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Fred Davenport

Fred Davenport joined aircraft carrier HMS Eagle as Able Rating (supply branch) in July 1941 and saw action in the south Atlantic and Malta convoys ten convoys in all, supplying over 300 much needed aircraft for the defence of Malta. He survived the sinking of HMS Eagle by u-boat number 73 during operation Pedestal in August 1942. He subsequently served in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean theatres of war including the European landings, Greek and Palestine campaigns

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 Prior to the British attack on the Italian battle fleet moored in Taranto Harbour in November 1940, the job of obtaining the very latest photo reconnaissance fell to the maverick pilot Adrian 'Warby' Warburton.  Flying a requisitioned Martin Maryland, Warburton undertook a series of breathtakingly low level passes across the ships moored in the harbour, cheating a hail of anti aircraft fire and flak to bring home the vital information to Rear Admiral Lumley Lyster, the flag officer aboard HMS Illustrious.  Ships shown moored in the Mar Grande here are Vittorio Veneto (nearest) and Littorio with Duilio and Giulio Cesare in the background.

Prelude to Taranto by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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 Showing visible signs of her tangle with British cruisers at the Battle of the River Plate, the German pocket battleship Graf Spee slips into the neutral waters of the Montevideo roadstead for light repairs.  This was to be the last haven for the Graf Spee which was later scuttled at the harbour mouth, her commander Kapitan zur See Langsdorff believing a large British fleet to be waiting for attempted escape into the South Atlantic.

Admiral Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.
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 Ships of the Falklands Task Force formate following the Argentine surrender in 1982.  Nearest is Leander class frigate HMS Andromeda with RFA Brambleleaf in her wake.  The Type 22 frigate HMS Brilliant is to the left of the picture, with the carrier HMS Invincible dominating the right.  HMS Hermes and her escorts are in the extreme distance.

Victory Parade by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 Under lowering arctic skies HMS Belfast (Admiral Burnets Flagship) leads HMS Sheffield and HMS Norfolk in the race to protect convoy JW55B from Scharnhorst.

HMS Belfast During the Battle of North Cape by Randall Wilson. (Y)
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Viewed from beneath the blistered guns of the damaged X and Y turrets of her sister HMS Ajax, Achilles come sunder fire from the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee during what was to become known as the Battle of the River Plate on the 13th December 1939. Shells from Achilles are closing on her opponent as the Graf Spee alters course at the start of the doomed battleships flight to Montevideo

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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B69AP. HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth at Alexandria by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth at Alexandria by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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Launched on the 29th of January 1944, USS Missouri was the last and one of the finest battleships of any fleet.  With a top speed of 33 knots, she earnt the name Fast Battleship, as the Iowa class to which she belonged were known.  Bristling with an assortment of anti-aircraft, Missouri was as much a floating anti-aircraft battery as a battleship.  With these qualities Missouri was well equiped to counter the desperate aerial attacks faced when she joined the Pacific Fleet.  Here Missouri is seen repelling a kamikaze attack on the 11th of April 1945, with the destroyers Melvin (left) and McCord.  Although one of the kamikazes did get through the curtain of shell fire, little damage was sustained.

Boiling Point - USS Missouri by Anthony Saunders. (GL)
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GIFP0992GL. The Day After the Battle of Trafalgar by Richard Spencer.
The Day After the Battle of Trafalgar by Richard Spencer. (GL)
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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS Warspite

Launched : 26th November 1913
HMS Warspite was built at Devonport, Plymouth and launched 26th November 1913. Warspite took part in the Battle of Jutland sustaining 15 hits and was close to foundering. Warspite was present at the battles of Narvik in April 1940, Cape Matapan and in May 1941 the battle of Crete, sustaining damage by a heavy bomb hit. On 16th September during the landings at Salerno, she was hit by a German glider bomb, and was towed to Gibraltar for temporary repairs and fully repaired at Rosyth in March 1944. In June 1944 she was deployed at Normandy with only three functioning main turrets, also taking part in the bombardment of Brest, Le Havre and Walcheren. She was sold for scrap in early 1947, and during the voyage to the breakers she ran aground at Mounts Bay, and was broken up in situ over the following five years.
Displacement: 29,700 Speed: 23.0 knots Compliment: 950 and up to 1,220 in 1918 Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns. Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns in 1917, two 4-inch anti aircraft guns.

Wrecked under tow to breakers 23rd April 1947. broken up in situ over the following five years.

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On this day in naval history....

