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Battleship histories. Royal naval Battle cruisers HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious.  Lord Fisher ordered three Battle cruisers in early 1915 which were proposed to support the intended landings in the Baltic.  HMS Courageous was ordered from Armstrong at Elswick and laid down on the 28th march 1915, launched 5th February 1916 and completed in January 1917. during her sea trials she suffered buckling between her breakwater and the 15-inch Barbette, and was fitted with 130 tons of stiffening. she joined the 3rd light Cruiser squadron of the Grand Fleet and then the 1st cruiser squadron. in April 1917 sje was converted for mine laying.  On the 17th November 1917 along with HMS Glorious and HMS Repulse engaged German forces at Heligoland bight. expended 92 15inch shells and scoring hits on the German Cruiser Pillau. She also fired nearly 250 6 inch shells scoring no hits. After the war joined the Gunnery Scholl and later becoming Flagship to the reserve Fleet.. between 1924- 1928 she was converted to a aircraft carriers (see Aircraft Carriers for further details).

HMS Glorious. Built by Harland and Wolff and laid down on the 1st May 1915 and launched on the 20th April 1914, completed January 1917. She was commissioned into the Royal navy and became the Flagship of the 3rd Light Cruiser squadron, then joined the 1st Cruiser squadron of the grand Fleet. Also took part in the Heligoland Bight action firing 57 150-inch shells and scoring hits of the German Cruiser Pillau also expending nearly 250 6 - inch shells.. In 1919 joined the Gunnery training school at Devonport and also became flagship in the reserve fleet. Converted to aircraft carrier `1024 to 1930.

This website page is dedicated to the history of HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious.

HMS COURAGEOUS 5TH FEBRUARY 1916 SERVED WITH 3RD CRUISER SQUADRON THEN 1ST CRUISER SQ.  CONVERTED TO MINELAYER AND FOUGHT AT HELIGOLAND BIGHT. CONVERTED TO CARRIER 1924-28.
HMS GLORIOUS 20TH MAY 1916 FLAGSHIP TO 3RD CRUISER SQ. THEN TO 1ST CRUISER SQ, FOUGHT AT HELIGOLAND BIGHT. BECAME FLAGSHIP OF RESERVE FLEET BEFORE BEING CONVERTED TO CARRIER 1924-30.

CLICK THE LINKS ABOVE TO VIEW THE SHIPS AS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS.  THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE TWO SHIPS AS BATTLESHIPS BEFORE CONVERSION TO AIRCRAFT CARRIERS.

HMS Courageous

HMS Courageous taken before her conversion to a carrier.

The above picture of HMS Courageous was sent in by Ken Stokes whose father (now sadly deceased) trained as a gunner on board.

Displacement: 19,230   Speed: 32 knots   Compliment: 828-842  Armament: Four 15-inch guns in pairs, eighteen four inch guns in threes, two 3 inch guns , two 3 pdr guns and two 21 inch torpedo tubes.

The photographs below were sent in by Diana Bolton, whose father, Harold Bertram Hennessay served on the ship.  You can see more details on Harold Bertram Hennessay's naval career by clicking here

HMS Courageous c.1918/19 

Contributed by Diana Bolton

HMS Courageous c.1918/19

Contributed by Diana Bolton

HMS Courageous c.1918/19

Contributed by Diana Bolton

HMS Courageous c.1918/19

Contributed by Diana Bolton

RML Highland Monarch.  Taken by Harold Bertram Hennessay, crew member of HMS Courageous.

Contributed by Diana Bolton

Looking towards the bridge of HMS Courageous from the bow.

Contributed by Diana Bolton

HMS Glorious

HMS Glorious circa 1920

Awaiting the Arrival of the Captain or Admiral coming along side. On deck of HMS Glorious officers and Royal Marines await.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  © Walker Archive. Order Code  PH298

 

The battleships HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious with a K class submarine on far right of picture.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  © Walker Archive. Order Code  PH297

 

Glorious and Furious Riding out a Gale in the Forth by W L Wyllie.


Glorious and Furious Riding out a Gale in the Forth by W L Wyllie.

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PRINTSmall print from the collection of antique naval book plates of naval water colours by W L Wyllie, published 1918 by Cassel & Company.
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AVIATION PRINTS

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 Depicting a crashed Beau Nightfighter.

Desert Prang by Geoff Lea. (P)
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 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain. Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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 At the start of the No Fly Zone and in support of Libyan rebel forces, Tornado GR.4s of 9 Sqn were despatched from RAF Marham on 19th and 20th March 2011 for two of the longest operational missions since the Falklands campaign of 1982, each aircraft completing an 8 hour, 3000 mile round trip to destroy Libyan army ground weapons that were being used against civilians to quell the uprising.  All aircraft returned safely on both occasions.

