HMS Hood pictured from HMS Prince of Wales as they engaged the German battleship Bismarck and the battlecruiser Prinz Eugen during the Battle of the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941.
Seven minutes later the Hood had been sunk by a devastating explosion as a German shell blew up her rear magazine. Over 1,400 of her crew were lost. There were just three survivors. For more on HMS Hood and the hunt to find and sink the Bismarck take a look at John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck.
John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck, the latest release in the British Flying Legends series and tells the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm flying legend who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck.
In addition to exploring John Moffat’s early life and his role in the sinking of the Bismarck, this book also looks at the dramatic sinking of HMS Hood, the story of HMS Ark Royal and the aircraft that helped deliver the decisive torpedo attacks, including the out-dated Fairey Swordfish biplane.