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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy Illustrious Class aircraft carriers. Aircraft carrier website dedicated to the history of HMS Illustrious, HMS Victorious, HMS Formidable, HMS Indomitable, HMS Implacable and HMS Indefatigable from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of Illustrious class carriers.

HMS Illustrious built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow and launched 5th April 1939. She served in the Mediterranean from 1940-41, then Eastern Fleet 1942-43, Was part of Force H in 1943, moving to the Eastern Fleet in 1944 then Pacific Fleet in 1945. She was finally scrapped at Faslane on 3rd November 1956.

HMS Victorious built by Vickers Armstrong on the Tyne laid down 4th of May 1937 Launched 14 Sept 1939 and completed 15th May 1941 Served in the Home Fleet 1941 - 43  moved to the South Pacific in 1943 and in 1944 to Home and Eastern Fleets and rejoined the Pacific fleet in 1945.  While in the Pacific was twice hit by KAMIKAZES.  Finally scraped in June 1969 at Faslane on the Clyde.

HMS Illustrious 5th April 1939 Broken up 1956.
HMS Victorious 14th September 1939 Broken up 1969.
HMS Formidable 17th August 1939 Broken up 1953.
HMS Indomitable 26th March 1940 Broken up 1955.
Displacement: 23,000 tons/ 23,368 tons (standard); 28,210 tons/28,661 tons (deep load)                    Length: 673ft/205.13m (pp); 743ft 9in.226.69m (oa); 650ft/198.12m (fd)                      Beam: 95ft 9in/29.18m (hull); 80ft/24.38m (fd)                Draight: 24ft/7.32m (mean); 28ft/8.53m (deep load)                     Machinery: Parsons geared turbines; 6 Admiralty 3 drum boilers; 3 shafts                  Speed: 111,000shp; 30.5kts                    Bunkerage: 4,850 tons/4,928 tons                   Range: 11,000nm at 14kts                  Aircraft: 36                        Armament: 16x4.5in; 48x2pdr                Crew: 1,200
HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious, October 1954.

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HMS Illustrious, Portsmouth, June 1951.

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HMS Illustirous, October 1954.

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HMS Illustrious, June 1951.

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HMS Illustrious, June 1951.

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HMS Illustrious, October 1947.

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HMS Illustrious, October 1947.

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HMS Illustrious, 1944.

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HMS Illustrious, 1944.

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HMS Illustrious, c.1940.

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HMS Illustrious, Malta, September 1943.

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The Chapel HMS Illustrious

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HMS Illustrious pictured July 1946

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HMS  ILLUSTRIOUS BEING ATTACKED FROM THE AIR OFF STRAITS PANTELLERIA JAN.10TH 1941 Thanks to Syd Millen

HMS Illustrious.

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HMS  ILLUSTRIOUS BEING BOMBED IN GRAND HARBOUR VALLETTA, JAN  1941 Thanks to Syd Millen

A Crash Landed plane on HMS Illustrious.

A Crash Landing on HMS Illustrious.  February 1946.  This crash killed pilot Lt Hutton, 887 Sqdn.

On HMS Illustrious.

Plane VR941.  1949.  The pilot escaped from this crash on Illustrious.

VR952 of 736 Sqdn on HMS Illustrious

VX651 52 TAG, 12-7-50.   Lt Boweman.

CW129 on Illustrious.

SW808 15-9-50, Lt Davison.  HMS Illustrious.

MB718 Ships Flt,   HMS Illustrious

VX650, 767 Sqdn, Dec 1949, HMS Illustrious

Aircraft landing on Illustrious, 1951

After a crash on Illustrious, 1951.

After a crash on Illustrious, 1951.

A landing on Illustrious, 1951.

HMS Victorious

HMS Victorious in Hong Kong c.1961. 

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HMS Victorious in Hong Kong c 1961.

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HMS Victorious, October 1945.

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HMS Victorious.

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HMS Formidable and HMS Implacable.

