At this time the weather turned bad, so undertaken after the disappearance of the German battleship intensive intelligence from the air did not produce results. 'Bismarck' disappeared It seemed that the British fleet suffered a crushing defeat: the whole day the British could not find the 'Bismarck', which mysteriously disappeared in the North Atlantic. It was quite know where to find him and tell what course the ship-persecutors. But already on 26 May at 10:30 battleship discovered English amphibian 'Catalina' (for this crew nearly paid with their lives – the Germans have discovered the powerful anti-aircraft fire). But at the moment of discovery 'Bismarck' is 700 miles from Saint-Nazaire – 35 hours of travel. With the speed of the battleship at 28 knots to stop it was impossible, and already the morning of 27 May, he could walk under the cover of German naval aviation.
Torpedo attack from the air. The last battle 'Bismarck' The English now has only one opportunity to change something – to attack the 'Bismarck' torpedo bombers came to the rescue with Arc Royale '. May 26, at 14:50, 15 'Swordfish' launched from the deck aircraft carrier and an hour later with the help of radar found 'Bismarck'. Attacking a battleship, aircraft dropped 11 torpedoes, but none of them did not explode – summed proximity fuzes. At 17:00 torpedo aircraft returned to the carrier.
Until dark remained a matter of hours. Hence, to attack the 'Bismarck' from the air would soon become impossible. On the 'Royal Arch' hastily prepared to torpedo the re-flight.