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History of the old Acheron Class Destroyers of the Royal Navy
HMS Goshawk 18th October 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Hind 28th July 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Hornet 20th December 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Hydra 19th February 1912 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Defender 30th August 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Druid 4th December 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Sandfly 26th July 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Converted to minelayer in 1917 and served with 20th Flotilla. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Jackal 9th September 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in September 1920.
HMS Tigress 20th December 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Lapwing 29th July 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in October 1921.
HMS Lizard 10th October 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Phoenix 9th October 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Torpedoed and sunk on 14th May 1918.
HMS Ferret 12th April1 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Converted to minelayer in 1917 and served with 20th Flotilla. Sold for breaking in May 1921.
HMS Forester 1st June 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in November 1921.
HMS Archer 21st October 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921. She was one of two Yarrow Specials. 
HMS Attack 12th December 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Mined and sunk on 30th December 1917. She was one of two Yarrow Specials. 
HMS Acheron 26th July 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921. She was one of two Thornycroft Specials. 
HMS Ariel 26th September 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Converted to minelayer in 1917 and served with 20th Flotilla. She rammed and sunk U12 near Aberdeen on 10th March 1915 along with HMS Attack and HMS Acheron. Mined and sunk on 2nd August 1918.  She was one of two Thornycroft Specials.
HMS Badger 11th July 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Rammed a German U-boat off the Dutch Coast damaging her her bows. Sold for breaking in May 1921. She was one of two Parsons Specials. 
HMS Beaver 6th October 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921. She was one of two Parsons Specials. 
HMS Firedrake 9th April 1912 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in October 1921. She was one of three Yarrow Friedrake Specials. 
HMS Lurcher 1st June 1912 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in June 1922. She was one of three Yarrow Friedrake Specials. 
HMS Oak 5th September 1912 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Sold for breaking in May 1921. She was one of three Yarrow Friedrake Specials. 
Australian type Acheron Class
HMS Parramatta 9th February 1910 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Broken up in 1929.
HMS Warrego 4th April 1911 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Hulked in 1929 and sunk on 22nd July 1931.
HMS Yarra 8th April 1910 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Broken up in 1929.
HMS Huon (ex Derwent) 19th December 1914 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Used for target practice and sunk on 9th April 1930.
HMS Swan 11th December 1915 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Broken up in 1929.
HMS Torrens 28th August 1915 Part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916. Transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. Used for target practice and sunk on 24th November 1930.
HMS Goshawk

HMS Goshawk.

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HMS Goshawk, October 1920.

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HMS Badger

HMS Badger which rammed a German submarine off the Dutch Coast with Commander Charles Fremantle shown

HMS Badger.  Photo published 1915.

HMS Badger.

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HMS Hornet

HMS Hornet.  Sent in by Allan Lloyd

HMS Hornet.

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HMS Hydra 

HMS Hydra c.1912.

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HMS Hydra, 1915.

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HMS Defender

HMS Defender, laid up, 1920.

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HMS Druid

HMS Druid.

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HMS Sandfly

HMS Sandfly, laid up, 1920.

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HMS Jackal

HMS Jackal.

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HMS Tigress

HMS Tigress.

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HMS Tigress.  Sent in by Terence Malone

HMS Tigress.

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HMS Lizard

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HMS Phoenix

HMS Phoenix, 1916.

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HMS Phoenix.

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HMS Forester

HMS Forester.

HMS Acheron

HMS Acheron.

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HMS Ariel

HMS Ariel.

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HMS Oak

HMS Oak

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HMS Oak, with HMS Inflexible, 1918.

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 Aircraft number 2247, flown by Lt McElroy, attacks the Yokosuka Yard near Tokyo. He was one of the 18 B25 Mitchell bombers which took part in the famous retaliatory raid on Japan.

Doolittle Raider, Tokyo, April 18th 1942 by David Pentland.
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 79 Sqn Hurricane of F/Lt Owen Tracey trying to get airborne again amid explosions from the attacking German Dorniers on 15th August 1940.

Tribute to F/Lt Owen Tracey by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 A pair of Focke Wulf 190A4s of 9./JG2 Richthofen based at Vannes, France during February 1943. The nearest aircraft is that of Staffelkapitan Siegfried Schnell. The badge on the nose is the rooster emblem of III./JG2 and the decoration on Schnells rudder shows 70 of his eventual total of 93 kills.

Looking for Business by Ivan Berryman.
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 As the Libyan people's uprising against Colonel Gadaffi's regime intensified at the end of February 2011, many British nationals found themselves isolated in the sprawling desert, many of them oil workers in some of the country's most remote areas.  As Libya deteriorated into rebellion, British Special Forces were dispatched to pluck the stranded workers from the desert and fly them to the safety of Malta.  Here, an RAF Lockheed C130 Hercules climbs away from a successful pickup on a remote airstrip.  In total, two operations involving five Hercules aircraft rescued over 300 British nationals and other foreign workers.

