British Aircraft Carrier Operations - until 1945

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Supermarine Seafire L.IIIs of RNAS 808 Squadron on the deck of the escort aircraft carrier HMS Khedive (02), entering the Grand Harbour of Valletta in Malta. July 1944. (Colourised by Royston Leonard)

Supermarine Seafire L.IIIs of RNAS 808 Squadron on the deck of the escort aircraft carrier HMS Khedive (02), entering the Grand Harbour of Valletta in Malta. July 1944. (Colourised by Royston Leonard)

hms indomitable with hms eagle behind taken from flight deck of HMS Victorious - Operation Pedestal.

HMS INDOMITABLE aircraft carrier profile. Aircraft Carrier Database of the Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945

HMS INDOMITABLE Fleet Air Arm aircraft carrier profile. Part of the FAA aircraft carrier and ship database in the official web site of the Fleet Air Arm Archive, 1939-1945. Thorough compilation of historical information, references, data, imagery and links concerning the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy and Naval Aviation in the Commonwealth during World War Two. The Fleet Air Arm Archive is one the most comprehensive military and history sites on the Net. Dealing with the Fleet Air…

HMS INDOMITABLE from the aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS during the Pedestal Malta convoy. BFD

Armoured Aircraft Carriers

An account of the fight to get the 1942 Pedestal Malta Convoy through, focusing on the contribution of HMS Indomitable, Victorious and Glorious - and the Fleet Air Arm.

Spitfire on aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable More

RAF Forever

bmashina: “ Spitfire on aircraft carrier Indomitable ”

Arming a Hawker Sea Hurricane fighter on board HMS Indomitable.

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Follow the War as it happened …

Pre war HMS Eagle and Victorious manouevering in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta

Pre war HMS Eagle and Victorious manouevering in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta

Ark passing Eagle at Plymouth

Out of ammunition, God save The King.

apostlesofmercy: “HMS Eagle (R05) lay at anchor awaiting the breakers yard as her sister Ark Royal (R09) passes by - circa 1978. ”

HMS Ark Royal and Swordfish

A look back at the UK's WWII Navy and Previous hardest-fought battles at sea

A LOOK BACK AT THE UK’S WWII NAVY: BATTLES AT SEA The Royal Navy can trace its establishment back to the early 1700’s to when the English and Royal Scots Navies amalgamated, although the two Navies had been operating together since the Union of the Crowns in early 1600’s. The amalgamation of both Navies coincided at the same time as The Union between England and Scotland. However, it could be said that as an island race the need for a Navy of sorts was needed and indeed history shows that…

Swordfish on the HMS Victorious More

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With her 4.5 acres of flight deck and the ability to transport 40 F35B joint strike fighter jets around the world, Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth - due in service in 2020 - will deliver a radical change in the Navy’s capabilities

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Britain's new aircraft carrier in detail

With her 4.5 acres of flight deck and the ability to transport 40 F35B joint strike fighter jets around the world, Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth - due in service in 2020 - will deliver a radical change in the Navy’s capabilities

HMS Unicorn was an aircraft repair ship and light aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. She was completed during World War II and provided air cover over the amphibious landing at Salerno, Italy in September 1943. The ship was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean at the end of the year. Unicorn supported the aircraft carriers of the fleet on their operations until the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) was formed in November 1944.

HMS Unicorn was an aircraft repair ship and light aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. She was completed during World War II and provided air cover over the amphibious landing at Salerno, Italy in September 1943. The ship was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean at the end of the year. Unicorn supported the aircraft carriers of the fleet on their operations until the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) was formed in November 1944.

HMS Unicorn was an aircraft repair ship and light aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. She was completed during World War II and provided air cover over the amphibious landing at Salerno, Italy in September 1943. The ship was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean at the end of the year. Unicorn supported the aircraft carriers of the fleet on their operations until the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) was formed in November 1944.

HMS Unicorn was an aircraft repair ship and light aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. She was completed during World War II and provided air cover over the amphibious landing at Salerno, Italy in September 1943. The ship was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean at the end of the year. Unicorn supported the aircraft carriers of the fleet on their operations until the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) was formed in November 1944.

HMS Glorious, sister ship to the ill-fated HMS Courageous, met her fate in 1940 at the hands of the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau whilst evacuating Hurricane fighters from Norway after the successful German invasion. To the best of my knowledge, she is the only Fleet carrier ever to have been lost in action to capital ship gunfire........

HMS Glorious a nice pre-war Photo

HMS Glorious, sister ship to the ill-fated HMS Courageous, met her fate in 1940 at the hands of the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau whilst evacuating Hurricane fighters from Norway after the successful German invasion. To the best of my knowledge, she is the only Fleet carrier ever to have been lost in action to capital ship gunfire........