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« on: June 01, 2022, 04:30:37 AM »

There is some debate over which squadron was actually responsible for the sinking of the Tirpitz. When I was on 617 sqn they held a contest between both sqns  (I can't remember what the other one was, but I think it was 13 sqn. I know they were operating out of Marham at that time, but anyway). 617 dropped its bombs right on target, while the other team managed somehow to get slightly lost and dropped theirs 7 miles off target.

Think that answers who one that competition.

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Last RAF hero who sank Adolf Hitler's Tirpitz battleship dies three weeks after his 100th birthday
 David Wilkes for the Daily Mail 9 hrs ago

The last of the RAF heroes who sank Adolf Hitler’s fearsome warship, the Tirpitz, has died at the age of 100.

Sydney Grimes was a wireless operator on a Lancaster bomber on the final two of the three daring raids 617 Squadron made on the ship, dubbed ‘The Beast’ by Winston Churchill.

Mr Grimes’ family yesterday confirmed he died on May 27, three weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday.

The largest German warship ever built, the Tirpitz – sister ship to the Bismarck – posed a constant threat to the Allies’ Arctic convoy supply runs.

Sydney Grimes’ family yesterday confirmed he died on May 27, three weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday© Provided by Daily Mail Sydney Grimes’ family yesterday confirmed he died on May 27, three weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday
It had 120 guns, it was faster than any British warship and bombs bounced off its 12-inch steel armour.

Born in the Essex village of Great Wakering near Southend, Mr Grimes was 17 when war broke out.

He had left school at 14 to work as a clerk in E K Cole’s radio factory, later renamed EKCO.

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It was there he met Iris, whom he would go on to marry shortly before the Tirpitz raids.

He served first with 106 Squadron then joined 617 Squadron, by then famous as the ‘Dambusters’ from the ‘bouncing bomb’ raids on dams in 1943.

For the Tirpitz mission off the coast of Norway, Mr Grimes had a personal motivation.

Mr Grimes was a wireless operator on a Lancaster bomber on the final two of the three daring raids 617 Squadron made on Adolf Hitler’s fearsome warship, the Tirpitz (pictured)© Provided by Daily Mail Mr Grimes was a wireless operator on a Lancaster bomber on the final two of the three daring raids 617 Squadron made on Adolf Hitler’s fearsome warship, the Tirpitz (pictured)
‘My brother was in the Navy on HMS London escorting Arctic convoys,’ he said. ‘He’d told me about the Tirpitz and I knew it worried him.’

On the third raid on November 12, 1944, he and his comrades finally obliterated the warship Hitler had called ‘the pride of the German Navy’.

On receiving the news the Tirpitz had been destroyed, Mr Grimes recalled: ‘There was a cheer but the biggest emotion was a great sense of relief that we wouldn’t have to go back again!’

Mr Grimes completed 43 operations and finished the war as a flight lieutenant. He and Iris, who died more than two years ago, had three children.
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