Destination: Libya. Tornado GR.4s of 9 Squadron by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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DHM412GL. Search Party Reaction by David Rowlands.

Search Party Reaction by David Rowlands (GL)
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 The success of the attack on the Möhne dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943 meant that the remaining three 617 Sqn Lancasters of the First Wave could turn their attention to the Eder, some twelve minutes flying time away.  Wing Commander Guy Gibson first called in Flight Lieutenant D J Shannon, flying AJ-L (ED929G) to make the initial run, but he had great difficulty achieving the correct height and approach, so Gibson now ordered Squadron Leader H E Maudslay in AJ-Z (ED937G) to make his run.  Again, the aircraft struggled to find the correct height and direction, so Shannon was again brought in, AJ-L finally releasing its <i>Upkeep</i> on the third attempt. The bomb bounced twice before exploding with no visible effect on the dam. Now Maudslay made another attempt, but released his bomb too late.  The mine bounced off of the dam wall and exploded in mid air right behind AJ-Z, the Lancaster limping away, damaged, from the scene, only to be shot down on the way home with the loss of all crew.  Finally, Pilot Officer Les Knight was called in for one final attempt. AJ-N (ED912G) released its <i>Upkeep</i>  perfectly, the mine bouncing three times before striking the dam slightly to the south.  In the ensuing explosion, the dam was seen to shake visibly before the masonry began to crumble and a massive breach appeared.  With the Möhne and Eder dams both destroyed and the Sorpe demonstrated to be equally vulnerable, <i>Operation Chastise</i> had been a remarkable success and will stand forever as one of the most heroic and audacious attacks in the history of aerial warfare.

The Eder Breaks by Ivan Berryman.
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 At 3.30am on the 23rd June 1945, a Dakota of 357 (special duties) Squadron took off from Mingaladon airfield nr.  Rangoon , to travel the 600 miles, 300 of them behind enemy lines, to rescue a downed American Liberator crew deep in the jungles of   Siam  .  The Dakota was flown by pilot Fl Lt. Larry Lewis, who already held the DFM awarded to him for 33 ops as a rear gunner on   Wellingtons  in 1941. Two crews had already failed when Lewis was asked to attempt this hazardous mission. Flying between 5,000 - 6,000ft he flew over The Hump, a ridge of mountains running down the spine of   Burma  . Local villagers had cleared a rough airstrip 800yds long with Lewis finding it by the time dawn broke. With monsoon clouds gathering, the Liberator crew aboard and the Dakota sinking in the wet ground, he managed, just, to get airborne. Flying at zero feet and looking out for Japanese Zero fighters Lewis took a different course back. Although being fired on from the ground they managed to make it all the way to the airfield at Dum Dum nr.   Calcutta ,  India  . Lewis was awarded an immediate DFC. By the end of the war he had completed 63 ops, held the rank of Squadron Leader with his service from 1938-1945, and was awarded the Air Efficiency Medal.

Larry Lewis DFC by Graeme Lothian. (B)
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 Of similar configuration, but usually outclassed by its British contemporary, the Bristol F2b, the Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft LVG was essentially a strong and stable observation aircraft that served widely during World War 1. On 21st May 1917, this example became the victim of the guns of Sergeant John H Jones, contributing to his eventual tally of 15 victories. Here, his pilot that day, Captain W G Mostyn, has already had a squirt using his forward-firing Vickers gun before manoeuvring their 22 Sqn machine into position for Jones to finish the job with his twin Lewis guns.

Sergeant John H Jones and pilot Captain W G Mostyn, Bristol F2b Fighter claiming a Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft LVG by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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DHM925.  Harrier in a Hyde by Geoff Lea.

Harrier in a Hyde by Geoff Lea.
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HMS Glowworm, burning severely after receiving hits from the mighty Admiral Hipper, is depicted turning to begin her heroic sacrifice off the Norwegian coast on 8th April 1940. Hugely out-gunned and already crippled, Glowworms captain, Lieutenant-Commander Roope rammed his destroyer into the side of the Admiral Hipper, inflicting a 40 metre rip in its armour belt before drifting away and exploding. 38 British sailors were rescued from the sea and Roope was awarded a posthumous VC for his bravery, the first earned by the Royal Navy in WWII.

The Attack on the Admiral Hipper by HMS Glowworm by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 A swordfish from HMS Warspite on patrol off the coast of Egypt, near the port of Alexandria.

