Friday, September 14, 2012

Sep

14

1942

Arctic convoy PQ 18 fights back

Seen from the deck of an aircraft carrier (possibly HMS AVENGER), a merchant ship is bombed in the convoy PQ 18.

One of the crew of another ship watched the death of the casualty, describing how the plane ‘came in to about 300 yards .. before dropping its torpedoes and then swept on. As it passed, the ship’s gunner raked it fore and aft and bright tongues of flame flickered from its starboard engine. It dipped, recovered, dipped again and seemed just about to crash, when its torpedoes reached their mark and the ship simply vanished into thin air’. It took the plane with it. A lone steward survived this ammunition ship’s explosion.