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by aurora
Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Worst admiral of all time
Replies: 49
Views: 32769

Re: Worst admiral of all time

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"there were not "18 craft" in the Japanese convoy," :o :?: --so how many were there dod???

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by aurora
Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Yamato that got away
Replies: 5
Views: 5172

Re: The Yamato that got away

As Davw said-a commission was set up in mid-April to investigate the case thoroughly. The commission came out with a comprehensive report in late July, which placed a considerable blame on the Torpedo Department. The TD, it was found, had supplied the boats with the new magnetic firing pistol with f...
by aurora
Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Yamato that got away
Replies: 5
Views: 5172

Re: The Yamato that got away

On 22 Jun 1940, U-46 observed one carrier, identified as HMS Illustrious (87), with two destroyers during a Force 11 storm in grid BE 6378. Endrass fired a salvo of three torpedoes at the carrier and heard a detonation. ???? :? :? The carrier was in fact HMS Ark Royal (91) (Capt C.S. Holland, RN), a...
by aurora
Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Most successful RN Carrier of WW2
Replies: 10
Views: 6811

Re: Most successful RN Carrier of WW2

SIMPLY THE BEST--BETTER THAN ALL THE REST Illustrious was the lead ship in her class of aircraft carriers. The design was unique in the sense that the flight deck was armored, unlike many of her contemporaries outside her class; however, the added protection also limited the total number of aircraf...
by aurora
Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: AVRO LANCASTER B1&3 v BOEING B17G FLYING FORTRESS
Replies: 24
Views: 12441

Re: AVRO LANCASTER B1&3 v BOEING B17G FLYING FORTRESS

An aerial combat between the two bombers would,IMHO,result in the Lancaster being shot out of the sky.Lancasters at best were armed with 8X 0.303" m/c guns-two in nose turret,2 mid upper turret and 4 in the tail turret or 2X 0.5" m/c guns and no dorsal turret. The B17 G on the other hand had 13 X 50...
by aurora
Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?
Replies: 43
Views: 18954

Re: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?

Vis a vis Tassafaronga "Training, training and more training", Nimitz named the lesson of this battle, quite correctly in one sense, but training was not needed with the crews, but for the leaders. Wright had blundered in not allowing Cole to fire torpedoes when he wanted, for whatever it was worth ...
by aurora
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: AVRO LANCASTER B1&3 v BOEING B17G FLYING FORTRESS
Replies: 24
Views: 12441

Re: AVRO LANCASTER B1&3 v BOEING B17G FLYING FORTRESS

Short answer Paul -YES and YES. It is inconceivable that once a box of B17's comes under attack-the speed of the enemy attack will have the B17 gunners firing all over the sky. Due to the Luftwaffe Schräge Musik attacks, a variety of unofficial field modifications were made, including fitting of 20 ...
by aurora
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: SUEZ 1956- NAVAL ACTION
Replies: 2
Views: 5038

Re: SUEZ 1956- NAVAL ACTION

I'm not aware of any official declaration of war in respect to the Suez operation. Egypt was at war with Israel, a state it did not recognise, but not with either Britain or France. RF -you are right-Having read through the entire Suez Crisis text-I could not find any formal Declaration of War by G...
by aurora
Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: SPITFIRE v HURRICANE IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
Replies: 10
Views: 7926

Re: SPITFIRE v HURRICANE IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Spitfire Mk V carried two 20 mm cannon and Huricane Mk IIc carried four 20mm cannon-these were the first variants of both aircraft to be so armed.I believe Hurricane Mk IIc was used in the North African campaign as Tankbusters.
by aurora
Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons
Replies: 11
Views: 4694

Re: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons

pgollin wrote:.

What was Campioni meant to do ?

Presumably proceed to attack the RN force
by aurora
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: SUEZ 1956- NAVAL ACTION
Replies: 2
Views: 5038

SUEZ 1956- NAVAL ACTION

The Sinking of the Domiat On the evening of 31 October 1956, with Egypt and Britain being at war during the Suez Canal crisis, the HMS Newfoundland, a British Fiji-class cruiser, was patrolling the Red Sea south of Suez. She encountered a darkened ship passing here in the opposite direction. The Ne...
by aurora
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons
Replies: 11
Views: 4694

Re: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons

Quote "There was no way that Campioni could have achieved anything as he did not have the forces required to force an action. What was he meant to do" ? Quote aurora "the use of these ships, which constituted at that moment nearly all of our fleet's effective units after the blow at Taranto, was dec...
by aurora
Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons
Replies: 11
Views: 4694

Re: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons

Nearly all sources acknowledge the Italian fleet inflicted significant damage and several casualties on the British squadron while suffering minimal damage and no casualties in return. The action, however, represented a failure on the Italians' part to exploit their advantage and destroy the convoy....
by aurora
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons
Replies: 11
Views: 4694

Re: Battle of Spartivento-Comparisons

Campioni, although he had a mandate to be conservative, he had presided over the loss of Italy's best opportunity to deal the British a sharp setback in a fleet action. His days of command at sea were numbered. As Iachino remarked, "the use of these ships, which constituted at that moment nearly al...