Thursday, January 26, 2006
The navy takes losses and damage off Crete
On 22 May 1941, while headed for Kithera Channel, Admiral King's force took damage. The Naiad had two turrets lost two turrets and had speed reduced. The "Carlisle was hit and her Captain killed". Admiral Rawlings, in the Warspite, turned to join Admiral King, and when nearing, the Warspite was hit, and lost half of her AA armament and had her speed reduced. The entire force withdrew to the southwest. The Greyhound, a destroyer, was bombed and sunk after sinking a caique. Admiral King had sent Fiji and Gloucester, along with the destroyers Kandahar and Kingston to pick up survivors. The cruisers were running out of AA ammunition and were overwhelmed and sank. The destroyers were forced to withdraw, returning after dark to pick up 523 survivors. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.