Disaster in Namsos 1940.

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Disaster in Namsos 1940.

Post by tigre » Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:07 pm

Hello to all :D; a short story...........................

Sinking of the HMS Bittern in Namsos - April 30, 1940.

The sloop HMS Bittern had been bombed from 09:30 hours on 30 April 1940, mostly by Stukas of I./StG 1. In the afternoon the luck of the ship vanished when two planes attacked from the port bow side and a third from astern, therefore splitting the defenses of the ship. The three Ju-87 dropped a single bomb of 250 kg each and Oberleutnant Elmar Schäfer managed to hit on the ship's quarterdeck setting afire a locker with three charges of 8.5 lb of TNT which exploded. The stern was completely blown up and the fire spread to the stern ammo magazine of 4 inches which had to be flooded. The crew was forced to abandon the sloop and she was subsequently sunk by a torpedo of HMS Janus to avoid a hazard to navigation during the evacuation of the troops ..........................

Sources: The Battle for Norway: April-June 1940. Geirr Haarr
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Namsos_Campaign
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1940-THE-SPHERE- ... 2ef058edb3

Cheers. Raul M 8) .
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HMS Bittern ablaze in Namsos Fjord after having suffered a direct hit in the stern by an aerial bomb..............................................
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Sloop HMS Bittern, sunk off Namsos by dive bombing attack.......................................
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