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Destroyer histories. Royal naval Battle Class destroyers, group 1. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Armada, HMS Barfleur, HMS Cadiz, HMS Camperdown, HMS Finisterre, HMS Gabbard, HMS Gravelines, HMS Hogue, HMS Lagos, HMS St James, HMS St Kitts, HMS Saintes, HMS Sluys, HMS Solebay, HMS Trafalgar, HMS Vigo, HSM Anzac and HMS Tobruk from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of Battle Class destroyers.
HMS Armada  R.14 9th December 1943 Broken up December 1965 at Inverkeithing
HMS Barfleur  R.80 1st November 1943 Broken up  September 1966 at Dalmuir
HMS Cadiz  R.09 16th September 1944 Transferred to Pakistan 1957. Became Khaibar
HMS Camperdown  R.32 8th February 1944 Broken up  September 1970 at Faslane
HMS Finisterre  R.55 22nd June 1944 Broken up  June 1967 at Dalmuir
HMS Gabbard  R.47 16th March 1945 transferred to Pakistan 1957, became Badr
HMS Gravelines R.24 30th November 1944 Broken up  at Rosyth 4th April 1961.
HMS Hogue R.74 21st April 1944 Broken up  in Singapore 7th March 1962.
HMS Lagos R.44 4th August 1944 Broken up at Bo-ness June  1967.
HMS St James R.65 7th June 1945 Broken up at Newport March 1961.
HMS St Kitts R.18 4th October 1944 Broken up  at Sunderland 14th February 1962.
HMS Saintes R.84 19th July 1944 Broken up 1972.
HMS Sluys  R.60 28th February 1945 Transferred to Iran  January 1967. Became Artemiz
HMS Solebay R.70 22nd February 1944 Broken up  at Troon August 1967.
HMS Trafalgar  R.77 12th January 1944 Broken up at Dalmuir July  1970.
HMS Vigo  R.31 27th September 1945 Broken up at Faslane December 1964.

HMS Armada

HMS Armada at Malta.

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HMS Armada, 1960.

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HMS Barfleur

HMS Barfleur, on route to breakers, August 1966.

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HMS Barfleur, October 1955.

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HMS Cadiz

HMS Cadiz, November 1948.

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HMS Cadiz, September 1947.

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HMS Camperdown

HMS Camperdown, April 1960.

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HMS Finisterre

HMS Finisterre, October 1948.

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HMS Finisterre, as viewed from HMS Centaur over a Transport Ship.   © Walker Archive

HMS Gravelines

HMS Gravelines, 1953.

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HMS Hogue

HMS Hogue with collision damage, June 1961.

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HMS St James

HMS St James, November 1948.

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HMS St James, June 1953.

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HMS St James, November 1948.

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HMS St Kitts

HMS St Kitts, November 1948.

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HMS Saintes

HMS Saintes, 1951.

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HMS Sluys

HMS Sluys (R60) pictured c.1950 before she was transferred to Iran.

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HMS Sluys, November 1948.

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Artemiz, (Ex - HMS Sluys), fitting out, May 1968.

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Artemiz (Ex - HMS Sluys) with RMS Queen Elizabeth, November 1968.

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HMS Solebay

HMS Solebay, June 1953.

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HMS Solebay, November 1948.

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HMS Solebay, July 1947.

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HMS Solebay pictured c.1945.   ©Walker Archive

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HMS Solebay

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HMS Trafalgar

D77 HMS Trafalgar, July 1970.

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HMS Trafalgar at Wei Hai Wei.

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HMS Vigo

HMS Vigo, October 1956.

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 With HMS Warspite keeping a watchful eye off her port bow, the Illustrious class carrier HMS Formidable prepares to recover a Fairey Albacore TB MK1 of No. 826 sqn. following a vital sortie against Italian shipping at the start of the Battle of Cape Matapan in march 1941. Led by Lt Cdr W G H Saunt DSC, Formidables Albacores launched torpedo attacks on the battleship Vittorio Veneto, seriously damaging her, despite coming under intense anti aircraft fire and a splash barrage of 15-inch shells.

HMS Formidable by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 One of 6,176 Halifaxes built during World War II, NA337(2P-X) was shot down over Norway on 23rd April 1945.  In 1995 it was recovered from the lake that had been its watery home for fifty years and has now been restored by the Halifax Aircraft Association in Ontario, Canada.

