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  • #91
    Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
    Were all the main guns on the Prince of Wales even working?

    Pruitt
    A1 gun had a known defect which rendered it inoperable after firing one shell. POW opened fire at 0557 and disengaged at 0605, when 'Y' turret jammed. Several smaller defects during this short action were put right by the Vickers Armstrong technicians aboard.

    POW did re-engage at 1816 on the same day, firing 12 salvoes at extreme range (30300 yards) and at 0100 on 25 May, when 'A' turret jammed.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by Doveton Sturdee View Post

      A1 gun had a known defect which rendered it inoperable after firing one shell. POW opened fire at 0557 and disengaged at 0605, when 'Y' turret jammed. Several smaller defects during this short action were put right by the Vickers Armstrong technicians aboard.

      POW did re-engage at 1816 on the same day, firing 12 salvoes at extreme range (30300 yards) and at 0100 on 25 May, when 'A' turret jammed.
      KGV had problems with its guns in the final engagement with Bismarck and it had been fully worked up. There seems to have been an inherent problem with the quad turrets. While having 10 guns was an attempt to mitigate the small calibre of the main guns it didn't quite work out. You have to reduce the theoretical broadside weight to account for the poor reliability of the guns.
      Another reason why it would have been better to have refitted Hood to eliminate her weaknesses before refitting one of the QEs or Renown. The 15" guns on Hood were more reliable and had greater penetration than the 14" on a KGV. With refitted fire control they would have been as accurate e.g. Warspite hit an Italian battleship at 26,000 yards with the same guns that were on Hood. Plus the navy liked the 15".
      "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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