HMS Eagle

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

HMS Eagle was built at Clydebank, and was launched on the 8th of June 1918, a former Battleship construction suspended in 1914. during world war two HMS Eagle served off China in 1939, East Indies 1939 - 1940, Mediterranean in 1940 - 1941. and in the South Atlantic 1941 - 1942 and Force H in 1942, she was sunk by U-73, North of Algiers on the 11th August 1942.

Capable of carrying 40 planes she was originally destined to be a battleship for Chile but was bought back and altered. The crane which can be seen was used to hoist aircraft from the hangars onto the flight deck.

Displacement: 22,600 tons.    Speed: 23 knots.    Armament: twelve 6 ins guns, four 4 ins AA guns, four 3 pdr guns and six 21in torpedo tubes.   Complement: 950.

HMS Eagle.

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HMS Eagle, 1919.

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HMS Eagle, 1920.

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HMS Eagle, in floating dock, October 1934.

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HMS Eagle, 1939.

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HMS Eagle pictured c.1930

HMS Eagle c.1920

HMS Eagle

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HMS Eagle

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HMS Eagle was built at Clydebank, and was launched on the 8th of June 1918, a former Battleship construction suspended in 1914. during world war two HMS Eagle served off China in 1939, East Indies 1939 - 1940, Mediterranean in 1940 - 1941. and in the South Atlantic 1941 - 1942 and Force H in 1942, she was sunk by U-73, North of Algiers on the 11th August 1942.

Capable of carrying 40 planes she was originally destined to be a battleship for Chile but was bought back and altered. The crane which can be seen was used to hoist aircraft from the hangars onto the flight deck.

Displacement: 22,600 tons.    Speed: 23 knots.    Armament: twelve 6 ins guns, four 4 ins AA guns, four 3 pdr guns and six 21in torpedo tubes.   Complement: 950.