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Re: History Quiz #21
Some have speculated that Glorious left the fleet early so that the captain (a WW1 submariner VC) could court marshall his flight commander. The ship did not have all boilers lit because she was short of fuel and unable to attain full speed before Scharnhorst & Gneisenau were in range. Additionally, having landed RAF Hurricanes on deck to bring them back to the UK and being unable to put them in the hangar, the flight deck was obstructed by parked aircraft so her own aircrew had been stood down. All the torpedo planes were in the hangar and could not be brought up on deck and flown off to attack the battlecruisers before Glorious had been too badly damaged to stand any chance of survival.
: Not just any old aircraft carrier, but a ship
: built for speed and still capable of nearly
: 30 knots after rebuilding as a carrier.
: One of those losses it is hard to