The burned out wreck of the Ausonia can be seen in the background. Page 5 . 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. This required maximum offensive power and a speed several knots faster than any other battleship to allow them to defeat any type of ship. As they frantically halted the dive and began to ascend again, the hull, which should have been crushed at that depth, did not so much as spring a leak. During the Second World War, the British possessed the most powerful navy in the world indeed many battleships were attacked during the war, but only three were ever sunk. Although over 800 men are lost with her, a remarkable number are saved. 24/12/1944 Leopoldville SS [+1944] wreck: Leopoldville SS. Ajax. HMS Defender was ordered to investigate. At this stage 60 percent of Axis North African supplies are being lost to attacks by British aircraft, submarines and warships. The crash dive on the U-331 was going out of control. The depth gauge inexplicably slowed and stopped at 250 feet. VALIANT and WARSPITE in background. A fortnight later, she was attacked by the U-30 which put her out of commission for six months with a single torpedo hit. British warships continued to harass Rommels convoy lines through the Mediterranean and bombarded his supply depot at Tripoli with devastating effect. Long shot of HMAS Nizam (Pennant No G38). Barham in the Mediterranean. Merlin Burrows have found and pin-pointed the exact location of the wreck of HMS Barham – a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy in February 1913. BARHAM was torpedoed by U.331 and lost off the Western Desert of Egypt – off Sollum and Sidi Barrani. Name Age Rank (Photo from the collection of CPO Gunlayer Wilfred Reginald Butler, R.N.) wreck, wreck database. But the crew sensed that the boat was still continuing its descend but the depth gauge said they were level at 250 feet. 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. U-331 and von Tiesenhausen receiving his Knight's Cross. On 16th October 2017 / News Merlin Burrows have found and pin-pointed the exact location of the wreck of HMS Barham – a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy in February 1913. "We were standing by a … Thanks to all for the informative replies. The first link-up with the besieged garrison is made by New Zealand troops on the 27th. 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. Page 4 . HMS Barham Explodes and Sinks, 1941. The name 'Barham' came from Admiral Charles Middleton who was Lord Barham. HMS Barham (04) was named after First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Barham (Admiral Charles Middleton, First Baron Barham, 1726-1813) and shipbuilder John Brown & Company of Clydebank (Yard No. Aboard the U-331, von Tiesenhausen ordered for a crash dive. HMS Barham was a battleship built for World War I but had had an extensive refit in the 1930s. The wreck of the Duchess was located in 1966 and has been passed over by SONAR during surveys by the Royal Navy on several occasions. Aboard the U-331, something odd was happening to the depth gauge. FAMILY PILGRIMAGE TO HMS BARHAM WAR GRAVE It was December 1941 just two years into the Second World War but before Pearl Harbour. On December 12 1939, she collided with a destroyer, the HMS Duchess, sinking her in the mishap. The crew frantically set the forward dive planes up, blow ballast tanks, and the boat eventually began its ascend until it reached safe depths. Although over 800 men are lost with her, a remarkable number are saved. But the crew sensed that the boat was still continuing its descend – but the depth gauge said they were level at 250 feet. The HMS Barham turns over and the magazine section explodes, obliterating the ship. In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. Captain C. E. Morgan commanding HMS Valiant described the final moments of the Battleship: Clinging to a piece of wreckage, Richard was picked up by an Australian destroyer, along with other survivors. The HMS Barham, assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet under Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. HMS Barham was a battleship built for World War I but had had an extensive refit in the 1930s. [iii] December 28, 1939 - The U-30, commanded by Kapitainleutnant Fritz-Julius Lemp, fired four torpedoes at the HMS Barham and HMS Repulse. Until may 1940, the ship, 11.509 tons was affected to transit between Antwerpen and Belgian Congo. The wreck of British battleship HMS Hood has been discovered, 60 years after she was sunk in a WWII naval battle. Recorded on film her apparently calamitous end is often used in naval films and documentaries. On 10 October 2019, it was announced that the wreck of the escort carrier, USS St. Jackal took part in the Battle of Crete, and was scuttled after being heavily damaged by … Since the siege started destroyers and other warships have been carrying in men and supplies almost nightly. The HMS Royal Oak, a Royal Sovereign class dreadnought, the HMS Prince of Wales, a King George V class and the HMS Barham, a Queen Elizabeth class, which was a modernized warship from World War One. Agonizing seconds passed. It is based on the sinking of the HMS Barham by U-331 captained by Oberleutnant zur See Freiherr Hans-Diedrich von Tiesenhausen in November 1941 while operating in the Mediterranean. She sits upright relatively intact, with notable battle damage. 15. Glenroy under tow by the RN cruiser HMS Carlisle. Engaged French submarine PERSÉE with depth charges . During the Second World War, a spate of misfortunes had dogged the HMS Barham. Completed in 1939, Jackal served in the Norwegian campaign and the Dunkirk evacuation before being deployed to the Mediterranean in 1941. The team which located the wreck … An expedition has found the wreck of the HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy, which was sunk in one of the greatest naval battles of the second world war.. 13th Nov - As Force H returns to Gibraltar after flying off more Hurricanes from "Ark Royal" and "Argus" for Malta, the famous and much "sunk" "ARK ROYAL" is hit by one torpedo from "U-81". The battleships were the Queen Elizabeth, Barham and Valiant. ... no submarine wreck was found. (3) 27 Oct 1939 HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship of the Royal Navy.On 25 November 1941, while steaming to cover an attack on Italian convoys, Barham was hit by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331, commanded by Lieutenant Hans-Dietrich von Tiesenhausen.As she rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and the ship quickly sank with the loss of over two thirds of her crew. The enemy struck at 4.25pm as Richard was on a tea break and talking with a friend.