Out of Alex by David Pentland.
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The USS Colorado holds the all time record of 37 consecutive days of firing at an enemy and the record of 24 direct enemy air attacks in 62 days both while at Okinawa.

USS Colorado Okinawa by Anthony Saunders. 
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HMS Illustrious slips quietly away from the docks at Devonport, Plymouth with the Fiji class cruiser in the middle distance, 1941.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Kenya at Devonport by Ivan Berryman (P)
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With the British Mediterranean Fleet riding at anchor in Grand  Harbour Malta, HMS  Majestic is shown preparing to leave harbour as local fisherman look on. 

Majestic Malta by Randall Wilson (AP)
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  Fairey Swordfish I, L9726 4M of 818 Sqn, HMS Ark Royal pulls a tight, climbing turn through a hail of anti-aircraft fire as its torpedo strikes home, jamming the steering gear of the mighty Bismarck and setting in motion the beginning of her dramatic end.

Bismarck by Ivan Berryman.
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 The greatest naval battle of the First World War took place on the 31st of May and the 1st of June 1916, near the Danish province of Jutland.  It was the first and only sea battle between the British and German fleets, and certainly proved to be the clash of the Titans that the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, had long planned.  Decisive victory was claimed by both sides, but, desperately fought though it was, the outcome was indecisive.  The Royal Navy suffered higher losses in both men and ships, but the German fleet never ventured out of harbour to seek battle again.  During the daylight fighting HMS Barham, under Rear Admiral Evan-Thomas, lead the 5th Battle Squadron (Valiant, Warspite and Malaya) and is seen here at 4.50pm exchanging with Hippers battle-cruisers to the south.

HMS Barham leads the 5th Battle Squadon at Jutland by Anthony Saunders.
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 The Type VII U-Boat became the standard design for German submarine warfare during the Second World War, sometimes hunting in packs, but more often alone. This Type VIIC has just claimed another victim, surfacing under the cover of night to observe the fiery demise of another victim.

Lone Wolf by Ivan Berryman.
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MILITARY PRINTS

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 The drummer boys of the 57th (die-hards) drawn up under fire on the ridge of Albuera, (16th May 1811), Peninsula war.

Steady the Drums and Fifes by Lady Elizabeth Butler (Y)
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 Having made contact the previous evening with troops of 4th Infantry Division pushing inland from Utah Beach, paratroopers of the 101st Airborne division The Screaming Eagles help mop up the pockets of German resistance in their general advance towards Carentan.

Screaming Eagles in Normandy, 7th June 1944 by David Pentland. (P)
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DHM638. The Prussian Pursuit of the French at the Battle of Hanau by Richard Knote

The Prussian Pursuit of the French at the Battle of Hanau by Richard Knotel.
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 US Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd RCT, 2nd Marine Division, supported by LVTs and tanks, take part in the successful but bloody assault on Betio Island, part of the Tarawa Atoll. Operation Galvanic as it was known became the first step on the island road to Japan itself.

Red Beach Two, Tarawa Atoll, 20th November 1943 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 Lord Uxbridge commits the Light Dragoons against the French Cuirassiers and Chasseurs, who are driven over the ridge and down the slope. This action happened many times during the battle.

Counter Charge of the 12th and 13th Light Dragoons by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Churchill MkIV tank of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade (comprised of 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards, 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards and 3rd Battalion Scots Guards), pass infantry of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the Battle for Caumont.

Operation Bluecoat, normandy, 30th July 1944 by David Pentland. (GS)
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 A lone Jacobite piper plays a last farewell to fallen comrades.

The Lone Piper by David Rowlands. (Y)
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 French civilians being questioned by Prussian officers with Prussian Cuirassiers during the Franco-Prussian War.
The Hostages by Edouard Detaille. (Y)
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 Jim Clark in his Lotus-Ford 38 winning in the record breaking 1965 Indianapolis 500 Mile Classic.

Jim Clark by Ray Goldsbrough.
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 Depicting Englands emphatic 1995 grand slam victory.

1995 Grand Slam by Scott Bridges. (Y)
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 Ferrari F310.  1996.
Eddie Irvine by Michael Thompson.
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 Ferrari Pit Stop 2001.
Masters of Strategy II by Michael Thompson.
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 Richard Burns and Robert Reid.  Subaru Impreza WRC 99
Rain or Shine by Michael Thompson
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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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B45. David Coulthard/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman

David Coulthard/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman
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Jason Leonard by Robert Highton. (Y)
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