Only 3 men out of 1,418 survived the Sinking of HMS Hood

 

Battlescruiser HMS Hood 1932

The HMS Hood sunk by the KMS Bismarck and KMS Prinz Eugen in the Battle of the Denmark Strait 24 May 1941. Of the 1418 crew serving aboard the Hood when she sank, only three men survived and they were rescued 2.5 hours after the sinking by the destroyer HMS Electra.

 

 

HMS_Electra

British destroyer HMS Electra underway, at sea circa 1940. Members of the crew are on parade on deck.

(photo in the public domain and courtesy of the Imperial War Museum) 

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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