Operation Cerberus - The Channel Dash by Philip E. West
The Channel Dash (officially known as Operation Cerberus) was one of three operations during the Second World War for which the Swordfish was to become famous. Heavily outgunned in the Straits of Dover on this day in February 1942 by the German warships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, with their accompanying flotilla of destroyers and motor torpedo boats, and with top cover provided by modern fighter aircraft of the Luftwaffe, all six Fleet Air Arm Swordfish were shot down.
Only five of the eighteen aircrew survived.
Here we see the Swordfish flown by Sub. Lt. Kingsmill and Sub. Lt. Samples with CPO Donald Bunce in the rear, fighting for their lives with his machine gun. In this and all other operations, Swordfish aircrew flew and fought in out-dated equipment at great risk, displaying great courage.
Overall size: 16½" x 26½"
Available in the following editions
Signed by Donald Bunce
Signed by Swordfish crew; AWF Sutton DSC - Edgar Lee - NC Gillis - Stanley Brand.
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