Operation DN (ii)

'DN' (ii) was a British naval undertaking by an element of Admiral Sir John Tovey’s Home Fleet to locate and destroy German coastal shipping off Stadlandet in German-occupied Norway (4/8 July 1942).

A German Dornier Do 18 twin-engined reconnaissance flying boat spotted the British force, comprising the light cruiser Nigeria, the light anti-aircraft cruiser Curacao and the destroyers Bedouin, Eclipse, Punjabi and Tartar, during the night of 4/5 July when it was only a short distance from the Norwegian coast and, given the loss of any chance of surprise and in light of the threat of a concerted German air attack on the following morning, the ships returned to Scapa Flow in the Orkney islands group, which they reached on 8 July.