French Destroyer Foudroyant




Insignia of the Destroyer Foudroyant
Foudroyant – A French destroyer of the L'Adroit class. Following the loss of her sister ship L'Adroit, Foudroyant was recalled to Dunkirk from operations in Norway. While she was heavily armed and highly manoeuvrable, the vessel's armour and anti-aircraft protection was weak. At 12.55pm on the 1st June 1940, she came under mass attack from Heinkels and Stukas of Luftflotte 2 and was hit by three 250kg bombs, the third piercing her hull and causing her to break in two. Orders were given to abandon ship, but she rolled over to port so quickly that there was no time to broadcast a distress call or launch any life rafts. French accounts suggest she sank within a minute and only 20 of her crew of 138 were picked up by small craft in the vicinity.

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