Depth charge in Dido class cruisers

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marcelo_malara
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Depth charge in Dido class cruisers

Post by marcelo_malara » Thu May 23, 2019 3:13 pm

Hi guys. Take a look at this photo:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item ... /205185581

It is captioned as an Oerlikon and a thrower on HMS Hermione. Did the Didos carry depth charges?

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Re: Depth charge in Dido class cruisers

Post by wadinga » Fri May 24, 2019 11:30 am

Hello Marcelo,

Like many other British cruisers, the Dido class had retractable Asdic domes and a limited capacity depth charge rack at the stern. There was no thought of them being really effective U-Boat hunters, since their long speedy hulls limited their ability to manoeuvre to place their stern accurately over the target. They could however carry out "scare" attacks while escorting other ships.

There is also a small rack at the stern of Prinz Eugen for similar reasons, so it is not just the British.

The thrower is an unusual fitment for a cruiser.

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Re: Depth charge in Dido class cruisers

Post by marcelo_malara » Fri May 24, 2019 4:53 pm

Thanks wadinga! Strange that the common sources (Whitley cruisers, even Raven&Roberts) don´t even list it.

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