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EX-SAILOR Harry Colclough was arguably the first person to spot an infamous German battleship — signalling a hail of fire which led to the sinking of the Bismarck.
Mr Colclough, now aged 89, was on lookout duty on board the HMS King George V on May 26, 1941. Seconds after calling in his sighting, the six 14 inch guns directly beneath him opened up fire on the pride of the German navy, at the time the largest battleship ever built.
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Harry Colclough, a Royal Navy sailor from Bucknall in Stoke-on-Trent, played a crucial part in sinking the Bismarck.
Naval veteran Mr Colclough has now been honoured on his 90th birthday by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent.
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A FORMER Somerset journalist claims for the first time that the fated German battleship Bismarck was trying to scuttle when she was destroyed by the Royal Navy in 1941.
The controversial claim is made in his new book just published - ‘Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler’s Fleet’ — by Iain Ballantyne, who was a reporter for the Somerset County Gazette, Chard and Ilminster News and Yeovil Express.
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SEVENTY years ago today the Royal Navy avenged the shock loss of HMS Hood by sending Hitler’s flagship to the bottom of the Atlantic after a bitter chase.
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SEVENTY years on from one of the most famous engagements of the Second World War, the only British surviving veteran from the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck is expected to join members of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm today for a commemorative dinner.
Now in his early 90s, John Moffat can remember the events of May 26, 1941, as if they happened yesterday.