The German battleship Bismarck was sunk on May 27, 1941 due to the combined efforts of five ships of the British Royal Navy and aircraft from the British Royal Air Force. The HMS Dorsetshire sank the famed battleship after three days of battling in the North Atlantic ocean.
On May 24, 1941, the British ships HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales battled the German battleship. During the battle, the Bismarck escaped but was damaged while the Hood was sunk. British aircraft bombed the Bismarck, further crippling it. The British ships HMS Norfolk, HMS Rodney and HMS King George V quieted the Bismarck's gun turrets and engines before the final blow was given.