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THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Davies, F A (Lt)|Royal Navy official photographer
THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
April 1944
Official photograph
© Crown copyright

A Grumman Wildcat fighter of No 882 Squadron Fleet Air Arm being manoeuvred into position for takeoff from HMS PURSUER off the northern coast of Norway.

On 26 April 1944 aircraft from this ship took part in the successful attack on a German convoy off Bodo, northern Norway. The convoy consisted of four medium sized supply vessels and five escort craft. All four supply vessels and one of the escorting craft were hit with bombs and three of the supply ships were left on fire, the largest having run aground. While this attack was in progress other naval aircraft penetrated into Bodo Harbour, where one large supply ship was hit by bombs and set on fire amidships.

IWM Reference: A 23059