John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck tells the remarkable story of a legendary Fleet Air Arm pilot who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, flown in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Nazi Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck.
This is a truly astonishing tale of bravery and courage in the face of overwhelming odds, a tale that has become a significant part of naval and aviation history. Continue reading “John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck”
On 13 November 1941, at 3.40pm, Friedrich Guggenberger, commander of the German submarine U-81, fired a single torpedo that brought to an end the short, but dramatic, wartime career of HMS Ark Royal, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier that played a critical role in the search and subsequent sinking of the Bismarck. Continue reading “Friedrich Guggenberger: The Man Who Sank the Ark Royal”
The Bismarck’s crew was made up of just over two thousand men. Following her sinking, only 114 survivors were plucked from the sea, 110 of them by HMS Dorsetshire and the Tribal-class destroyer HMS Maori. The rescue of survivors was called off by the captain of HMS Dorsetshire amid reports that a U-boat may be in the area.
Later, three of the survivors were indeed rescued by a U-boat that made it to the scene and a further two were rescued by a German fishing trawler.
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