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Nice series you've been posting, Mitchell. Please refresh my memory,
what was the name of the bi-wing torpedo bomber the Brits used to
sink the Bismarck? Don't think I've seen it in any or yours but I may
have missed it.

Thanks and have a nice Friday.

--
Jerry, aka HP

"Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas Prices
and Solving Our Energy Crisis" - Newt Gingrich
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HP Nice series you've been posting, Mitchell. Please refresh my memory,
HP what was the name of the bi-wing torpedo bomber the Brits used to
HP sink the Bismarck? Don't think I've seen it in any or yours but I
HP may
HP have missed it.

HP Thanks and have a nice Friday.

Fairey Swordfish, AKA "Stringbag" torpedoed the Bismark, causing damage to
the rudder. Consequently the ship was unable to escape from the British
fleet. There is some controversy about whether the crew scuttled the ship,
or whether it was sunk under the weight of shells and torpedoes launched by
the fleet.

Cheers,

Indrek Aavisto


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Old January 22nd 10, 05:50 PM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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On Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:13:46 -0500, HEMI-Powered wrote
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Mitchell Holman added these comments in the current discussion du
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Nice series you've been posting, Mitchell. Please refresh my memory,
what was the name of the bi-wing torpedo bomber the Brits used to


The Fairey Swordfish. 24 Swordfish launched from ARK ROYAL and VICTORIOUS.
The got three hits, two of which were minor, but the third jammed the rudder
and allowed the Home Fleet (dreadnoughts KING GEORGE V and RODNEY plus
several British cruisers and British and Polish destroyers) to catch and
engage.

Notable events:

Despite what is shown in the movie _Sink the Bismarck!_ no Swordfish were
shot down; several were damaged, one beyond economic repair, and one was lost
on the way back to the carriers, but none fell to AAA, despite the fact that
they were going up against the best anti-aircraft guns afloat at the time.
Persistent rumour has it that the AAA fire-control tables (think very large,
mechanical, computers) on BISMARCK could not properly aim the 105-mm twin gun
turrets at aircraft flying slower than 150 knots. As the maximum speed of a
Swordfish was 120 knots... Certainly those same 105-mm guns, fired both from
shipboard and from land positions, were extremely effective against both day
and night bombers which moved at speeds greater than 150 knots... The
Swordfish which were damaged took damage from light, hand-aimed, automatic
cannon, 20-mm and 37-mm, not the 105s.

All of BISMARCK's main battery turrets (and the 150-mm secondary turrets, and
the 105-mm AAA) were knocked out comparatively early in the fight, apparently
by KING GEORGE V's 14" guns as RODNEY's shells tended to detonate early, but
the ship proved remarkably hard to sink. The cruiser DORSETSHIRE and five
TRIBAL destroyers, plus a Polish destroyer, went in to torpedo the BISMARCK
at roughly the same time as when the order was given to scuttle the ship.
German sources therefor tend to report that the ship was scuttled, not sunk;
British sources say that it was torpedoed and sunk, not scuttled. It is
absolutely certain that BISMARCK would not have survived torpedo hits from
that many ships and that it would have been difficult to miss, given the
facts that BISMARCK's guns were out of action and the ship was dead in the
water and heavily afire.

As a direct result of BISMARCK running loose in the North Atlantic, and the
threat of TIRPITZ doing the same, Combined Operations launched Operation
Chariot, the Commando raid at St Nazaire, which destroyed the 'NORMANDIE'
dock, the only drydock outside of Germany available to the Germans and big
enough to handle TIRPITZ. Operation Chariot is the single greatest raid that
the Royal Navy has ever made, and the RN has done a lot of raids. Probably
the only raid which could be compared to Chariot would be Thunderbolt, the
Israeli raid at Entebbe.

sink the Bismarck? Don't think I've seen it in any or yours but I may
have missed it.

Thanks and have a nice Friday.




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Old January 22nd 10, 11:17 PM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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hielan' laddie wrote in
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On Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:13:46 -0500, HEMI-Powered wrote
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Mitchell Holman added these comments in the current discussion du
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Nice series you've been posting, Mitchell. Please refresh my memory,
what was the name of the bi-wing torpedo bomber the Brits used to


The Fairey Swordfish. 24 Swordfish launched from ARK ROYAL and
VICTORIOUS. The got three hits, two of which were minor, but the third
jammed the rudder and allowed the Home Fleet (dreadnoughts KING GEORGE
V and RODNEY plus several British cruisers and British and Polish
destroyers) to catch and engage.

Notable events:

Despite what is shown in the movie _Sink the Bismarck!_ no Swordfish
were shot down; several were damaged, one beyond economic repair, and
one was lost on the way back to the carriers, but none fell to AAA,
despite the fact that they were going up against the best
anti-aircraft guns afloat at the time. Persistent rumour has it that
the AAA fire-control tables (think very large, mechanical, computers)
on BISMARCK could not properly aim the 105-mm twin gun turrets at
aircraft flying slower than 150 knots. As the maximum speed of a
Swordfish was 120 knots... Certainly those same 105-mm guns, fired
both from shipboard and from land positions, were extremely effective
against both day and night bombers which moved at speeds greater than
150 knots... The Swordfish which were damaged took damage from light,
hand-aimed, automatic cannon, 20-mm and 37-mm, not the 105s.

