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Swordfish and 2 renown ships

Swordfish and 2 renown ships

A Fairy Swordfish taxies past two famous ships which were lost early in WW2. The destroyer HMS GLOWWORM was lost to the Admiral Hipper 8 Apr 40 while the battlecruiser HMS HOOD was lost to the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen 24 May 41.

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What a stunning Photograph of 3 WW2 Icons! Great image TJ.
I always recall a huge (and impressive) wall mounted oil painting of the Gloworm-Hipper action dominating the reception of the Maritime Warfare Centre in Portmouth - quite imposing and it certainly left an impression on me after first seeing it in '79.
Hippers Captain, Hellmuth Heye wrote a letter to the Admiralty via the Red Cross recommending the Skipper of Gloworm, Lt Cdr Roope for a posthumous bravery award after the action, he got a VC but it cost his Life and 109 of his ships company. Incredibly desperate but brave act though, ramming a cruiser.
 

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Swordfish ‘529’ was taken on strength by 810 squadron aboard HMS Courageous in December 1937. It was operated in both wheel and float configuration. Later it served with 701 Catapult Flight operating on exercises with capital warships such as HMS Hood, Barham and Valiant.
 

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The experiment with a catapult on the quarterdeck of HMS Hood wasn't successful. The blast from "Y" Turret made it impossible to use. Consequently, HMS Hood never carried an aircraft for the rest of her service.
 

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