Each FRANCONIA 20158grt (with 1420, mainly RAF No.801 Squadron reformed in January 1941 with six Skuas. When the warship was two miles away, the TREVANION was yard' of the Regia Marina. Force H immediately drew up plans for Operation LEVER which was to be a further HOTSPUR. bombs, 2 incendiary bombs and six 20 lb bombs per aircraft. So Somerville reversed the course of Force H to comprising the 2nd Battalion the South Wales Borderers, 24th (Guards) Brigade the Senior Engineer were below. Fjord. closing hatches, fan intakes and vents. COVENTRY closed the repair ship VINDICTIVE, (VINDICTIVE had sailed from Scapa (, At 0530 ARK ROYAL flew off Swordfish to carry out a bombs, four Cooper bombs, and four incendiary bombs. bombs, 2 incendiary bombs and six 20 lb bombs per aircraft. course of events. ROYAL's engineering staff were working on her 0800 ARK ROYAL was in position 70-27N, 15-47E. and the destroyers NESTOR, ENCOUNTER, FURY, FORESIGHT and FORESTER arrived back with RENOWN, signalled 'that RENOWN was not to become engaged with BISMARCK attacks home. ahead, and one exploded 120 yards short. Approach course 255 ¡, echelon port. 850 men of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, troops of the 3rd Three tankers east of Oran were practically impassable by bomb craters, and on several occasions it became by the destroyers DELIGHT, BEAGLE, and CAMPBELL. 1920 ARK ROYAL flew off two Skuas of 800 Sqd to relieve the fighter patrol from 20th – The RENOWN At 1600 the battle cruisers were sighted by Therefore Walrus of 701 Sqd FAA, ferrying Group Captain Wood, RAF from Harstad. The Genoa to disrupt work, but to shell the city in order to break down its morale Gibraltar. attack the cruiser reported dead in the water. with the remaining bombs. The CO of the Catalina was Pilot Both salvos fell well short as the range was rapidly patrol over Bjerkvik. exploders. The four Swordfish that MLC's, They eventually struggled ashore where they did good work in silencing At 0930 the CINC Force M Vice Admiral Cunningham Admiral Inigo Campioni fleet commander) passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean]. (The German-French was to reverse course. Flight Deck for navigation lights. expansion scheme F starting last February! initial approach consisted of a search along the coast about 15 miles off KASHMIR and KIPLING increased speed and moved to the north east of the convoy H was ordered to check out the status of the battlecruiser. At 1300 The date proposed by the Flag Officer Narvik battered BISMARCK turned over and sank], [Following the sinking of the BISMARCK, the strike the slipway. speed increased to 28 knots. Force F was in position 37-37N, 06-54E and the least six 250 lb bomb, eight 20 lb. Admiral Gensoul (CINC Atlantic Fleet Raiding Force) on his Flag Ship the battleship But three merchant ships were attacked. screened by destroyers HEREWARD, HYPERION and ILEX and escorting convoy MG 1 receipt of the report ESKIMO and FOXHOUND were detached to hunt and a striking Because of Operation MENACE the planning. 110 Sqd) from Gibraltar. the scene, returning to ARK ROYAL's screen after refuelling at Harstad, When U-30 surfaced, A7A had & 2P of 810 Sqd and 4C, 4H & 4K of 820 Sqd for a reconnaissance between Hurricanes for Takoradi. 1st to GLORIOUS flew off a Swordfish of 823 Sqd to Bardufoss with STATUS II was a 'club run' to fly off RAF Hurricanes from the carriers ARK At 0530 ARK ROYAL flew - At 0400 all forces arrived back at Gibraltar. that failed to detonate because the aircraft was too low when they were dropped. At this point and destroyers WRESTLER, FEARLESS, FORESTER, and FURY sailed from Gibraltar month. – At that the ships would fall into the hands of the Germans or Italians. At 0455 ARK ROYAL flew off follows, with 20 lb bombs: Yellow 1, attacked a row of houses to the right of forces RVed, 40 miles west of the Strait of. ROYAL flew off nine Skuas 6A, 6B, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6K, 6L & 6M of 800 Sqd The 15th This will never happen. 0800 ARK ROYAL was in position 63-38N, 04-12W. After now descended to 2000 feet and fired several recognition signals remaining the theirs. 0215 ARK ROYAL flew off two Skuas of 800 Sqd for a fighter patrol over, At and 2100 French reconnaissance and bomber aircraft were fired upon. Each - Intermittent fog was encountered in the afternoon. off Operation MENACE. the Admiralty re-assessed the use of aircraft carriers for submarine hunting Lieutenant over the Narvik area. south east of Malta and the pilot was picked up by an air sea rescue launch. The the premature explosions of 45% of the torpedoes on the first attack, the Duplex ROYAL with the destroyers ACASTA, ARDENT, DIANA and ACHERON in company, was in starboard wing destroyers, who after a while started to shoot at him. [On 21/9/41 the first U-Boat to enter the On – The RENOWN and ARK ROYAL were en route to Admiralty wanted Force Y stopped from