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HMS Illustrious - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Illustrious

Name : HMS Illustrious
Laid Down : 27th April 1937
Launched : 5th April 1939
Completed : 25th May 1940
Type : Aircraft Carrier
Class : Illustrious
Builder : Vickers Armstrong
Country : UK
Pennants : 87, R2 BPF, R87
Fate : Scrapped 3rd November 1956.

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HMS Illustrious


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HMS Illustrious, c.1940.


HMS Illustrious, Malta, September 1943.


HMS Illustrious, 1944.


HMS Illustrious, 1944.


HMS Illustrious, October 1947.


HMS Illustrious, October 1947.


HMS Illustrious, June 1951.


HMS Illustrious, June 1951.


HMS Illustrious, Portsmouth, June 1951.


HMS Illustrious, October 1954.


HMS Illustirous, October 1954.


The Chapel of HMS Illustrious


HMS Illustrious pictured July 1946


HMS Illustrious.

Timeline Entries :


27th April 1937 - Laid down by Vickers Armstrong.
5th April 1939 - Launched
10th January 1940 - Hit six times by thirty Ju87 and Ju88 bombers of the Luftwaffe's elite X Fliegerkorps
15th September 1940 - Sailed Alexandria
16th September 1940 - Arrived off Crete
10th November 1940 - Sailed Alexandria to cover Convoys to Crete and Malta
10th November 1940 - Headed for a position 170 miles to the SE of Taranto.
19th January 1941 - Slight damage is done in Malta
19th September 1941 - At Norfolk Virginia repairing
4th October 1941 - At Norfolk Navy Yard
23rd March 1942 - Joined military convoy WS17
26th March 1942 - In the Maldives
29th March 1942 - Sailed Maldives
2nd April 1942 - Arrived Maldives
3rd August 1943 - Bermuda
16th April 1944 - Task Force 70
16th April 1944 - Sailed Trincomalee
16th January 1945 - Formed Part of Force 63
11th April 1945 - 30 mile Off Formosa
21st July 1947 - Home Fleet Review on the Clyde
3rd December 1948 - Off West Coast of Africa
15th January 1951 - Temporarily relieved by HMS. Vengeance as a 'Trials and Training Carrier'
13th September 1952 - Commenced "Exercise Mainbrace"
24th September 1952 - Completed "Exercise Mainbrace"
15th June 1953 - Participated in 1953 Coronation Review
1956 - Broken up

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HMS Illustrious and HMS Kenya at Devonport by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Illustrious by Robert Taylor.

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