Halifax Mk.III NA337 by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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The military trained many of their first world war pilots on the Jenny.  Several thousand Jennies were produced and after the war many of these aircraft were purchased by some of the 20,000 airmen which left the armed services after world war one, paying a fraction of the cost for these aircraft.  Barnstorming began.  These pilots would make a living from Barnstorming across the US, giving rides to civilians for as much at 15 to 20 dollars a trip.  This was a time when most people had not seen an aircraft let alone go up in one.  Barnstorming gradually became saturated with pilots and aircraft and over a short peiod of time the prices paid for a trip in a Jenny went down toas low as 2 to 3 dollars, and making a living became hard for the pilots who could hardly pay for the fuel and living costs let alone aircraft maintenance.  There were a number of fatal accidents, but Barnstorming played a vital role in aviation and probably put the idea of becoming a pilot in the minds of many young boys who would later go on to fly in combat during world war two.

Balmy Days by Ivan Berryman.
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 En route to the dams of the Ruhr Valley, the first wave of three specially adapted Avro Lancasters roar across the Dutch wetlands on the night of 16 -17th May 1943 led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, their mission to breach the Mohne and Eder dams, thus robbing the German war machine of valuable hydro-electric power and disrupting the water supply to the entire area. Carrying their unique, Barnes Wallis designed 'Bouncing Bomb' and flying at just 30m above the ground to avoid radar detection, 617 Squadron's Lancasters forged their way into the enemy territories, following the canals of the Netherlands and flying through forest fire traps below treetop height to their targets. Gibson's aircraft ('G'-George) is nearest with 'M'-Mother of Fl/Lt Hopgood off his port wing and 'P'-Peter (Popsie) of Fl/Lt Martin in the distance.

Dambusters - The First Wave by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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 French Armee de L air Curtiss Hawk 75As flown by Czech ace Frantisele Pevina and his squadron Commander Captaine Jean Accaut, dive on unsuspecting Junker Ju87Bs (Stukas) during the Battle of France 1940.

Czech - Mate by David Pentland.
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 As the sun slowly begins to rise this wintry morning over Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk, ground crew prepare B-17G The All American Girl in an almost surreal setting, for her 99th dangerous mission over enemy territory. On 10th January 1945, 19-year-old pilot, 1st Lt. John Dodrill and his crew went missing on a combat sortie to Cologne. Like many other crews, they made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom, with the Bloody Hundredth Bombardment Group playing its full part with courage and honour.

Those Golden Moments by Philip West. (Y)
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 Tiger Moth sprays a potato field in southern England, early 1960s.  Australian-born Jim, served during World War II on B.25 Mitchell bombers before pioneering crop dusting and topdressing in New Zealand with ex-military De Havilland Tiger Moths which he converted himself for the purpose.  He went on to form a company called Crop Culture, which specialised in aerial spraying equipment, both in New Zealand and in the UK, before becoming a partner in the newly-formed Britten-Norman aircraft company which produced the Islander and Trislander utility transport aircraft in England.

Crop Culture - Tiger Moth by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Historic RNAS bombing raid on the German Zepperlin base at Cuxhaven, on Christmas day 1914.

Christmas Surprise by David Pentland. (Y)
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 During a patrol on 6th July 1918, Christiansen spotted a British submarine on the surface of the Thames Estuary. He immediately turned and put his Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 floatplane into an attacking dive, raking the submarine C.25 with machine gun fire, killing the captain and five other crewmen. This victory was added to his personal tally, bringing his score to 13 kills by the end of the war, even though the submarine managed to limp back to safety. Christiansen survived the war and went on to work as a pilot for the Dornier company, notably flying the giant Dornier Do.X on its inaugural flight to New York in 1930. He died in 1972, aged 93.

Kapitanleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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B216P.  HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman. Together with her sister ship, Hercules, HMS Colossus acquitted herself well at the Battle of Jutland where she fired 93 12in rounds, but received only two hits from enemy fire which caused minor damage and left nine crew injured.  She was sold for scrap in 1928.

HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman (P)
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Midday, 21st October 1805, and Admiral Collingwoods flagship, the 100-gun HMS Royal Sovereign, breaks the allied line and delivers a shattering broadside on the Spanish flagship Santa Anna. Making great speed, Collingwoods ship had breached the Franco-Spanish line some distance ahead of the rest of his van and the Royal Sovereign suffered heavily as she quickly drew the attentions of three French and three Spanish ships. To her starboard, the French Indomitable can be seen firing into the British flagship while, astern of the Santa Anna, Belleisle and Fougueux are engaging ahead of Mars, Monarca and Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - The First Engagement by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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  HMS Medway was the first Royal navy submarine Depot ship that was designed for the purpose from the outset. She is shown here with a quintet of T-class submarines on her starboard side, whilst an elderly L-Class begins  to move away having completed replenishment. HMS Medway was sunk on 30th June 1940 having been torpedoed by U-372 off Alexandria.

