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Unidentified Carriers

Grumman Avenger overboard from RN Carrier Grumman Avenger overboard from RN Carrier

British Escort Carrier in Bay of Biscay, 1944 British Escort Carrier in Bay of Biscay, 1944

Bow view of HMS Ravager (BACV-24) Sea Hurricane slides off flight deck

Fleet Air Arm aircraft cartwheels into sea Fleet Air Arm aircraft cartwheels into sea

Sea Hurricane jumps barrier on carrier flight deck Sea Hurricane jumps barrier on carrier flight deck

Named Carriers

HMS Argus : converted in 1918

HMS Argus off North Africa HMS Argus off North Africa

Ark Royal HMS Ark Royal : first carrier with that name, 1914-1934 (when renamed)

Main guns of HMS Ark Royal Main guns of HMS Ark Royal

Fairey Swordfish I of No.820 Squadron over HMS Ark Royal Fairey Swordfish I of No.820 Squadron over HMS Ark Royal

Flight of Fairey Swordfish of No.820 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal Flight of Fairey Swordfish of No.820 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal

HMS Audacity : escort carrier converted in 1941

HMS Avenger : during Operation Torch

HMS Avenger and HMS Biter HMS Avenger and HMS Biter

HMS Begum HMS Begum

HMS Biter : during Operation Torch


HMS Campania

Rear Admiral R. H. McGrigor on HMS Campania Rear Admiral R. H. McGrigor on HMS Campania

Fairey Swordfish on the icy deck of HMS Campania Fairey Swordfish on the icy deck of HMS Campania

Last moments of a Ju 88 seen from HMS Campania Last moments of a Ju 88 seen from HMS Campania


HMS Colossus HMS Colossus

HMS Eagle : August 1942, just before being sunk guarding a Malta convoy

Flight deck of HMS Emperor Flight deck of HMS Emperor

A Russian officer on HMS Fencer A Russian officer on HMS Fencer

Arctic Convoy seen from HMS Fencer Arctic Convoy seen from HMS Fencer

Seafires and Wildcats on HMS Formidable Seafires and Wildcats on HMS Formidable

HMS Formidable from above  HMS Formidable from above

HMS Furious HMS Furious : target of the first successful deck landing at sea, August 1917

HMS Furious HMS Furious : off the Norwegian coast at Tronso

Seafires and Wildcats on HMS Formidable HMS Furious swept by giant wave

HMS Glory HMS Glory

HMS Hunter in the Aegean HMS Hunter in the Aegean


HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious HMS Illustrious : on fire on 10 January 1941 after being hit by heavy bombs

Damage to the bridge of HMS Illustrious Damage to the bridge of HMS Illustrious

The aircraft hanger of HMS Illustrious The aircraft hanger of HMS Illustrious

HMS Derwent seen from HMS Illustrious HMS Derwent seen from HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious and HMS Victorious HMS Illustrious and HMS Victorious

Corsairs and Barracudas on HMS Illustrious Corsairs and Barracudas on HMS Illustrious

Chance Vought Corsair on HMS Illustrious Chance Vought Corsair on HMS Illustrious

Fairey Barracuda on HMS Illustrious Fairey Barracuda on HMS Illustrious

Fairey Swordfish on HMS Tracker Avengers and Corsairs on HMS Illustrious


HMS Implacable

HMS Implacable being launched, 10 December 1942 HMS Implacable being launched, 10 December 1942

Newly commissioned HMS Implacable, late 1944 Newly commissioned HMS Implacable, late 1944


HMS Indefatigable

Fairey Firefly on HMS Indefatigable, January 1945 Fairey Firefly on HMS Indefatigable, January 1945

Supermarine Seafire crashes off HMS Indefatigable Supermarine Seafire crashes off HMS Indefatigable

The aircraft hanger of HMS Illustrious Folding the wings of a Fairey Firefly on HMS Indefatigable

HMS Indefatigable with clear decks HMS Indefatigable with clear decks

HMS Indefatigable being launched HMS Indefatigable being launched

George VI on the deck of HMS Indefatigable George VI on the deck of HMS Indefatigable

