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Italian Battleship Roma's magazines exploding after being struck by a Fritz X radio guided bomb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest_artificial_non-nuclear_explosions

Roma – Roma was hit by two German Fritz X guided bombs on 9 September while proceeding from La Spezia toward Malta, in accordance with the terms of the Allied-Italian armiestice.

10 June 1942: The USS Lexington, U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, explodes after being bombed by Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea in the South Pacific during World War II. (AP Photo)

10 June The USS Lexington, U. Navy aircraft carrier, explodes after being bombed by Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea in the South Pacific during World War II. (AP Photo) Photo by Add this to feed

RMN Roma - Corazzata classe Littorio - Entrata in servizio	14 giugno 1942 - Dislocamento	44 050 t Stazza lorda	46 215 t tsl Lunghezza	240,7 m Larghezza	32,9 m Pescaggio	10,5 m Propulsione	vapore: 8 caldaie 4 gruppi turboriduttori 4 eliche Potenza 130 000 CV (160 000 con l'extrapotenza) Velocità	31 nodi  (57,4 km/h) Autonomia	3 920 miglia a 20 nodi (con 4 000 t di nafta) (7 259 km a 37 km/h) Equipaggio	120 ufficiali e 1.800 equipaggio - Affondata il 9 settembre 1943 da bombardieri tedeschi

RMN Roma - Corazzata classe Littorio - Entrata in servizio 14 giugno 1942 - Dislocamento 44 050 t Stazza lorda 46 215 t tsl Lunghezza 240,7 m Larghezza 32,9 m Pescaggio 10,5 m Propulsione vapore: 8 caldaie 4 gruppi turboriduttori 4 eliche Potenza 130 000 CV (160 000 con l'extrapotenza) Velocità 31 nodi (57,4 km/h) Autonomia 3 920 miglia a 20 nodi (con 4 000 t di nafta) (7 259 km a 37 km/h) Equipaggio 120 ufficiali e 1.800 equipaggio - Affondata il 9 settembre 1943 da bombardieri tedeschi

End of the British carrier HMS Glorious, sunk in June 1940 when she was caught unawares by the German battleships Gneisenau (from which this photo was taken) and Scharnhorst whilst covering the evacuation of Norway.

End of the British carrier HMS Glorious, sunk in June 1940 when she was caught unawares by the German battleships Gneisenau (from which this photo was taken) and Scharnhorst whilst covering the evacuation of Norway.

Vintage photographs of battleships, battlecruisers and cruisers.: Italian battleship Giulio Cesare after reconstruct...

Vintage photographs of battleships, battlecruisers and cruisers.: Italian battleship Giulio Cesare after reconstruct.

Italian battleship Roma, last of the modern 15 in Littorio class, pictured in spring 1943: she did not enter service till June 1942, over 2 years after her two sisters, due to delays completing her under wartime conditions.  She was the only one of the trio (Vittorio Veneto was the third) not to survive WW2, being sunk by German radio controlled glider bombs whilst en route to Malta to surrender in September 1943.

RMN Italian battleship Roma of the Littorio class, pictured in spring

The four Kongo sisters.

14 in fast battleship sisters Kongo, Kirishima, Hiei and Haruna in Only the latter survived the war. Of vintage and originally built as battlecruisers, they were significantly upgraded in the

12.8 in battleship Andrea Doria - one of several WW1 veterans rebuilt by the Italians to near contemporary standards in the 1930s.  Undamaged at the famous Taranto raid in November 1940 (unlike her sister Caio Duilio), her activities were increasingly curtailed by fuel shortages.  Both ships surrendered at Malta in September 1943.

12.8 in battleship Andrea Doria - one of several WW1 veterans rebuilt by the Italians to near contemporary standards in the 1930s. Undamaged at the famous Taranto raid in November 1940 (unlike her sister Caio Duilio), her activities were increasingly curtailed by fuel shortages. Both ships surrendered at Malta in September 1943.

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