04 June 2012

Narrow Escape


Reported this day in 1945:

GIANT BRITISH LINERS NARROWLY ESCAPED U-BOATS
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The narrow escape of the liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth one night last January when a U-boat pack penetrated the Firth of Clyde has been revealed. In battling past the pack an escort aircraft-carrier was torpedoed and an oil tanker sunk, but the giant liners raced home undamaged.

The U-boats entered the north channel, between Scotland and Ireland, ahead of the convoy and penetrated the Firth of Clyde near Alisa Craig, off the Ayrshire coast. Aircraft launched a counterattack and sank at least one U-boat.             - The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria

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