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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy aircraft carriers of the Courageous Class. Aircraft carrier history of HMS Furious from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of the carrier HMS Furious.

In 1917 The Battle cruiser HMS Furious was fully re constructed as an aircraft carrier. with further re construction between June 1922 and 31st August 1925 at Devonport Dockyard. At this stage there was no island  until a small one was constructed in a refit in 1939.  In 1939 HMS Furious was completely re armed with twelve 4 inch 45 calibre QF guns in twin mountings. and three 8 barreled pompoms  with a fourth added in April 1941. and before the end of world war two a further fifteen 20mm Oerlikons were added. she survived the war with no major damage serving in the home fleet 1939 to 1944 and the reserve 1944-45  but her condition deteriorated near the end of the war  and by September 1944 she was taken out of service. and finally Scrapped in December 1946 at Inverkeithing  for earlier details see HMS Furious battle cruiser.

HMS Furious was re commissioned after her re building as a carrier in 15th march 1918 she led the Tondern raid in July 1918, sending her seven Sopwith Camels to bomb the Zeppelin sheds with a pair of 50-lb bombs each. in this attack they destroyed to Zeppelins. for the rest of the end of the war HMS Furious was used  in a experimental

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HMS Furious, 1918.

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HMS Furious, c.1920.

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HMS Furious, May 1935.

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HMS Furious, May 1935.

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HMS Furious, July 1935.

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HMS Furious, May 1948.

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HMS Furious, launched on the 15th August 1916, at Armstrong at Wallsend. A former light Battle cruiser with two 18 - inch guns and ten 5.5inch guns underwent three major reconstructions. with the last reconstruction as a flush decked aircraft carrier. Later a small "island" was fitted along with several 20mm Anti aircraft guns. HMS Furious served in the Home fleet between 1939 - 1944 and then in reserve 1944 to 1945. Finally being scrapped initially at Dalmuir on the 15th March 1948 and the Hull scrapped at Troon 22th June 1948.

Displacement: 22,450 tons,  and a compliment of 748 excluding aircrew.       Speed  30.5 Knots.    Armament  12 - 4inch guns in pairs and 24 - 2pounder AA guns in threes.  Aircraft:  33

 

HMS Furious with HMS Revenge by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Furious with HMS Revenge by Ivan Berryman.

Grand Harbour, Malta, April 1932. The R-Class battleship HMS Revenge slips majestically past the carrier HMS Furious as she lies at anchor as three of her Fairey IIIFs fly overhead on a routine training sortie.
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Fast and Furious by Stan Stokes.

Thomas Sopwith was a distinguished British aviator who organized the Sopwith Aviation Company. Sopwith produced an aircraft which won the coveted Schneider Trophy race. With the start of WW I, Sopwith Aviation shifted its focus to military aircraft, and was to become one the major suppliers to both the Royal Air Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. In October of 1914 two Sopwith Tabloids flew a 200-mile round trip strike against the airship sheds at Dusseldorf and Cologne. The Sopwith Strutter firmly entrenched Sopwith as a producer of quality-built aircraft. The Strutter was a precursor of the Sopwith Pup, which would serve as the Royal Navys first carrier aircraft. The first production Pup was delivered to the Royal Navy in 1916. Most Pups were powered by a 80-HP Le Rhone radial engine, which gave the Pup a top speed of 115-MPH and an endurance of three hours. Many Navy Pups were modified to utilize a tripod mounted Lewis gun which could be fired forward or upwards through a cutou.........


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Spitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West.


Spitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West.

On the 11th August 1942, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Wellum DFC, having just taken off from the deck of HMS Furious, leads his section of gathering Spitfires on the long journey to Malta. They are much-needed reinforcements for the beleaguered island, now in the twenty-sixth month of its siege. To enable each of the 38 Spitfires dispatched from Furious to reach Malta, over three hours flying time away, they carry maximum fuel together with a centre-line over-load tank. Even their ammunition is removed to save weight. Escorting Furious to her aft is the Cruiser HMS Manchester together with Destroyers Brave and Lithe. To their port side is the Ohio tanker laden with fuel during what became an epic voyage. In the distance HMS Eagle succumbs to an Axis torpedo attack. The success of Operation Pedestal was absolutely critical for the survival of Malta, bringing desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition to the Island. Losses were heavy but the courage and determination by all involved prev.........


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


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This signed art print was produced at the end of 2000 after the Olympics of that year, and has been sold out from the publisher for many years.  We have the last few publishers proofs of this edition available.  This superb art print celebrates the ultimate achievement for any athlete, the winning of an Olympic gold medal.  In the modern era athletes from Great Britain have won 178 gold medals and Gary Keane's montage celebrates some of the highlights from those achievements.  It captures the determination and effort required to win, as well as the euphoria when the realisation that a life long dream has finally become a reality.  This print is not only a tribute to those featured but also to all other competitors and medal winners who have strived to bring glory and honour to Great Britain.  As the Olympic Games enter a new century and a new chapter in history, it is hoped that this reminder of past glories will also help to inspire those competing for gold in the future.  This limited edition print is signed by six gold medal winners : <br>LYNN DAVIES - 1964 TOKYO Men's Long Jump.<br>MARY PETERS - 1972 MUNICH Pentathlon.<br>DALEY THOMPSON - 1980 MOSCOW Decathlon & 1984 LOS ANGELES Decathlon.<br>TESSA SANDERSON - 1984 LOS ANGELES Javelin.<br>SALLY GUNNELL - 1992 BARCELONA 400 metre Hurdles.<br>STEVEN REDGRAVE - 1984 LOS ANGELES Rowing Coxed Fours, 1988 SEOUL Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1992 BARCELONA Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1996 ATLANTA Rowing Coxless Pairs (and since signing this print, also 2000 SYDNEY Rowing Coxless Fours).

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