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Old 30th March 2015, 03:11
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Cdr Peter "Roddy" Elias, DSC (Swordfish '41)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...-obituary.html
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Old 30th March 2015, 03:23
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Re: Cdr Peter "Roddy" Elias, DSC (Swordfish '41)

The obituary mentions that Elias was in the air in a Swordfish at the time of the sinking of the Bismarck. It is likely that these are the aircraft referred to in:

"At about the same time, 5 Ju-88s of the 606th Coastal Group observed the Bismarck being engaged by 2 heavy and 2 light units at 15 degrees 45 minutes west 47 degrees 25 minutes north. The aircraft joined battle but a dive-bombing attack on a cruiser was frustrated by the strong defensive action of Gladiator aircraft".

The Operational Use of the Luftwaffe in the War at Sea, OKL, 8th Abteiluung, January 1944, in David C. Isby, ed., The Luftwaffe and the War at Sea 1939-1945, As Seen By Officers of the Kriegsmarine and LuftWaffe, London, 2005, Chatham, pp. 123-160, p.135
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