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HMS Ark Royal. The Royal Navy's first purpose built aircraft carrier. The Royal Navy allocated 81,000 for the acquisition and conversion of a merchant ship. Mercantile hull lying on the stocks at Blyth was purchased, possibly a hull of a general or grain carrier. The ship was built with a large aeroplane hold, 150ft x 45 x15, and workshops were also included. A sliding hatchway gave access to the flight deck, the aircraft were lifted by two 3 ton steam powered cranes. HMS Ark Royal was launched 5th September 1914 and completed in December 1914. The first aircraft operated were Sopwith seaplanes type 807, a short 135, two Wright Pushers and two Sopwith Tabloid land planes. 

After commissioning, HMS Ark Royal sailed to the Dardanelles on 1st February 1915, her aircraft were used for reconnaissance of the bombardment by the Royal Navy of the Turkish forts and covered the Gallipoli landings from the 25th April. She was withdrawn to Imbros at the end of May to become the depot ship for land based aircraft. In January 1918 two of her Sopwith ABC planes attempted to bomb the Goeben. After World War One she operated in the Black Sea transporting aircraft to Batumi. Also used in the support of the Sumali land campaign against the Mad Mullah, serving in the sea of Mamura and Black Sea. During 1920 she took part in the withdrawal of White Russian forces from Crimea. From November 1920 HMS Ark Royal went into reserve at Rosyth being refitted in this time. Recommissioned September 1922 to take aircraft out to the Mediterranean during Chanak crisis. In April 1923 she was refitted at Malta, December 1944 she was renamed HMS Pegasus as the planned new aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was laid down. Used in various capacities during World War Two and eventually sold in December 1946, she was converted to a merchant ship Anita I but conversion was never completed and she was finally broken up in 1949.

Armament: four 12 pdr quick firers, two machine guns, two land planes, five float planes.  Complement: 180.   Speed: 11 knots.

HMS Ark Royal at Devonport

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HMS Ark Royal, c.1915.

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HMS Ark Royal - Sopwith Schneider, c.1915.

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Wrecked Turkish seaplane on board HMS Ark Royal, c.1915.

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HMS Ark Royal (as Pegasus), July 1935.

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HMS Ark Royal (as Pegasus), July 1935.

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HMS Ark Royal (as Pegasus), c.1935.

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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.

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