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Re: History Quiz #21
Posted by Dan Muir on 4/23/2018, 3:20 pm, in reply to "History Quiz #21"
German gunfire seems to have been very good that day also. Info. from Wiki: Scharnhorst switched her fire to Glorious at 16:32 and scored her first hit six minutes later on her third salvo, at a range of 26,000 yards (24,000 m), when one 28.3-centimetre (11.1 in) hit the forward flight deck and burst in the upper hangar, starting a large fire. This hit destroyed two Swordfish being prepared for flight and the hole in the flight deck prevented any other aircraft from taking off. Splinters penetrated a boiler casing and caused a temporary drop in steam pressure. At 16:58 a second shell hit the homing beacon above the bridge and killed or wounded the captain and most of the personnel stationed there.
This long range gunnery feat was matched by HMS Warspite at the Battle of Calabria when the Guilio Cesare was hit by 15 inch shell at 26,000 yards.
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