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  1. The raid also successfully attacked the lock gates to the Saint Nazaire Basin when MTB 74 fired timed delayed torpedoes at them, these exploded 2 days later on the 30th of March destroying the gates. The MTB did not manage to escape back to sea and was sunk by coastal gunfire on the day of the raid. 36 Survivors from the MTB (including sailors from Campbeltown and another MTB) managed get to a Carly float but only three survived to be captured 12 hours later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wynn,_7th_Baron_Newborough
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    March Combat Missions: British Power

    I am pleased to finally see HMS Exeter in game, a ship and crew that my father's cousin knew well and watched on 13th December 1939 from his ship HMS Ajax as HMS Exeter was repeatedly hit and set on fire by accurate straddles from the SMS Graf Spee until finally disappearing in smoke and flame over the horizon. He was wounded in the leg and would have convalesced with the many injured sailors from HMS Exeter at Port Stanley over Christmas 1939 as the rest of HMS Exeter's crew worked hard to repair the ship just enough to be able sail to the nearest Commonwealth port facility in Southern Africa.
  3. Indeed only minor changes would be needed to modify the stock British Danae ship from the British line, mainly a "wet" flat non trawler bow (Danae did not have that either only the later D ships after the first 3 were commissioned) and probably a slightly better AA suite and Radar...
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    Naval Underdogs: Poland - Discussion Thread

    Not sure what you mean? The model on WOW looks about right for a D Class all the Danaes were similar bar the fact that the model we have represents the later ships of the series with a trawler bow which the Dragon, Danae and Dauntless did not have and were consequently very wet forward as a result. Dragon in the 1920's would have had a seaplane hanger just in front of the bridge but this was removed in 1928. The E Class was based on the D Class but was significantly lengthened to increase speed to top 33 knots and were used to serve the in areas where a greater cruising range was needed.
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    Naval Underdogs: Poland - Discussion Thread

    "To add to that, the torpedo was launched by a "Neger" mini-submarine (or rather micro-submarine):" Tuccy Tuccy is right these were dangerous things they were not supposed to be a Kamikaze weapon but often the torpedo below did not release properly from the mothership and dragged the Neger and its commander to their doom. Drmajga we have a British version of the Dragon in the game which is the D Class Light Cruiser though I would be more than happy to see a ORP version in the game. Of the Ships in the game my fathers cousin served on several most are represented in the game HMS Valiant (HMS Warspite is the closest looking of the two QE ships) HMS Ceres (C Class Cruiser similar to HMS Caledon) HMS Iron Duke (then a Gunnery Trainer) HMS Dragon and Diomede (D Class Light Cruisers similar to Danae) HMS Ajax (Leader class Cruiser the one in the game is similar to Ajax's 1940 refit) Now all I need is a Hawkins Class Heavy Cruiser HMS Vindictive (as a cruiser and not an aircraft carrier) to complete the set (Hint Hint) -(It would be a good special as these were prototypes of all the heavy cruiser designs based on limitations set by the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922
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    Naval Underdogs: Poland - Discussion Thread

    My fathers cousin a Royal Marine was on HMS Dragon between July 1935 to June 1937 which was based in Bermuda. In December 1935 he crossed the line for the first time at position 37o 53’ West. HMS Dragon fired the Naval last shots of WW1 on November the 9th when Maurice Green, a South African, fired AA at German Seaplanes off the Helgoland Bight. The ship was then involved in the Russian civil war when it was struck by shore batteries killing 9 sailors. For most of WW2 she was considered a Lucky ship by her mostly South African crew. At Dakar in 1940 she sank a Vichy Submarine and suffered shore battery splinter damage only killing a canary. Coincidentally my fathers cousin was by then a Sergeant in 101st Royal Marine Battalion in an assault ship off Dakar which waited in vain for the order to land. Ordered to the China Station HMS Dragon was the last warship ship to leave Singapore before it fell and managed to miss both battles of the Java Sea against the Japanese which sent most of the rest of the allied ABDA fleet to the bottom. Eventually in early 1943 HMS Dragon returned to the UK waters in where she was updated with radar and modernized and handed over to the Polish Navy which had a great need for ships . After Arctic convoy duty she joined the D Day Invasion of Normandy shelling artillery positions between the 6th and the 18th of June. In July on the 8th the ORP Dragon's luck ran out Just as she was about to open fire on the city of Caen at extreme range to support a land assault on the City. HMS Dragon was hit by a torpedo which killed 26 Polish Sailors. The crew managed to keep the ship afloat but there was too much damage to economically repair so the ship was scuttled to form part of the Mulberry B Harbor.
  7. Strange that she never made it to the Korean War her artillery could have come in handy for shore bombardments.
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    Naval Underdogs: Spain - Discussion Thread

    On 25th October 1936 during the Spanish civil war my father's cousin a Royal Marine on the British D class light cruiser HMS Dragon attempted to tow off the Spanish Cruise liner Cristobel Colon which had come aground off a reef north of Bermuda, it was empty of passengers and it was claimed that it had been heading to Mexico to collect arms for the Republicans. The attempt to pull the ship off the reef was unsuccessful and the ship was stuck fast. The ship was systematically looted by the Bermudans but few were caught, eventually the 160 male and female crew were returned to Spain but several were killed by the Nationalists. Having being used as gunnery practice by the British during WW2 the Cristobel Colon's remains still lie submerged on the reef and are popular with divers. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121208/ISLAND/712089958
  9. First rocket attack by the RAF on a shipping convoy, will have to try this in the test...
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    Clan [AJX] Ajax

    Hi places are available for new clan members if you are interested.
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    Dreadnought Era Appreciation Thread

    Signed :)
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    HMS Dido

    The D Class cruiser HMS Dragon fired the last naval shots of WW1 when she fired on German seaplanes off the Heligoland Bight on 9th November 1918 and the last shot is credited to Maurice Green a South African. HMS Dido is credited with the last naval shot of WW2 when she fired a single shot at an approaching lone German aircraft on May 8th 1945 (VE day) which then turned away. This was as she was heading towards Copenhagen to accept a German Naval surrender. The crew of the gun is not known.
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    HMS Dido

    The author Alistair MacLean for some of his naval career was on HMS Royalist (a Dido class light Cruiser) his experience on the Arctic Convoys led to his first novel HMS Ulysses. The novel focuses on HMS Ulysses a fictional mutinous Dido type light Cruiser leading an arctic convoy; (and as currently available in WOW) features a Type C class light Cruiser; a Town class lend lease destroyer; Several American built Escort Carriers similar to the Bogue, and at the very end a German Hipper class heavy Cruiser as well as not in WOW an S class destroyer, V&W class destroyers and other smaller RN ships. If you want to get a sense of the true horror of an arctic convoy with the appalling weather and great dangers above and below the waves this is a good place to start.
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    Clan [AJX] Ajax

    New Clan Vacancy available please apply if interested. Note we will soon be a Class VI clan so get in before you need to earn additional oil. We are looking for players who play regularly, current level and skill are irrelevant. Note: vacancies are now filled but may be more in a few weeks.