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Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:22 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Not much of an image, but 76 years ago tomorrow (11th of November 1940), a small group of Swordfish Naval bombers - old obsolete Bi-Planes - effectively knocked the Regia Marina (Italian Navy) out of the war by raiding their heavily defended naval base in Taranto. The success of the raid - for very little Allied loss - is said to have been the inspiration for the later attack on Pearl Harbour. The old navy bombers were also responsible for damaging the rudder on the Bismarck which directly lead to her eventual sinking, and by the end of the war, the Swordfish held the distinction of having caused the destruction of a greater tonnage of Axis shipping than any other Allied Aircraft. Not a bad return for some metal frame and fabric planes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taranto
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish

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Grandad flew those with the Fleet Air Arm, and some of the stories he tells are fantastic - he doesn't talk about the war, but he talks about the people, the antics, and the ridiculous happenings :)


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I think this image from the troubles is one of the most powerful that I have ever seen.  Taken about a mile from my house and a long time ago.

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Heh cool Rev. Reminded me of a well know soldier to a lot of Australians. Story below for anyone curious: 

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John Simpson Kirkpatrick, affectionately known as "the man and his donkey", was born on the 6th of July 1892 in South Shields, England. 

He landed at ANZAC Cove at 5 a.m. on the 25th of April 1915 and was mortally wounded in Shrapnel Gully, near the mouth of Monash Valley, on the 19th of May 1915 at the age of 22. 

During the 24 days he spent at ANZAC he operated as a sole unit with his beloved donkey/s and is credited with saving the lives of  hundreds of men. 

He has become a part of the ANZAC folklore and though recommended for the Victoria Cross, twice, and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, he was never decorated for his actions. 

http://www.anzachouse.com/menofanzac/johnsimpson.html


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