North Sea off the coast of Norway 1940 The Aircraft Carriers HMS Glorious and HMS Furious along with the battle cruiser HMS Hood, the heavy cruisers Norfolk and Suffolk , the light cruiser curlew and eight destroyers sortied from Scapa Flow in the early hours of the 8th April and under heavy fog. The Admiralty had learned wrongly the Battle cruisers Sharnhorst and Gneisenau where atempting a breakout into the north Atlantic. 9th april In rough seas and just outside of German land based air cover. A fairey Swordfish from the Carrier HMS Furious spots Sharnhorst and Gneisenau with no escorts 50 miles on its outwards search track. “ 2 BC range 50 course 180 speed 20”. A strike of 28 swordfish and 20 skua dive bombers is hurriedly launched. 1600: With help from Curlew the strike aircraft are directed to the two battle-cruisers. With the strike 12 miles out the skua,s climb to 10,000 feet. The swordfish drop to wave top height. 16:25: The skua,s split up into groups of two and nose down in a 60° dive towards the two battle-cruisers. The swordfish circle the battle-cruisers at 12,000 yards, Three of them split off and launch there torpedoes at sharnhorst. The three attack on the starboard side of the battle-cruiser.