Old Sandancer. As the huge ship, the HMS Valiant bore down on them, finally at the last moment, the U-331 slid beneath the waves and the battleship passed harmlessly overhead. In the meantime, the HMS Barham swerved to avoid the incoming torpedoes. "I remember so many faces of my friends and shipmates who weren't as fortunate as me.". The British withheld news of the sinking, and in the absence of evidence, Donitz withheld his praise saying only that the attack was “very satisfactory”. "I shot to the surface," he said. Our. Huge palls of smoke rising from the stricken ship. The crash dive on the U-331 was going out of control. The HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed by U-47 in Scapa Flow and the HMS Barham was torpedoed by U-331 (Tiesenhausen) in the Mediterranean. On 25th November 1941, 841 men lost their lives when this battleship was sunk during the 2nd world war. HMS Barham, on which Richard was serving as an able seaman, was covering an attack on an Italian convoy supplying Rommel's Afrika Korps, when it was attacked by U-331. The boat’s helmsman hurriedly flooded the ballast tanks and flanked the engines at full speed ahead. "There was my friend Ted Clow, from Oadby, but he died last December, aged 93. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden. It should be noted however that not all of the attacks occurred in the Mediterranean or were the direct result of U-boats.

Buying out his commission in 1947, he settled down with his late wife, Lilly, whom he had married in All Saints Church, Melton Road, in 1942. The opening of the U-Boat offensive in the Mediterranean coincided with the highwater mark of Axis victories at sea. The battleship heels over and explodes. "We looked at each other and said, 'right, let's get up top!'.

This is the only British battleship sunk by the U-boat during this war. Richard Laland had a miracle escape when his ship was sunk off the coast of Egypt in 1941, It's more important than ever to stay informed - Get free LeicestershireLive alerts direct to your inbox. The enemy struck at 4.25pm as Richard was on a tea break and talking with a friend. Meanwhile, von Tiesenhausen did not sit around to watch his kill.

At 410 yards, the behemoth size of the battleship had completely filled his periscope lens. He went on to serve as a gun range finder aboard HMS Nelson, involved in bombarding German defences in Normandy on D-Day. He had reported to Donitz that he had torpedoed a battleship, but in the depths below, he was critically concerned about his crush depth than to worry about the enemy above. Thereafter, she saw some action in Libya, where her 15 inch guns were put to good effect against Rommel’s forces entrenched in Bardia.

A veteran of World War One, she received six hits during the Battle of Jutland. Commissioned on August 1915, she displaced 29,150 tons and was intended to replace battlecruisers as the main offensive thrust during an engagement. "It always takes me back to that day in November 1941," he said. A member of the Wigston branch of the Royal Naval Association, he is a member of the HMS Barham Association. … Welcome to the HMS Barham Association website. HMS Barham, a Queen Elizabeth class battleship. Three explosions were heard – one, two, three - and one or more of the torpedoes hit near a magazine. It was a dangerous situation as the safe diving depth of the Type VIIC was 330 feet (100 meters).

However, as the ship plunged to the sea floor, a surge of water pushed Richard upwards. Mediterranean.
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After modernization during 1927-28, she served in the Mediterranean until war broke out in 1939, when she was reassigned to the Home Fleet. It was unable to provide the much needed support for the British’s 8th Army Operation Crusader, and partly as a result, the 8th Army was bogged down and ran out of steam at Libya. Having been alerted by the sounds of heavy screws, the U-331 chased down on its bearing. Please log in to add to WorkSpaces. When VE Day arrived, he was escorting an Arctic convoy north of Norway. (Mute & Track Negs.) However when the Admiralty finally announced the loss of the Barham on late January 1942, von Tiesenhausen was awarded a Knight’s Cross. Your comment states: This is the only British battleship sunk by the U-boat during this war. Reassigned to the Mediterranean Fleet, she was damaged by the French battleship Richelieu during an attempt to capture Dakar on September 1940. British warships continued to harass Rommel’s convoy lines through the Mediterranean and bombarded his supply depot at Tripoli with devastating effect. Caledonia. HMS Thunderbolt arriving to unknown British port. Soon, the U-331 surfaced to periscope depth and spotted a procession of three British battleships flanked by eight destroyers. Jeevan Vasagar. When Richard came round, he was underwater. Tags.

Afterall, he did not know which ship he had attacked. Tiesenhausen ordered for a second reading from the forward room compartment. U-boat captains used to joke of an itchy neck that could only be cured by administering the red, white and black ribbon of the Knight's cross on the neck. The third battleship in line, the HMS Valiant was just 150 yards away, spotted the boat and immediately signaled the Barham and altered course to ram. Battleship sunk on 25 of November 1941. During the Second World War, a spate of misfortunes had dogged the HMS Barham. Richard Laland is one of only two survivors from the doomed battleship HMS Barham still alive today, A Leicester hero in war and peace will be remembered, Famous city author lived in a ‘mystery bungalow’, Meet our Heroes of Leicestershire 2017 - and read their stories of courage, compassion and dedication, Local schoolgirl, 15, dies with cousin in Greek island parasailing tragedy, Jessica Hayes was 'beautiful, bubbly and extremely popular', Live updates: A42 closed after crash near Ashby, Updates: Main road in Wigston closed after 2-car crash near McDonalds, Government confirms what shops and businesses will close from Thursday, Downing Street has released a provisional list of what it classes as essential and non-essential, How Leicester and Leicestershire Covid rates compare with other places as new lockdown looms.

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