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HMS Ark Royal



Launched : 13th April 1937
HMS Ark Royal built by Cammell Laird, launched 13th April 1937 and completed 16th November 1938. HMS Ark Royal was the first large aircraft carrier designed and laid down as a carrier for the Royal Navy. She served in the Home Fleet and South Atlantic in 1939, then in the Home Fleet and Mediterranean in 1940, and as part of Force H in 1941. On 13th November 1941 she was hit by a single torpedo from the German u-boat U81. The torpedo hit on the starboard side near the starboard boiler room causing a 130ft by 30ft hole. Water poured in causing a 10% list immediately. The flooding spread quickly to the middle of the ship and then to the port boiler room, causing electric power to fail. After 14 hours while in tow to Gibraltar she capsized and sunk the following day.

Displacement 22, 000 tons, Speed 30.75 knots, Compliment 1575. Armament sixteen 4.5 inch AA guns in pairs. forty eight 2 pounder AA guns (in eights) thirty two .5 inch Machine guns. and seventy two aircraft. Dimension 685 (pp) 800 (oa) x 94.75 feet x 27.75 feet (deepload)

Sunk 14th November 1941

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HMS Ark Royal by Brian Wood.


HMS Ark Royal by Brian Wood.

HMS Ark Royal part of Force H along with the Battleship HMS Renown and Cruiser HMS Sheffield departs Gibraltar to take part in the search for the Bismarck in the Atlantic. During the hunt HMS Ark Royal, Swordfish mistakenly attack the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Sheffiled. Fortunately, the torpedoes were not primed properly and crusier recieived no major damage. Spotter planes from HMS Ark Royal eventually found the Bismarck. and a attack commenced, crippling the Bismarcks rudder. The damage sustained lead to the rest of the Royal Navy surface fleet catching up with the Bismarck and sinking her. HMS ark Royal returns to the mediteranean. later on 13 November 1941: While on her return to Gibraltar in company with the HMS Malaya, HMS Argus, and HMS Hermione supported by Seven destroyers, HMSArk Royal is attacked by the U-81 under the command of Kapitanleutnant Guggenberger in the Mediterranean., and at 1541, a torpedo strikes the starboard side and the ship immediately takes a 10 degre.........


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HMS Ark Royal and HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Ark Royal and HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman.

Having played a vital part in the battle for the Mediterranean for over two years, HMS Ark Royal finally succumbed to a U-Boats torpedo in November 1941. She is shown here with a pair of Swordfish Mk1s of 821 Sqn ranged on the deck, passing the cruiser HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar, earlier that same year.


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HMS Ark Royal III by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Ark Royal III by Ivan Berryman.

Legendary during her brief wartime career, Ark Royal heralded a new era in aircraft carrier design, possessing tremendous hull rigidity and a formidable array of defensive armament. Apart from her key role in Force H in the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic, Ark Royal also took part in operations off Norway in company with HMS Glorious. It was one of her Blackburn Skuas that claimed the first aerial victory of WWII against a German aircraft on 26th September 1939 and one of her Fairey Swordfish that crippled the mighty Bismarck, leading to the German capital ship's destruction at the hands of the Royal Navy. On 13th November 1941, Ark Royal was torpedoed by U-81 off Gibraltar, her severe list causing flooding to choke her boilers, bringing her to a standstill. Her crew were taken off and the mighty Ark continued to list until she eventually capsized and sank.


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Three Ark Royals 1938 - 1999 by Neil McCart.


Three Ark Royals 1938 - 1999 by Neil McCart.

This is the first, and only, book to tell the full stories of the last three Ark Royals in detail; the wartime Ark Royal which saw so much action in the first two years of the Second World War; the Ark Royal of the 1950s, 60s and 70s which, during the years of intense antagonism between the superpowers, projected British maritime air power all over the world; and the present Ark Royal which will take the Fleet Air Arm into the 21st century. The in - depth research has allowed the author to cover the careers of all three carriers, through each year of their operational service with the Royal Navy. There are 165 top quality photographs, including 15 in colour, covering their careers, from the launching of the third Ark Royal in 1937, right through to the present Ark Royals final deployment in the last decade of the 20th century.
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Malta Relief by Tim Fisher.


Malta Relief by Tim Fisher.

Hawker Hurricanes of 249 squadron (RAF) departing off HMS Ark Royal in June 1941 as par tof Force H. The Hurricanes were to become part of the Defence of Malta against the onslought and non stop bombing by the Axis Bombers and HMS Ark Royal would be sunk only a few months later when on the 13th November 1941 HMS Ark Royal was hit by a single torpedo from the German U-boat U81. The torpedo hit on the starboard side near the starboard boiler room causing a 130ft by 30ft hole. Water poured in causing a 10% list immediately. The flooding spread quickly to the middle of the ship and then to the port boiler room, eectric power failed, and after 14 hours while in tow to Gibraltar she capsized and sunk the following day.
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Sea Wings by Ivan Berryman.


Sea Wings by Ivan Berryman.

A pair of Fairey Swordfish Mk1s of 812 Sqn peel away above the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Ark Royal, during a pre-war exercise in British waters. L9781 is nearest with L7672 in the background
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Last Man Away by Ivan Berryman.


Last Man Away by Ivan Berryman.

The remarkable Fairey Swordfish served with distinction throughout WWII, despite being nothing short of an anachronism. Its dated appearance belied a solid, workmanlike airframe that provided a stable platform from which to launch torpedoes against enemy shipping, the venerable 'Stringbag' sending a greater tonnage of Axis shipping to the bottom than any other allied aircraft in the Second World War. A Mk.II is shown taking off from HMS Ark Royal early in 1941.


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Flight Against the Bismarck by Philip West.


Flight Against the Bismarck by Philip West.

The Royal Navys week long chase of the formidable German battleship Bismarck culminated in the foul evening weather of 26th May 1941. Despite the deck of HMS Ark Royal pitching through 55 feet, S/Lt John Moffat was one of fifteen Swordfish pilots who took off to attack Bismarck. After 90 minutes of arduous and turbulent flying the Swordfish found their quarry and dived through the intense anti-aircraft fire to drop their torpedoes. One of these hit and jammed Bismarcks rudder and condemned the battleship to sail in slow circles. The Royal Navys own capital ships then closed in and pounded Bismarck into a burning wreck.


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Supreme Courage by Philip West.


Supreme Courage by Philip West.

Skuas flew from HMS Ark Royal through much of the 1940 campaign off Norway, and one is seen getting airborne in typically grey North Sea weather. The Blackburn Skua had many remarkable firsts to its credit; the first all-metal monoplane built for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA); the first dive bomber in British air services; the first enemy aircraft shot down in WW2 fell to a Skua; the first fighter ace in the FAA (Lt. Bill Lucy DSO) flew Skuas and the first warship (Konigsberg) destroyed by dive bombing was sunk by Skuas.


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To Sink the Bismarck by Gerald Coulson.


To Sink the Bismarck by Gerald Coulson.

It is 7.15pm on 25th May 1941. The place, North Atlantic. The mission to find and sink the massive German warship Bismarck. The weather was very bad and worsening noticeably with storm force winds, rain squalls and increasingly heavy seas. With seemingly impossible flying conditions, Ark Royal launched its second strike of the day of fifteen swordfish, four each from 810 and 818 squadrons and seven from 820 squadron. Coming under intense fire the pilots came in very low and close and dropped their torpedo on the target. Eventually the Bismarck's fate was sealed by the guns of the Home Fleet.


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