By Ernest Schofield, Roy Conyers Nesbit
In 1942 a Catalina team of 219 Squadron, dependent within the Shetlands, was once chosen to hold out a sequence of most sensible mystery operations, together with a flight to the North Pole. They have been made whilst a Norwegian day trip to Spitzbergen to maintain the Germans out of the world. The flights have been over 24 hours lengthy and reached the bounds of human patience within the severe chilly. Later, the Squadron supplied disguise for the Russian convoys. Ernest Schofield used to be the navigator at the group and retained the logs. those have been outstanding missions and on 21 September one ended with a Ju88 assault and tragedy: "The pilot's cockpit was once dulled with smoke. Tim used to be falling from his seat... We gave him a shot of morphia, for what support it may possibly have been..."
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Photos taken as she pulled into Montevideo, however, show that the ‘Coronel’ battle honour had been removed. 3cm G7A torpedoes S h i p ’s c o m m a n d e r s Kapitän zur See Conrad Patzig 1936–37 Kapitän zur See Walter Warzecha 1937–38 Kapitän zur See Hans Langsdorff 1938–39 General construction data The third of the three pocket battleships was laid down at the Marinewerft in Wilhelmshaven in October 1932. Construction took almost two years, the ship being launched in June 1934. The naming ceremony was carried out by the daughter of Admiral Spee in the presence of the CinC Navy, Admiral Raeder.
Scheer would be acting alone, her only contact with other German ships being the supply ships which would refuel her at pre-determined locations and a few German auxiliary cruisers she passed en route. Admiral Scheer departed Brunsbüttel undetected on 27 October and anchored at Dusavik Bay, Tavanger, in Norway on the following day, the British still unaware of her presence. Atrocious weather conditions shielded her breakout out into the Atlantic via the Denmark Straits on the night of 31 October 1940 and in a war cruise covering a total of over 46,000 nautical miles, she succeeded in sinking 17 enemy merchant vessels totalling over 113,000 tons.
Admiral Graf Spee was of welded construction. The weight saving provided by this method as compared to the more traditional riveted construction helped allow this class of ship to mount a main armament turret of the same size and weight as that carried in battleships such as the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, yet remain at the same approximate displacement as a heavy cruiser. 5 knots. It was typical of most diesel-powered warships that the spaces between the ship’s double bottom, and in the bilges, were used for fuel bunkerage, the Admiral Graf Spee being capable of carrying a full load of up to 3,347 cubic metres of diesel oil.
Arctic Airmen: The RAF in Spitsbergen and North Russia, 1942 by Ernest Schofield, Roy Conyers Nesbit