Bismarck used as bait

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Re: Bismarck used as bait

Post by alecsandros » Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:33 am

tommy303 wrote: BdU reported use of weapons was barely possible.
Well, it was the storm... KGV and Rodney were also suffering from it...
This is probably why the Luftwaffe couldn't intervene in force on May 27th...

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Re: Bismarck used as bait

Post by tommy303 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:48 am

Well, it was the storm...
Precisely. It would have been very nearly mind-numbing on a U-boat in the weather conditions prevailing on the 26th and 27th.

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Re: Bismarck used as bait

Post by alecsandros » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:48 am

tommy303 wrote:
Well, it was the storm...
Precisely. It would have been very nearly mind-numbing on a U-boat in the weather conditions prevailing on the 26th and 27th.
Maybe with great luck, if a capital ship would pass close enough to a submerged U-boat... But it would require great skill nonetheless...

Now that I think of it, do you know why force H wasn't attacked by Luftwaffe on May 26th ?

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Re: Bismarck used as bait

Post by RF » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:30 am

tommy303 wrote:
Well, it was the storm...
Precisely. It would have been very nearly mind-numbing on a U-boat in the weather conditions prevailing on the 26th and 27th.
Well, Captain Martin on HMS Dorsetshire was sufficiently concerned about U-boat attack that he immediately stopped picking up survivors from Bismarck when his lookouts reported a suspicous object in the water. Had U-boats with torpedoes and Luftwaffe aircraft arrived two hours earlier Tovey would have been faced (considering his fuel position) with a potentially sticky situation.....

With respect to aircraft I believe that HMS Ark Royal was ready for an air strike first thing on the morning of the 27 May but Tovey forbade it as an unecessary operation. If Swordfish could fly then so could FW's.
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Re: Bismarck used as bait

Post by RNfanDan » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:58 pm

I thought Bismarck WAS used as bait...oops, that was Tirpitz---(sorry! :lol: )

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