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Battle Damage Sustained by H.M.S. Prince of Wales, 24 May 1941
Updated 07-May-2014

Shown here is an extract of Admiralty file ADM 267/111, concerning damage received by H.M.S. Prince of Wales during the Battle of the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941. In addition to the textual extract, a number of photos of said damage are also included. This information was acquired from The National Archives, Kew, London. It is reproduced here by kind permission of The National Archives and The Crown.

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Shrapnel damage to boat deck on H.M.S. Prince of Wales
Above- Another view of extensive shrapnel damage to the rear funnel and surrounding area. The shrapnel penetrated the boat deck and caused fatalities in the Type 284 radar office below. Shrapnel also peppered the Walrus aircraft (situated just forward of this funnel). The aircraft had to be jettisoned over the side.

Shell hole in H.M.S. Prince of Wales boat deck
Above- An 8" shell penetration of the boat deck. This passed obliquely through the superstructure and was deflected into the area beneath portside 5.25" gun mount "P3". This was the third 5.25" gun on the port side.

Shell hole in H.M.S. Prince of Wales boat deck
Above- A view of the shell hole as seen from below the boat deck.

Shell hole in H.M.S. Prince of Wales 5.25inch P3 handling area
Above- The 8" shell passed through the structure an into 5.25" gun P3's working space.

Shell hole in H.M.S. Prince of Wales 5.25inch P3 handling area
Above- The 8" shell eventually penetrated 5.25" gun P3's casemate but did not detonate.

Shell hole in H.M.S. Prince of Wales 5.25inch P3 handling area
Above- Another view of the 8" shell hole in 5.25" P3's casemate.

Shell damage below waterline of H.M.S. Prince of Wales
Above- A 15" shell hole in one of the starboard inner air spaces. This hit occured near frame 187, about a foot above the starboard bilge keel. Fortunately, the shell did not detonate.

Shell damage below waterline of H.M.S. Prince of Wales
Above- A shell penetration in the outer bottom.

Shell damage below waterline of H.M.S. Prince of Wales
Above- Interior shell damage

Shell damage below waterline of H.M.S. Prince of Wales
Above- 8" shell penetration on the starboard side of the stern below the waterline. Splinter damage from this hit caused some flooding in the interior.

Shell damage below waterline of H.M.S. Prince of Wales
Above- Another view of 8" shell penetration on the lower starboard side of the stern.