NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
11th November, 1940 : Fleet Air Arm attacks Taranto. At 10.40 a.m. torpedoes from 12 British Swordfish aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier Illustrious, in the Ionian sea some 170 miles off the Italian coast, hit the battleships Cavour (23,000 tons) and recently completed Littorio in the port of Taranto. At 11.30 a.m. a second wave of Swordfish, coming like the first from the Illustrious, sinks the battleship Duilio. This is a crippling blow to the Italian fleet, which has lost half of its complement of battleships at a blow. Only two of the attacking aircraft fail to return to base.
During the night the British cruisers Orion, Sydney and Ajax and destroyers Nubian and Mohawk sink four Italian merchant ships in the Strait of Otranto.