Dec 15 2016

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“Jock” Moffat †

John “Jock” Moffat, the Swordfish pilot who crippled the German battleship Bismarck on 26 May 1941, has died at the age of 97. On the day of the attack, it is believed that Moffat and his crew were able to launch a torpedo that struck and jammed Bismarck’s rudder, preventing it from escaping from the Royal Navy task force pursuing it. It was scuttled the following day by its crew while under attack by Royal Navy ships.

“Jock” Moffat, who was born in 1919, returned to civilian life after the war but always kept an interest in aviation and started flying again in his 60s.

Source: Royal Navy

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    John Moffat by his own admission launched his torpedo at Bismarck’s port side but the fatal shot hit her starboard’s side entering her steering compartment rendering her unsteerable. Only 2 pilots attacked her starboard’s side namely Kenneth Pattisson and Godfrey.Fawsett.


    Conclusive proof of the fatal torpedo that entered Bismarck’s starboard steering compartment, jamming her starboard rudder against her central proprellor can be viewed in James Cameron’s film available on You-Tube ‘Expedition Battleship Bismarck’ seen on footage after 1hr 7 mins.

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