Re: First warship ever sunk by torpedo bombers?
Posted by: gttf
Date: September 30, 2018 06:02AM
Hello, I have the British trawler "Active" (185 grt) sunk by an airborne torpedo, on 18/12/1939, NNE from Rattray Head.
On 9/09/1916 three Aircraft of 1. Seefliegerabteilung from Zeebrugge attacked a convoy in the Thames estuary, sinking the steamer "Storm of Garncy".
The steamers "Gena" and "Kankaree" were sunk by aircraft from Zeebrugge on 1/05/1917 and 15/06/1917.
There are clues about torpedoing of Turkish steamers in Marmara Sea on 12 and 17 august 1915, by Short 184s of HMS "Ben-My-Chree" but details lack.
On 21/07/1938, a He 59 of AS/88 torpedoed and sank the British Steamer "Thorpeness" (4.798 grt), 1 nm from Valencia: the CO of the He 59 was Martin Harlinghausen.
Hope this helps
H. Thiele "Luftwaffe Aerial Torpedo Aircraft and Operations in WW2", Hikoki, 2004
F. Mattesini "IL Blocco aeronavale Italiano nella guerra di Spagna", www.academia.edu