By Jim McGuire, Don Greer
A Pictorial background of the Blue Angels
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C3 was able to ram the viaduct largely unhindered, but a great fire poured down on the crew as they made their escape in a small skiff carried on deck. Of the six who took part, three were badly wounded by gunfire, including Sandford. When C3 exploded, the viaduct was destroyed. Sandford took three months to recover from his wounds, only to die of typhoid shortly thereafter. HMS/m C27 under way. Note the original bridge with canvas screen rigged. C27 had an active war. She sank U23 in July 1915 in the North Sea, and later in the year was one of the C-Class submarines shipped to Russia to join the Baltic flotilla.
The last torpedo found its mark in the SS Ceyhan, which rolled over to port and sank. One last terrifying ordeal lay ahead. Off Kilid Bahr, Ell listed sharply and responded sluggishly to the rudder. Nasmith looked through the periscope and saw that a mine was snagged around the port hydroplane and was waving perilously close to the hull of the submarine, only momentum preventing certain destruction. To slow down or to surface meant death. The mine was dragged for several hours as the Dardanelles minefield was negotiated, accompanied by the usual scraping sounds.
Of the five Victoria Crosses won by the submarine arm in World War I, none is more unusual than that of Lt R. D. Sandford and C3. The Zeebrugge Raid of 23 April 1918 was aimed at blocking off Zeebrugge to the U-boats. One part of the plan featured the use of the obsolete C3, which was to be packed with explosives and rammed into the viaduct that linked the Zeebrugge mole with the mainland. C3 was able to ram the viaduct largely unhindered, but a great fire poured down on the crew as they made their escape in a small skiff carried on deck.