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

Displacement: 19,100 tons/19,406 tons (standard); 22,400 tons/22,758 tons (deep load)           Length: 735ft/224.03m (pp); 786ft 3in/239.65m (oa); 228ft/69.49 (fd)             Draught: 21ft 6in/6.55m (mean); 25ft/7.62m (deep load)                 Machinery: Brown-Curtis geared turbines; 18 Yarrow small-tube boilers; 4 shafts                     Speed: 90,000shp; 31.5kts                     Bunkerage: 3,400 tons/ 3,454 tons                Range: 6,000nm at 20kts                 Aircraft: 8                 Armament: 1x18in; 11x5.5in; 4x3in; 4x3pdr                 Crew: 880
In 1917 The Battle cruiser HMS Furious was fully re constructed as an aircraft carrier. with further re construction between June 1922 and 31st August 1925 at Devonport Dockyard. At this stage there was no island  until a small one was constructed in a refit in 1939.  In 1939 HMS Furious was completely re armed with twelve 4 inch 45 calibre QF guns in twin mountings. and three 8 barreled pompoms  with a fourth added in April 1941. and before the end of world war two a further fifteen 20mm Oerlikons were added. she survived the war with no major damage serving in the home fleet 1939 to 1944 and the reserve 1944-45  but her condition deteriorated near the end of the war  and by September 1944 she was taken out of service. and finally Scrapped in December 1946 at Inverkeithing  for earlier details see HMS Furious battle cruiser.

HMS Furious was re commissioned after her re building as a carrier in 15th march 1918 she led the Tondern raid in July 1918, sending her seven Sopwith Camels to bomb the Zeppelin sheds with a pair of 50-lb bombs each. in this attack they destroyed to Zeppelins. for the rest of the end of the war HMS Furious was used  in a experimental

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HMS Furious, 1918.

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HMS Furious, 1918.

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HMS Furious, c.1920.

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HMS Furious, May 1935.

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HMS Furious, May 1935.

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HMS Furious, July 1935.

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HMS Furious, May 1948.

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BILL SIMPSON... Message from Jim Warrillow. From HMS Furious 1941.  Trying to get in touch with Bill Simpson from the same ship.  Remember me?  We got married on the same day!.  Please get in touch or if anyone knows anything about him these days please contact me!.  Contact Here 

CYRIL BENJAMIN MALLETT..  My father Cyril Benjamin Mallett served on the HMS Furious, he was Chief Stoker and I would be very interested to hear from anyone who may have known him.  Unfortunately my father died 24 years ago, but we are interested in tracing his past history.  Contact Here 

ALBERT GIBSON.. My late father Albert Gibson was on HMS Furious during WW2.  Any information about his time in the Royal Navy would be very much appreciated.  I am going to Malta soon for a holiday and would like to know where HMS Furious docked while taking part in the convoys.  Contact here 

IVOR WILTON...  My late father, Ivor Wilton served on HMS Furious as a gunner during the war.  Does anyone remember him?  He would probably be remembered as Jan or Janner Wilton because he came from Penzance in Cornwall.  contact pejai@belliver56.fsnet.co.uk 

LESLIE "JIM" HULL..  Did anyone know Leslie "Jim" Hull who i think was a Chief Petty Officer, and worked on the aircraft? Mum and I would greatly appreciate any messages from those who knew him, as our knowledge of his wartime experiences are very limited. He served during WW2.  Please email me at tomconstant@hotmail.com 

WILLIAM HENRY EVANS..  My late father served on HMS Furious from 10 Oct 1926 to 25 April 1928.  Would anyone know where the ship went during that period?  Roger Evans    contact here 

FRED YEO..  Fred was on Furious between 1939 and 1945 and talks about those times a great deal. I am hoping that someone out there will remember him. On a trip to Malta we visited the museum in Valetta where we found some photos of Furious. He is 83 but still has a good memory. Contact us at cp0@entweb.net 

DOUGLAS MATTHEWS: My father was a Royal Marine and served on HMS Furious from 1939 - 1943 He was on the Atlantic,  Russian and Malta convoys, Norwegian Fjords and in Philadelphia for the refit.  If anyone  knew him or may have photos of Marines and crew I would love to hear form them., contact Highlites@lineone.net 

ALLEN ANKER.. My grandfather was an observed on an aircraft and was part of the RNAS serving on HMS Furious. Are there any crew lists available that could verify this information? Contact me at smcne@rogers.com 

THOMAS WILLIAM CARTER.. My Dad was a crew member on HMS Furious from December 1940 to Autumn 1943. His name was Thomas William Carter, Service No. DKX108108, Stoker First Class. He left HMS Furious and joined HMS Illustrious from Autumn 1943 to Summer 1945. It is with regret that I inform anyone who knew my Dad that he passed away on Friday December 13 at home, aged 81. He was a life member of the Royal Naval Association and a member of the RBL Stourport branch. The photo on the right was taken of my Dad at the November 2002 Remembrance Service in Stourport on Severn.

