On the morning of 18th December 1941,six aircraft and crews from 35 Squadron took part in a daylight raid against the German Battleships, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest Harbour along with five aircraft from 10 Squadron and six from 76 Squadron.
While under repair the Gneisenau received a direct hit on the foredeck during an air attack on the night of 26 - 27 February 1942. Despite it was standard procedure, her stocks of ammunition were not discharged. This was a fatal error as the hit she received started a chain reaction which devastated the ship and killed 112 crewmembers. This was the end of the career of the Gneisenau.
An air attacks on February 26-27 February 1942, on the floating dock where she was being repaired for mine damage, she became the target of massive RAF attacks by 178 bombers and was struck on the bow. Contrary to normal practice, and since repairs were planned to be completed within two weeks, ammunition had not been unloaded and the resultant fires set off an explosion that destroyed the enti...
Allied reconnaissance photograph of the Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, taken shortly after the Scharnhorst arrived here after the Operation "Cerberus". The Scharnhorst can be seen towards the top of the portrait. To the right the light cruiser Nürnberg as well as a number of smaller units can be seen.
The Gneisenau was transfered to the Gotenhafen (Gdynia) branch of Deutsche Werke in April 1942. On the photograph she can be seen in the floating dock in Gotenhafen (Gdynia). Here her stem was cut off and used as scrap metal.
Aerial reconnaissance photograph, probably taken by the British Royal Air Force circa February-June 1942. The arrow in upper right center marks the position of the battleship Scharnhorst, which was then under repair at the Kiel navy yard for damage received during the February 1942 "Channel Dash".
The building of the U-boat bunker started in January 1941 and in September 1941 the first boat, U-372, used the first ready pen. The U-boat bunker at Brest was 333 metres wide, 192 metres long and roughly 17 metres high. The area covered was a record 52,000 square metres. The bunker was actually two structures, the first consisting of 13 pens, A to E and 1 to 8, the second of pens 9 and 10. The...