Daily Express dated Tuesday December 2nd 1941
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The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal had in fact been torpedoed by U-boat U81 two weeks earlier on November 13th 1941 while heading for Gibraltar after delivering some Hurricane fighters to Malta. She sank early the next morning about 30 miles off Gibraltar. Thankfully there was only one fatality, Able Seaman Edward Mitchell, who was killed in the initial explosion.