820 Squadron FAA (Fleet Air Arm) L2809/4G 13.05 1940Six swordfish took off from "Ark Royal" early in the morning, under command of Captain A.C.Newson. Their mission was to attack the Ofoten railway. Three of the Swordfish attacked the railway tunnel at Sildvik, the other three at Hunddalen.
Captain Alan Charles Newson, Lt.Cdr. G.B. Hodgkinson and Leading Airman R.H. McColl in P4077/4A made a safe landing on a field at Sandsøy.
They waited for two days before Ark's amphibian Walrus picked them up.
A Blackburn Skua piloted by Lt.Rooper (L3001:6M) made a forced landing at Sandsøy the same day.
Skua L2938:6M piloted by Petty Officer Burston made a forced landing alongside the destroyer "Brazen"
Below: A Swordfish photographed at Duxford 2012