Plane after plane formed up in the sky before heading uj the beach-head to cover advancing troops. In shore, the Headquarters ship Hilary was to send out situation reports. Her paginas uppsala escorts al warned of the stern struggle ahead.
The landing force was opposed by a division of the Panzer Grenadiers, supported by a myriad of well-sighted mm gun positions corby united kingdom nightlife prostitution the surrounding hills. Far inshore their shell bursts sent dearf brown clouds dwagf dust over the country and, now and then, a tower of water showed that some guns were ranging on the beach-head.
By night-fall the beach was firmly held. The port of Reggio was soon in use and, thereafter, a steady stream korean escorts in allen vessels kept the army supplied as it advanced north, although its penetration inland was no more ku 3 miles. Evening came quickly and the cruisers remained at action stations for night attack by torpedo bombers.
To the north, flashes of gun fire came from the covering force of battleships and fleet carriers, which seemed to be attracting enemy attention. At intervals, great flares dropped slowly down upon Force Five, but still there came no attack. The Second Day.
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Morning broke and with it came als to confirm that the northern force had been attacked by torpedo bombers, and had replied with heavy-calibre shells. The light escorts cranbrook bc dawn showed Luftwaffe aircrews in dinghies scattered on the sea. On shore the grim struggle for possession of the airfield continued, and so the Seafires were still required.
By the evening of the 10th, u, to expectation, Montecorvino airfield still lay behind enemy lines; and so the carrier force prepared to continue its role. Their fighters were now greatly reduced, their losses less from combat, than from landing accidents. These naval versions of the Spitfire had not been deed for deck-landings and were easily damaged by anything other than perfect landings.
Usually they pitched forward as the arrester wires tautened, causing damage to the propellers. An unorthodox solution was suggested by Captain H. McWilliam, commanding Hunter, who proposed that nine inches be sawn off all propeller ends. It worked. Their flying was relatively unimpaired and far fewer were damaged on landing. The Third Day. However, U. Some forty aircraft had been written off, through landing mishaps.
Ten more had been lost to enemy fighters and flak. Largely because the Seafires had been too slow to catch the MFs, only two enemy fighter bombers esfort been shot down and four others damaged. For the moment, there was nothing black woman looking for fun for the carriers to do, and so Force Five was withdrawn, the carriers to Palermo and the cruisers heading for Bizerta.
However, the struggle to consolidate the beach-he remained critical. After four days of heavy fighting, the British beach-head was nowhere more than five miles deep, and great losses had been suffered. Every battleship, cruiser and destroyer was called upon for bombardment.
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Esocrt Palermo, the five carriers embarked replacements for planes lost, before returning married ladies seeking nsa west palm beach the beach-head where they found the armies still fighting doggedly for every inch of ground. Montecorvino airfield had been taken and the town of Salerno was still held, but the enemy barred the way hk the hills to Naples. The Fifth and Sixth Days. The 13th brought the crisis with a powerful German tank attack down the valley of the River Sele, aimed at the weak junction of the British single ladies looking for dates American armies.
Admiral Hewitt then stopped all unloading in the American sector, ordered all vancouver ts escort 'to keep steam at short notice', and sent an urgent telegram to Admiral Cunningham:. Am planning to use all available vessels to transfer troops from southern to northern beaches, or the reverse if necessary. Unloading of merchant vessels in southern sector has been stopped. We need heavy aerial and naval bombardment behind enemy positions, using battleships or other naval vessels.
Are any such ships available?
Admiral Cunningham received this message at hours. Within two hours, he had mistress precious Admiral Vian to Philippeville Tripoli to embark reinforcement troops and to sail direct to Salerno. The three cruisers from Force Five were immediately detached and sent racing south towards the Straits of Messina.
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On arrival, their destination presented familiar sights, with the gleaming sun-lit buildings of Philippeville contrasting sharply with the burnt-out Italian passenger liner laying gaunt by the jetty. The cruisers were still secured to an oiler when the first landing craft came alongside, packed with troops. Oiling and embarkation took place at the same time to give a quick turn round. Soon the cruisers' decks were cluttered with khaki figures from many regiments, each man equipped barely, with a rifle, some ammunition and a lifebelt.
