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Re: Bismark -dummy funnel started on afternoon of 25th May
Posted by francis williams on August 8, 2019, 14:31:25, in reply to "Re: Bismark
still being worked on when the ship was overflown by a Coastal Command PBY (Z) from Lough Erne, which had a USN officer on board, 1030hrs, 26.05. An hour later Swordfish from HMS Ark Royal overflew the battleship.
ref: 'Bismarck' Bercuson & Herwig, ISBN 0-09-179516-8
The Italian silhouette was my taken on the altered appearance. Apparently the intention was to produce a silhouette of the Prince of Wales - more appropriate. The dummy funnel was to be constructed of metal & canvas and painted grey. False signals were concocted to further the deception. Apparently the work was started & progressed slowly.
Even it were true (rather doubtful!), Italy was still an enemy, and any Italian ship would still be engaged! Anyway, how would an Italian battleship pass through Gibraltar and not be detected (and sunk!)?
It seems that there was an intention to alter Bismark's appearance by raising a dummy funnel on the 25.05.1941. The result would have been a silhouette not unlike an Italian battleship the real & dummy being very close together. The obvious question is did it happen?
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