Is anyone aware of any damage from these torpedo hits, other than the rudder hit?José M. Rico wrote:Dorsetshire actually fired three torpedoes. Here is a list of all known/possible torpedo hits (not counting claims by Vian's destroyers ):
24 May. Midnight. Hit by one 18 inch MK XII torpedo on the starboard side, amidships.
26 May. 2047-2115 hours. Hit by two (or three) 18 inch MK XII torpedoes. One torpedo (or two) hit the port side amidships, and another hit the stern in the starboard side. As a result of this attack both rudders jammed at 12º to port. Lütjens only reported 2 hits but Müllenheim-Rechberg always said that he heard 2 hits before the final hit in the stern.
27 May. 0958 hours. Possible torpedo hit to port. Rodney claimed a hit; the Germans deny it.
27 May. 1000 hours. Possible hit to the starboard side. Claimed by Norfolk; the Germans deny it.
27 May. 1022 hours. Hit on the starboard side by two 21 inch MK VII torpedoes fired by Dorsetshire from 3,000 meters (3,280 yards).
27 May. 1037 hours. Hit on the port side by one 21 inch MK VII torpedo fired by Dorsetshire from 2,200 meters (2,400 yards).
27 May. 1039 hours. Bismarck sinks.
So, we have a total of 6-9 hits.
I know one of the amidships hits was on the main armor belt and killed one crew member (the first fatality on Bismarck) due to the shock of the explosion and I think it did some other minor damage.
Was there any other reported damage by torpedoes? This would be the very first time I'm aware of the explosion of several hundred pounds of explosive against a ship's hull didn't result in flooding of the void space of the TDS, resulting in at least a temporary list until counter flooding could take place.
I think I remember something about one of them hitting near the PoW shell hit, in which case the damage might not have resulted in a list, because the area was already flooded. If it wasn't powerful enough to defeat the holding bulkhead it might not cause any additional list.