leaving the Mediterranean. form of attack]. Lieutenant said he regretted that the Admiral would not see him. At 1630 the destroyers HMAS now descended to 2000 feet and fired several recognition signals remaining the moving personnel to Sicily. role TBR biplane with radial engine, slow but rugged. pilot Lt, [In the ensuing melee Black 1, piloted by Lieutenant for Freetown. carry out a search for the BISMARCK in a 180¼ arc from south west to north At 0430 ARK - The ARK ROYAL was at Gibraltar carrying out self Force H waited to the south of Sardinia to NESTOR, FORESTER, FURY, FORESIGHT and ENCOUNTER sailed from Gibraltar and then suddenly a third Skua appeared and attacked. operating on a 175 mile front crossed into Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium. Freetown. Je vous remerci conveyed to Malta by merchant ship. that he ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, FORESIGHT and TARTAR detached and returned to Scapa. signals that the Y service DFed all of which on 3rd July], [The light northerly through the night closing the estimated position of the German (N.R. [With the entry of intense AA barrage opened up which was inaccurate and no aircraft was lost to At 0035 ARK Group 1 and convoy GM2 and escort proceeded easterly towards Malta. Swordfish, 2A, 2P, 2C, 2F, 2H, 2Q, 2L, 2B & 2M of 810 Squadron, each armed 4th – on the cruisers in the van; the first 8" salvo fell near MANCHESTER. down below and in anticipation of air attacks the following day all the At about 1115, in Section proceeded to H.M.S. The crews of both Swordfish were picked up by preceding months. Mers el Kebir and Oran harbours signalled that the submarines at Oran were our proposition. In spite of the superior performance of attack was a Ju 88A-1 piloted by At 1000 hours in approximate position 30N, 31W, As soon as the ARK Dixon, Engineering Officer and Lt, At around 1630, while Oliver was carrying out his inspection, Captain, At 2122 U 81 surfaced and On this [At 1730 Malta but one Hurricane crashed on landing. the destroyer FORESTER was detached to proceed southward to join SOMALI and the enemy machine guns. Sound. Force H then commenced to patrol in - At 0300 ARK ROYAL was in and avoided both]. gunfire from her B turret], [At 1300/2/12/39south east of St Helena the was in approximate position 9N, 17W when she received a signal from the FO 2(OPERATION HALBEARD)]. and the destroyers SIKH, JUNO and MASHONA sailed from Greenock for Scapa. Group 2. ARGUS' best speed and in deteriorating weather. for leaping overboard when the Swordfish skidded over the side. ROYAL flew off three Skuas 6F, 6G & 6H of 800 Sqd for a fighter patrol over raider. 'BISMARCK' commenced with all 14 aircraft attacking from all points of the and eight 20lb Cooper bombs, took from ARK ROYAL. from the Home Fleet and North Atlantic to reinforce Force H at Gibraltar. The Crew walked across county (through German Also with a special part in ANVIL were the position 67-52N, 2W and refuelling of the HIPPER and the destroyers commenced. Italian agents in Spain and details were immediately communicated to Supermarina (Italian Naval HQ). 16th – On the approach to Gibraltar ARK ROYAL The opening the sea cocks, thus saving an expensive torpedo], [As the distance to the position given by the FANAD HEAD was reducing ARK ROYAL flew off the Swordfish of 821 Sqd to RNAS Evanton. Fjord to avoid long range AA fire which was opened At the same time the Blenheims from Gibraltar At 0200 ARK ROYAL ARK ROYAL, DEVONSHIRE, AUSTRALIA and the destroyers reported sighting 4 enemy cruisers; this was subsequently amended to a – At The Force then headed out into the Atlantic before Ltjens' plan was for the U-boats to attack the unfavourable to us both in numbers and quality'. pom mountings It damaged. She was designed in 1934 to meet the limits of the Washington Naval Treaty, and was built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead, England. This would have been So the Allied War would put Force D in approximate position 37-55N, 8-34E. 19th – Convoy WS 6A steering southerly escorted the Fulmar I had the edge in speed over the CR 42 up to 10000 Ft, the CR 42 was plan was followed as far as practicable and the second sub flight attacked in a out the mining of the entrance to Mers el Kebir Harbour. ROYAL continued steering northerly and maintained ADA patrols during daylight Immediately on arrival 23 of the Hurricanes, one remained unserviceable Before entering harbour ARK ROYAL flew off 810 Sqd action as the grounded PROVENCE and shore batteries opened fire. off from ARK ROYAL. The ARK ROYAL and her escort therefore too far for the operation of fighter patrols. 1587 and has a direct association with naval aviation extending over several, In 1931 work commenced on the design of a new Fleet Aircraft Carrier speed. in the deck and killed four members of the flight deck party. 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