NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th November, 1941 : HMS Ark Royal, the ship the Axis powers claim to have sunk many times, finally fell victim to an Italian submarine torpedo today. The aircraft carrier was just preparing for the final run into the shelter of Gibraltar when she was hit. Eighteen sailors are missing. The Ark Royal started listing immediately after the strike, so much so that some crewmen slid down the ropes to the deck of a destroyer alongside. At first, the list was checked, but she sunk under tow. Her aircraft have destroyed more than 100 enemy planes since 1939. Her loss is a big blow because it will probably make it easier for the Axis to deliver arms and men to Libya.