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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy aircraft carriers of the Courageous Class. Aircraft carrier history of HMS Eagle from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of the carrier HMS Eagle.

HMS Eagle was built at Clydebank, and was launched on the 8th of June 1918, a former Battleship construction suspended in 1914. during world war two HMS Eagle served off China in 1939, East Indies 1939 - 1940, Mediterranean in 1940 - 1941. and in the South Atlantic 1941 - 1942 and Force H in 1942, she was sunk by U-73, North of Algiers on the 11th August 1942.

Capable of carrying 40 planes she was originally destined to be a battleship for Chile but was bought back and altered. The crane which can be seen was used to hoist aircraft from the hangars onto the flight deck.

Displacement: 22,600 tons.    Speed: 23 knots.    Armament: twelve 6 ins guns, four 4 ins AA guns, four 3 pdr guns and six 21in torpedo tubes.   Complement: 950.

HMS Eagle.

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HMS Eagle 1925, Mediterranean.

Blackburn R1 '26' landing.

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HMS Eagle, 1919.

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HMS Eagle, 1920.

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HMS Eagle, in floating dock, October 1934.

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HMS Eagle, 1939.

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HMS Eagle pictured c.1930

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HMS Eagle c.1920

HMS Eagle

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HMS Eagle

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EDWARD BERTIE SMITH..   Father served on the eagle operation pedestal sunk after straits Gibraltar he was stationed in the boiler room he is still living and remembers someone called gale.. Contact Here

MALCOLM MILLS..  Trying to locate any information regarding Malcolm Mills and if he served on the Eagle - Believed to have been shot while in Malta. Contact Here 

WILLIAM ALBERT CHIVERS DEMELLWEEK..  I am searching for information on my grandfather, William Albert Chivers Demellweek, a Petty Officer on HMS Eagle, killed June 1938 and buried at Aden.  Contact here 

PERCY (PETE OR GOGGY) WOOD...  My Dad was on the Eagle when it sank in 1942.  He was an able seaman/stoker? He unfortunately passed away in 1984 aged 59, he would have been 17 or 18 at the time of the Eagle's sinking.  Does anyone remember him. From his daughter Patricia .  contact here 

BERNARD HANCOCK...  My late Father was a TAG with 824 Squadron (HMS EAGLE) from 1938-1940. Colleagues were N/A Baldwin, L/A Barrick and PO Wilks. I'd like to learn more about these days especially of his Pilots,  Touchbourne ( I believe a Canadian) Herriot-Hill, and Maund (Killed 1943). I can be contacted on   nhancock@ozemail.com.au

ALBERT ADEY..  Son of Albert Adey survivor of Eagle 1942 Opperation Pedistal. Please write. Thanks  Don Adey   donadey@hotmail.com

DAVID SCOTT WATT..  David Scott Watt. Survived the sinking of HMS Eagle in 1942 , served as a pilot with the Fleet Air Arm . Would love to hear from anyone who served with him and remembers him.He was my father . He hardly ever spoke of his wartime experiences and it's a part of his life I know very little about. Please contact  Conny Jewitt at jnufc@aol.com .Thank you.

FRED NICHOLLS... Do you know where/how I may view the crew names of the Eagle which was sunk in WW II ?  My uncle, Fred Nicholls dived off it.   james.nicholls9@btopenworld.com

ALLEN MARSH.. My father, Allan Frederick Charles Marsh, served on the Eagle approximately 1941-1942 and family members believe he was on the Eagle when she sunk in 42. He survived but we are trying to trace his RAF career.  Anyone with info greatly appreciated. contact me at rcbertoia@telus.net

PERCY (PERCIVAL) SHEEN... I am trying to find information on my uncle Percy who was a Royal Marine on HMS Ark Royal and HMS Eagle. I understand he was buried in Malta c.1930-35. Contact me at r.jones@scarrott.com 

