(1939-09-21) The Times of London - Ark Royal Escapes German Torpedoes, Captures German U-Boat
Details for Ark Royal Escapes German Torpedoes, Captures German U-Boat
Summary: Covers recent muggle naval warfare notes.
Date: September 21, 1939
Location: London
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ARK ROYAL ESCAPES GERMAN TORPEDOES; CAPTURES GERMAN U-BOAT!
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FEARSOME BATTLES IN ATLANTIC!
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Merchant Ship Captured and Sunk


Admiralty, London — The carrier HMS Ark Royal was attacked by German torpedoes in the Northwest Approaches on 14 September while answering a distress call from the freighter SS Fanad Head, the Admiralty announced today. Decisive action by the crew of the Ark Royal prevented loss of life, and in an ensuing chase the German vessel, identified as U-39, was forced to the surface and abandoned by her crew. Despite the valiant efforts of the aeroplane crews launched from the Ark Royal, the Fanad Head was captured and sunk by another U-Boat.

The Ark Royal, which was on anti-submarine patrols in the Atlantic, returned to her base in Loch Ewe, Scotland, where she was inspected by First Lord of Admiralty Winston Churchill, MP.

In light of the loss of over 60,000 long tons of shipping since the declaration of war, the Ministry of Food has advised that rationing of foodstuffs may become necessary in the future. The Germans have continued to attack unarmed civilian shipping, beginning with the cowardly sinking of the unarmed passenger liner SS Athenia on 4 September, resulting in the loss of 117 passengers and crew.

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