The Takao , already damaged and not seaworthy, was severely damaged and never sailed again. The two commanders were awarded the Victoria Cross:. This type of midget submarine was portrayed in the war film, Above Us the Waves , featuring John Mills , which was based on both Operation Source , and the earlier Chariot attacks on the Tirpitz. But the luck that had recently deserted us came back for a few minutes shortly after eight. To combat the cold waters of the North Sea, they carried a flask of brandy. As the craft descended under the Tirpitz, she also came into contact with the hull which alerting the German crew. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.
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The craft was half submerged and taking on water when the decision was made to abandon her through the single escape hatch. This page was last edited on 3 March , at XE4's diver, Sub-Lieutenant K. It was just as we were letting go the second charge that we heard the first signs of enemy counter-attack — but, oddly enough, we were wrong in assuming they were meant for us. To combat the cold waters of the North Sea, they carried a flask of brandy. X24 on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Believing that the Tirpitz was at sea This was a signal very much foreign to the RN and caused great dismay amongst the escort commanders.
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22nd September X craft – midget submarine – attack on the Tirpitz
British naval ship classes of the Second World War. Of the six X craft that departed from Scotland on 11th September, two had already been lost as they were towed across the North Sea. Once the attack was over, the X-Craft would rendezvous with the towing submarine and then be towed home. Well worth the money — better than any book. Views Read Edit View history.
British X-craft were a critical player in operations leading up to D-Day.