HMS Bittern (L07)
HMS Bittern ablaze in Namsos Fjord after having suffered a direct hit in the stern by a bomb.
|Class and type:||Bittern class sloop|
|Builder:||J. Samuel White, Cowes, Isle of Wight|
|Laid down:||27 August 1936|
|Launched:||14 July 1937|
|Commissioned:||15 March 1938|
|Fate:||Sunk by German bombers, 30 April 1940|
|Length:||266 ft (81 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
Geared steam turbines on two shafts|
|Notes:||pennant number L07|
She served in Home waters and off the coast of Norway during the Second World War. She took part in the ill-fated Namsos Campaign of 1940, where she was used to defend allied troop ships entering and leaving Namsos harbour from submarine attacks. The harbour came under regular air attack by the Luftwaffe, and on 30 April, Bittern was spotted and mistaken for an allied cruiser by a squadron of Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers. Bittern came under repeated attack from 0700 hours onwards. She was hit repeatedly and severely damaged, being set on fire. Nearby allied ships came alongside and took the survivors off. When this had been completed, Bittern was sunk with gunfire from HMS Carlisle.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: the complete record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham. ISBN 9781861762818. OCLC 67375475.
- HMS Bittern at Uboat.net
- A report on the situation in Namsen Fjord that day