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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy aircraft carriers of the Eagle Class. Aircraft carrier history of HMS Eagle from its launch 19th March 1946 to its participation in conflicts also notice board for naval enthusiasts & families of ex-crew of the carrier HMS Eagle.

HMS Eagle entered service in October 1951 and was a sister ship to HMS Ark Royal. Her most well known role was in the Suez assisting the Anglo-French ground forces.

Displacement: 43, 340 tons (1957), 54,100 tons (1964).     Draught: 33ft.     Compliment: 2500.     Length: 804 ft.    Beam: 135 ft.     Speed: 32 Knots.     Armament: Sixteen 4.5 inch guns in pairs with 40mm Bofors in various arrangements.     Aircraft: 65.

Eagle was broken up at Cairnryan. I served on Eagle during 1971 - 1972 during her last commission and on retiring from the Royal Navy shortly afterwards moved to Northern Ireland and took employment with the Shipbuilder Harland and Wolff, which was where Eagle was built.  So there was a good deal of interest by myself and my shipyard colleagues when Eagle was finally towed to Cairnryan, on the Scottish shore just upposite Larne.  I well remember seeing Eagle at various stages of her dismantling on occasions when travelling between Larne and Stranraer and Cairnryan and thinking what a sad site it is to see a ship being broken up. (This information supplied by Tony Sheppey)

HMS Eagle, c.1952.

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HMS Eagle, May 1959.

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HMS Eagle, May 1959.

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HMS Eagle, December 1964.

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HMS Eagle, August 1972.

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HMS Eagle, August 1972.

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HMS Eagle, laid up, August 1974.

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HMS Eagle, laid up, August 1974.

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HMS Eagle pictured c. December 1951

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HMS Eagle moving at speed in the Mediterranean (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Eagle see bottom of page).

HMS Eagle anchored at Spithead in March 1952. Parked on the after end of the flight deck are three Firebrand torpedo/strike aircraft of 827 squadron, which were phased out of service that year (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Eagle see bottom of page).

HMS Eagle circa 1951

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HMS Eagle.

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A firebrand is caught by HMS Eagle's barrier

With repairs to the funnel completed, the Eagle sailed for the Mediterranean. She is shown here arriving at Gibraltar on Monday 13th June 1955 (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Eagle see bottom of page).

Commanding Officers as listed by dates appointed (taken from the book HMS Eagle by Neil McHart):
1951 - Captain G Willoughby, RN
1952 - Captain A N C Bingley OBE, RN
1953 - Captain D E Holland-Martin, DSO, DSC, RN
1955 - Captain E D G Lewin, CBE, DSO, DSC, RN
1956 - Captain H C D MacLean, DSC, RN
1957 - Captain M Le Fanu, DSC, RN
1958 - Captain J B Frewen, RN
1963 - Captain L D Empson, RN
1965 - Captain J C Y Roxburgh, DSO, DSC, RN
1967 - Captain J E Pope *
1968 - Captain J D Treacher, RN
1970 - Captain I G W Robertson, DSC, RN

Items marked * contributed by J & S Wilson

 

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PETER LOVETT....  My brother, Peter Lovett served on the Eagle during and after the Suez Crisis. I am trying to contact any old friends of Peter especially Ray and Clem who used to stay with our family at Ostrich Lane in Prestwich, Manchester.Please contact me, I would love to hear from you. dennis@windows153.fsnet.co.uk 

LPM GORDON:   I am trying to trace ex members of 849 squadron A flight serving on HMS eagle 1955 - 1957. please contact Colin Pinkney his son on colin@pinkney0.fsnet.co.uk 

A.C. BLACKLER: I Stood by the eagle when she was being built at Harland and Woolf.   After my electrical training at Chatham, I served on eagle and on the sporting side I played for the navy and eagle. I would love to hear form any Crew members of this commission especially Roy Bater REM, who used to live in Totnes Devon.  contact me at anthonyblackler1@activemail.co.uk 

ALAN ASHWOOD.. I am looking for anyone who may have known my father Alan Ashwood. I think he served aboard HMS Eagle from around 1957. He died 21 years ago and I would like to know more about his life. Contact lindsey.ashwood@carltontv.co.uk 

WILLIAMS (BUNGY).. If anyone was on HMS Eagle between 1957 and 1959 on maintop Div, I would like to hear from you. Email me at lee@lwilles.freeserve.co.uk It would be nice to hear from you.

TOM DRUMMOND. My uncle served on HMS Eagle as a Stoker and I believe was made up to a P.O on 13th/14th February 1953. My uncle Tom (whom I never had the pleasure to meet) met his death when HMS Eagle was alongside in Valetta Malta. There are rumors that my uncle was murdered. I have photographs of a burial at sea where I understand my uncle Tom's uniform was the only item in the Coffin?  If anyone can help me piece together more information of my uncles death I would love to hear from them contact Bob Byrne at vgoodwin@cwctv.net 

Tracing Info on a relative:  I believe my half Brother who I never met served as aircrew aboard HMS eagle during the Suez Crisis. I was told he died in an accident when his aircraft overshot and plunged off the flight deck. His surname was either Hess-Kay or just Kay. If anyone can help with any info  Please contact Ken at ken@boumaform.com 

TONY THOMPSON: served on HMS eagle until 1954 he lived in Leicester,  I am interested in finding shipmates of my fathers If you can help please contact me at lisa.mann1@ntlworld.com 

Looking for  Capt. PAUL H SALLADE and Capt. NOEL J PETE HALES Trying to locate information on two USMC Exchange aircrew from RNAS Yeovilton. who served on Sea venoms aboard HMS Eagle during the Suez Crisis. Looking for anyone who may have known them including times they were on board and what squadron they were assigned to. They are both now deceased.  Please contact Don K Hanna at warbirdleadspad@aol.com