Evocative print documenting the search for the German Prison ship Altmark by RAF Hudsons in 1940
Lockheed Hudsons of 220 Squadron flying from RAF Thornaby in February 1940 begin their search for the German Prison Ship 'Altmark'.
Altmark was assigned to support Admiral Graf Spee during her raid in the South Atlantic between September and December 1939. Seamen rescued from the ships sunk by Admiral Graf Spee were transferred to Altmark. After Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by her crew in the Río de la Plata in December 1939, Altmark attempted to return to Germany, steaming around the north of Great Britain and then within the Norwegian littoral.
On 14 February 1940 Altmark, proceeding south within Norwegian territorial waters, was discovered by three British Lockheed Hudson Mk.II's, from RAF Thornaby and pursued by several British destroyers led by HMS Cossack.