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Frank Scott
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    Churchill had a weakness for Heath Robinson type devices, of which the Naval UP, and the equally useless Holman Projector (widely fitted to Merchant Ships), were classic examples. Serious Unguided Rockets (with warheads) were a much more promising line of research, but they were not the ‘quick fix’ that he wanted.

    Raven & Roberts ‘British Battleships of WW2‘ have Hood being fitted in Spring 1940 with 5 UP mountings, one on B turret, one either side of fore funnel on shelter deck and one either side of boats stowage on shelter deck. The photos show these UP mountings to have been substantial, and despite all that expense & effort reality soon set in, and in surviving ships they were removed as soon as possible (within a year mostly as far as I can see).