On this day 26 May 1941
On this day 26 May 1941 Bismarck disabled by FAA Swordfish
Fifteen Swordfish aircraft from 818 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, cripple the battleship Bismarck by scoring a torpedo-hit which jammed her steering-gear. She was then unable to maintain a course. The FAA strike enabled the ships of the Home Fleet to close and sink her the following day using gunfire and ship-launched torpedoes.