All of BISMARCK's main battery turrets (and the 150-mm secondary
turrets, and the 105-mm AAA) were knocked out comparatively early in
the fight, apparently by KING GEORGE V's 14" guns as RODNEY's shells
tended to detonate early, but the ship proved remarkably hard to sink.
The cruiser DORSETSHIRE and five TRIBAL destroyers, plus a Polish
destroyer, went in to torpedo the BISMARCK at roughly the same time as
when the order was given to scuttle the ship. German sources therefor
tend to report that the ship was scuttled, not sunk; British sources
say that it was torpedoed and sunk, not scuttled. It is absolutely
certain that BISMARCK would not have survived torpedo hits from that
many ships and that it would have been difficult to miss, given the
facts that BISMARCK's guns were out of action and the ship was dead in
the water and heavily afire.

As a direct result of BISMARCK running loose in the North Atlantic,
and the threat of TIRPITZ doing the same, Combined Operations launched
Operation Chariot, the Commando raid at St Nazaire, which destroyed
the 'NORMANDIE' dock, the only drydock outside of Germany available to
the Germans and big enough to handle TIRPITZ.



And they did it with an American ship.........



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I have always felt this was one of Mitch's best posting sets. Nice seeing
it again.

Brian
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Indrek Aavisto added these comments in the current discussion du
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HP Nice series you've been posting, Mitchell. Please refresh my
memory, HP what was the name of the bi-wing torpedo bomber the
Brits used to HP sink the Bismarck? Don't think I've seen it in
any or yours but I HP may
HP have missed it.

HP Thanks and have a nice Friday.

Fairey Swordfish, AKA "Stringbag" torpedoed the Bismark, causing
damage to the rudder. Consequently the ship was unable to escape
from the British fleet. There is some controversy about whether
the crew scuttled the ship, or whether it was sunk under the
weight of shells and torpedoes launched by the fleet.

Thanks. Swordfish was the name I was trying to remember. I've
alwaysliked the 1960 movie "Sink the Bismarck" although I don't
know how well it tracks the true events.

--
Jerry, aka HP

"Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas
Prices and Solving Our Energy Crisis" - Newt Gingrich
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Old January 24th 10, 11:01 AM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.aviation
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Thanks for the interesting ccommentary.

Nice series you've been posting, Mitchell. Please refresh my
memory, what was the name of the bi-wing torpedo bomber the
Brits used to


The Fairey Swordfish. 24 Swordfish launched from ARK ROYAL and
VICTORIOUS. The got three hits, two of which were minor, but the
third jammed the rudder and allowed the Home Fleet (dreadnoughts
KING GEORGE V and RODNEY plus several British cruisers and
British and Polish destroyers) to catch and engage.

Notable events:

Despite what is shown in the movie _Sink the Bismarck!_ no
Swordfish were shot down; several were damaged, one beyond
economic repair, and one was lost on the way back to the
carriers, but none fell to AAA, despite the fact that they were
going up against the best anti-aircraft guns afloat at the time.
Persistent rumour has it that the AAA fire-control tables (think
very large, mechanical, computers) on BISMARCK could not
properly aim the 105-mm twin gun turrets at aircraft flying
slower than 150 knots. As the maximum speed of a Swordfish was
120 knots... Certainly those same 105-mm guns, fired both from
shipboard and from land positions, were extremely effective
against both day and night bombers which moved at speeds greater
than 150 knots... The Swordfish which were damaged took damage
from light, hand-aimed, automatic cannon, 20-mm and 37-mm, not
the 105s.

All of BISMARCK's main battery turrets (and the 150-mm secondary
turrets, and the 105-mm AAA) were knocked out comparatively
early in the fight, apparently by KING GEORGE V's 14" guns as
RODNEY's shells tended to detonate early, but the ship proved
remarkably hard to sink. The cruiser DORSETSHIRE and five TRIBAL
destroyers, plus a Polish destroyer, went in to torpedo the
BISMARCK at roughly the same time as when the order was given to
scuttle the ship. German sources therefor tend to report that
the ship was scuttled, not sunk; British sources say that it was
torpedoed and sunk, not scuttled. It is absolutely certain that
BISMARCK would not have survived torpedo hits from that many
ships and that it would have been difficult to miss, given the
facts that BISMARCK's guns were out of action and the ship was
dead in the water and heavily afire.

As a direct result of BISMARCK running loose in the North
Atlantic, and the threat of TIRPITZ doing the same, Combined
Operations launched Operation Chariot, the Commando raid at St
Nazaire, which destroyed the 'NORMANDIE' dock, the only drydock
outside of Germany available to the Germans and big enough to
handle TIRPITZ. Operation Chariot is the single greatest raid
that the Royal Navy has ever made, and the RN has done a lot of
raids. Probably the only raid which could be compared to Chariot
would be Thunderbolt, the Israeli raid at Entebbe.

sink the Bismarck? Don't think I've seen it in any or yours but
I may have missed it.

Thanks and have a nice Friday.








--
Jerry, aka HP

"Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas
Prices and Solving Our Energy Crisis" - Newt Gingrich
 




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