HMS Medway by Ivan Berryman (P)
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B111AP. The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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VAR346B.  H.M.A.S. Manoora 1940 by Brian Wood.
H.M.A.S. Manoora 1940 by Brian Wood (B)
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The Atlantic ocean was the lifeline between Britain and America, as well as millions of tons of raw materials, GIs were also transported over in all manor of hastily converted liners.  Protecting the troops from marauding u-boats and German surface ships was of paramount importance to the allied fleets.  Although USS New York spent a good deal of the war in the Atlantic, she also participated in the Torch landings off North Africa and took part in the Pacific campaign, seeing action at both Iwo Jima and Okinowa.

Escort for the Troops - USS New York by Anthony Saunders
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H.M.A.S Hobart glides past Mount Fiji for the surrender ceremony with Missouri in the Background. Tokyo Bay 1945.

Slow Ahead by Randall Wilson.
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DHM506.  A Viking Raid by Brian Palmer.

A Viking Raid by Brian Palmer.
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 Towards the end of the second battle of Cambrai, British Mark IV tanks of 12th Battalion confronted German captured Mark IVs. The ensuing battle was chaotic, emerging from smoke the Germans were initially mistaken as part of C Company, but at 50 meters both sides recovered from their surprise and opened fire simultaneously. The lead British tank L16 commanded by Captain Rowe was immediately knocked out, who escaped with his men to L19 just in time to see it destroyed, along with L12. The remaining tank L8 had broken down some distance back taking no part in the battle, although its commander Lieutenant Martel managed to use a captured 77mm artillery piece to finally halt the German tank.

Unexpected encounter at Niergnies, France, 8th October 1918 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 British 15th Light dragoons (and Hussars) and 16th Light Dragoons engage the French 1st Provincial Chasseurs during the Peninsula War.

Incident on the Peninsula by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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Viewed across the damaged stern of the 80-gun San Nicholas, Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captains bowsprit to use it as a bridge. The San Nicholas then fouled the Spanish three decker San Joseph (112), allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre. A British frigate is moving into a supporting position in the middle distance.

HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent by Ivan Berryman (P)
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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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3 Para group during Operation Agricola, Kosovo, 12th June - 1st August 1999. 

Mobile Patrol in Pristina by David Rowlands (GL)
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DHM406.  Allied Generals Before Sebastopol by Thomas Jones Barker.

Allied Generals Before Sebastopol by Thomas Jones Barker.
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 Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 2009.  Troops of the 2nd Mercian Regiment 19th Light Brigade engaged on compound searches during Operation Panchai Palang.

Green Zone Patrol by David Pentland. (AP)
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 Ferrari Pit Stop 2001.
Masters of Strategy II by Michael Thompson.
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SPC5003. Rory Underwood by Rodger Towers.

Rory Underwood by Rodger Towers.
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FAR635. Muirfield - 13th Hole by Mark Chadwick

Muirfield - 13th Hole by Mark Chadwick
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 Twickenham, March 16th 1996.  England return to the running game to clinch victory in style over Ireland and retain the Five Nations Championship.

In Full Flight by Keith Fearon.
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 Sir Bobby played more than 750 games for Manchester United, scoring 247 goals. He also played 106 times for his country and scored a record 49 goals. One of only two Englishmen to have won World Cup and European Cup medals his name will always remain synonymous with some of the greatest moments in the English game.

Sir Bobby Charlton by Gary Keane. (Y)
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 David Coulthard. McLaren Mercedes MP4/13
A Scottish Gentleman by Michael Thompson.
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MT26. Juan for Williams by Michael Thompson.
Juan for Williams by Michael Thompson.
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 TWR Jaguar XJR 9LM - Winner of the 1988 Le Mans.  The car in this image is shown at maximum speed on the Mulsanne Straight (240mph)  Drivers: Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace.  This was the first win for Jaguar since 1957.  Previous victories at Le Mans were in 1951 and 1953 with C types and in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with D types.  Jaguar also won Le Mans in 1990 with the XJR 12LM.
Top Cat by Graham Bosworth.
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