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THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Royal Navy official photographer
THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
3 April 1944
Official photograph
© Crown copyright

Photograph shows: The Fairey Barracuda bombers and their fighter escort approaching Alten Fjord. Another fjord along with the snow covered mountains surrounding it can be seen below the aircraft.

Fleet Air Arm attack the German battleship TIRPITZ with heavy and medium sized bombs as she was about to move off from her anchorage at Alten Fjord, Norway, on the morning of 3 April 1944. The Fairey Barracuda bombers were escorted and covered by Supermarine Seafire, Chance-Vought Corsair, Grumman Hellcat, and Grumman Wildcat fighters from HM aircraft carriers of the home fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Sir Henry R Moore, second in command Home Fleet. During the attack the battleship suffered multiple bomb hits, over one hundred crew members were killed and over three hundred wounded, though the damage was caused to her superstructure and no bombs pierced the armoured deck.

IWM Reference: A 22631