Antonio Bonomi wrote:Ciao Paul and all,
very god selection Paul, I knew that sooner or later somebody was going to publish those photos .
From the pics everybody can easily notice one thing : after the German bomb penetrated the deck behind B turret, exploding into the main charge magazines ( photo 1 and 2 ) , the B triple 380 mm gun turret itself went away and in fact it is missing ( on photo 3 ) from the barbette that now is a empty hole.
But the ship hull herself is still intact as the deflagration of the main charges caused the turret to blow away, but did not damage immediately the hull structure.
Something like this occurred on Tirpitz after the Tallboy hit that similarly caused a main turret to blow away in Tromso due to main charges deflagration, even if 70 meters of her port side were detached by the 3 Tallboy bomb detonation on port side.
So, a very good and solid construction apparently, as Roma broke on 2 pieces sinking only after capsizing ( photo 4 ).
Barham and Hood for example differently went into pieces immediately after a main magazine explosion (main charges deflagration ) ......
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