HMS Prince of Wales

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History of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Prince of Wales from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Prince of Wales.

HMS Prince of Wales is also shown in other paintings in the background of HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman, and HMS Repulse by Ivan Berryman

HMS Prince of Wales, was built by Cammell Laird and launched on the 3rd May 1939. She served with the home fleet during 1940 - 1941, and in company with HMS Hood, engaged the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen on 24th May 1941, but broke of the engagement after receiving damage. She was at Singapore in October 1941, but was sunk off Malaya, (along with HMS Repulse) by Japanese Torpedo Aircraft on the 10th December 1941.

Displacement: 35,000    Speed: 28.0kt    Complement: 1,553 - 1,558

Armament: Ten 14 - inch guns, Sixteen 5.25 inch guns,   forty-eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.

HMS Prince of Wales supplying fuel oil to HMS Express November 1941. HMS Electra is the ship in front. Photo supplied courtesy of Ian Wood.

HMS Prince of Wales, August 1941.

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HMS Prince of Wales, 1941.

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HMS Prince of Wales, May 1941.

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HMS Prince of Wales, returning from the Churchill / Roosevelt meeting at Placentia Bay in August 1941.  

Contributed by John Barley.

The great uncle of the contributor, Rev Willie Driscoll, R.C. Chaplain is 11th. to the right of Churchill.