Side view of HMS Indefatigable Side view of HMS Indefatigable


HMS Indomitable

HMS Indomitable HMS Indomitable : Guarding a convoy to Malta, August 1942

Grumman Avenger over HMS Indomitable Grumman Avenger over HMS Indomitable

Bombing-up an Avenger on HMS Indomitable Bombing-up an Avenger on HMS Indomitable

Crewmen on HMS Indomitable turning a propeller Crewmen on HMS Indomitable turning a propeller


HMS Nabob limps home HMS Nabob limps home

HMS Nairana escorting an Arctic convoy HMS Nairana escorting an Arctic convoy

HMS Ocean leaving Ireland behind, en route to Gib Sunday 16th Dec 1945 HMS Ocean leaving Ireland behind, en route to Gib Sunday 16th Dec 1945

HMS Ocean and Hellcat of 892 Squadron, FAA (1 of 2) HMS Ocean and Hellcat of 892 Squadron, FAA (1 of 2)

HMS Ocean and Hellcat of 892 Squadron, FAA (2 of 2) HMS Ocean and Hellcat of 892 Squadron, FAA (2 of 2)

Sea Vampire lands on HMS Ocean, 4 December 1945 Sea Vampire lands on HMS Ocean, 4 December 1945

Fairey Firefly on HMS Ocean, 1946 Fairey Firefly on HMS Ocean, 1946

HMS Ravager from the air HMS Ravager from the air

Stern view of HMS Ravager (BACV-24) Stern view of HMS Ravager (BACV-24)

Bow view of HMS Ravager (BACV-24) Bow view of HMS Ravager (BACV-24)

Sunday Service in HMS Ravager, 1943 Sunday Service in HMS Ravager, 1943

Grumman Martlet on HMS Ravager Grumman Martlet on HMS Ravager

HMS Indomitable HMS Searcher : An early escort carrier, seen here with Wildcats on deck

HMS Hunter in the Aegean HMS Smiter

Fairey Swordfish on HMS Tracker Fairey Swordfish on HMS Tracker

HMS Furious HMS Victorious : Guarding a convoy to Malta, August 1942

HMS Furious HMS Victorious : classic side view

Grumman Martlet lands on HMS Victorious Grumman Martlet lands on HMS Victorious

United States Navy

USS Hornet prior to commissioning USS Hornet prior to commissioning

Imperial Japanese Navy

Midway Pictures Midway: Akagi under B-17 attack during Battle of Midway

Nakajima B5N1 'Kate' taking off from Akagi Nakajima B5N1 'Kate' taking off from Akagi #

Amagi sunk at KureAmagi sunk at Kure

Midway Pictures Midway: Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu burning, morning of 5 June 1942

Midway Pictures Midway: Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, after her 1936 modernization

Crew Messing Spaces, Katsuragi Crew Messing Spaces, Katsuragi

Side view of Katsuragi, Kure, October 1945 Side view of Katsuragi, Kure, October 1945

Top view of Katsuragi, Kure, October 1945 Top view of Katsuragi, Kure, October 1945

Nakajima B5N 'Kate' taking off from Shokaku to attack Pearl Harbor Nakajima B5N 'Kate' taking off from Shokaku to attack Pearl Harbor

Shokaku under attack at Coral Sea, 8 May 1942 Shokaku under attack at Coral Sea, 8 May 1942

Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor: Torpedo plane takes off from Shokaku to attack Pearl Harbor

Midway Pictures Midway: Soryu under B-17 attack during Battle of Midway

Paint scheme for Unryu, 1944 Paint scheme for Unryu, 1944

Zuiho sinking, 25 October 1944Zuiho sinking, 25 October 1944

Zuiho at Cape Engano, 25 October 1944 Zuiho at Cape Engano, 25 October 1944

Admiral Ozawa being transferred from Zuikaku to Oyodo Admiral Ozawa being transferred from Zuikaku to Oyodo

Throwing explosives off the sinking Zuikaku, Cape Engano Throwing explosives off the sinking Zuikaku, Cape Engano

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