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HMS ILLUSTRIOUS

CPO ALFRED (BUCK) ROGERS..  I am the daughter of the late CPO Alfred (Buck) Rogers.  He served on the Vic during 1941 - 1945.  Sadly, he passed away 7 years ago but he did start up a reunion which has been very successful over the last 26 years.  When it first started at Yeovilton Air Station. back in the eighties I remember around 60 old shipmates gathered for what was a very emotional weekend. Over the following years, the numbers increased as more old shipmates were found.  Sadly, this is no longer the case as many have now "crossed the bar".  The last reunion was held in May 2003 (as always in Yeovilton Air Station) but many travelled down last May for the Sunday church service which is held at St Barts (fleet air arm church in the village).  Th association is still running and I have the address of the secretary, Mr Mansell Evan.  Contact Here  

SYDNEY W MILLEN..    Hello! would love to hear from anyone who served on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS 1940 / 1941with 806 sqd. later believe was renumbered to 882 who enjoyed or otherwise our exploits in Malta, Western Desert {Tobruk} etc.Syria, Alexandria, Ceylon, Madagascer and Pedestal convoy aboard HMS INDOMITABLE.don't suppose that there are many of us left by now, but here's hoping, also anyone remembering 842 squadron on HMS FENCER and the Atlantic gales and Russian convoys, have some pretty good photos of some of her antics.  Will be on the lookout   Regards  Sydney .W. Millen ex P.O. Air Fitter   s.millen@tiscali.co.uk 

GLYNDWR HARISON..  Hello my name is Debbie Norwell (nee Harrison) my father Glyndwr Harrison (Taff) served on H.M.S. ILLUSTRIOUS from 1946 he was a P.O Stoker, who lived in Plymouth.  I would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.   thenorwells@ntlworld.com 

RICHARD GRIFFIN.  (Chief Petty Officer).  My Grandfather served on HMS Illustrious during the time she saw heavy action in the med. He was at Taranto and survived the stuka bombings.. I have his memoirs talking about his time serving on her. I am very proud of him.  Chief Petty Officer Richard Griffin, Deceased. He passed away three years ago.   I donít know if there are any crew members out there from this time.    roskva@msn.com

STUART GREAVES (Sub Lt Artificer).. My father, Stuart, served on HMS Illustrious 1941-1946 (possibly longer). He was an engineering officer/artificer in the engine room joining her in Malta after her bombing. Does anyone remember him? He also served on Formidable, Victorious and Forth. Any info contact me at mum@five67.fsnet.co.uk 

INCIDENT AT PORTLAND HARBOUR.. A friend of mine remembers an incident involving a liberty boat from Illustrious and some bad weather. A number of sailors were killed but a friend of his saved a few people and was awarded a medal in recognition of his bravery. He cannot recall this young sailor's name. Can anyone help? Contact me at trev.sharp@ntlworld.com 

JOHN T HILL.. JAMES SELLARS.. I am trying to contact Marine John Hill who served with me on Illustrious in 1942. We served together throughout the war and were discharged at the same time. John Hill was a member of my wedding party in 1946. I have often wondered what became of John and would like to contact him wherever he may be. E-mail me, James Sellars, at gsellars@shaw.ca 

JIMMY PETTIGREW.. My father Jimmy Pettigrew (from Glasgow) was on HMS Illustrious as an Observer/Navigator in Grumman Avengers, 845 Squadron when Illustrious was based at Trincomlee, Ceylon late 1944 -early 1945. I would be grateful to hear from any 845 Squadron members who might remember my father. Contact Peter Pettigrew at p.pettigrew@clear.net.nz 

HMS VICTORIOUS

BILL MADDIN. My brother Bill served on HMS Victorious, (he recently passed away) I would love to find out if there is a HMS Victorious association and to hear from anybody who may have known my brother. Contact Pete Maddin at pj.maddin@ntlworld.com 

DESMOND CAYWOOD.. My uncle Desmond, who passed away recently, sent me many naval photographs of the ships he served on whilst in the RN. He has a few of 13 mess and 12 mess on Victorious. Does anyone remember my uncle? Any information will be gratefully received. Contact me at gunslinger201@aol.com 

HMS INDEFATIGABLE

HMS INDEFATIGABLE.. ROSTER INFORMATION.. I am looking for roster information for HMS Indefatigable. Contact Bart at bjsch@nwol.net

Does anyone have information on HMS Indefatigable during WWII. My granddad served on this carrier, he died before I was born but I would love to get information and maybe a picture. Thank you. Contact P.Mccaffrey14@btopenworld.com 

 Graham Lomas .  My father  served on HMS Indefatigable around 1948 to 1952. I would love to hear from anyone who may have photos of the ship or may have known my father.  Contact SUZANNA PRICE  at jobron@hotmail.com