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HMS Hindustan, Royal Navy battleship of the King Edward the VII class

HMS Hindustan,  In 1906 HMS Hindustan was serving with the Atlantic Fleet. moving to the Channel Fleet March 1907. to serve in the second division. again moving in April  1909 to the Home Fleet . In 1912 HMS Hindustan joined firstly the 3rd battle squadron in then joining the 4th battle Squadron.  from the outbreak of world war one Hindustan joined the Grand Fleet at the Nore  From November 1914 until May 1918 she transferred to Swin to become depot ship for the ships which took part in the Zeebrugge and Ostend Raid. .

Armament: Four 4inch guns in pairs, four 9.2 inch guns in singles, ten 6 inch guns in pairs, fourteen 12 pdr guns, fourteen 3 pdr guns, two maxims and five torpedo tubes.    Displacement: 16,350 tons.    Speed: 18 knots.   Complement: 777.

HMS Hindustan - Name History

 The fourth “HINDUSTAN” is an 18-gun twin-screw battleship, launched at Clydebank in 1903.  She is of 16,350 tons, 18,500 horse-power, and 19 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 425ft., 78ft., and 27ft.  From August 1st, 1911, to October 26th, 1911, Midshipman H.R.H. the Prince of Wales served in this battleship.  On the day H.R.H. left the ship Captain Henry H. Campbell, R.N., who had acted as Governor to the Royal Midshipman, stated that H.R.H. had “taken part in every duty that appertains to the working of a great battleship, and had cheerfully and efficiently discharged the less agreeable as the more agreeable of his tasks.  Throughout the whole period of his training he had been an extremely hard worker, and had struck those about him, high and low, as what they called ‘a live thing.’”

HMS Hindustan.

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HMS Hindustan, 1905.

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HMS Hindustan at full speed, 1909.

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HMS Hindustan.

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Bluejackets of HMS Hindustan

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HMS Hindustan.  Sent in by Alan Loose

HMS Hindustan c.1910

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HMS Hindustan

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The following photos (grey background) have been contributed to the site by David Litchfield, whose great uncle William George Litchfield was Chaplain on HMS Hindustan for several years, possibly into the first world war.  These photos cover the period of at least 1906 - 1909.

HMS Hindustan at Gibraltar.

HMS Hindustan at Sea.

HMS Hindustan.

HMS Hindustan.

HMS Hindustan.

HMS Hindustan in dry dock, Gibraltar.

HMS Hindustan in the Bay.

The guns of HMS Hindustan.

HMS Hindustan Carpenter's Crew

HMS Hindustan, Carpenter's Crew.

HMS Hindustan, Gunlayers.

HMS Hindustan, Gunlayers.

Gunlayer's Test, April 4th 1906, X 9.2" Turret.  10 Rounds - 10 Hits, (Time - 2 mins)

HMS Hindustan coaling at Gibraltar.

Showing the swinging in or out of the boats for the exercise at Lagos (below)

Exercise at Lagos.

Crew of HMS Hindustan on exercise at Lagos.

On board HMS Hindustan.

On board HMS Hindustan.

The cabin of the Chaplain William George Lithcfield on HMS Hindustan. Note the large kettle. c. 1909

The cabin of Chaplain William George Litchfield on HMS Hindustan, showing the bunk. c.1909.

 

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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>

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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.

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