HARRY REIMER.. My grandfather Harry served as a gunner on HMS Eagle. Does anyone have any memories of him on the ship? I believe he was on the ship when it sank. Contact me at j.addison1@ntlworld.com 

     REPLY TO 'HARRY REIMER' MESSAGE..  Would the j.addison1@ntlworld.com who has left the previous message, please contact This Address - Click to email 

RICHARD ARCHER.. My granddad served on the Eagle when she was sunk in 1942 in the Med. He died 4 years ago and I would like to know more about his life on HMS Eagle. He came from Glasgow and if anyone knew him please contact me at kungfudare2k1@yahoo.co.uk 

KEITH (NOBBY) CLARKE: I regret to inform you of the death of Keith George Clark on Sunday 3rd November 2002. He was a CPO onboard HMS Eagle when it went down on the 11th August 1942. He was rescued by the lookout and survived. Keith died recently and was cremated on Monday 11th November. Any stories or pictures  of the crew which may also show Keith or information on the sinking of the eagle gratefully accepted. mail to Terryb692@aol.com 

ALFRED HENRY STRANGE: My father was a survivor of HMS Eagle, A leading hand in the Fleet Air Arm, he is 83 and still alive. Contact Afred at Glen.strange@btopenworld.com 

LEO JAMES NOLAN.. I am trying to trace my granddad's naval history, he was on HMS Nelson as a crew member, he then joined the royal marines and was transported on HMS Nelson. He also was on board HMS Eagle which was torpedoed in the Mediterranean, he also was n a colony class cruiser HMS Mauritius. Unfortunately I don not have his rank or number. I do have his medals from his service in World War 2:- The Atlantic Star, Malta Star, Burma Star, Africa Star and Italian Star. I would appreciate any information contact me at MchlMcsr@aol.com 

SAM JOHN (JACK) DENNIS.. Petty Officer (Stoker) Sam Dennis served on HMS Eagle from 1939. Does anyone have a crew list for the period 1939-42? We would like to know when he transferred to his next ship. Contact Dick Dennis at dideinsua@access-4-free.com 

THOMAS CRAWT.  Served on HMS Eagle and survived the Operation Pedestal Sinking of HMS Eagle. he died this week and I would like to contact any of his shipmates.  (notice placed 30th September 2001)  Please contact Alan Collins  at  AVACOLLINS@aol.com 

CYRIL WILLIAMS. My Uncle survived the sinking of HMS Eagle, he is now 80 years old and I wondered how many survivors are still living and how I could contact them. I would love to hear from any old shipmates of my uncle. Contact T Williams at codarnz@t-online.de 

DONALD F SABIN. I am searching for any crew of HMS eagle from the period 4th August 1939 to 31st October 1941. who remembers Donald F Sabin. he died in Gibraltar in February 1944. I would love to hear from anyone who from the eagle who kept in touch with him after he left the ship. contact Angela Tyler at Russelldob@aol.com 

WILLIAM ORDISH SPENDLOVE  My deceased father-in-law was William Ordish Spendlove who served on HMS Eagle. Does anyone have a crew list from World War II. Contact me at david@dasu.demon.co.uk 

 

HMS Eagle was built at Clydebank, and was launched on the 8th of June 1918, a former Battleship construction suspended in 1914. during world war two HMS Eagle served off China in 1939, East Indies 1939 - 1940, Mediterranean in 1940 - 1941. and in the South Atlantic 1941 - 1942 and Force H in 1942, she was sunk by U-73, North of Algiers on the 11th August 1942.

Capable of carrying 40 planes she was originally destined to be a battleship for Chile but was bought back and altered. The crane which can be seen was used to hoist aircraft from the hangars onto the flight deck.

Displacement: 22,600 tons.    Speed: 23 knots.    Armament: twelve 6 ins guns, four 4 ins AA guns, four 3 pdr guns and six 21in torpedo tubes.   Complement: 950.