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The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour.


The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour.

On 20th October 1943, Wildcat and Avenger aircraft from the Carrier US Core, on patrol north of the Azores, surprised U378, a type VIIC U-boat which had been active in that area. The element of surprise was so complete that the submarines guns remained unmanned throughout the action.
Item Code : DHM0760The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour. - This Edition
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 The 74,000 ton Yamato and the Musashi were the two largest battleships ever built, and typified the Imperial Japanese Navys attitude that their ships should be superior to anything the United States had. As a comparison the German Battleship Deutschland displaced a mere 15,500 tons. Each of these ships carried nine 18.1 inch guns, the most powerful armament available on any ship at that point in time. The Yamato participated in the attack on Midway,  serving as Admiral Yamamotos flag ship, and many of the other significant sea battles in the Pacific. By the time the Allies were preparing to invade Okinawa, the Japanese had been forced to utilize Kikusui tactics which would involve mass suicide attacks and individual suicide missions. The army had made numerous sacrifices, and senior Japanese naval officers realized that the Yamato would need to be sacrificed in the defense of Okinawa, as a matter of pride. The Yamatos 350-mile trip to Okinawa without any meaningful air cover would be a suicide mission, and the ship and its escort vessels were equipped with only enough fuel for a one-way trip. On April 6, 1945 the huge vessel departed and was immediately sighted by two American submarines, the USS Threadfin and the USS Hackleback. The information was passed on to the USN task force, and on April 7 an F6F from the USS Essex spotted the Yamato and relayed its position back to the USS Indianapolis, the flag ship of Admiral Spruance. An initial attack force of 280 USN aircraft were launched from nine American carriers, followed by a second wave of aircraft from four other carriers. Knowing that the Japanese had no air cover, the F6F Hellcats carried 500 pound bombs, and were joined by Avenger torpedo bombers and Curtis SB2C dive bombers. The Americans had learned from their earlier attack on the Musashi to concentrate torpedo attacks on one side of the giant ship. The Yamato was hit with numerous torpedoes and bombs. By 13:00 the giant battleship was listing 20 degrees to port and her antiaircraft guns were inoperative. At 14:10 another torpedo hit jammed the ships rudder, and the Yamato began to circle at about 8 knots. At 14:23 the Yamato rolled over and exploded in a giant mushroom cloud and sank with the loss of nearly 2,500 men. The Grumman TBF Avenger was the first torpedo bomber produced by that company. It bore a resemblance to the F4F Wildcat, and incorporated a unique internal bomb bay capable of carrying a 2,000 lb torpedo or four 500 lb bombs. The TBF was a big aircraft with a wingspan of 54 feet, and an empty weight of 10,080 lbs. It was capable of 271-MPH with a range of 1,215 miles. The Avenger incorporated a light weight electrically driven rear ball turret. The Avenger was so successful that General Motors was also pressed into service producing the aircraft with their version designated as a TBM.
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Battle of Britain History Timeline : 28th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. M. M. Irving of 607 Squadron, was Killed.
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O P. G. Crofts of 615 & 605 Squadrons, was Killed.
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Fl/Lt. W. E. DFC Gore of 607 & 54 Squadrons, was Killed.
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. S. Harrison of 238 Squadron, was Killed.
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O F. C. Harrold of 151 & 501 Squadrons, was Killed.
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O H. H. Chalder of 266 & 41 Squadrons, was Shot down (died 10th November 1940).
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. S. Bann of 238 Squadron, was Killed.
28September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. Little of 238 Squadron, was Killed.
28September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. G. Boyle of 41 Squadron, was Killed.
28September1940Feldwebel Helmut Haugk of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Fuhrer Hans-Joachim Marseille of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Gefreiter Erwin Richey of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Gefreiter Wolfgang Falkinger of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Hauptmann Gerhard Schöpfel of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Hauptmann Helmut Wick of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Hauptmann Rolf Pingel of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Hauptmann Walter Oesau of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Leutnant Gustav Sprick of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Leutnant Harald von Arnim of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Leutnant Horst Ulenberg of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Major Werner Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 681 with 390 Hurricanes, 214 Spitfires, 57 Blenheims, amd 12 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
28September1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Oberleutnant Carl Lommel of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Oberleutnant Carl-Hans Röders of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Oberleutnant Günther Scholz of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Krahl of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Oberleutnant Walter Schneider of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Oberleutnant Willy Stange of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
28September1940Royal Air Force lost 16 fighters with 9 pilots killed
28September1940The Luftwaffe lost three ME109 and three ME110 with a possible further three ME109
28September1940Unteroffizier Hugo Dahmer of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Unteroffizier Josef Wurmheller of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
28September1940Unteroffizier Otto Niemeyer of JG 77 shot down a Hudson
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 28th September
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28September2003Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O C. N. Foxley-Norris of 3 Squadron, Passed away.

 

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