WHO CHANGED WHAT ?dunmunro wrote: You keep changing your story. First you claim that it was being under fire that reduced PoW's accuracy, and then when presented with the facts, now change to something else.
I was just commenting to your reply.
It's a known fact Prince of Wales was under fire from Bismarck starting at 6:01, and she did not obtain any more straddles or hits.
And she was turning constantly, for the same reason: to escape Bismarck's fire, as there were no more "wreckages" to clear from 6:02 onwards
source ?The facts are that the RN did do IZ calculations and PoW was getting too close to Bismarck and Leach would have had to turn away to maintain range and inclination to reduce the risk to his ship, however, the fact that PoW was also under the concentrated fire of a BB and CA was another legitimate concern.
and the source for an earlier claim that Prinz Eugen's first salvo arived before Prince of Wales made her last hit ?
Gibberish. Prince of Wales took direct hits, had the main command position destroyed, secondary artillery directors offline, 5 jamed guns and 400 tons of water in her keel, but she turned away "because of immunity zone concerns" ?!The key facts here are that PoW's gunnery accuracy fell off because of her turns, not because she was under fire.
see here adm Leech description:
""Prince of Wales" starboard 5.25" battery was now in action. Course had to be altered to starboard to avoid remains of "Hood"; meanwhile "Bismarck" had shifted main and secondary armament fire quickly and accurately onto "Prince of Wales". A heavy hit was felt almost immediately. And at 0602 compass platform was hit and majority of personnel killed. Navigating Officer was wounded; Commanding Officer unhurt.
The same salvo severed all fire control leads to the port forward H.A. Director and put the starboard forward H.A. Director out of action temporarily jamming it in training. The control officer of the latter ordered all turrets to go into "After Control". This was carried out, but, about the same time a 15" shell burst on the boat deck and seriously upset the starboard after H.A. Director. The crew of this director had already been considerably blasted by "Y" Turret firing on a forward bearing. The 15" shell burst threw the control officer off his feet and broke his telephone lead. By the time he was again through to the H.A.C.P. The target was lost behind smoke astern.
It was considered expedient to break off the action and consolidate the position, and the ship, after being manoeuvred round the remains of "Hood", turned away behind a smoke screen. "Y" Turret fired in local during the turn as smoke blanked the after director."
as you can see, absolutely NO mention of IZ concerns. But plenty of concerns coming from DAMAGE suffered by his ship.