A Dash of Courage
The Gneisenau in Dry Dock
Following the suicidal torpedo attack on the Gneisenau by Kenneth Campbell VC on 5 Apr 1941, the ship was forced to return to dry dock for repairs. CEGH's photo reveals that it was still present at Brest in dry dock on 9 Apr.
Campbell's brave and outstanding solo attack had been
made at sea level. CEGH's photographic flypast and
bombing run was made at 8,000 feet, with the cloudbase as
concealment. The greater chance of survival was offset by
the lesser likelihood of a direct hit on the target.
However, the primary requirement for bringing back photos
of the harbour was achieved.