The German battleship Tirpitz was a grave threat to Allied shipping, but saw little action under second world war. She was often bombed by the Allied, and tho these attacks were somewhat successful, they had little effect on her fighting abilities. Sir B. Wallis designed a special bomb for the job. In 1944 he devised the bomb" Tallboy", a weapon capable of piercing her armor plating. After an attack which wasn't seen as an success by the British, but in fact had damaged her, forced the Germans to move her down to Tromsø. Several air raids were sent but to little or no effect. 12.November 1944 thirty Lancaster's from 9 and 617 "Dambusters" squadron again took off from Scotland. Wing Commander Tait led the bombers on a detour, approaching her from inland, confusing the fighters at Bardufoss who were late to take off. Tirpitz began to sparkle with muzzle flashes as the anti-aircraft guns opened up. She was hit by at least two Tallboys and suffered an explosion when the ammunition ignited. She capsized and approximately thousand men of her crew perished. After the war most of the wreck was blown up and salvaged on site, but lots of wreck debris still remains outside the island Håkøya on a depth of approx 10 to 15 meter. Several salvaged parts from her has been used up through the years in construction work and road maintenance. Also see her sister ship Bismarck, who went down in the Atlantic in 1941.

Former names:

824,6 x 118,1 x 28,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
42343 grt Wilhelmshaven ( D ) 1941 Trondheim ( N )

69°38'49.0"N 18°48'23.2"E

Picture: Tirpitz
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Last updated: January 2021