Libyan Rescue by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Erich Lowenhardt was already the holder of the Knights Cross 1st and 2nd Class for acts of bravery even before becoming a pilot. After serving as an observer for a year, he was eventually posted to Jasta 10 in 1917 where he immediately began to score victories, sending down balloons and enemy aircraft at a fearsome rate. He was appointed Commander of Jasta 10 one week before his 21st birthday, making him one the youngest pilots to rise to such a rank in the German Army Air Service. He continued to increase his score steadily throughout 1917 and 1918, but was involved in a mid-air collision with a Jasta 11 aircraft on 10th August. Lowenhardt elected to abandon his aircraft, but his parachute failed to deploy and the young ace fell to his death. He flew a number of aircraft, but this yellow-fuselaged Fokker D.VII was his most distinctive and is believed to be the aircraft in which he was killed. His final victory total was 54.

Oberleutnant Erich Lowenhardt by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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 Gazelle of Army Air Corps 661 Squadron on a reconnaissance mission for British 7th Armoured Division during Operation Desert Storm.

Desert Gazelle by David Pentland. (Y)
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 From the day they began their aerial campaign against Nazi Germany to the cessation of hostilities in 1945, the USAAF bomber crews plied their hazardous trade in broad daylight. This tactic may have enabled better sighting of targets, and possibly less danger of mid-air collisions, but the grievous penalty of flying daylight missions over enemy territory was the ever presence of enemy fighters. Though heavily armed, the heavy bombers of the American Eighth Air Force were no match against the fast, highly manoeuvrable Me109s, Fw190s and, late in the war, Me 262 jet fighters which the Luftwaffe sent up to intercept them. Without fighter escort they were sitting ducks, and inevitably paid a heavy price. Among others, one fighter group earned particular respect, gratitude, and praise from bomber crews for their escort tactics. The 356th FG stuck rigidly to the principle of tight bomber escort duty, their presence in tight formation with the bombers often being sufficient to deter enemy attack. Repeatedly passing up the opportunity to increase individual scores, the leadership determined it more important to bring the bombers home than claim another enemy fighter victory. As the air war progressed this philosophy brought about an unbreakable bond between heavy bomber crews and escort fighter pilots, and among those held in the highest esteem were the pilots of the 356th. Top scoring ace Donald J Strait, flying his P-51 D Mustang Jersey Jerk, together with pilots of the 356th Fighter Group, are seen in action against Luftwaffe Fw 190s while escorting B-17 bombers returning from a raid on German installations during the late winter of 1944. One minute all is orderly as the mighty bombers thunder their way homeward, the next minute enemy fighters are upon them and all hell breaks loose. <br><br><b>Published 2003.<br><br>Signed by three of the top pilots from the 356th Fighter group.</b>

Ace of Diamonds by Nicolas Trudgian (Y)
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 With the morning sun glinting on their fuselages, P-51 Mustangs of the 78th Fighter Group cross the Dutch coastline far below, as they head back towards their base at Duxford, England at the end of a long sweep east of the Rhine crossing, Spring 1945.  The final months of the war in Europe lie ahead, and for the P-51 pilots victory is within sight.  Finally, after years of toil, the sky was theirs.

Opening Sky by Robert Taylor.
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Two F14 Tomcats of VF-1 pass in close formation over the stern of the veteran USS Ranger (CV-61)

USS Ranger by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 The heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire is brought up to sink the blazing wreck of the Bismarck with torpedoes at around 10:30 hours on the morning of May 27th 1941.  The once proud German ship had been ruthlessly pounded into a twisted and burning wreck by the British battleships Rodney and King George V.  HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Maori combed the area of the sinking for survivors, between them picking up a total of 110 out of an original complement of 2,300.

HMS Dorsetshire (The End of the Bismarck) by Ivan Berryman.
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 The view across Battleship Row, viewed from above Ford Island as the USS Nevada gallantly makes her break for the open sea, coming under heavy attack from Japanese A6M2s from the carrier Hiryu. The Nevada was eventually too badly damaged to continue and was beached to avoid blocking the harbour entrance. In the immediate foreground, the lightly damaged USS Tennessee is trapped inboard of USS West Virginia which has sunk at her moorings, leaking burning oil and hampering the daring operations to pluck trapped crew members from her decks, while just visible to the right is the stern of the USS Maryland and the capsized Oklahoma.
Attack on Pearl Harbor by Ivan Berryman
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 Late October 1942 in the waters east of Guadalcanal, the Battle of Santa Cruz saw the sinking of the US carrier Hornet, in what proved to be the last major carrier battle of the South Pacific theatre.

