Both hangar doors were wrecked – that to Port hangar although still hanging was out of its guides and badly distorted; that to Starboard hangar was lying on the deck, and broken in several pieces The upright supports to doors were completely wrecked.
Alecsandros wrote: "Wasn't Littorio the one that set her floatplane in flames, during battle for Sirte ?"
Cag wrote: "I wonder if Hoods after turrets could not bear due to her targeting the Prinz Eugen? I'll have to add that one to the ever growing list!"
you wrote: "That is why I'm intrigued by Rowell's testimony that the turn was executed in 2 minutes as he would possibly be the only one left able to estimate the length of the time taken to complete the turn. "
Immediately after being hit, the Vice-Admiral hoisted the signal for a turnaway together of 20 degrees. This was executed about two minutes later and the "A" arcs of "Hood" and "Prince of Wales" thus brought to bear.
Paul Cadogan wrote: "What he is saying that the signal was hoisted for the turn but the execution came about 2 minutes later - that is the flags were hauled down and the 2 ships began the turn 2 minutes later. So if the order for the turn came at 0555, then the 2 ships began the turn at about 0557 and I think this fits perfectly with the opening of the a-arcs just before 0558. "
"simple human error from all those years ago - faulty recall which, again, is absolutely normal in events such as this"
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