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Old 26-02-2008, 16:23
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Default HMS Formidable: Carrier 1939-1953

Searching for information re my Grandfather Chief Petty Officer William Roland Foreman, known as Bill. He was the physical training instructor on HMS Formidable during WW2 but I don't have specific dates.

Would love to hear from anyone who knew him.
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Old 26-02-2008, 19:22
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Welcome to the forum. I hope you find some information.
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Old 27-02-2008, 14:14
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Welcome to the forum, Sal. In the meantime I enclose an imposing picture of the old girl taken in I think 1944.
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Old 26-11-2008, 17:17
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Default HMS Formidable 1939-1953

I was only 19 years when I sailed on HMS Formidable from H & W in 1939. I was shipwright in the petty officers mess. I climbed the funnel to put the aerial on it. I was on the first watch when it left H & W and it tested out the anchers for the first time. I was one of the shipwright's that mended the whole after the bomb hit it. Is there anyone that knows me? or was on the ship between 1939 and 1945.
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Old 26-11-2008, 17:55
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Welcome to the forum Logan, I hope you find someone from the past!
In the meantime we look forward to reading of your experiences and please share any photographs with us, that you may have in your possession.

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Old 29-10-2009, 12:37
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Sal - I can't help you but I wonder if you cna help me. Does your grandfather have any pics of the Formid and her aircraft? I am researching a project and can not find what I need.

Chris
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Old 29-10-2009, 12:45
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Default HMS Formidable (WW 2) - aircraft pics

Hi all - I am researching aircraft codes during 1945 and so far have not found what I am looking for in the readily available material.

I am appealing to any pilots or crew members (or their families) that may have photos of the the Formidable during her Pacific campaign. Only pics showing her aircraft are being sought.

Thanks for your assistance.

Chris
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Old 29-10-2009, 13:05
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you might try the IWM archive as a first pot of call, then the fleet airarm museum at Yeovil.
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Old 29-10-2009, 16:40
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Tim - I have put in a request with the IWM. I don't how much it will help as I have searched their site extensivley and can find few if any pics of aircraft from the time period in question.

The FAAM has currently suspended research functions due to a lack of resources and high demand. The site notes that at some unspecified future date, research access will be restored.

Chris
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Old 29-10-2009, 17:02
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I am sure that I must have some pictures of Aircraft on Formidable somewhere. I will have a good root and see what I can find for you.

in the meantime...
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Old 29-10-2009, 18:20
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Ah, aircraft- my area of expertise
When you say aircraft codes are you after the squadron codes/aircraft letter or the individual serial number?
There are other channels that can be tried. I'll pull a list of the squadrons embarked at the time. Squadron codes will be easy from there, but serials will be difficult.

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Old 29-10-2009, 18:45
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Hey Terry - that looks like a fair old launch off the Formidable, hope they remembered to draw the boards and lower the hockey stick before they launched.

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Old 29-10-2009, 19:12
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OK, it was easier than i thought, i've never tried FAA aircraft and didn't realise how useful David Wraggs Fleet Air Arm Handbook 1939-1945 actually is!
In '45 Formidable had 2 Carrier Air Group aboard, consisting of the following:
1841 sqn- Corsairs- coded 111/X - 128/X
1842 sqn- Corsairs- coded 129/X - 146/X
848 sqn- Avengers- coded 4A+ i.e. they ran 4A, 4B, 4C and so on.

Does this help Chris? or is there more you need?
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Old 08-04-2010, 13:16
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Hi Logan.
I served on Formid on her last commission, 43/45 Tirpitz and Pacific. Ex RM.
Hope you are keeping well.
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Old 08-04-2010, 18:26
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Hi Chris,
I have a few photographs of our aircraft flying off Formidable during the Tirpitz
raids and in the Pacific where we were hit by two kamikazes.
I am a new boy to this site. How do you send pics?
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Old 10-04-2010, 14:55
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Ok Harold, Here goes

Make sure that your pictures are saved in a easy place to get to.

Below the last message there is a button "Post Reply". Click on it.

As you know, a new window comes up. In the Text box type what you want to say.

Above the text box, next to the smiley face there is a paper clip. Click on it.

A new window will pop up. Each one of the lines will have "Browse" next to it.

Click on the first "Browse". Go to where you saved the picture. When you have found it click it once. The file title should appear in the "File Name" at the bottom. Click "open". The window will disappear and the file name should be in the first line. Continue on the next line and keep adding your pictures.

When you have finished selecting the pictures click "Upload". The time that it takes depends on how many pictures you have selected..

When the file names disappear from the lines, they have been uploaded.

Click "Close this window" (top right hand side) and you are left with the original "Text window"

At the bottom of this window click on "Submit reply" and after a short while your post will appear as the last post with the pictures in the "Attachments" section.

It seems a lot but I am sure that it will become second nature to you.
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Old 25-04-2010, 14:29
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Herewith Photographs taken aboard Formidable during Goodwood Ops.
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Barracudas of 826 & 828 Sqn's nearing Tirpitz
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Corsair Taking Off
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Deck Park Aft. Corsairs in foreground Barracudas in background
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This Barracuda was named "Metoric Dustbin"
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Old 25-04-2010, 15:14
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Thanks for taking the time to show us these pictures Harold.

Greatly appreciated.
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Old 25-04-2010, 19:55
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Lovely set of photographs Harold, thanks for sharing them with us.

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Old 28-10-2010, 19:07
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Photo of Formidable with a deck load of Barracudas (I think).

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Old 28-10-2010, 19:47
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The aircraft on deck in the photo on post#20 look like Seafires. FORMIDABLE didn't embark Barracudas until after her 1943/44 refit; the camouflage scheme shown in the photo is the one applied during/after her US repairs/refit, and had changed completely by the time she came out of that refit.
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Old 29-10-2010, 17:03
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The aircraft on deck in the photo on post#20 look like Seafires. FORMIDABLE didn't embark Barracudas until after her 1943/44 refit; the camouflage scheme shown in the photo is the one applied during/after her US repairs/refit, and had changed completely by the time she came out of that refit.
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You're right Tim. I was fooled by the optical illusion of the aircraft to the right of the island having a blunt nose, and the far left one having a high tailplane, and the middle ones having a back more humped than a Seafire. I'll put me specs on next time, and try not not be so clever. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 08-10-2011, 15:13
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I am a new member of the forum and am researching my uncle's service with the Fleet Air Arm, I have this photo of him (sitting on the wheel), his name was Len Thatcher and was a CPO on Formidable during WW2 as far as I know.

Its probably too late but thought the photo might of some interest.

I see one of the earlier posts had a photo of a Barracuda that was nicknamed the Meteoric Dustbin, looks like the same plane to me in this photo

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Old 08-10-2011, 15:47
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Hello Paul and welcome to the WNSForum and you are looking to research your uncle's service with the FAA.Do you have his service record or gain access to it
-this would greatly facilitate the research.
Your photograph is excellent and certainly is not too late.

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Old 08-10-2011, 16:26
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I am afraid I don't have access to his service record, that would depend on getting the agreement of his daughter (my cousin) which I doubt I will be able to get but will keep trying.
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