Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Please Register or Log in to add a comment. Navy Cadets at training on H.M.S. A fourth thunderous explosion resulted, probably the magazine going up, disintegrating the Barham, taking 862 men with her in three minutes. "We climbed over the guard rail and started running down the side of the ship. The team which located the wreck 3,000 metres below … "If I hadn't dived headfirst and knocked myself out, I would be dead, too.". But the crew sensed that the boat was still continuing its descend – but the depth gauge said they were level at 250 feet. Three explosions were heard – one, two, three - and one or more of the torpedoes hit near a magazine. ", When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Lilly died in 2007, aged 86. The HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed by U-47 in Scapa Flow and the HMS Barham was torpedoed by U-331 (Tiesenhausen) in the Mediterranean. However, as the ship plunged to the sea floor, a surge of water pushed Richard upwards. I was trying to push myself away when I got blown away by this massive explosion as the magazine went up. The enemy struck at 4.25pm as Richard was on a tea break and talking with a friend. Richard Laland had a miracle escape when his ship was sunk off the coast of Egypt in 1941, It's more important than ever to stay informed - Get free LeicestershireLive alerts direct to your inbox. … Of the 1,184 officers and men on board, 841 were killed.

HMS Cumberland undergoes "Pre-Wetting" trials - a new radioactivity protection process. He could not identify what ship it was, just that it was a British battleship. Full title reads: "HMS BARHAM 1914 - 1941". The maximum crush depth of the Type VII was 650 feet. Von Tiesenhausen anxiously waited for news of the sinking to be announced by the Admiralty. Will Leicestershire rubbish tips be open in second lockdown? Caledonia. They were astonished, not only to have survived the lethal depths below, but the hull which should have been crushed, did not as much as spring a leak. Nevertheless, the magnitude of losses likened the British to their own version of “Pearl Harbor” during these forty days, that it temporarily broke the Royal Navy’s command of the Mediterranean. The crash dive on the U-331 was going out of control. Various shots of HMS (H.M.S) Hood, the £6,000,000 warship. "We were standing by a … (Mute & Track Negs. Meanwhile, the fighting in Africa had reached to new intensities.

Richard worked as a shop floor foreman at Ratby Engineering, in Leicester, until 1982. Tags. Our. Huge palls of smoke rising from the stricken ship. Having dropped off a German commando party at Libya on November 17 (which was to blow up a British military train), the U-331 was patrolling submerged on the morning of November 25 near the British base at Alexandria, Egypt. Mediterranean. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden. When VE Day arrived, he was escorting an Arctic convoy north of Norway. He had reported to Donitz that he had torpedoed a battleship, but in the depths below, he was critically concerned about his crush depth than to worry about the enemy above. The third battleship sunk was the HMS Prince of Wales, the most powerful and modern warship in the Royal Navy when she was torpedoed and bombed by Japanese aircraft. Reassigned to the Mediterranean Fleet, she was damaged by the French battleship Richelieu during an attempt to capture Dakar on September 1940.

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The 92-year-old, from Leicester, miraculously escaped death when the ship was sunk by a German U-boat torpedo off the coast of Egypt on November 25, 1941. Afterall, he did not know which ship he had attacked. Old Sandancer. "It always takes me back to that day in November 1941," he said. "We looked at each other and said, 'right, let's get up top!'.

Clinging to a piece of wreckage, Richard was picked up by an Australian destroyer, along with other survivors.

Divers filming a BBC documentary have found the wreck of HMS Ark Royal, the famous wartime aircraft carrier. The British withheld news of the sinking, and in the absence of evidence, Donitz withheld his praise saying only that the attack was “very satisfactory”. "We had no idea there were U-boats in the area.". The new measures are set to start on Thursday. The connection of the U-boat threat with these sinkings was clearly evident as of these three battleships sunk, two were the direct result of U-boat attacks.
A member of the Wigston branch of the Royal Naval Association, he is a member of the HMS Barham Association. Rommel’s Afrika Korps dug in at El Agheila and another stalemate in the North African desert campaign ensued. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.

The Queen Elizabeth class warship was the only British battleship to be sunk at sea by a U-boat during the conflict. Not registered? But she had just passed by and he was forced to target the second battleship in line, the HMS Barham. When Richard came round, he was underwater. The U-331, commanded by von Tiesenhausen was one of the Type VIIs who made its harrowing entry into the Mediterranean. Barham was actually the 2nd British battleship to be sunk by a U0-Boat. The HMS Barham was one of five fast battleships of the Queen Elizabeth class. The Kriegsmarine was to put an end to the Royal Navy’s dominance of the Mediterranean and to halt all British attacks on Rommel’s supply ships. According to the manufacturer’s specifications, they should have been crushed by now. Thereafter, she saw some action in Libya, where her 15 inch guns were put to good effect against Rommel’s forces entrenched in Bardia. Tiesenhausen ordered for a second reading from the forward room compartment.

"I'm one of only two survivors from the ship left," he said. We always welcome comments and more information about our films.All posts are reactively checked. (Mute & Track Negs.) Your comment states: This is the only British battleship sunk by the U-boat during this war. It was unable to provide the much needed support for the British’s 8th Army Operation Crusader, and partly as a result, the 8th Army was bogged down and ran out of steam at Libya.
Beginning on November 10 1941, and for the next 40 days, the Axis forces combined had sunk the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, an escort carrier Audacity, two battleships the Prince of Wales and Barham, the battlecruiser Repulse, three cruisers the Dunedin, Neptune and Galatea, seriously damaged two battleships the Queen Elizabeth and Valiant, plus damage to many other warships. He fired all four torpedoes, and immediately the U-331 popped to the surface, having just released four tons of weight from the boat.


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