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HMS Bittern - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Bittern

Name : HMS Bittern
Laid Down : 18th February 1896
Launched : 1st February 1897
Completed : 1st April 1897
Type : Destroyer
Class : Avon
Builder : NC & A (Vickers)
Country : UK
Pennants : D03, D5A, D46, D10
Fate : Sunk in collision 4th April 1918.

Known Crew Details :


Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

Alfred D Large

18th December 1907

Richard C Lee

18th December 1907

Edmond J G Mackinnon

18th December 1907

Timeline Entries :

1st June 1897 - Launched
11th April 1899 - Placed into Chatham Fleet Reserve
5th June 1900 - Arrived Torbay for Manoeuvres
3rd January 1905 - Commissioned at Plymouth
June 1906 - Plymouth 3rd Flotilla
1st May 1912 - 7th Destroyer Flotilla (Devonport) (Nucleus Crew)
1914 - Cdr. Gordon Campbell in Command
1918 - Collided with another vessel and was lost

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Last edited : 21:52, January 5, 2012
By : jbryce1437




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 Lancaster BIII OF-J PB410 of 97 sqn. lifts off from Coningsby (Tattershall Castle in the background) in 1944/45 en route for a night mission over Germany. This squadron was the second to equip with Lancasters in Jan1942 after a year with its predecessor, the Manchester. It used Lancasters until July 1946 when it converted to yet another Avro type, the Lincoln.
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 RAF Hastings drop men of 3 PARA battalion on the Egyptian airfield of El Gamil as part of the Airborne element of Operation Musketeer, (Anglo-French plan to re-open the Suez Canal after its closure by Egyptian President Nasser) Carried to their target by 18 Valettas and 9 Hastings of RAF Transport Command, and supported by Air strikes by Fleet Air Arm Sea Venoms and Seahawks they quickly succeeded in securing their objective.

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 Halifax glider tugs of 644 Squadron, Tarrant Rushton, 1944.

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1st June 1940 - <i>Pete</i> Peters fights off an overwhelming attack over Dunkirk and destroys three fighters.  Anson MKV flown by pilot officer Phillip Peters was leading a patrol of three Ansons of No.500 Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron over Dunkirk at the time the British Expeditionary Force was evacuating from the beaches.  He was flying at around 50ft when his mid upper gunner reported that nine Bf109s were attacking. Dropping to wave-top height the slow obsolescent twin engined aircraft tried to shake off their pursuers.  Two planes were severely damaged and Peters sent them home, leaving his own aircraft at the mercy of the enemy fighters.  It was at this point that Peters was grateful for his 'secret weapons'.  In addition to the Anson's nose gun and mid upper turret, guns had been fitted projecting out of the sides of the aircraft's long 'greenhouse' cabin. The extra guns were manned by the co-pilot and wireless operator. By throttling back and executing a number of skid turns Peters was able to out manoeuvre the enemy and allow his crew to fire on the attackers.  The first Bf109 was finished off with the nose gun as it did a stall turn in front off the aircraft. The second was shot down into the sea.  A third attacker sustained heavy damage and turned tail with the other pursuers.  Peters set course for Detling.  The news of the battle went on ahead of his arrival and he was greeted by applause and cheering of the squadron personnel.  When the aircraft was inspected, only one bullet hole was found. It wasn't until later when he had his parachute repacked that another armour piercing bullet was found lodged in the silk.  For the attack and morale boosting effect for the rest of the squadron, Peters was awarded the DFC.  The remaining crew, Sergeant Spencer, Corporal Smith, Leading Aircraftsman Dillnutt and Leading Aircraftsman Cunningham all received the Distinguished Flying Medal.

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 Spitfires pass above a downed Me110 as they return to base at Biggin Hill in September 1940, the most intense and crucial phase of the Battle of Britain.

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 A Mosquito Mk.BIX above the clouds in late 1943. Mosquito B.IX LR503 holds the record for the most combat missions flown by a single Allied bomber in the Second World War, serving 213 sorties.

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 HMS Tiger is shown under full steam.

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 A Fairey Swordfish launches from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in 1939.  HMS Eagle would later fall victim to German U-boat U-73 on 11th August 1942.

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Bismarck and Prinz Eugen exiting the Denmark Strait before the historic encounter with HMS Hood.

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 Second in the series of British Army units in Northern Ireland.

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