USS Hornet, Eye of the Storm by Anthony Saunders
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 Blackbeard the Terrible, otherwise known as Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond. Circa 1718.

Damnation Seize My Soul by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 17th February 1943, U-201 with U-69 were ordered to intercept the westbound convoy ONS165. With fuel low U-201 was eventually forced to surface following a depth charge attack and rammed by the Destroyer HMS Fame.

U-201 Deadly Chase by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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 Completed in 1916, the Resolution was one of the finest capital ships in the Royal Navy, serving in many theatres with her sister ships, Royal Sovereign, Royal Oak, Ramillies and Revenge, she is shown here in 1936.

HMS Resolution by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Having played a vital part in the battle for the Mediterranean for over two years, HMS Ark Royal finally succumbed to a U-Boats torpedo in November 1941. She is shown here with a pair of Swordfish Mk1s of 821 Sqn ranged on the deck, passing the cruiser HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar, earlier that same year.

HMS Ark Royal and HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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Knightsbridge No. 1 Turnout by Mark Churms. (B)
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DHM115B.  Storming of the Ratisbon by Charles Thevenin.
Storming of the Ratisbon by Charles Thevenin (B)
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VAR437.  England Welcomes Henry V by Robert Hillingford.
England Welcomes Henry V by Robert Hillingford.
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With her mizzen top already gone and her sails aloft having received severe punishment, Victory breaks through the line behind the French flagship Bucentaure, delivering a shattering broadside into her stern.  So severe was this opening fire that the Bucentaure was effectively put out of the rest of the battle, although Admiral Villeneuve himself was to miraculously survive the carnage.  Beyong Victory can be seen the French Redoubtable, which is receiving fire from Victorys starboard guns, and the Spanish San Leandro is in the extreme distance.  Most of Victorys stunsails have been cut away, but it was her stunsail booms that became entangled with the rigging of the Redoubtable when she put her helm to port and ran onto her.  Admiral Nelson fell shortly afterward, having received a fatal wound from a musket ball fired by a French sharpshooter in Redoubtables mizzen fighting top.  The Temeraire can be seen approaching the fray to the right.

Trafalgar - The Destruction of the Bucentaure by Ivan Berryman.
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 Coming into action in Iraq, February 1991.

M109 Howitzers of 127 (Dragon) Field Battery Royal Artillery by David Rowlands.
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This picture depicts the closing moments of the life of Socrates.  Condemned to death or exile by the Athenian government for his teaching methods which aroused scepticism and impiety in his students, Socrates heroicly rejected exile and accepted death from hemlock.  Here the philosopher continues to speak even while reaching for the cup, demonstrating his indifference to death and his unyielding commitment to his ideals.  Jacques Louis David  painted this historical picture in 1787.  Commissioned by the Trudaine de Montigny brothers, leaders in the call for a free market system and more public discussion.

Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David. (Y)
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 OT34 Flamethrower tank and men of Col. Krickmans 6th Guards Tank Brigade take part in the Soviet counter attacks of 13th-27th September in defence of the southern factory district of Stalingrad before the final offensive in October.

Motherland, The Battle of Stalingrad, September 1942 by David Pentland.
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 Just seconds from opening fire with a broadside that will devastate her opponent, HMS Victory prepares to pass the stern of the French flagship Bucentaure, closely followed by the three-deckers HMS Temeraire and HMS Neptune. With guns unable to bear on the enemy fleet during the slow approach the British ships had endured terrible punishment with Victorys sails holed, her wheel smashed and her mizzen top shot away.

Breaking the Line by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 A great tribute to one of the all time greats in golf who will be sadly missed.

Seve Ballesteros by Peter Deighan. (Y)
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SP4.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.
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22nd - 24th September 1995, Oakhill Country Club, Rochester, New York.  Against all odds the triumphant European team beat the USA in one of the most dramatic finishes of all time, to bring home the Ryder Cup for Europe.
Ryder Cup Victors by Peter Wileman
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Passing the stand in the Galway Plate.

With a Circuit To Go by Chris Howells.
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B49. Damon Hill/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman

Damon Hill/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman
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Jenson Button - Canada 2011 by Stephen Doig. (P)
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 Michael Schumacher wins again!

From Pole to Flag by Graham Bosworth
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 On three occasions since their last Grand Slam in 1995 the England team had come within a whisker of completing another dream.  During this important build up towards the world cup England finally laid their ghost to rest.  After six years under the guidance of Head Coach Clive Woodward England, having beaten the big three from the Southern Hemisphere in a back-to-back series of matches at Twickenham, reached number one in the Zurich world ranking.  This Grand Slam, a wonderful achievement in itself, underlined Englands worldwide dominance.

2003 Grand Slam by James Owen. (Y)
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