17 November

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17thNovember1893HMS BeaglePatrolling off Rio de Janeiro
17thNovember1898HMS CuracoaSailed Plymouth for Falmouth
17thNovember1898HMS FormidablePennant Number 67
17thNovember1898HMS FormidableLaunched
17thNovember1917HMS CaradocTook part in the Battle of Dogger Bank
17thNovember1920HMS Emperor of IndiaFlagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Webb
17thNovember1920HMS Emperor of IndiaArrived at The Nore
17thNovember1920HMS Emperor of IndiaCapt. J.C.W. Henley in Command
17thNovember1922HMS CastorArrived Chatham
17thNovember1925HMS EffinghamSailed Colombo
17thNovember1927HMS EnterpriseSailed Henjam
17thNovember1928HMS EnterpriseArrived Aden
17thNovember1933HMS DauntlessArrived Mare Harbour
17thNovember1933HMS DauntlessSailed San Carlos
17thNovember1933HMS LaburnumArrived Gisborne
17thNovember1934HMS EncounterLt. Cdr. J.H. Plumer in Command
17thNovember1934HMS EncounterSailed Portsmouth for Portland
17thNovember1935HMS AchatesArrived Port Said
17thNovember1935HMS DurbanArrived Malta
17thNovember1935HMS BridgewaterSailed Luderitz for Lobito
17thNovember1935HMS HeraldSailed Sarawak River for Singapore
17thNovember1935HMS HastingsArrived Malta
17thNovember1936HMS AmphionArrived Accra
17thNovember1937HMS HostileCommenced refit at Gibraltar
17thNovember1937HMS GalateaSailed Ceuta
17thNovember1937HMS BoadiceaSailed Oran
17thNovember1937HMS BrilliantArrived and Sailed Marseilles
17thNovember1937HMS BulldogSailed Oran
17thNovember1939HMS Ark RoyalOrdered back to Freetown
17thNovember1939HMS LedaSailed Harwich for minelaying in the Thames approaches in operation RG
17thNovember1939HMS AuroraArrived Rosyth
17thNovember1939HMS FuryDetached from Mashoba. Proceeded to Loch Ewe
17thNovember1939HMS FuryCompleted damage repairs on the Clyde
17thNovember1939HMS EskArrived Harwich for minelaying in the Thames approaches in operation RG
17thNovember1939HMS EskSailed Harwich for minelaying in the Thames approaches in operation RG
17thNovember1939HMS DespatchArrived at Callao, Peru
17thNovember1939HMS DiomedeSailed Loch Ewe on Northern Patrol duties
17thNovember1939HMS ArgusArrived Gibraltar
17thNovember1939HMS ArgusArrived Plymouth
17thNovember1939HMS ArgusArrived Gibraltar and left same day
17thNovember1939HMS DunedinSailed Loch Ewe on Northern Patrol duties
17thNovember1939HMS CardiffSailed Loch Ewe after refuelling and repairing damage sustained in heavy weather
17thNovember1939HMS CalypsoArrived Loch Ewe
17thNovember1939HMS CaradocArrived at San Diego, California, for refuelling
17thNovember1939HMS EchoCompleted repairs at Plymouth
17thNovember1939HMS EscapadeJoined Convoy SLF.9
17thNovember1939HMS ExpressSailed Harwich for minelaying in the Thames approaches in operation RG
17thNovember1939HMS ExpressArrived Harwich for minelaying in the Thames approaches in operation RG
17thNovember1939HMS GallantArrived Gibraltar and left same day
17thNovember1939HMS GallantJoined Convoy SLF.9
17thNovember1939HMS GraftonJoined Convoy SLF.9
17thNovember1939HMS GraftonArrived Liverpool with Convoy HX.7
17thNovember1939HMS BitternSailed Southend escorting Convoy FN.38
17thNovember1939HMS EclipseSubmarine hunting in 48.05N, 6.32W
17thNovember1939HMS BrokeSubmarine hunting in 48.05N, 6.32W
17thNovember1939HMS EnchantressArrived Liverpool with Convoy HX.7
17thNovember1939HMS FuriousSustained engine trouble while at sea from Halifax.
17thNovember1939HMS BelfastArrived Rosyth
17thNovember1939HMS EdinburghArrived Rosyth
17thNovember1939HMS GlasgowArrived Rosyth
17thNovember1939HMS AuraniaSailed the Clyde for Northern Patrol duties
17thNovember1942HMS AldenhamArrived as escort for passage to Malta
17thNovember1942HMS BeaufortArrived as escort for passage to Malta
17thNovember1942HMS ExmoorArrived as escort for passage to Malta
17thNovember1942HMS JavelinDetached from MW13 for passage to Malta.Took passage to Alexandria with Fleet destroyers.
17thNovember1942HMS BelvoirArrived as escort for passage to Malta
17thNovember1942HMS CroomeArrived as escort for passage to Malta
17thNovember1942HMS LowestoftLt. Thomas Keppel Edge-Partington, RN Assumed Command
17thNovember1943HMS Loch InshLaid down at Henry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : Whites M.E.
17thNovember1943HMS Carisbrooke CastleCommissioned
17thNovember1943HMS BermudaArrived Seidisfjord, Iceland
17thNovember1945HMS Loch ArkaigCompleted
17thNovember1951HMS BermudaSailed Takoradi
17thNovember1955HMS Loch AlvieSailed Bahrein
17thNovember1955HMS Loch KillisportArrived Salala
17thNovember1964HMS CentaurArrived Singapore
17thNovember1967HMS DanaeArrived Cherbourg
17thNovember1968HMS DanaeArrived Simonstown
17thNovember1979HMS AmbuscadeArrived Tortola
17thNovember2001HMS BlythArrived St. Peter Port, Guernsey
17thNovember2003HMS ArgyllPlymouth Sound
17thNovember2005HMS BlythPortsmouth
17thNovember2006HMS ChathamDevonport
17thNovember2006HMS ChathamPlymouth Sound
17thNovember2008HMS CumberlandArrived Salalah, Oman
17thNovember2008HMS CumberlandSalalah, Oman

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