Today in aviation history – 3rd April

On 3rd April 1944 operation Tungsten took place. It was a raid of British aircraft carriers against German ship of the line KMS Tirpitz that was located in one of Norwegian fjords. There were used 42 bombers Fairey Barracuda escorted by 40 fighters. The aircrafts took off of aircraft carriers: HMS Victorious, HMS Furious, HMS Emperor, HMS Fencer, HMS Pursuer and HMS Searcher. The Barracudas made 14 hits with bombs weighing 726 kg (1600 pounds) each. The Tirpitz didn’t go down but it was severely damaged. 122 sailors were killed. The British lost two of the Barracudas.