Exaggerated art work by Piotr Forkasiewicz, 'exaggerated' is not a criticism.
Dolly-Hughes (how it's pronounced) was a highly decorated war veteran. He didn't know much about aircraft carriers and their operation, and probably should not have held Glorious' command. He did know about war and war at sea though. He was at war in hostile waters, his enemy at that time was powerful. He was caught.
Wells should have been called to answer but he never was. Now they're all dead and so is everybody else, so it's academic.
The RN awards a mortally wounded little boy a VC who, in complete shock because of the absolute horror that within a few seconds unfolded around him, stands amid that carnage next to his useless gun. Two Captains and their crews accept suicide without question to protect their charge - officially their duty - that should never have been in the position that it was, and get nothing. The former's not embarrassing, but the latter is?
Capt D'Oyly- Hughes was on-the-spot, in command. It doesn't matter how it's revised or however many times, the disaster that June day in the middle of the icy Norwegian Sea will always be his.
Heath and Slessor were exonerated. Heath I think ended up an Admiral?
Don't recall seeing this here before. The story hit the Times late last year, when so many of us were busy with other matters.
Briefly put, the contention of the story is that Glorious was not rushing back to Scapa to start a court-martial, but to facilitate the mining of Swedish iron ore ports in the Gulf of Bothnia.
Ben Barker, grandson of Ardent 's CO, makes his case here. https://www.hmsglorious.com/
The paywalled Times article is a brief restatement of the above, with delighted reactions from D'Oyly-Hughes' children.
The most rational articles I can find are by Peter Hore, who has the expertise to evaluate the known facts and the reality of 1940.
The Fleet Air Arm and British Naval Operations
over Norway and Sweden: Part I ľ- Autumn of 1940 : https://sjohistoriskasamfundet.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/fn68_a05.pdf
Operation Paul ľ the Fleet Air Arm attack on Luleň in 1940 : https://sjohistoriskasamfundet.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/fn70_a04.pdf
Deputy PM Clement Attlee said that Churchill would come in with 100 ideas, and that 99 of them were useless, and one sheer genius. I think I know where this sits on that scale.