German U-331 sinks British Battleship HMS Barham in the Mediterranean on the 25th. of November 1941
Come WW2, she was damaged by a torpedo fired by a U-Boat in December 1939. When I was present at Dakar during Operation Menace in HMAS Australia, the General de Gaulle led disaster over the 23rd, 24th, and 25th, of September 1940, HMS Barham was part of that force.
HMS Barham just before she blew up
She had also taken part in the Batlle of Matapan in March of 1941, and received some bomb damage in May of that year.
HMS Barham blows up 25 November 1041
25th. of November 1941.
Her CO was awarded the Iron Cross First Class for his sussessful attack. The accompanying photograph of Barham just disintegrating must be one of the most dramatic pictures ever taken of the final agony of a warship being destroyed in WW2.
Commanding Officer of U-331 Kapitan Leutnant Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen sank HMS Barham on the 25th. of November 1941
German U-Boat 331.
U-331 returns to port after her sinking of HMS Barham