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HMS Ark Royal sinking
HMS Ark Royal sinking & HMS Legion IWM image 4700-01
HMS Ark Royal sinking & HMS Legion

On this day 14 November 1941

Published: 14 Nov 2014

HMS Ark Royal sank 14 November 1941 after being torpedoed by U-81.

On 10 November 1941, as part of Force H, Ark Royal ferried aircraft to Malta (Operation Perpetual) before returning to Gibraltar.

On 13 November, Friedrich Guggenberger's U-81, spotted the ships returning to Gibraltar, and at about 15.40, Ark Royal was struck amidships by a torpedo. Despite efforts to save her, she sank at 06.20 14 November, 30 nautical miles from Gibraltar.

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