For want of a better phrase.........Because the Captain was a f**king clown
Glorious was running to and fro from Narvik picking up RAF aircraft and bringing them home.
On the first run, The Captain d'Oyly-Hughes, had a discussion with his 2 most senior Air commanders.
Basically, a flag officer had raised the issue of striking at an inland target in Narvik.
D' Oyly-hughes was dead keen but his air commanders were not.
They said that the risks were to great to the swordfish.
Hughes (I cant be arsed to type his full name anymore) saw this as almost a mutiny and he had Commander J.B Heat put ashore pending court martial.
Glorious made out for her second run to Norway.
after collecting the aircraft, Hughes requested permission to return to Scapa to conduct the court martial taking only 2 DD's as back up.
On the Voyage home, they were no air recon patrols, no-one posted as look-out in Glorious's crows nest.
Ironically, when the man put ashore pending court martial was aboard, there were always aircraft performing recon patrols
There is more to come..........some of Glorious's boilers had been shut down meaning that it would take longer to reach full speed in an emergency (about 30 minutes to flash up the boilers).
And lets face it, it was hard enough to run from Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as it was nevermind having some boilers shutdown.
I believe that when Scharnhorst and Gneisenau sighted the British carrier it was nearly another 15 minutes before the Carrier spotted them
There is a brillant article about this on John Asmussens sites
http://www.scharnhorst-class.dk/scharnh ... njuno.html
By the way, Credit for sinking Glorious actually goes to Gneisenau, partly because Marschall at one point ordered Hoffman (Scharnhorst) to cease fire to conserve ammo as Gneisenau was closer to the target and had a better shot.
It should however be noted that the worlds greatest ship (Scharnhorst) put a shell through Glorious's deck at 26,465 yards thus meaning that the carrier was unable to launch aircraft.
I believe that Captain Hughes of Glorious died when Gneisenau planted an 11" shell into the bridge.