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The Collision Between HMS Quilliam and HMS Indomitable 20 May 1945

Posted by Sam Willis, on August 9th, 2016


Commander Derek Willis, secretary to Captain Onslow of HMS Quilliam, described the incident as his most vivid memory of the entire war.  Manoeuvring in thick fog, with visibility no more than 200 yards, she had been assigned to guard HMS Indomitable against kamikaze attacks.  Instead she struck her with such force that Quilliam’s bow was almost ripped off.  There were no injuries despite the horrific damage to the ship, and the aircraft carrier was damaged but without affecting her air operations. The two comments attached to this post are worth reading, as both are connected to the incident.

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