the north-east of the Bismarck but eventually lost touch with her prey at 2355/26. Power, RN), light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. de Wolf, RCN) and the British destroyer HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. The Commander-in-Chief was confident that the enemy could never get back to harbour, and as both battleships were running short of fuel and as further gunfire was unlikely to hasten the Bismarck’s end, the Commander-in-Chief signalled the King George V and Rodney to steer 027° at 1015/27 in order to break off the action and return to base.
H.W. Around 0912 hours, the Bismarck was hit on her forward control position. No one in the immediate vicinity was injured but nearby, two men were lowering the motor-boat and two more were working on a hawser. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. The torpedo aircraft came from ahead to attack on the starboard bow and beam of the convoy. HMS Tartar took the damaged HMS Foresight in tow and proceeded westward for Gibraltar. E.G. Glennie, RN), battleship HMS Nelson (Capt. Considerable smoke interference was therefore experienced on the southerly course which was partly overcome by radar.