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        "The fog was gone the seventh day
          and they saw the morning sun.
          Ten hours away from homeland,
          the BISMARCK they did surround."

Those words are from the song "Sink the BISMARCK" sung by Johnny Horten and they tell of a huge sea battle in the early stages of World War II.  History recorded that the battleships HMS HOOD and HMS PRINCE OF WALES caught up with BISMARCK and the cruiser PRINZ EUGEN and we know what was the result of that encounter.  HOOD was destroyed and PRINCE OF WALES was damaged.  BISMARCK and PRINZ EUGEN continued on their way while the cruisers HMS SUFFOLK and HMS NORFOLK shadowed the pair.

In a very clever maneuver, the German warships shook off the British ships, then separated and went in their own patrol directions.  The location of BISMARCK was no longer known and the British began a massive search for her.

History tells us that it was the British with a Royal Air Force PBY CATALINA that finally spotted BISMARCK, radioed in her position and brought the British attacks that ultimately doomed one of the most beautiful ships ever afloat.

What history did not report until Sharkhunters brought it out some years ago, was that this RAF patrol bomber was one of those "lend-lease" items that the USA 'loaned' to England - and the pilot who actually spotted BISMARCK was Lt. LEONARD "TUCK" SMITH, the US Navy training pilot that the USA 'loaned' to England to train their pilots.

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