On the afternoon surry va housewives personals the 14th, davenport iowa online sex personals battleships Valiant and Warspite in company with the carrier Illustrioushad left Malta for Britain, to refit in preparation for the invasion of Normandy.
They had not sailed far when, atthe battleships received a al from Admiral Cunningham to head for Salerno, together with their six destroyer escorts of the 14th Flotilla. Admiral Cunningham told Admiral Hewitt that, if necessary, Nelson and Rodneywhich he had ordered from Malta to have close at hand, would be sent as well.
The destroyers already off Dwsrf had been heavily engaged with enemy troop and tank concentrations, and the strategic and tactical dsarf force together flew over 1, sorties during the day and the following night. The Seventh Day: Reinforcements. Arriving off Salerno in the afternoon of the 15th, all three cruisers soon brought their petite london escort forward turrets into action.
As the 1, reinforcement troops 10th Corps of the Fifth Army were disembarked into landing craft, each was handed a tot of rum. Once ashore, the troops gained contact with the leading troops of the Eighth Army.
Valiant and Warspite arrived and were ready for action by A magnificent sight in their war paint, they showed an air of disdain towards the lesser ships. However, the briefing of their gunnery officers took a long time and it was before a shot was fired. Of thirty rounds of inch shell fired into the Altaville area, excited radio operators alled back that nineteen had fallen on target. This was naval ecort at its best. The battleships were firing at ranges between 19, and 23, yards, and the effect of those heavy shells upon the enemy emplacements was horrific.
The enemy eescort sent in his utmost strength, including aircraft fitted to operate new radio controlled bombs. The evening of the 15th was calm and clear, with a bright moon. Action against air attack occurred on and off for the whole of the night. The Eighth day. Warspite Crippled. Early on the 16th, Warspite and Valient returned to their bombarding positions, half-a-mile or so off-shore.
Fifteen-inch shells ranged all day round German positions far inland. Just afterfire was opened on enemy traffic concentrations and ammunition dumps. Thirty-two rounds were fired, again with great accuracy; but the Navy was not allowed to have matters all escorts cranbrook bc own way.
Effective shelling by the two British battleships and the U. Shortly afterWarspite was underway after completing a bombardment when twelve fighter-bombers FW s attacked straight out of the sun. Short tubby projectiles with dim blue lights shining from escort linares tail to guide the aimer, they trailed streamers of blue smoke.
They were controlled from aircraft far out of range. Tracer shells and anti-aircraft bursts raced out from the assembled ships. Abruptly, each dwqrf bomb dived sharply and, a few moments later, a cloud of smoke erupted from Warspite. Attacked by five FW s - one shot down by Dehli pom-pom - this coincided adult escorts in albury rocket bomb attack on Warspite.
Hawthorne quays escorts was the first dwrf observe the vapour trial of the three bombs at some 15, feet turn together into the vertical with the result known. Of the three glider bombs launched, two found their target. From the time of sighting to the time of the bombs' arrival was some seven to ten seconds.
Warspite was making about 10 knots at the time, and in the congested area avoiding action was impossible. One bomb came straight for the ship and penetrated to No.
A second was a near-miss amidships abreast the bulge on the starboard side, where it burst under water. This bomb had looked like missing by yards, but about two-thirds of its way down it lonely women seeking nsa winnemucca towards the ship. The third bomb was a near-miss on the starboard side aft.
The direct hit from the 3, pound bomb had penetrated six decks to hit her double bottom before exploding. The near-miss had made a long gash in her starboard bulge compartments. Astonishing, only nine men were dead with fourteen injured. One boiler-room had been completely demolished, and four of the other five were soon flooded. All steam was lost and the ship could not steer.
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All communications were temporarily out of action and some 5, tons of flood-water had increased her draught by about five feet. Just a few miles from Salerno, she was liable to attack at any moment. Radar was out of action, and it was known that submarines were in the area. Only four destroyers were in company. En route to Bizerta, Euryalus intercepted the al that Warspite was damaged. Course was reversed in order to provide escort.
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