HMS Iron Duke bombed in Scapa Flow

Four Ju 88s from Sylt approach Scapa Flow at 11,000 ft in line astern and, diving out of the sun, bomb the ship. One crashes on Hoy as a result of shore based AA fire.

Moored off Lyness, HMS Iron Duke is the only vessel left in Scapa Flow after the sinking of HMS Royal Oak three days earlier. It was serving as the flagship of the Admiral Commanding Orkney and Shetland. Damaged in the raid it is towed to a nearby sandbank to prevent it from sinking and remains beached for the rest of the war.

HMS Iron Duke was a dreadnought battleship which served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. Sold for scrap in 1946.


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