The attack was launched from the Fleet Aircraft Carriers Indefatigable, Formidable and Furious. The strike force consisted of 33 Barracudas, 10 Hellcats, 24 Corsairs and 10 Fireflies. Tirpitz received two hits. Two Hellcats and three Corsairs were lost.One Corsair ditched close to HMS Formidable on return flight.
Corsair II JT309 Sub Lt.Clive Eustace Woodward of 1841 Sqdn.FAA (HMS Formidable) RNZNVR, was hit by AA fire and ditched near the entrance of Kåfjord. His body was recovered a few days later.
1840 Sqdn.FAA JV203 Lt Cdr.Archibald Ronald Richardson RNZNVR (KIA) 24.08 1944
"Goodwood III" Attack on the German battleship Tirpitz
in Kåfjord. JV203 was a part of a 77 strong strike force.
The A/C took off from "HMS Indefatigable" Richardsons aircraft was hit by AA fire when diving onto Tirpitz. Some parts of the Hellcat were said to hit the bridge of Tirpitz.