DONALD HODGES.. My late father Donald, served on Furious from 1940/1-1944/45. He was a CPO in the Stores. He was with Furious on her trip to Philadelphia fro re-fit. He said this was due to propeller damage sustained during a 'visit' to a Norwegian fjord. He also went to West and North Africa and the Mediterranean as well as North Atlantic trips. I have a document of his naval memories which includes his time on Adventure (1936-1940) as well as his time on Furious. I would be glad to share this and would like other information about the time he was aboard Furious. Contact Neil at jill-n-neil@sheriff26.fsnet.co.uk 

PILOT OFFICER WAINWRIGHT: Seeking anyone who served on HMS Furious in November 1939, or their relatives, who has info on 151 Squadron. On November 27th Wainwright and 16 of his colleagues took off from HMS Furious bound for Takoradi, unfortunately he ended up in the sea. He survived only to be killed defending Tobruk some two months later. I would be grateful if anyone remembers 151 squadron being on the ship if you can help please contact me Grant Cornwell at GPCORNWELL@aol.com 

Dr CONOR O'MALLEY.. During WW1 my grandfather, Dr Conor O'Malley, joined HMS Furious and served as a ships surgeon. He joined in January 1918. Is there a crew list for 1918-1919? Contact me at h17@bigfoot.com 

MICHAEL FRANCIS EDWARDS (BUNGY)... My late grandfather served on HMS Furious for the duration of World War II. His brother-in-law (my great uncle) went down with HMS Glorious. I think it is awful that the name Furious has been removed from the fleet but I still have a brass teapot stand, made by my granddad, with the ship's badge on it. I would love to know if anyone remembers him. contact me at hazelch@blueyonder.co.uk 

WILLIAM VIDLER.. My late grandfather (who died 5 years ago) served on HMS Furious during WW1. He also used to serve on airships at sea and once lobbed a shell/grenade at a submarine without success. I don't know if the airship and Furious were related. If anyone has a crew list of that time or photographs I would love to hear from them. Contact Michael at mvidler@netvigator.com 

ARTHUR WALKER...I served on HMS Furious from January 1940 - June 1943. I would love to see any photos of the ship and crew at this time and hear from any old shipmates. Contact powerfulpierrot@aol.com 

WILLIAM BILLY BURKE.. My cousin was a Royal Marine on board HMS Furious during WW2. He was on board when the ship spent most of a year in refit in Philadelphia naval shipyard. We never heard from him again. I wonder if anybody remembers him. If you can help me find out any information on Billy I would be grateful. Contact Albert Burke at BigAl104@aol.com 

BRIAN HENDY  Can anyone tell me the ports the Furious visited during August 1933 and August 1935. Please contact me at bhendy@btinternet.com 

MR VALENTINE BURN....My father Valentine Burn (Val) now in his mid 80's served on the Furious from 1941 until 1944/5. As far as I remember he joined the ship in Greenock and with 4 or 5 other marines saw the war through until 1944. He is a bit vague at times about his wartime experiences but remembers when they were in Belfast on the ship and there was a major air raid. He and a friend were ashore staying at the friends house but spent most of the night rescuing people arriving back at the ship. In the early hours saw a parachute mine attached to the bow line and were promptly put on a charge because of  the state of their uniforms. Mt father has suffered two strokes which makes things a little difficult, but is keen to contact others who served on the Furious.  Please email me on gburn@cableinet.co.uk 

WILL HARDING.. I served on HMS Furious from 1941-1943. I was a member of the engineering department and was with the ship during refit at Philadelphia. During this time I was a member of the HMS Furious Harmonica Band. We entered a DR1Q Candy Talent Competition on American Radio and won first place. We were also guests of RCA recording works in New Jersey on their 50th Anniversary and also guested at Airport Circle Night Club, New Jersey. I am now 80 and live in South Wales and would like to contact any other member of the band. Contact my son Ray Harding at ray-harding@lineone.net 

JOHN WATTON. My Late father in law died on the 23rd December 2001 at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. He served aboard HMS Furious from June 1941 until December 1944 as a Stoker 1 in the D B Party. He was not a professional sailor but none the less was extremely proud of his ship and his service in her.  Notice supplied by Dave Davies at david.davies@ellesmereport-neston.gov.uk  

JOE COTTON: (STOKER) My father served on HMS Furious during WW2. he died 12 years ago but I would love to hear from anyone who may have known him. Contact Audrey Cotton at Keefe12@blueyonder.co.uk 

HMS FURIOUS GLADIATOR AIRCRAFT.. As part of a group of aviation enthusiast I went to Norway to retrieve a Gloster Gladiator MKII wreck from a mountain in Northern Norway. It is one from a flight which was launched from HMS Furious on the 21st May 1940. We are looking for photo's showing Gladiators in their colour scheme at that time. Is there any crew aboard Furious which can remember or have photo's, in particular for Gladiator N5697, or P/O WP Richards. If you can help please contact Chris Hunt at  webmaster@jetagemuseum.org 

CHARLES DENNIS ALLEN.... My father served on HMS Furious 19th June 1943 to 8th December 1944.  Looking for info on crew and if by chance anyone remembers him he was a stoker.  Contact David Allen, dallen@bodycote.co.uk