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HMS Courageous sinking, Atlantic Ocean, 17 Sep 1939; photograph taken by a British Royal Navy sailor aboard an escorting vessel

Caption     HMS Courageous sinking, Atlantic Ocean, 17 Sep 1939; photograph taken by a British Royal Navy sailor aboard an escorting vessel ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
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Photos on Same Day 17 Sep 1939
Photos at Same Place Atlantic Ocean
Added By C. Peter Chen

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Licensing  According to the United Kingdom National Archives, Crown copyright material that has been created prior to 1 Jun 1957 is considered to be in the public domain.

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
9 Jun 2023 06:25:43 AM

At 6 p.m. on 17 September 1939 the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones) was torpedoed by U-29 (Lieutenant-Commander Schuhardt) and sank South-West of Ireland with her captain and 518 of nearly half of her ship’s company. Captain Makeig-Jones was last seen remaining on his bridge alone, saluting the flag as Courageous capsized and went down.

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WW2-Era Place Name Atlantic Ocean
Lat/Long 50.1667, -14.7500
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