183337Z Sheffield opens fire, but it has only 4 Sea Darts left. Behind Sheffield are Galatea and Berwick with Sea Cats, but I have little hope they’ll work. There will likely be 20 Vampires inbound. Ark Royal is in deep, deep trouble.
The Sea Darts do horribly. The angle is poor and they cannot strike the missiles.
Galatea’s Sea Cats will not fire at all, as they are incapable of striking the inbound missiles. I fear Ark Royal is doomed many times over.
|The Vampires zoom over Galatea|
|Impact in seconds...|
|Vampires inbound on the Sheffield|
183522Z Sheffield is hit by the first Vampire and is sunk. The three remaining vampires turn and go after Galetea.
|Sheffield is sunk|
|The three Vampires close in on Galatea|
|Galatea is sunk|
|The Phantoms splash one Badger|
|More Vampires close in on the Ark Royal|
|One by one the Vampires run out of energy|
190748Z Late to the party, a pair of F-104s from Bodo are launched and sent on afterburner in an attempt to catch up to the Badgers. One is spotted, and an F-104 fires a Sidewinder at it. Splash one Badger.
|F-104s attack the Badgers on their way home|
|The F-104s detect the retreating Badgers|
|Splash another Badger|
192326Z A followup strike by F-104s with Bullpups on Skromny succeeds in damaging it enough to sink it.
200628Z A P-3B Orion sinks a Whiskey-class sub, likely the one that launched several a pair of Shaddock nukes to take out the Radar S-366.
201355Z Contact. Another raid inbound, designated Raid 4. Raid 4 is four aircraft. An F-104 is launched immediately from Bodo, and the two F-4s currently airborne are diverted to intercept. (Unfortunately one is near Bingo and unable to intercept. The 3 available F-4s on Ark Royal are immediately launched.
201527Z Raid count is 7. Looks like the other F-104 will be Bingo before intercept too. Not good.
202130Z Raid count is now 9. The last F-104 closes on intercept.
|The F-104 intercepts the new raid|
|One Badger down|
202441Z After a gun pass at a trio of Badgers, the F-104 goes after the Badger that turned, and successfully shoots it down. Splash three.
202934Z Splash six.
|Splash Six. Norwegian Starfighters show the British Phantoms how to get things done|
203133Z Splash seven.
|Missiles close in on the last Badger|
203349Z Splash nine. The two Sparrows fired at the last Badger miss, but then the F-104, with its last burst from its 20mm cannon, makes his eighth kill. This pilot is getting a medal. Raid Four is wiped out.
|The Norwegian Ace makes his eighth kill|
Continued in Part Five.