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The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour. - battleofbritainaviationart.com


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.</b>
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 Pearl Harbor - Monday December 8th, 1941.  On Sunday December 7th, 1941, the free world had been stunned into disbelief by the treacherous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Giving no formal declaration of war, the devastating Japanese assault on the headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet had left over two thousand American servicemen dead, most of her battleships destroyed or damaged, and the remains of nearly 200 American aircraft lay in tatters.  America reeled from the shock and sheer incredulity.  But for Admiral Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the success of victory left a bitter taste.  The main targets of his carefully orchestrated plan had been the US carriers but, as fate would have it, they were all at sea.  Yamamoto knew in his heart that he would have to face those carriers one day, and when he did they would be the platform upon which America would unleash the brunt of her power against him.  At 12.30 the following day President Roosevelt began his address to Congress, calling for the declaration of war on Japan.  By 4.10pm America was formally at war, and five thousand miles away the first of the carriers, USS Enterprise, was returning to Pearl Harbor.  Richard Taylor's painting depicts the Enterprise as she approaches Ford Island and the smoldering ruins that had been the Pacific Fleet.  As ships still burn and the thick smoke hangs in the air, ever alert F4F-3A Wildcats of VF-6 fly an overhead patrol.  Throughout the night the carrier will refuel and re-arm, and at dawn she will return to sea with a steel resolve and a new mission, to avenge Pearl Harbor.  The Japanese failure to destroy the US carriers was a fateful mistake and, six months later, the Enterprise finally got her chance at the Battle of Midway, as the US carriers delivered one of the most decisive victories in the history of naval warfare, paving the way for victory in the Pacific.
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 On 24th January 1945, whilst taking part in Operation Meridian, S/Lt Arthur Page's Grumman Avenger JZ469 of 849 NAS suffered an electrical fire whilst climbing toward the target in formation and the decision was made to abort the mission and make an emergency landing back on HMS Victorious. Page's aircraft is shown here moments before touchdown under the watchful eye of the Landing Signals Officer.

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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 : 25th July
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
25July1940AA claim an enemy aircraft shot down in flames near Milford Haven.
25July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. A. T. Smith of 610 Squadron, was Killed.
25July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O A. J. O. DFC Jeffery of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
25July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O B. H. Way of 54 Squadron, was Killed.
25July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. Finnie of 54 Squadron, was Killed.
25July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O G. K. Gout of 234 Squadron, was Killed.
25July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. H. Culverwell of 87 Squadron, was Killed.
25July1940During a raid on Portsmouth, one Geman aircraft was confirmed shot down and another is probable.
25July1940During continued raids on Dover 14 enemy aircraft confirmed destroyed and an additional 11 probables with the loss of four Spitfires
25July1940Flying Officer Peter E C Strahan of No.33 Sqn RAF shot down a CR42
25July1940Hauptmann Ernst Wiggers of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Hauptmann Horst Tietzen of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Hauptmann Joachim Schlichting of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Hauptmann Walter Oesau of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940He111 was shot down between the Orkneys and Kinnaird's Head
25July1940Leutnant Gerhard Müller-Dühe of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Leutnant Hans-Otto Lessing of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Leutnant Herbert Wasserzier of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
25July1940Leutnant Josef Bürschgens of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Leutnant Otto Decker of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Leutnant Walter Blume of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 639 with 316 Hurricanes, 234 Spitfires, 56 Blenheims, amd 8 Defiants
25July1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Schmid of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940Oberleutnant Georg Beyer of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
25July1940One Hurricane was shot down by a Ju88 which in turn was shot down by a training aircraft
25July1940Six enemy aircraft were shot down between the Needles and Portland with the loss of one Spitfire
25July1940Spitfire K9901 Mk.Ia , DL-D, - Hit by return fire from Ju87 and abandoned 5 miles south of Portland.
25July1940Spitfire L1035 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 off Kent coast at 18.00hrs. S/Lt Dawson-Paul rescued by enemy boats but died later.
25July1940Spitfire L1055 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Ju88 off Dover. S/Ldr MacDonnell ok.
25July1940Spitfire N3231 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
25July1940Spitfire P9327 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
25July1940Spitfire P9387 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dover. P/O Turley-George ok.
25July1940Spitfire P9421 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 off Dover. F/O Jeffery killed.
25July1940Spitfire P9493 Mk.Ia - Flew into ground on night patrol near Porthdown, Cornwall. P/O Gout killed.
25July1940Spitfire R6693 Mk.Ia , DW-A, - Stalled on approach and dived into ground at Hawkinge. Sgt Smith killed.
25July1940Spitfire R6707 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 over convoy nr Dover F/Lt Way killed.
25July1940Spitfire R6816 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 off Dover. P/O Finnie killed.
25July1940Unteroffizier Edmund Rossmann of JG 52 shot down a Bréguet 690
25July1940Unteroffizier Karl Born of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
25July1940Unteroffizier Paul Obst of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 25th July
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
25July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Lt. A. T. J. Kindersley of 808 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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