The sinking of the German Battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian Fjord in November 1944 marked the end of what the British considered a serious threat to their Atlantic shipping convoys. The mere presence of Tirpitz off Norway was enough for the Royal Navy to commit significant assets to the area to keep the German battleship and its attendant vessels from wreaking havoc.
From September 1944 the Royal Air Force conducted a number of bombing operations against Tirpitz, eventually sinking the ship on 12 November. A number of Australian airmen took part in these operations, and Jennifer Selby highlights the story of the crew of Lancaster Bomber ME 701 ‘Whoa Bessie’ of No. 463 Squadron, RAAF, and their involvement in the last three operations against Tirpitz. The crew were accompanied by a cinematographer on 15 September during their first operation against the German battleship.
Footage from that operation can be viewed here: