World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SEAS: Skies Clearing

The Arctic dawn was grey and dismal and the carriers tossed in a heavy sea, but the Barracuda dive bombers and the fighters went up. Off Bodö in northern Norway, through wind-tossed snow and rain, they sighted a German convoy — four merchantmen and five escorts. The British attacked. They hit all nine ships, set fires on several, sent one to the beach and one, they believed, to the bottom.

The importance of this action was evident. A year ago carriers could not have penetrated Norwegian waters without grave risk; the Nazis were keeping up...

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