WWII Quiz - Page 44




 
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February 11th, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
Venturer off Bergen, Norway sinks with torpedoes U864. 9/2/45
February 11th, 2006  
redcoat
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reiben
Venturer off Bergen, Norway sinks with torpedoes U864. 9/2/45
Well done !

Here's a description of the action from the British Submarine Heritage web-site
http://www.submarineheritage.com/gallery_vandal.html

""Venturer" distinguished herself by sinking two German Submarines.
"U771" was sunk on the 11th November 1944. "U864" was sunk on the 9th February 1945 in a unique action as both boats were submerged.
"U864" was detected by "Venturer's" ASDIC used in passive mode so that there could be no tell "ping".
"Venturer's" Commanding Officer Lt. J.S. Launders was also able to obtain good sightings on the U Boats periscopes due to what Launders described as "the most shameful periscope drill on the U Boats part". From information provided by the ASDIC and Launders sightings, Launders concluded he was broad on U 864's starboard bow.
For the next hour he used the ASDIC to determine a plot of "U864's" course and when finally certain of direction and speed fired four MK VIII** torpedoes in a "hosepipe" salvo. The range was 3,000 yards and "U864" took one torpedo and sank."

your turn
February 12th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by redcoat
The code words used to indicate success were,
Tora !, Tora ! Tora !
Tora is Japanese for Tiger.

ps, The sub question hasn't been answered yet.

The rule is to only ask a question, after you have correctly answered the previous one.
Sorry! not very sure about this topic's rules! anyway, the answer is correct!
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February 12th, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
The Japanese at Pearl Harbour copied the idea of the Royal Navy, who in 1940 attacked the Italian fleet in Taranto Harbour.

What did a detachment of Swoardfish do in the first wave?

How many Swordfish in the detachment?
What did they do?
At what altitude?
And where at Taranto?
February 13th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 

Shortly before 2100, on 11 November 1940, 12 swordfish biplanes took off from the Illustrious. Six carried torpedoes, four carried six 250lb bombs and 2 had four bombs and heavy illuminating flares.All carried extra fuel tanks either in the rear cockpits or slung on the outside.
By 2250 they were approaching Taranto. Anti-aircraft and machine-gun fire rose to meet them. Just off Cape San Vito, the two aircraft with flares swung away to starboard while the first wave of aircraft lined up to attack through the line of Barrage balloons, from the east. As they flew in across the bay, in front lay the battleship Cavour.

altitude, estimated at about 1200 meters during the approach, suddenly decreased to a few meters before the launch. Source: http://www.regiamarina.net/engagemen...o_first_us.htm
February 13th, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomtom22
2 had four bombs and heavy illuminating flares.
correct

Quote:
Originally Posted by tomtom22
Just off Cape San Vito, the two aircraft with flares swung away
not the answer I was looking for. The answer is on that website. You are nearly there, would you like to give another answer?

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Originally Posted by tomtom22
altitude, estimated at about 1200 meters during the approach
I have 7,000ft but whats the odd few thousand ft amongst friends
February 13th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
Their flight path took them north of the San Pietro island, south of the "Secca della Sirena" to then make a sweeping 180 degree turn over the Littorio. Their escape route took them over the San Pietro Island and back into the Gulf of Taranto.
February 13th, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
sorry not the answer i have

the Swordfishes skimmed along the Mar Grande dropping there flares

over to you
February 15th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
Really, I give up. The swordfish broke off into several different groups. Which one are you referring to?
February 15th, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
When I said over to you I meant, your question to set mate

The answer was that I was looking for was Mar Grande, which I gave.

Whats your question?