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Bismarck

Discussion in 'Germany at Sea!' started by Ricardo War44, Feb 4, 2008.

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  1. lwd

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    Rodney and KGV were getting low on fuel. On the other hand the last torpedo hit her as she rolled over so even if they had had to turn back to port Bismarck would have gone down before they reached it.
     
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    IIRC, the KGV and Rodney had already left the area due to lack of fuel - The U-Boat scare pertains to the ceasing of rescuing Bismarck sailors in the water. The Dorsetshire was not low on fuel, as she had not been part of the battle group chasing Bismarck, but had been escorting a convoy when her Captain left the convoy the help pursue Bismarck.

    Even if Dorsetshire had not put torpedoes into Bismarck, there was still a strike group of 12 Swordfish with torpedoes that had been circling the area since 1015, waiting for their chance to attack Bismarck. Misidentification had caused the British surface forces to fire upon them, so they wisely kept their distance, but were there if needed.

    No way were the British going to leave the Bismarck afloat before leaving.
     
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    IIRC, I saw a documentary, (it might have been that “Battle of Hood and Bismarck”) where an interviewed swordfish pilot said they were fired upon as a warning to say away, that the Bismarck’s death was to be left for the Navy guns. He said he understood this, as this was revenge for the Hood.

    I always thought this sounded kind of fishy. Would the RN really risk the lives of pilots like that?
     
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    Well making a strike when you are crossing the path of artillery is not exactly a great idea. The warning, if it was intended as that, may have been "this is a free fire zone with lots of shells flying around advise you stay clear". Doesn't mean that the gun club didn't want the kill though.
     
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    I would think that shell splashes would be discernable to the pilots, and radio would be a much easier and safer way to convey the message. As such, I am inclined to believe that it was a case of friendly fire, and the rest is just putting the best face on it since no damage or injury was incurred.
     

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